We are one week away from the release of the Netflix golf docuseries Full Swing. An extended, official trailer came out on Monday, and all eight episodes, running about 45 to 50 minutes, are scheduled to go live at 3 a.m. ET on February 15th.

There’s been incredible hype and build-up for this series, the result of a mix of marketing promotion and genuine interest and demand, largely drafting off the success of Netflix’s F1 series Drive to Survive. A few of us here at The Fried Egg have been able to watch Full Swing in advance. We’re spinning off a separate podcast feed called Full Swing Thoughts, with Andy, Joseph LaMagna, and myself discussing each episode of the show when it becomes available next week. You can subscribe to that now for what you will hopefully find to be thoughtful discussions without conflicts and motivated by nothing but our own genuine reactions to this highly anticipated contribution to golf pop culture.

There are revelatory moments and hackneyed clichés. Episodes that grab you and lengthy stretches that flop or leave you wanting more. Here are some quick thoughts, using an “AAA” crutch, about what’s coming next week:


The show is something that looks totally different and unique for golf, and I think that alone can almost make it good. It’s a different, bigger-budgeted production that aims for broad appeal. Let’s set aside even the substance of the episodes. If you head out to a hyped restaurant that’s really comfy and nice with great friends and enjoy yourself, maybe that’s enough to say you had a good time regardless of the food. I think the look and flow alone will keep people engaged and excited.


Access to almost everything and everyone is more than half the battle for this show, and it succeeded there. It does not exist without all the majors and most of the major players agreeing to participate. The ability to jump from the Phoenix Open to the Masters or from Dustin Johnson’s dinner table to the U.S. Open all in the same show is a new frontier, at least for the golf consumer used to sanitized PGA Tour productions focusing on just one player or limited events. This is not to say there aren’t moments that feel sanitized or restricted, but this level of access is an achievement. It’s part of the anticipation around it and why it works.


Now we’re getting to the substance, and probably the biggest question mark for the show. Who is this show going to appeal to? The stakeholders will tell you, probably correctly, that this is not for the week-to-week golf nut, who will watch no matter what. It’s for the dilettante or completely naive passer-by, and that’s why you get explanations of basic golf terms and context interspersed throughout the episodes.

Whether it’s interesting enough for those “casuals” to stick around, however, is a big question. I’ve heard some early doubts about it passing the “significant other” test, failing to grab the interest of the person in your home who’s not into pro golf. The hardcore golf fan can get through the basics or slow stretches and be sated by the rare looks at the mental anguish of Brooks Koepka or the confrontation of self-doubt by superstars (such as Justin Thomas) and mid-tier guys (say Joel Dahmen) alike. But are there actually enough interesting people or well-told stories to keep the viewers who don’t care too much about pro golf? I think this will be a legitimate hurdle to clear for Full Swing.