20 Twitter accounts you're not following - but should be

Golf and Twitter
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Twitter has changed the way the world communicates - including the golf world.
By John Kim
PGA.com

Series: Golf Buzz
The world of communication is changing fast and Twitter seems to be leading the way. This holds true in golf as it does in every other facet of life. But are you using Twitter to best enhance your golf life? Sure, you're probably following all the "big" names - but great Twitter streams are not limited to those with six figure followings.  Some of the best, most informative and most entertaining are putting out a lot of great information to a relatively smaller audience. 
 
Thus, I present to you 20 great golf accounts - hidden gems of Twitter - that all golf fans should be following. My requirements for this list were 1.) a professional connection to golf 2.) have less than 10,000 followers and 3.) is not a verified account (Twitter's designation for 'official' accounts that have been authenticated).  Other than that, if they are informative, insightful, unique and entertaining, they were fair game.  This list is by no means comprehensive. It's more illustrative of the many great under-followed accounts out there. 
 

Life on Tour:  The best insight about life inside the ropes aren't just from the guys/gals swinging the clubs.

  • Erin Walker - Wife of PGA Tour player (and recent Frys.com Open winner) Jimmy Walker, Erin brings her love of family, golf and horses (both show and the Broncos) in a fun and 'inside the ropes' way. She may be the only Tour player wife that has more Twitter followers than her husband. Even if that's not the case much longer, I'm sure she'll continue to add some unique and interesting perspective to a side of life most of all only think we know. (@TourWifeTravels)
  • Josh Dickinson - Josh Dickinson is a long-time Tour caddie who shares some great thoughts about life on the bag and on the road. Several caddies share great tweets about what life on Tour is like through their eyes, but Josh adds enough funny anecdotes and a dash of personal thoughts that make this a good account to connect with. (@TourCaddieJD)
  •  Nick Flanagan - The 29-year-old from Australia is a four-time winner on the Web.com Tour and was that Tour's 2007 Player of the Year. What makes him a great follow? He's honest and open about everything. Meatheads at the gym? Flanagan doesn't like 'em. Time back home with family? Flanagan posts pictures showing he can't wait to see 'em. (@4flanagan)

  • James Nitties - The 31-year-old Aussie won the 2011 Midwest Classic on the Web.com Tour. He often gives movie reviews, flirts with the ladies via Twitter, posts funny videos, photos and more. All in all, Nitties is just a funny guy's guy. (@Nitties23)
  • Jane Park - LPGA Tour pro, foodie, class clown. Sometimes not in that order. Jane's one of the most entertaining and engaging pros out there. Well worth a click of the follow button. (@TheJanePark)

 

Media: These people work in covering golf - and they do it really really well.

  • Dave Shedloski - (Golf World) 'Shed' has seen it all working for a variety of golf outlets and is a supremely talented scribe. He knows the game and the audience as well as anyone. If it's a big event, Shed is probably there. And he can surmise a complex thought into one tweet. Huge help as you watch an event. (@DaveShedloski)
  •  Ryan Ballengee - (Golf News Net) Ryan's ability to look at any golf event/moment and find a unique angle to it makes him a must follow. Was the first to secure an interview with the Presidents Cup streaker. Pretty sure he coined the hashtag #59Watch. Has worked at a variety of golf outlets. Pretty good player too I'm told but he keeps ducking me. (@RyanBallengee)

  • T.J. Auclair - (PGA.com) A bit self-serving here as he is PGA.com, but as one of the main producer/writers of "The Golf Buzz"; T.J. consistently finds more interesting and unique golf stories than anyone on the web. There's the occasional tweet rooting for his beloved Patriots and Red Sox, but no one's account is perfect, right? (@TJAuclair
  • Beth Ann Baldry - (GolfWeek) So I'm breaking my own rule here a little bit, but Beth Ann is worth it.  She has slightly over 10,000 followers, but she should have over 100,000. I follow a number of people who promote and cover women's golf - at every level. But in truth, if you had to pick only one to get all the info you could want...she would be that one. She's fun, she's engaging and she's seemingly everywhere. (@Golfweek_Baldry)
  • Matt Adams - (Fairways of Life, Back 9 Network) One of the real 'stars' of radio row, Matt (host of the "Fairways of Life" on Sirius/XM radio) can talk about any Tour player, any piece of equipment, any venue and pretty much any topic you can come up with. And do it better than pretty much anyone you know. A scholar and a gentleman. Hard to beat. (@MattAdamsFoL)

 

Industry: Whether you want to know about equipment, the business side or the history of golf; this group will have you covered.

  •  HackersParadise - One of my favorite sites for talking golf equipment, they consistently tweet out links to the discussions their forum members have about new equipment. Invaluable info there. (@hackersparadise)
  • Dottie Pepper - She's pretty much a golf icon. Two-time major winner, current ESPN broadcaster, PGA of America board member, passionate about growing the game, etc. How she qualifies for this "hidden gems" list (Number of followers, twitter verification) is beyond me. But no real explanation needed - she's obviously a great follow for golf fans. (@DottieandBogey)
  • Bob Denney - Bob's handle (@pgahistorybug) tells the tale pretty well. Senior writer at The PGA of America, he knows and shares more great nuggets of golf history than any other source I know of on Twitter. 

  • We Are Golf - I love the business side of golf. We Are Golf offers some great figures, stats and interesting stories about why golf is more than a game. If you want to learn about the industry and why it's so impactful to our economy, they are a must follow. (@WeAreGolf)
  •  Harry Arnett - The Senior VP of Marketing at Callaway Golf. He and his crew (affectionately known as The Zoo Crew) made a conscientious effort to use social media (and in particular Twitter) to redefine the way a golf brand engaged with an audience. It's worked. He's smart, engaging, funny and sincere. On the flip side, the long-suffering native Atlantan will share his love for the Bulldogs, Falcons and Braves on occasion. So those tweets are depressing. (@HarryArnettCG)

PGA Professionals: The experts in the game and business of golf also have Twitter covered pretty well. These names are among the many that can teach, promote and grow the game - 140 characters at a time.

  •  John Graham - (Rochester, NY) - First used Twitter to promote his involvement in the AimPoint theory of putting instruction but has evolved it into great analysis on all kinds of golf science as well as a tremendous networking platform. (@JohnGrahamGolf)
  • Sara Dickson - (The Stanwich Club (Conn.)/Stonebridge Club (Naples, Fla)) - One of my favorite Twitter stories. Young pro who graduated with no full-time job, no computer, no tv. Used her smartphone and Twitter to network and learn the business side of golf. Now sharing great inspirations, great golf photos and fun 'growing the game' stories with the world. (@Sara_PGA)
  • Mike Fay - (Monument Course, Boyne Falls, MI) Incredibly passionate about teaching and growing the game but most well-known for hosting the weekly (every Sunday night) "Ask the Pro" feature on Twitter. In that, he moderates a fun following of golf pros; asking a variety of golf questions and getting an interesting diversity of answers for the public to consume via the #AskThePro hashtag. Part teacher, part facilitator, total golf nut. (@MikeFayGolf)
  • Brad Redding - (Grand Dunes Golf Club, Myrtle Beach, SC) Highly lauded teaching professoinal that has embraced Twitter as a great tool to connect, teach and engage. He doesn't need Twitter to establish himself by any means, he just enjoys using it. And it shows. Great golf advice and good stories to boot. (@BradReddingGolf)
  • Ted Eleftheriou (MetroWest Golf Club, Orlando, Fla.) - A constant stream of golftips, Ted is all about offering short nuggets of advice that will inspire non-golfers to take up the game and help beginning golfers enjoy the game a little more. (@CreateGolfers)

 

John Kim was named 2012 CableFax "Social Media Facilitator" of the Year for all digital media and was designated a 2013 "15 to Watch" by CableFax as a 'rising star of digital, technological and social innovation.' He is not as interesting or entertaining as the names listed above but you can still follow him on Twitter at @JohnKim.  Oh, and you should follow PGA.com (@PGA_com) too.  Because it's the best.  And we all tweet there like it's our job.