Mid-Am Crisis ft. Michael Williams – Founder, A Continuous Lean

A Continuous Lean Founder Michael Williams

Mid-Am Crisis is a weekly podcast featuring intimate discussions with some of golf’s most interesting personas. The show is available anywhere podcasts are found.

Michael Williams is not a golf expert, but he certainly has a passion for the game and the lifestyles that come with it. His blog, A Continuous Lean, has become one of the most popular sites in the country for menswear enthusiasts thanks to his storytelling abilities and nose for the unique. Now, he’s getting ready to apply that same enthusiasm to his love for golf.

In 2021, Williams is launching a new site called ACLgolf.com which will be a home for content based around what he calls the “intersection of golf’s concentric circles.” I like to think that Williams and I would run into each other in those circles quite often. I’ve only known him for the past year, but each time we get a chance to speak, I feel like we are simply on the same wavelength, especially when talking golf. 

In our most recent conversation, we discussed many of our favorite theories on the game including its undeniable mental health benefits. We compared notes on some favorite travel spots and spent quite a few minutes talking about personal style and the expression of individual beliefs. The latter may not sound like golf topics, but I can assure you they are. 

Michael Williams is the perfect example of how the internet has helped me build relationships all across the world through conversations about golf. Despite living on the other side of America and having never met in person, each time we talk it feels like catching up with an old golfing friend. That’s what golf does and I’m awfully glad the game connected the two of us. I think you’ll see why when you listen to the show.  

If you enjoy Mid-Am Crisis, be sure to subscribe to the show on your preferred listening platform. As always, you can find more of my work here at www.jayrevell.com and my company, Revell Media at www.revellmedia.com  

-J  

Mid-Am Crisis ft. Ed Bates(Gramps) – My Grandfather and former Club Professional at Havana Golf & Country Club

Gramps tees off for his weekly game at Havana Golf & Country Club

Mid-Am Crisis is a weekly podcast featuring intimate discussions with some of golf’s most interesting personas. The show is available anywhere podcasts are found.

My Grandfather, Ed Bates, is my golf hero. He taught me the game and has shaped so much about how I strive to live my life. His easy-going disposition and constant optimism have always been something I aspire to. Gramps, as I call him, was the club professional at the nine-hole course I grew up at. He worked behind the counter there for 35 years and touched a lot of lives along the way. For him, golf has always been a foundation for building friendships and a vessel on the journey towards self-improvement. I don’t think I’ve ever known anyone who loves the game as much as he does…and that’s saying something.  

We recorded this episode on the eve of Gramps’ 87th birthday. Amazingly, even at his impressive age, he still plays golf four days per week. On most of those occasions, he still beats his age. There aren’t many folks who spend every day at the place they worked for three decades but for Gramps the golf course is just home. He once told me that the secret to life was “a hard day’s work, a loving wife, and a happy child.” Golf was how he made that his reality.

During our discussion, we talked about how that all came to be. In addition to Gramps’ life story and golf legend, we also talked about some of the ways he’s taught the game to people. In those moments, he shares what I believe are some of the best lessons any golfer can learn. He’s a wise old sage and someday when we run out of chats like this I know I’ll be coming back to listen to this again and learn from him once more.  

Gramps, if you read this or ever listen to the show, please know that I love you dearly and can never thank you enough for giving me the gift of golf. The best I can do is share the game with others and try to spread the ideals that you taught me.  

For those who want to read more about Gramps, check out the story I wrote about him for Golf.com at the link below. https://golf.com/news/features/good-golf-monotonous-story-about-gramps-ed-bates/ 

If you enjoy Mid-Am Crisis, be sure to subscribe to the show on your preferred listening platform. As always, you can find more of my work here at www.jayrevell.com and my company, Revell Media at www.revellmedia.com

Cheers,

-J

Mid-Am Crisis ft. Samantha Marks, CEO SKRAM Marketing, Formerly of Golf Channel & Arkansas Golf

Samantha Marks dishes golf takes and digital media strategies via her Twitter page.

Mid-Am Crisis is a weekly podcast featuring intimate discussions with some of golf’s most interesting personas. The show is available anywhere podcasts are found.

Samantha Marks likes to share her golf takes on Twitter. That’s how she has developed a large following and it has even helped her build a successful business. Marks has a knack for modern media – undoubtedly shaped by her stint in broadcast journalism. She formerly worked for the Golf Channel until the company went through a severe reorganizing. Now, she’s running her own marketing firm with many growing clients in the golf industry.

