- 3:16 PM,
Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014:
- I'm genuinely sick
of golf at this moment. 50+ hours later... and that
was just to get to hitting UPLOAD. And it still hasn't
finished. For whatever reason, YouTube has throttled
their uploads to half the speed of normal so what was
already a massive 8 hour upload is a 16 hour insanity.
Sixteen hours for a 29 minute video. Good golly. But
what can you do?
- Oh and if that
seems long to you, I've finally decided to just make
the half-hour episodes as they would appear on TV.
There's honestly no other way to capture this much
golf. Especially match-play events that are 7 separate
games. Plus qualifying? Yeah, it's a big day. Now with
the business sponsors and the charity... you just
can't gloss over this shit and when it comes to
televising golf? The intensity is in what happens
leading UP TO the putts... not just the putts.
Anyone who has watched a big event knows that. The
highlights on ESPN are a monumental letdown because it
skips every bit of intrigue.
- Of course if you
think golf is boring, you aren't watching this video.
LOL. I guess I understand that. It kills me,
but I have to accept that what I'm pouring my
life into is absolutely niche - and to people that
love golf? It's a fucking joke, because it's
MINI-golf. Yes, in true Adam form, I've found the one
area that is almost guaranteed to never be
mainstream... though after watching this? I'm hard
pressed to believe it wouldn't find a home on the Golf
Channel. It's the fact that it's a backyard that gets
me. If this was just on a real mini-golf course? I
could see it getting old, but here? The holes
actually feel like characters. When you STEP-UP to 8
with the game on the line? It feels like something.
The levels and the angles... it's just very personal.
Anyway, what am I doing? Oh yeah
- THE VIDEO.
- Here it
- Scrolling way down
so you don't see spoilers:
- Ho. Lee. Shit. I
- I lost in an epic
moment where I straight up choked.
Granted, even had I made that putt he got a
hole-in-one on 9 to clinch it but - woah. What an
upset!!!! I'm so goddamned excited to share this it's
killing me. People will finally know now that it
really is anyone's game. I keep telling people, after
a certain amount of practice time, there is no
advantage to it being in your backyard. Seriously -
after an hour or two? You know everything you're gonna
know. It's execution.
- Now clearly, Mr.
Michael Cole has played some golf in his day. And you
can see it in his follow-through. He knows how to
putt. He has complete control over his putter and that
ball goes where he wants it to go. Even in the finals
when he bogeyed? He hit his 2nd shot beautifully and
just got unlucky. He knows his shit, I'm thrilled that
we found him and he will always be the first. I will
absolutely be beaten again, but from here on out,
that's how people will know him on the course and
remember him in the videos. He's excited as hell - had
an awesome day, and can't wait for The Memorial. He is
a legit threat to win the Points Championship this
- ...of course so is
Matt who scored an unbelievable (-7) TWICE during the
event. I mean, to hit a (-7) in the championship
round? That's so clutch. So difficult to do. And even
in the first round he hit back-to-back eagles?!?!?!
Even though Fred holds the record at (-8), Matt will
be the first to hit a (-10). Watch. But again, he's so
hit or miss, I actually now give Michael the
edge. Matt's bogeys turn into triple bogeys in record
time. But without a doubt - we are entering a
different era in this project. I am no longer favored
to win The Memorial. I mean, with all the running
around I have to do and concentrating on filming
it, etc? It's a wonder I can even qualify. That
won't be ending anytime soon and it's fair to say I
will be overmatched the rest of this year. It's only
going to get harder. Oh and speaking of
- We are now looking
at all majors (top 4) being (-5) cut, period. That
will soon be (-6). I can now easily see 4 people
getting (-6) or better. And hell in a Top 8 Match-Play
cut, Jon's (-4) doesn't even assure he's in!!!!
!?!?!?!??! We're in a completely different era. People
are playing better and soon, it's going to be the same
group of 10 guys in every single
- ...though I do
have one wrinkle to introduce. It will help with
congestion on the course and also make each qualifying
game even more nerve-wracking: 5-game limit. One
scorecard. You get 5 chances to post your best score.
