Thursday, October 20, 2016

Tiger Woods' 'Golf's Not Hard' Nike Commercials

Gotta admit, I have no recollection of the series of Nike TV commercials made in the late 1990s, featuring Tiger Woods doing a comical "Golf's Not Hard" instructional series.

But somebody did: Hat tip to the @golfballed Instagram feed for digging one of these up. After seeing one, I had to find out more about them. Turns out they aired in 1997 and were promotional spots for the Nike Air Zoom TW golf shoes. (Want to see current TW models? Check 'em out on Amazon.)

There were four commercials and they were all pretty good - and funny. The best are the ones about fixing your slice, and the one in which Tiger promises to simplify the golf swing.

Watch 'em all:

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Watch Arnold Palmer's Game Show Appearances in the Early 1960s

Did you know that Arnold Palmer appeared on two television game shows in the early 1960s? It's true, and you can watch those appearances here.

The shows were What's My Line and I've Got a Secret. Palmer's What's My Line guest spot was in 1960, and in 1963 he was on I've Got a Secret.

The two game shows were very similar: Both brought guests on to be questioned by a panel of celebrities, whose job it was to guess either the occupation of the guest (in the case of What's My Line) or some interesting tidbit or amazing fact about the guest (in the case of I've Got a Secret).

It tells you something about the status of golf in 1960, and the media environment of the time, that Palmer - already a multiple major championshp winner - could appear before the celebrity panel, undisguised, on the premise that they would try to figure out what his occupation was.

Here are the two clips: