Jessica Marksbury sits down with Top 100 Teacher Michael Breed to talk about Trump, TV and the power of motivation.
I'm thrilled that we're drinking mojitos.
When I first got here [to teach], Joe Roediger, the GM, showed up with a mojito, and I felt like that was the drink of Trump Golf Links at Ferry Point.
We're here at Ferry Point in the Bronx, where you recently moved your teaching academy. Donald Trump is the man everyone's been talking about. What are your thoughts on his contributions to the game?
He may be one of the most significant people for the game of golf at this point. You hear about course closures all across the country, and Trump is building courses and trying to bring the game to all types of players. He's a very important contributor to the growth of the game.
Not many people know it, but you used to be an assistant professional at Augusta.
One of the things I loved most about working at Augusta National was that every single person, every single day, was in a great mood.
I'll bet you had a lot of "friends" coming out of the woodwork.
I got a phone call one day from a guy I barely knew. He said, "Hey, I'm driving through Augusta." I was like, "Where are you?" He said, "Tennessee. But if you can get me [on], I'll drive through." [Laughs] Needless to say, I was not able to assist.
Your instruction show on Golf Channel, The Golf Fix, hit a milestone in January: 300 episodes. Is there such a thing as an unfixable golf swing?
I don't think so. I believe that every swing can be cured if you can appeal to both mind and body. If there was ever a point where I felt I couldn't solve it, I wouldn't do what I do.
Between your golf academy and your TV show, you're one of the busiest men in the game. What's next?
Well, my SiriusXM radio show, A New Breed of Golf, debuted in October. And another thing I want to get into is motivational speaking. There's nothing better than helping someone shoot their lowest score or win a club championship, but being able to help someone quit smoking, or to help someone save their marriage—well, those types of things are really important to me.