Hey, I’m Kaitlyn and I am Golfshot’s social media intern, and this is the first of “Kaitlyn’s Corner” (wonderfully corny, I know), and I’m here to bring you all breaking news related to the golf world. Little about me, I grew up in West Palm Beach, Florida, and played golf a bit growing up. I came out to Arizona for school and recently graduated with a degree in Sports Journalism. Fast forward a few months, I found myself with this internship back in October, and I couldn’t think of a better internship. So, with all that being said, here’s my take on Netflix’s new documentary taking the world by storm, “Full Swing.”
What a year for Netflix to start following golf—I mean 2022 had to have been the craziest year in golf, probably ever. I don’t really need to go into the details about why, as I’d say it’s painfully obvious, but “Full Swing” does an incredibly informative job and takes you on an in-depth journey into the lives of golf’s greatest players.
This behind-the-scenes style type of documentary shows the good, the bad, and the ugly of more well-known players like Justin Thomas, Jordan Speith, Brooks Koepka, and more. But it also shows the lives of some lesser-known players, like Joel Dahmen and rookies Sahith Theegala and Mito Pereria. The series also goes into detail about the crazy power struggle between the PGA Tour and LIV Golf, something I think everyone was itching to see.
I’m not going to break down every single episode because I don’t think anyone wants to read all of that. However, here are my overall thoughts and highlights about the series as a whole.
Pro Golfers and Us Regular Folks Are Not That Different!
- If you don’t believe me, watch Justin Thomas struggle at the CVS self-checkout line.
- Jordan Speith once paid a valet guy to move JT’s cart off-site as a prank—classic best friend behavior.
- Brooks Koepka puts 33 on all of his golf balls because it’s his wife’s favorite number, and they got engaged on March 3rd. Aw, cute.
- Koepka forgot his clubs once at home before a tournament. We’ve all been there buddy, it’s ok.
- Ian Poulter’s kids make fun of his pants just as much as the rest of the world. Phew.
- Remember when Joel Dahmen ran shirtless on 16 at the WMPO? I was there. Saw it first-hand and in person. Before you ask, yes, I did get showered with beer.
- I also learned a lot about Dahmen and his struggles throughout his life. I agree, cancer sucks.
- The fact that Matt Fitzpatrick has tracked every single shot he’s made since he was 15 is kind of mind-boggling. Dedicated man.
- Dustin Johnson telling me “something’s wrong with you” if you don’t take the LIV offer…going to pass on that one, thanks.
- Tony Finau has got to be one of the greatest family-oriented athletes out there. 5 kids plus a wife attending every game is crazy; I give him and his family so much credit.
- Sahith Theegala using a cardboard box has his laundry basket—us youngins in our early 20s really aren’t that different.
- Getting insight from Rory and how dedicated he is to the tour just really makes you think about the commitment these guys had to go through to get to where they are now. Who would really want to give that up?
- The fact that Tiger Woods was the first person to congratulate Rory on his FedEx Cup win made me smile as big as Rory did.
Well, you’ve seen my thoughts. It’s a mix of informative and intrusive thoughts—ones I think whether you enjoy golf or not, one could understand. Season 2 is already underway, and I know for sure there are some golfers I’m hoping to see featured. Now I want to know your thoughts—do you agree, disagree, or have any comments? What do you want to see in the next blog? Let me know!
Let’s play a round and I play only the shots suggested by my golfshot app and write a blog about that….
Good insight on Full Swing