Mistah Short Hitter – Kirk Blakney

Our guest this episode on The Chicago Golf Report podcast is Kirk Blakney, General Manager and Proshop Owner at Woodruff Golf Course. Kirk is also the man behind the popular Mistah Short Hitter YouTube channel, where he provides in-depth product reviews, on course matches and instructional tips, as well as golf course and facility reviews.

In this conversation with Kirk we discuss:

  • How he fell in love with the game as a child by imitating other golfers
  • How practicing 12 hours a day eventually led to a spot on the University of St. Francis golf team
  • What a family member said to encourage Kirk to create a YouTube channel
  • Where the idea for his first video came from
  • What it takes to create and manage a popular YouTube channel
  • How much it takes to create and edit a single video
  • Why Kirk leans on strategy to play better golf
  • The importance of subscriber feedback for the Mistah Short Hitter channel
  • Who Kirk hopes to inspire with his videos
  • Why social media personalities in golf are becoming stars


Walter Lis

Walter Lis is the managing editor of Chicago Golf Report. Launched in 2010, Chicago Golf Report is the most visited website on Chicago golf and is one of the top ten most popular local golf websites in the country. We are a digital-only news and information resource covering everything golf in Chicago and its suburbs, providing the latest news about local golf facilities, golf events, golf instruction and even golf business.

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