John Daly: A Man of Few Words

First of all, I am a huge fan of John Daly.  But, there are two things that seem to contradict what I think ofjohn-daly.jpg John. I like what he has brought to golf and I hate what he has brought to golf.

I like the fact that John has brought the “Every Day Man” feel to golf.  He seems to validate the swing that most golfers have and can hit the ball further than we can see, all very entertaining.

And yes he brings with it the realization that even the “Every Day Man” golfer has problems like divorces and money issues.

What I don’t like what John brings to golf is the negative image portrayed of the “Every Day Man” golfers.  The drinking and smoking and the thinking that this image is OK. 

It is not OK and there are literally millions of young kids watching JD and hearing what he has to say and how he acts…an unfortunately, they will be influenced negatively by thinking that “If John Daly can do it, then it must be OK for me to do it”.

Arnold Palmer smoked in his Hay Days and there are a number of photos of him smoking, which back then smoking was widely accepted.  But as soon as Golf came to Television he realized the negative image smoking placed on him and changed.  He would make sure there were no cameras around when he light a cigarette up….he eventually quit and tells people today that he wished he had never smoked.

John should know the impact he is making and I know he has the heart of gold.  Maybe his fall from the PGA will give him more time to work things out in his personal life and come back to show that a healthy JD is the example he wants the youth to see and not the demise of yet another down trodden professional athlete.


Scot Duke is President of Innovative Business Golf Solutions, LLC and author of How To Play Business Golf.  Mr Duke uses his 30 years of business management experience to help business owners and executives develop their business to be more successful and mentor business people on how powerful of a business tool Business Golf can be towards solving many business challenges. More information on Mr Duke and Business Golf can is available at the Innovative Business Golf Solutions web-site.


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