Originally Posted by jbishop15
Chamblee having won twice on Tour is actually pretty impressive. Besides that, I don't think its necessary to have Tour winners in the booth because many of them don't have a clue what they're talking about anyways. Being a good player doesn't mean you know a lot about the golf swing, or the like.
I didn't say that you had to be and I wasn't intending to slight any of those guys. I enjoy Nobilo quite a bit along with Cook and a few others but in general the GC has a weaker group of analysts and "color" guys compared to other networks. I'd much rather listen to Azinger, Strange or Andy North over most of the guys on the GC. I don't think analysts have to be the most knowledgable of what they are talking about all the time. Leave all that to the former teachers or guys who currently teach rather than former players. Anyone can analyze a swing, that doesn't mean the viewing audience is going understand it or believe it.
I'd rather listen to guys who have accomplished a lot in the game who have an interesting personality infused with their experiences. The GC definitely lacks pizzazz with their color crews. Chamblee creates that pizzazz but most of the time I think he does it to self indulge in his own percieved image. Its like the production crews tell him "Okay you have to go out and be the devils advocate and be controversial all the time."
Maybe just picking on the accomplishments on the GC crew isn't the best way to describe what I was trying to say. Frankly I just don't find most of them particularly interesting or care what most of them have to say.
Originally Posted by Golfingdad
You don't have to be a good golfer to be a good analyst. That logic would also mean that you'd have to be a good golfer to be a good golf coach. I don't think Haney, Harmon(s), or Foley were good golfers. Do any of them have any professional wins?
Now, is Brandel a good swing analyst? Probably not ... but he is very good at his job, and I do think that some of those other guys are as well. Especially Nobilo. :)
I believe that some of the best coaches in any sport were probably not very good at playing their respective sport. The cerebral part of any sport is much harder to master than the the physical side of the sport and its rare you find a player with both. The cerebral players always make the best coaches but are usually not the best at playing the sport.
I also think being a golf coach or a swing coach is much different than being a coach in any other sport. Golf coaches teach mechanics, biomechanics and all that good stuff. A basketball coach or a baseball coach generally doesn't teach the finest nuances on the sport the way a golf coach would but rather a style of the game and the strategy behind it. Yeah sure basketball coaches will fine tune your shot or how to pass proerly but they can't tell you how to run or jump or any basic athletic ability.