Originally Posted by Beachcomber
Liam, I liked the instruction on hybrids and fairway woods with Michael Breed, showcased on the Golf Channel. I have a few questions for you and about the Big Break experience...
1.) How did you find out you were selected to be on the Big Break?
2.) What kind of last minute preparation did you do - before you went onto the show? Was it like cramming for a test in college? Or did you just take the game you had to the show?
3.) How long of a period of time did you have before they informed you that you were selected - until the show actually started taping?
4.) How long are the days of taping? Like what time did they have you on the course - and what time were you finished for the day?
5.) What did you do during the down time?
6.) When you were eliminated - and the show was still taping... Did you just watch the show from the sidelines - outside the ropes? Or did you get to go do your thing on the resort - or go play golf elsewhere?
7.) What are your plans for this Winter - and 2013?
First, thanks for watching!
I guess I'll just go about this in order, by number.
1) I applied online by filling out a questionnaire. They emailed me and said to come to an interview, which were hosted at NGA tour and Gateway tour sites over the winter. After the interview, they called to let me know I was a semi-finalist and they needed a background check. Finally, they called and told me I was on the show. You can see the video on golfchannel.com titled receiving the call.
2) Going in to the show I just wanted to make sure I could trust my swing mechanics. From receiving the call, to the day I left was about 3 weeks. The show taped in June, so I had from about May 8 to get ready. That time frame, unfortunately, is busy in the golf business. I had to spend time helping to train staff, receiving inventory, etc. Therefore, I wasn't able to totally hone my short game as I wished.
3) Answered in #2!
4) We would be up for breakfast at 5:30am. We would be warming up by 7, shooting by 8. Lunch was at about 12:30, and the first day of glass breaking (longest day due to delays of fixing glass), ended about 6 or 7. But, just because golf is finished, doesn't mean the day is done. We still have to eat, do happy hour, interview, and confessional. I wasn't in bed til about 2am the first day, only allowing me 3.5 hours of sleep for day 2. The days get shorter, obviously, with less contestants.
5) There was no real down time, because we always had obligations to be on camera either participating, or watching from safe city. Once we got back to the house we would eat, have a couple beers, hang out, and go to bed once our interviews were done.
6) Once you're eliminated you move to the hotel and have no contact with the guys still on the show. We would do all kinds of stuff, go shooting, offroading, bowling, all kinds of stuff! You can see some of that on golfchannel.com too. Oh, and we'd play golf. I had a tourney to get ready for still. We even got to go off campus a couple times for some extracurriculars.
7) This winter I'm going down to Florida and I am just going to play. I will be playing the PGA tournament series and Winter Championships in Port St. Lucie. I will always play a few golfslinger.com tour events. As for 2013, it's still in the works, but I am putting together an investment group to help get me started playing the E-Golf tour and moving up to the PGA Tour. Hopefully I can secure a 3 year deal to just play. So if anyone is interested....
I think that's everything. Thanks for the questions!!