Marks loves to talk golf online and she isn’t afraid to mix in humorous accounts from her personal life. That approach continues to pay off with opportunities like contributing words for The Golfer’s Journal and doing brand collaborations with companies like Amstel Light. In our discussion, Marks shared her journey to playing collegiate golf at Arkansas, her pivot to working in media, and how losing her job at Golf Channel led to her becoming a business owner.

Marks is a tenacious spirit and a witty commentator on the day to day happenings in golf. After following her for some time, I’m convinced that she will continue to capture the attention of golfers around the globe. We had a great chat and I’m hopeful it will lead to many more. 

You can follow Samantha on Twitter at @SamanthaSMarks

If you enjoy Mid-Am Crisis, be sure to subscribe to the show on your preferred listening platform. As always, you can find more of my work here at www.jayrevell.com and my company, Revell Media at www.revellmedia.com

Cheers,

-J

Mid-Am Crisis ft. D.J. Piehowski, Producer, No Laying Up

D.J. Piehowski Filming Strapped:Tallahassee at Capital City Country Club

Mid-Am Crisis is a weekly podcast featuring intimate discussions with some of golf’s most interesting personas. The show is available anywhere podcasts are found.

D.J. Piehowski is part of the No Laying Up collective. Along with his friends and partners Chris Solomon(Soly), Todd Schuster(Tron Carter), Neil Schuster, and Phil Landes(Big Randy), they have created one of the most entertaining and informative golf media companies in the game today. Although D.J. was the last to officially join the team, he acts as a sort of creative glue that helps to elevate their content through his superb storytelling abilities.

D.J. cut his teeth in golf media working first at Golfweek and later at the PGA Tour. Through his writing and other skillsets he also helped The Golfer’s Journal become an incredibly popular brand in the golf world. Through the latter engagements, he made quick friends with the original No Laying Up guys and before long found himself as an integral part of their team. D.J. brings a unique perspective to their content and his affinity for finding the right strings to pull during interviews adds an interesting depth to their productions. His love of filmmaking and study of cinema shows through in nearly every video they share across their Youtube channel.

I first connected with D.J. a few years ago when he was kind enough to read some of my earliest writings(they weren’t very good!) on the game and the tips he was nice enough to give me then still help shape my work today. We recently spent some time together when he, Neil, and Big Randy visited my hometown of Tallahassee, Florida to shoot a season of their budget-friendly golf show called Strapped. As much as I enjoyed watching them create their show in person, it was even more fun to talk with him about the work they do at No Laying Up during this discussion.

D.J. is one of the great voices in the game of golf today and he brings tremendous authenticity to every story he tells. If you enjoy their work or just love hearing from someone who’s chasing a dream with friends I think you’ll really like listening to our chat. Lord knows it had me ready to go tell some stories of my own.  

You can dive into the No Laying Up universe of golf content at https://nolayingup.com/ 

If you enjoy Mid-Am Crisis, be sure to subscribe to the show on your preferred listening platform. As always, you can find more of my work here at www.jayrevell.com and my company, Revell Media at www.revellmedia.com

Cheers,

-J

Mid-Am Crisis ft. Will Smith, Co-Founder, National Links Trust & The Outpost Club

East Potomac Park, part of the National Links Trust offerings in Washington D.C.

Mid-Am Crisis is a weekly podcast featuring intimate discussions with some of golf’s most interesting personas. The show is available anywhere podcasts are found.

Will Smith seems to will things into existence. No project makes that more evident than the creation of the National Links Trust. Along with his long time friend Michael McCartin, Smith breathed life into the National Links Trust as a means for setting a new course for public golf in Washington, D.C.

The recently formed non-profit was established to preserve, improve, and promote the three courses owned by the National Park Service in our nation’s capital. East Potomac Park, Langston, and Rock Creek are all listed on the National Register of Historic Places and the National Links Trust is on a mission to elevate their playing experiences while keeping them as beacons for affordable public golf. With a long term lease of those courses now in hand, Smith and his colleagues have set forth to restore and renovate the facilities.

Although that road may be long, Smith and the NLT team have proven their ability to attract other visionaries to the project. To date, three of the best architects in golf are slated to lead the work – Tom Doak, Gil Hanse, and Beau Welling have all agreed to come on board. Thanks to Smith and others, the excitement for what these courses can become has reached a fever pitch among beltway golfers and architecture enthusiasts around the U.S.

