“Let’s Do This !!!!”
That was Michael Breed’s popular introduction to his high-energy lessons on The Golf Channel — The Golf Fix.
Sadly, during the Christmas Holidays, The Golf Channel did its best Grinch impersonation and quietly sent Breed on his way.
We will miss him and and judging by the initial reactions to this decision, a lot of golfers will as well.
The genesis of Breed’s exit was the network’s acquisition of Revolution Golf. With that came the need to feature instructors from that platform — enter Sean Foley, who was working with Woods a while back, maybe long enough for a couple of cups of coffee with Eldrick between lessons.
So now there’s Foley and a guy from Scotland.
Breed will be missed.
At last year’s PGA Merchandise Show, they were lined up five deep to watch Breed do one of his episodes at the show. When it comes to personality and ability to communicate, Breed’s one of the best. Foley? Well, he’s about a nine-handicapper in that context.
No worries for Breed. He had offers waiting in the wings.
He’s signed on with Conde Naste Digital to create an online instruction archive through Golf Digest. He will also expand his presence on Sirius XM from three to five days a week. His show on Sirius is called A New Breed Of Golf.
There’s no heartbreak for Breed in this.
Breed has a nice full-time gig — he operates the Michael Breed Golf Academy at the Trump Golf Links at Ferry Point, New York. Breed is one of the top 50 instructors in the country, ranked there by both Golf Digest and Golf Magazine.
He’s well-respected within the PGA of America and was named its National Teacher Of The Year in 2012.
The really great thing about Breed is that he has the gift of getting through to the average golfer, including your high handicappers. His shows were fast-moving, interesting and his information was always easy to understand.
With his on-air skills, don’t be surprised if Breed shows up on another network before too long.
In the meantime, these changes should allow Breed to spend a little more time with his family. He lives in New York and certainly won’t miss the commuter flights to Orlando.
It’s a new year at The Golf Channel and it’s just not the same without Breed.
The Golf Fix was one of those shows where you could pick up common sense information that would help you improve in one way or another on the golf course.
So now we’ve got Foley and some others.
But we’ll miss Michael Breed.