The Good the Bad -- and Faldo


Editor's Note: Each month, Golf Channel's Kelly Tilghman will be answering reader and viewer questions. Kelly is the first female in golf television history to be a lead play-by-play commentator.
Has it been difficult adapting to a 4-hour or so telecast after doing mostly half-hour-to-hour shows? And what is a normal work day like for you? -- Robert from Georgia
Dear Robert,
Thankfully, it hasnt been much of a problem adapting to a 4-hour broadcast. I had plenty of practice for those with our 'Live From' shows in 2006. We actually did 6 hours a day for last years Masters and well likely do it again. That was tough. I will say that the main thing you need to do to maintain your energy is eat! We have plenty of protein snacks and fruit in the booth to get us through the broadcast. You can imagine how hungry (Nick) Faldo must get being nearly 64'! He eats like a horse!
Best wishes,
Is Faldo the same guy off camera that he is on camera? ' Ryan from Canada
Dear Ryan,
Kelly Tilghman and Nick Faldo
Kelly and Nick make a great on-air tandem. (WireImage)
Faldo is not the same guy off camera that he is on camera. Hes even funnier! Multiply his enthusiasm times 5! Nick is a rare kind of person. Hes constantly thinking, creating, moving and making everyone laugh. He is a bright and witty guy who has a deep passion for what he does. He puts just as much energy, if not more, into his television career as he did into his golf game over the years. I think the most important thing for viewers to understand about Nick is that hes not faking it for the camera. Thats the real Faldo.
Best wishes,
How has your reception been from players and others in the business with you being the first female golf anchor on a tournament broadcast? ' Angela from California
Dear Angela,
My reception out here has been overwhelmingly positive. Several players and fellow members of the media have congratulated me on my new position and it has been heartfelt. Im sure there are plenty of people who are taken aback by this move, but hopefully over time, they will come to accept it. I know that this is a new concept for many but its not the first time theres ever been a first in the business! As long as I bring credibility to the broadcast booth, that will ease the transition. Judy Rankin and Dottie Pepper are two of the most revered talents in the business because they are knowledgeable and hard working. It just takes time.
Thanks for the support.
What is the hardest part of your job and what do you need to work on to be as good an anchor as you want to be? ' Terry from Indiana
Hi Terry,
Kelly Tilghman
A lot of hard work goes on behind the scenes to make everything look good. (WireImage)
The hardest part of my new job is the adjustment to life on the road. I traveled a lot when I was a touring professional but I was much younger then with less of a sense for home base. Its not easy jumping from city to city, hotel to hotel, and airplane to airplane, but it does make me appreciate the long anticipated return to my own bed and my family and friends. As far as being the best anchor I can be, I feel that time and repetition will help me hone my skills. The more shows you do, the stronger your sense of timing and your feel for the moment becomes. Remember, Im just 3 weeks into my new career, whereas Jim Nantz, Mike Tirico and Dan Hicks are decades along. Im looking forward to the journey.
Do you get to play the courses at the tour stops each week? ' Mike from Indiana
Hi Mike,
I have the opportunity to play the tournament course only once in a blue moon. Usually, I cant fly in until the day before the broadcast because of other obligations and I leave immediately following the broadcast to prepare for the next event. Occasionally, I will tee it up somewhere and when I do, its great. Nick and I played the Plantation Course (host to the Mercedes-Benz Championship) on New Years Eve. Its totally different getting to play a course under tournament conditions. Its a real test of your game. The greens are usually lightning fast and the rough is always thick. It makes you appreciate the scores these pros are shooting week in and week out.
How do you stay in shape on the road? Do you have a fitness routine that you stick to with all of the work? ' Kevin from Canada
Dear Kevin,
Its a real challenge staying in shape on the road but I use workouts for more than just staying fit. They are mental releases for me. We have gym benefits just about everywhere we go or I will use the hotel facility if it has all of the equipment I like to use. To make it easy, I simply make it a part of my daily routine, much like you would at home. I always work out in the mornings. It helps my metabolism jumpstart and it gets my blood pumping to the brain!
All the best,
I think you are doing a tremendous job, but Im sure you ' like every other broadcaster ' get your fair share of criticism. Do you pay attention to the critics; whether they say good things or bad things, and how do you deal with it? ' James from New York
Dear James,
One thing I learned pretty quickly in this business is that critics are about as common as the number of breaths you take in a day. My thought process is quite simple in that department: I wake up every day trying to be a little better than I was the day before, knowing that I cant possibly please everyone on this journey. My priority has always been to be true to myself and the viewer. The rest will work itself out. I have a close circle of friends and I value their opinions very highly. Letting too many comments rule your world only creates confusion. Like the great Arnold Palmers father once said, Son, you go ahead and listen to all of those people who think they have the answer to your swing problems. Ill have a tractor waiting for you when youre finished so you can make a living.
Thanks for your questions and support,
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