Where the hell have you been Matt?

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Hey, remember me?

My name is Mathew, and I used to write a lot of golf reviews. I used to review golf gear, golf shoes, golf bags, hell, and even golf underwater. You could find me spending countless hours researching clubs, shoes, clothing brands, website development, SEO, backlinking, and anything else valuable to a successful golf review site. I was known to spend endless nights up until 2 am making sure everything was perfect before hitting that “Publish” button so everyone who read the articles would be “entertained” or “enlightened” by my vocabulary.

So what the hell happened??

A lot, actually, and I figured it was time to explain just what the heck has been going on with me and why the site and social profiles have been blah over the last couple of years.

So here are some things I found out about myself that I was clueless about.

First up, I found out I love podcasting. I’m honestly surprised I haven’t done more than one. When I started the Chasing Daylight Podcast with Ryan in 2019, the idea was to have another avenue for people to find our content. Podcasts were all the rage, and we figured if everyone else was doing it, why not?

That ideology quickly changed. Ryan moved to the East Coast, and the show was on life support until Joe hopped on and breathed some much-needed life into what we were doing. It’s been a blast to do the show with him, Jermey, and Dan, and we just hit our 5th-anniversary last month and have no plans on going anywhere.

However, The CDP is not a one-stop source for a specific golf subject. We’re all over the place, and that’s why I think we enjoy it so much. As Joe has said many times, “We’d be talking to each other about this shit anyways, might as well record it.” The podcast has never filled the writer in me void that I have now.

Something else I learned is that I’m having the timer of my life running the Vegas Golf Network.

Take 100 golfers, throw them in a room, and manage them over 12 months and 11 golf tournaments. I’m sure most of you would instead “opt-out” at the first opportunity, but I am freaking loving it. With the help of some of the OG players from the VGN, we’ve had multiple successful seasons dating back to 2000 and are now regarded as one of, if not the best, golf league in all of Las Vegas. That’s an accomplishment I’m pretty proud of!

The VGN is killing it, and I’ve learned so much about running and organizing golf tournaments, let alone the rules of the game and how the World HDCP system works, and I have zero plans to slow down with it!

Now add in the build shop I’ve created in my garage!

Yeah, Having the blog, the podcast, and a golf league wasn’t enough to keep me busy, so why not set up a build shop and offer some services to the community? I thought this would be the straw that broke the camel’s back, but again, I love it! There is so much going on in a club building, and I love having total control over everything. I’ve been building my clubs for a few years now, and being able to dial in my gear has been so rewarding.

The plans are in the works to upgrade my workspace and make it even more efficient. It’s not just about making a buck or two, even though that’s nice. It’s more about expanding my golf knowledge and being able to help out my fellow golfers when they’re in a jam. But don’t get me wrong, I love to tinker!

Lastly, I’ve learned I want to be better at golf.

I know, I know, don’t we all!

I’m not sure I’ll ever get to scratch, but I know I have the ability to shoot in the mid-70s consistently. Swapping out my gear to play something I’m reviewing did way more damage to my game than I ever thought it would. Those of you who know me as “The Mayor of Tinkertown” are probably wiping up the floor right now cause they just spit out whatever they were drinking. Yeah, I change up my equipment often, but it’s all in an attempt to better my game, not review a club I have no business putting in play.

Dedicating myself to playing better and getting better is consuming. I’m constantly working on improvement. I’ve started working with an “actual” golf coach, not someone who wants to help me. As much as I love the support, that was so detrimental to my progress. I’ll never get back the years I wasted trying to find the “budget” fix.

Trying to be a better golfer has me focusing more on myself rather than the gear I’m using, the course I’m playing, or the social aspects of sharing all that with everyone. It’s more personal to me now, and honestly, I want to soak it all in and be the best golfer I can be.

I won’t go into personal life stuff; just know two teenage daughters are in my home. NUFF SAID!

The free time I used to spend plugging away at the keyboard is gone!

I do love writing, though, so I’m at a crossroads.

I love how The Breakfast Ball was built up from nothing and became an excellent source of genuine golf reviews: no BS, just an honest opinion from one golfer to another.

What I’ve found out over the years is anyone can do this. Seriously, it’s not complicated. What’s hard is building, maintaining, and earning relationships. But, recently, I don’t think the golf industry as a whole cares about those relationships anymore. Calm down. I know that’s a bold statement, and I know there are some fantastic brands out there. Not everyone is guilty, but most of them are.

Nowadays, it’s all about creative content creation and how fast you can get it to go viral. And to give some respect (I’m not a hater), there are some AMAZING content creators out there. People who have done incredible things. But they have opened the door to the masses to try the same thing, and I think it’s single-handedly killing good content.

I see so much nonsense on my IG feed it’s nauseating, and it makes me wonder where is all the good shit!

So, what to do with this website?

That’s where I’m at. Is there still a place for The Breakfast Ball Golf Blog? Or does it need to be sent out to Pasture?

I started a new Instagram page where I can share my personal life with golf. It’s been fun using @mysocalledgolflife to share my golf life with everyone. I don’t care about likes, shares, follows, or views there. It’s just me and my golf life. If you like it, awesome; if not, oh well. I’m not trying to monetize it, grow a following, or be some Social Media influencer. I like sharing golf stuff, as most of you do.

Aside from what to do with the website, I need to decide if golf reviews matter anymore. Back when I started doing reviews, there weren’t a lot of sites doing so. The good ones have stuck around and are still active today, but even some of the best ones have stopped producing content. COVID is to blame for a lot of that. It didn’t take the golf brands long to figure out, “We can just do what they’re doing and have some hot chick say it on a video.” next thing you know, that’s all we see.

I see the traffic reports from this site are still hitting 2000-4000 views a month. That baffles me.

But it also tells me there is some good shit on here! But I want to be able to provide some value to people who stumble upon the website. I’m not sure how that happens, but I would very much like to figure it out.

My younger counterparts often criticize me when I say we should explore Facebook more for leads to the golf league and the podcast. “Only old people go there anymore,” I hear. And while that’s true, there’s a lot of old people. Maybe a read-only golf review site that shows some photos is outdated. Passed up by YouTube, TikTok, and all the other social media channels that seek out the mind-numbing content we consume.

I am going to write more.

What will it be? I guess you’ll have to stick around and find out. It might be a review. Well, there will be some. I have a Golf Bag company and some apparel goods to which I owe some reviews. It might be a rant about a current topic. It might be a tip on getting your clubs built by an experienced club-builder, NOT a garage-based, self-taught retired guy,

I guess I need to put it all out there and see what sticks to the wall! To those of you who have left comments on some of the articles here, I’m sorry for the delay. I will answer all of them, even if it’s too late for the response.

If you’ve been a reader of this site, I thank you. I thank you for your time, I thank you for your patience, and I thank you for allowing me to have a space you find worth a visit. Be it your first time or your 100th.

Thanks for letting me vent, and I look forward to typing many more words in the future. Even if nobody ever reads them!

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Writer and founder of the golf blog The Breakfast Ball. My wife will tell you I'm obsessed with the game, she's right! It's that obsession which drives me to become a better player and make this site enjoyable for everyone.

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