Content I am dying to see, and something that I think NLU would be a great fit for:
I really want to follow a tour pro behind the scenes for every waking minute of a tournament week. Starting the moment they land in town on Monday. What is their prep like, what goes on Monday-Tuesday…Do they go out for beers in the evenings? A few other players hanging out at their house some? How much are they chatting with the Ams during the Pro-Am? What are the nerves like on Wednesday night? Do they work on their putting stroke in the living room like I do? When they get back to house after round 1, what are conversations like with their caddies and coaches? What is the mood like around the rental house after a 74, or after a 64? Everything from making breakfast, to game planning, from trips to the equipment truck, to their NetJets waiting on Sunday night…
I’d be lying if I said I don’t fantasize about what a week would look like if I would be in the big show. I would absolutely love to see an in-depth, day-by-day look at what it’s actually like.
Some strings would need to be pulled, but I think it would need to involve
A tour pro that NLU has some relationship with, since one of them would need to stay at the same house. Basically hanging out with the player as one of their team members.
Walking with the player inside the ropes. Could also bring a Tiger Tracker style tweeting during the round. A mic on the caddie? I’m sure not possible, but a boy can dream.
Limited interaction with the player, a few conversations here and there, but largely just observing, but then bringing a recap at the and of every day. Of course it would be ideal if the player makes the cut, but it would be interesting to see what happens when they don’t. (Do they leave town yet that night? Who lines up the jet?) I am picturing a 15 minute piece for each day.
I’m thinking not a major tourney, but not a dud either. Something that will at least carry a few nerves. Something on the West Coast swing? Maybe Arnold Palmer Inv?
I don’t care who it is. There are plenty of players on tour that I wouldn’t give a second look, but I might be blown away ins seeing who they are off the course and between rounds.
I am picturing something like Vice does with their HBO series.(opinions may vary on this, but their reporting is often eye-opening) Just one or maybe two people, one camera, right in the thick of things.
A huge undertaking, and I am sure there are a ton of things that I am not thinking of, but I would eat that content up. I have seen little behind-the-scenes clip here and there, but never week-long dive that shows the downtime, and what goes into a PGA pro’s week.
Long post, pipe dream…make it happen.