I also look at what theyre carrying it in, and what little accoutrements hang on the loops, hooks and Velcro pads. My informal surveys confirm what I said in Whats In The Bag? No. 13 on accessories: No sport has better stuff.
I know people who have every sort of gadget you can imagine hanging on their bags, as if they feel it would be a sin to ignore the ingenuity of inventors who have come up with fascinating solutions to golfs between-shot housekeeping. And I know golfers who detest clutter, and therefore keep no more in or on their bags than six tees, a ball-mark repair tool and two desiccated gloves. (By the bye, the minimalists always seem to think the accessory freaks are dorks. Who asked em?)
There is a strong temptation to give in to the allure of the neat and cool when deciding on golf accessories. Theres certainly no harm in it, except perhaps to your childrens college funds. But there is a common-sense way to approach the question, one that leads to that special satisfaction of being prepared ' and maybe winning a match because of it.
Whats the weather? Why carry your rain gear and club covers and all that stuff every time? In Scottsdale, leave it home. In Seattle, dont leave home without it. You get the idea. I even like to have two kinds of bags, so I can carry just what I expect to need, no more or less.
What will I use? You know how you play, how the rhythm of your round goes. If you know youll need a cleaning brush, have at it. If you never do, resist temptation.
Whats fun? If youre from College Station, an Aggies headcover, thats what. Or is it more fun to carry six clubs in a Sunday bag for a quick nine on Tuesday morning? The accessories are there for you; use them to make golf more fun.
Whats art? One area we didnt have time to explore in this show was the blossoming world of golf art. Many photographers and painters make a specialty of this now, such as Iain Lowe, a photographer who works in Scotland and environs, and Linda Hartough, a painter who renders golf holes with stunning warmth. This is worth an Internet search; golf pictures or even sculptures can add class to clubhouse or home.
Whats next? Our second season, but not until 2004. Yes, this is the last show in the inaugural season of Whats In The Bag?. But equipment junkies shouldnt despair: Plenty of our first 13 shows will re-air over the coming months, and were planning a new holiday-season extravaganza to help you decide on the best golf gifts this year. And soon, it will be time to start work on our second season.
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And while youve all been generous in your compliments of my work, of course every television show is a group effort. This one had some of the best behind-the-scenes help in the business. Rusty Billingsly, our producer, came up with the excellent concepts and frameworks for our stories. Hes also a great TV writer, and I was glad to collaborate with him.
Rusty worked closely with Pat Devlin, a very talented and hard-working videotape editor, to make the shows look great and flow so well. Both put in a great many hours, never settling for second best.
Associate producers Ashley Tomasso and Michael Prince traveled with us, kept the tapes in order, handled the details, and cast another couple sets of critical eyes on the work to make sure we were doing a good job. Stephanie Howe keeps our Original Productions department running smoothly. Jay Kossoff, head of that department, and Jeff Hymes, chief of program development, provided invaluable logistical and creative support. TGC execs David Manougian, Bob Greenway, and Tony Tortorici got behind the idea from the start. TGC cameramen Mike McGarry, John Bender, Kyle McClamma, John Feyko, Paul Boron and a host of freelancers shot the magnificent video and recorded the great audio we had to work with (and in some cases, did a lot of the driving, carrying, and listening).
Thanks also to the hundreds of industry experts for providing the latest information on the games equipment.
Id also like to thank Mrs. Barr and my son (aka the 2020 U.S. Amateur champion) for sharing Daddy with Delta and a dozen other airlines.
And thank you for indulging me by reading the credits ' and for watching. You, the viewers, are the most important component to what we do at The Golf Channel.