Recap - Shotmakers Finale... Finally

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  • Author: Joseph Culverhouse
  • Manager - GLT Content and Communications
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If you’ve been following along, you already know where GLT Golf stands on Golf Channel’s swing-and-miss attempt at reality tv, Shotmakers. If you haven’t, and the first sentence didn’t give it away, check out this article to catch yourself up. If you think I'm going to backpedal or apologize in this article, you’re going to be disappointed.

But that’s okay. If you watched the Shotmakers finale on April 30th, you’re probably already pretty disappointed, anyway… unless you enjoy cruel and unusual punishment, in which case, we can probably find a job for you here at GLT HQ.

I’m not going to waste time going over the basics of Shotmakers again. Either you’ve watched it and know how it works/what it’s all about or you haven’t. If you haven’t watched, I envy you – God, I envy you. If you have watched, and somehow made it out sober enough to still comprehend what you’re reading, you have my condolences.

Anyway, if for whatever reason you care about spoilers, reevaluate your life choices skip the next paragraph.

I’m not going to get cute here, I’ll just summarize without the fluff. Team Warriors won. That’s Nikki Bondura, 25, a lifestyle blogger and co-owner of Women with Drive, and Brad Barnes, 23, a runner-up in the 2017 TopGolf Tour Championship (along with previously eliminated Shotmakers competitor Matt Cousens.)

This means neither of the inaugural (and hopefully last) Shotmakers champions are professional golfers, which I guess can be considered a bright spot for the show. For their triumph, the two were awarded $50,000 and a one-year membership to TopGolf, which is basically the equivalent of getting a year’s supply of churros for winning a churro-eating contest at Costco. Actually, no, scratch that… watching a churro eating contest at Costco would probably be ten times more exciting than Shotmakers.


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If you’re starting to wonder if I’m just being hard on the show at this point, I’m not. I’m a fan of Golf Channel. Hell, I’d love to see my name in a Golf Channel byline, just in case anyone there might be reading this (wink wink.) That may even be part of the reason I dislike the show; I know what Golf Channel is capable of producing, and the sad reality is the timeslot wasted on Shotmakers would have been better used to show Tin Cup for the millionth time.

And it’s not just me that feels this strongly about Shotmakers. Take a look at Twitter.

(I could link to other blogs, but I don’t want to. You want to read something else, fine, here’s an article about GravityFit. Throw on the good ol’ TPro while you watch Shotmakers and at least there will be one redeeming aspect to the hour of your life you’ll never get back. You may be bored senseless, but you’ll have better posture.) 

As bad as Shotmakers might be, I am happy for the contestants. With their generally good looks, I’m sure life has been difficult for them. And since most likely missed a few days of work while filming, it’s such a feel-good story to see these exceptional athletes pick up so many followers, sponsors and endorsement deals.

In a rare moment of sincerity, I am genuinely pleased with the platform the show provided to one contestant, Chad Pfeifer, a retired U.S. Army Corporal. Our veterans have sacrificed more than we’ll ever be able to repay for our freedoms, the least of which provides me the opportunity to sit in a climate-controlled office and write snarky blogs for a living. These brave men and women deserve a hell of a lot more than a position on some competitive reality show, especially one as bad as Shotmakers.

One last point of pride for Shotmakers is the opportunity it presents to every golfer that has spent years hitting the same shot over and over on their way to becoming the Elvis of the driving range. Just head to your nearest TopGolf and, who knows, maybe you can land a deal pitching rental cars or massage parlors while telling everyone how you used to be able to “throw a football over them mountains,” or whatever the golf equivalent of that would be.

If you actually care about playing golf, start here, and if you’re lucky, Golf Channel will start throwing Bagger Vance back in the rotation instead of more reruns of Shotmakers. Trust me, Will Smith and Matt Damon provide far more useful golf content than Shotmakers.

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