The stress of school work and golf practice everyday can be a tiring down process. Being on the road seven out of nine weeks is a grueling process for anyone, especially a college senior.
Michael Smith is two weeks away from graduating from Stephen F. Austin University with a degree in Journalism. To add to his resume, he has also helped lead the Lumberjacks to several collegiate victories.
Trying to stay focused on school with the golf season going on can be a very difficult task. With the spring golf season down to its last tournament Smith has become well-known throughout the collegiate athletes with his new YouTube hit videos.
Over the past several weeks Smith has been performing a parody of Michael Breed golf tips.
Breed is a highly respected golf instructor who has been giving golf tips on the Golf Channel for several years now. His show the “Golf Fix,” has impacted every level of golfer. Breed comes out with new instructions of teaching every day.
Being a high level golfer and watching the show Smith came up with the idea that he would start doing his own videos of golf tips in a comical way.
Smith’s first video became viral during Mid-February. Watching Breeds’ latest show on how to hit the “flop” or an exciting high soft golf shot, Smith immediately went to the camera to start his acting career.
“Once I saw Breeds’ video I had this idea to do comical lessons to try and make my friends and team mates laugh. I would go off what Breed would say in his shows then I would totally just flip what he said to do,” Smith said.
What started out as a joke, Smith quickly received immediate feedback from friends and fellow classmates.
“All of the responses were the about the same, everyone couldn’t stop laughing and they wanted more. So I did what the people wanted and started doing them weekly,” Smith said.
Smith Weekly Tips was born and was spreading like wildfire. The first video received a number of views, and when the Lumberjack squad traveled to golf tournaments players from other universities were asking for advice. Once the Lumberjacks returned home from South Carolina Smith recorded his second video of, “How to hit the long ball.”
The video contains a two minute instruction on how to gain distance on your tee shots during the round. While recording the instructional video Smith accidentally hits the golf ball in the house and nails the wall.
“We were about to do another take since I accidentally hit the ball into the wall but after I watched it, it was perfect,” Smith said.
The second video was an immediate hit. It doubled the views of the first video in two days. Also, it attracted not only young stereotypes but older people were starting to comment.
“Im not a very good golfer but the videos just make me forget about all the issues I have and makes me laugh,” Brian Day, amateur golfer said.
Since the second video Smith has recorded two more videos with his most recent one coming out on April 19. With some of his fellow teammates struggling to get out of the bunkers in golf , Smith decided he would poke fun of them and make a video.
Joking and laughing in the video Smith recorded his funniest video yet with hundreds of people replying back via text and facebook to Smith.
“It was crazy within an hour of posting the video I got about ten text messages that said best video yet or I can’t stop laughing,” Smith said.
With all the hype around the videos Smith is considering sending an application into the Golf Channel to see if he can team up with Michael Breed one day.