When not working through the challenges of National Links Trust, Smith is deeply involved in the golf society he co-founded. The Outpost Club began as an extension of opportunities Smith found from working in golf design and today it has become one of the premier golf societies in America. It is another example of Smith’s ability to execute a vision.

During our recent discussion, Smith and I discussed his work with National Links Trust, his background in golf and love for course design, as well as why The Outpost Club has become such a successful golf society. Smith is a genuine and passionate person whose professional ambitions are born from a desire to create unique and memorable experiences through golf. Our conversation was easy to get lost in.  

For more information on the National Links Trust please visit https://www.nationallinkstrust.com/ 

To learn more about The Outpost Club please visit http://outpostclub.com/

If you enjoy Mid-Am Crisis, be sure to subscribe to the show on your preferred listening platform. As always, you can find more of my work here at www.jayrevell.com and my company, Revell Media at www.revellmedia.com

Cheers,

-J

Golfers from all over Washington D.C. flock to the facilities at East Potomac Park

Mid-Am Crisis ft. Matt Cardis, Founder – Golf in Your State

Hey there friends, if you haven’t heard, I’ve got a new podcast called Mid-Am Crisis. It’s available wherever you listen to your favorite audio. The show features conversations with many of my favorite golf personalities as we dive into the game, life, and everything in between. I hope you’ll check it out and subscribe to the show. I’ll be posting each episode here at Jayrevell.com as well.

This week, I’ve got my good pal Matt Cardis on the show. You can listen below.

Matt Cardis is a golf vagabond. For the past four years, he’s been traveling across the country in search of great golf and good people. He shares his stories from the road via beautiful photography and stirring video under his Golf In Your State brand. I’ve been fortunate to know Cardis for a few years now and I’m always impressed by the stories he tells through his lens. I like to call him the Forrest Gump of golf content creators. Every time there is a gathering of interesting folks somewhere in the game, Matt is sure to be there. Even though 2020 made golf travel difficult, the pandemic did not slow Cardis down. In fact, he executed one of the biggest deals of his career. Partnering with the USGA, Cardis produced the US Open Trophy Tour video series in which he took the fabled silver cup across the country. Cardis stopped at eight different former host courses and eventually delivered the trophy to Torrey Pines – the home of the 2021 US Open. Now, as 2021 begins, Cardis and I had a great conversation about his adventures, what makes golf such a great game for connecting with new people, and what plans he’s making for the year ahead. He also shared some amusing hacks he uses when traveling and reflected on the rewarding nature of his life on the road. Just talking with him has me ready to take a golf trip somewhere soon. 

Be sure to follow Matt Cardis on his Instagram page at @golfinyourstate You can also find him and his US Open Trophy Tour videos on Youtube below.

Cheers, My Friends

Hey there friends,

I hope you and yours are enjoying a warm holiday season and that you are preparing to start your new year with some golf in it. 2020 has been one hell of an adventure, but despite its many challenges, I’m still thankful for all that I have been given – especially from the game of golf.

Golf has proven, once again, to be a powerful force in my life. From the quiet meditative late afternoon walks to the laughter of a socially distant buddies trip, golf has helped me get through this tumultuous year in so many ways. I was able to travel to a few familiar places, spend lots of time with family and friends on my home course, and write some stories about it all along the way. This year, I feel especially blessed to have the game in my life.

As I sit here at my desk, reflecting on 2020, I have so much to be grateful for. This past year I crafted stories for the Golfers Journal, McKellar Magazine, Golf.com, and Golf Advisor. I also published my first book! In recent months, I even started a new podcast and I’m really proud of how it has turned out. All that being said, I wanted to let you all know just how much I appreciate you reading my words and following my work. It truly means the world to me.

Golf is such an incredible journey and I can’t believe the places and people this game has introduced me to. Despite spending so much time at home this year, I feel like I developed more new connections than ever. What a time to be alive! I’m hopeful that 2021 will bring more trips, better golf, and new discoveries. Perhaps I’ll even get to meet a few more of you.