And honestly? Every single person that qualified (with
the exception of Jon who needed 6 games) did so within
5 games. What this will do though, is allow people to
come, play their 5 and get out. In fact as this gets
bigger? We may have qualifying days OUTSIDE the
tournament days. However I think the 5-game limit
is a no-brainer no matter what. It is a bit unfair
that some people are on their 7th, 8th, 9th game while
others can't even get in 2 or 3 games because it's so
crowded. Ya know how I used to say come early?
Well people listened, and it was a madhouse within the
first 30 minutes with lines to play. The 5-game limit
will alleviate some of that and again more than
anything? Allow me to capture those final games of
each player as opposed to just ONE person who happened
to be playing at 4:57 (though how incredible was
Jimmy's end!?!?!?). I know some people won't like
this, but I think it's time.
- Now, the big
question is how will this affect charity? Well, it
helps and it hurts. Of course it hurts because people
can't play an unlimited amount of times, but the truth
is? When it's busy? You're lucky to get a round in
every half-hour. And only 3 people were even able to
GET to a game past 5. So what this really does is
allow people to play during off-times and
I believe that will be advantagous as time moves
on. I can't have 50 people in my backyard trying to
play that course. I can however, if I make a
qualifying weekend before the event and then have the
top scores come back at the cut on tournament day.
Again, floating ideas to grow this (without having to
buy an actual minigolf course - lol).
- So the stats!!!!!
Of course you can go to the stats
for the actual stats - but you want to know how much
- 107 rounds
- ...for a grand
total of $778 raised for House of Tiny Treasures! How
'bout that???!?! I told Andrew it would be around
$500, but he was fine with the extra bucks. Hell he
contributed to it! He made the cut! How cool is that!
- As you saw in the
video, there's a bunch of ways to give the business
sponsors exposure. From the commercial at the
beginning, to their name on the eagle cam. And that's
if they sponsor the whole thing. You could sponsor a
hole for $50 and at least get your name out there. The
breakdown for holes were as follows:
- So as you can see,
with 107 rounds of golf (which is a freaking LOT)
you're looking at less than $100 for 2/3rds of the
holes. $20 for Hole 9. So if you limit everyone to 5
rounds you could even have 40 contestants and you're
just doubling those numbers. There's a lot of room for
businesses to get some great exposure for very little.
That's of course for the time being... but it's a
great starting point. Not every business is going to
need to sponsor the entire event for $800-$1000. We
can break it up.
- Man so much to
talk about. Uhm, how cool is the eagle cam? Made
possible ONLY because I removed that
tree?!?!? So glad I did that I can't even begin to
tell you. Of course I want one more to capture
the other half of the course, but we're talking 4
hours and 20 gigs of footage just from one camera...
going through all that... UGH. Now throw in a 2nd one?
And battery power is an issue so you'd need to find a
way to keep it charged the entire time... this is just
a massive undertaking and as you can tell from the
video - there's a LOT of details. And match-plays
are a nightmare. So many games. See it's not just the
holes... a normal major of 18 holes and 4 players is
like 4 match-play matches... but in Match-play they
each have their own story. Sure I can edit around
them a bit... but in the end? You either tell the
story of the match, or you don't. And truthfully? It
should be a 2 hour live event like golf is.
THAT is what makes the big moments big. But no,
30 will be my limit. ;-) Would be awesome to somehow
do a live broadcast at some point though. Have a
camera crew doing the player cards live... not have to
do ANY WORK. OHHHHHHHHHH let me dream. 50 hours
of editing for that is unreal.
- OK, I'm done. I'm
happy, thrilled I finally got beat (though
thoroughly shocked it happened in the first round)...
though let me extend that parenthetical: when you seed
5 spots with free-throws you'll inevitably have a
crazy seeding system that has nothing to do with
golf-skill. Michael would've been a 4 had we done a
golf playoff, no doubt. But hey - we're really to the
point where anyone can beat anyone in a 9 hole game.
I love it. Can't wait to start redoing hole 7
- ...and generally
relaxing. This is such a massive undertaking and it's
finally over. But wow, that was the greatest event,
most intense shots EVER, we've had. I watch that video
and I cannot believe that is my
back-freaking-yard. It literally transforms the day of
an event. So crazy how that happens.
- Alright! Hello