I’ll leave you with a parting thought and a bit of news. First off, I pray that you are making it through this pandemic in good spirits and that your loved ones are all still with us. This year has accelerated so many changes in the world and I hope some of them are benefiting you. For me, this year has shown just how important it is to have family, friends, and colleagues who care about you and want to see you succeed. What an important thing to remember. Finally, I want to share, that this Spring, I’ll be releasing my second book. I’m still pulling all the details together, but come around Masters time you’ll see it ready for purchase. I’m excited to share some of the things I’ve been working on and I think you’ll find that it is both familiar and fresh all at the same time. Stay tuned for more on that!

Meanwhile, as this year comes to a close, I want to thank you again for your support and patronage. Without an audience, words don’t travel very far. Thanks to you, there have been some Jay Revell stories shared all around the globe this year. I truly treasure every interaction that I have with my readers and friends and I want you to know how much you all mean to me.

So, tee it up somewhere today if you can. If not, pour a glass of something good later tonight and give cheers to golf and how it brings us together. I’ll be drinking to great memories from this year and to the hope of finding new friends next year on fairways near and far.

Let’s go make some birdies in 2021.

Cheers, my friends.

-J. Revell

Survive and Advance

There’s pressure and then there’s everyone you know watching you play in the shootout pressure. I can not think of a greater challenge to an average golfer than attempting important shots in front of a large home club crowd. Typically reserved for member-guest events and other such competitions, the shootout is a real torture chamber for the nerves. After a weekend of grinding through a flight of similarly skilled teams, the best of the bunch get their shot at country club glory. Shootouts are comprised of sorted personalities. Teams that have been playing together for years, partners with business relationships, family member squads, and obscure friendship duos all come for their chance at some cash and to put their name on a plaque. With dozens of on-lookers surrounding each swing, it requires tremendous concentration to perform well. Every shot is riddled with tension. Make the swing, hole the putt, or face elimination. Although the challenge of winning the shootout seems daunting, someone will indeed raise their arms and achieve the unthinkable. There are betting favorites, lovable underdogs, and of course the ones nobody can stand. With drinks flowing and players forced to play through a raucous atmosphere, there’s no telling what might happen and usually, the day is defined by a surprise putt, an unfortunate mishap, or a momentous swing nobody saw coming. That’s the beauty of it. A shootout is unpredictable but there are always countless witnesses on hand to see how a new grill room legend unfolds. It’s simply one of the best environments in golf.


If you enjoy these musings, you’ll probably like my new book, The Nine Virtues of Golf. It debuted earlier this year as the #1 new release golf book on Amazon.

-J

Five Dollars at a Time

There’s always a match taking place at my golf club. Five-dollar Nassaus get traded more than bad jokes. Even though nobody gets rich, the stakes feel high. That’s what pride will do to a golfer. Everyone wants to be a winner. Most will never lift the club championship trophy, but they can earn the feeling of getting paid by their opponent on a weekday evening in the grill room. Abe Lincoln’s face neatly folded in your wallet is a fine reward for sticking it to a friend. It always stings though when you have to hand over the cash. That’s why the matches matter. Having a little on the line will make you play harder. We inflate the importance of a five-dollar Nassau in order to feel a fraction of the nerves that come from larger events. Those three-foot putts on a Thursday night might not mean much in the grand scheme but they matter in the moment. The shots you pull off when playing against your pals become the basis for confident swings down the road. It’s good to turn up the pressure. It’s fun to play for money. We all get a little better five dollars at a time.


If you enjoy these musings, you’ll probably like my new book, The Nine Virtues of Golf. It debuted earlier this year as the #1 new release golf book on Amazon.

-J

The Short Side

Hitting an approach shot to the short side of a tucked pin is not a good feeling. It takes ample space to make a proper pitch. Having none doesn’t bode well for the prospects of an up-and-down. In such tight spots, hope for a par save seems like wishful thinking. The rescue effort still must be made though. The only priority is to get a putter in hand as soon as possible. A bad chip can take par out of reach. It’s best to sell out for the putting surface no matter what. Getting to the green is essential to the save. While it may be tempting to try something risky, the prudent path is to play well past the hole. The flat stick is a much more likely hero than the wedge. With little room to operate, the wise golfer will insist on finding salvation through a long putt rather than risk falling short again. There is no greater test of course management than this. Unfortunately, most players fail. The passing grade is awarded to the golfer who plays the odds correctly. A reasonable putt for par is all we should aim for.


If you enjoy these musings, you’ll probably like my new book, The Nine Virtues of Golf. It debuted earlier this year as the #1 new release golf book on Amazon.

-J