During a Christmas American Ninja Warrior marathon, I kept seeing commercials for Esquire’s The Short Game. As you all know, I’ve been desperately trying to find something to fill a very particular space in my heart left vacant by Toddlers & Tiaras departure from Netflix. The Short Game, an 8-episode season of very competitive 7 and 8-year-old golfers whose fathers are their caddies, does this, in a way.
These parents push their children through Pinehurst, the world championship of kids’ golf. Yes, these kids are seriously impressive golfers. And yes, these “Caddy Daddies” are seriously intense. The Short Game features:
- 7-year-old Chloe Kovelesky from Boca Raton, Florida, who lives in a golf community so she can easily practice every day
- 7-year-old Avery Zweig from Dallas, Texas, who’s usually clad in black and skull & crossbones to “attend her opponent’s funeral”
- 7-year-old Morgan Rodriguez from Del Ray Beach, Florida, who is articulate enough to tell her father that his tough love isn’t helping her golf game… he doesn’t seem to listen. She and her sister Makenna both golf competitively.
- 7-year-old Max Thomas for Modesto California, who doesn’t come from a background of golfers. In fact, he’s teaching his father how to play. His visual and analytical skills get him through the game.
- 8-year-old Awesome Burnett from Flower, Mound, TX. His little sister’s name is Amazing, if anyone was wondering. His name actually grew on me, as did his caddy daddy who doesn’t censor his language at all for interacting with children.
- 8-year-old Bryant Hernandez from Southern California is strong-willed and independent, but his dad has a lot of opinions saying, “ we win together, we lose together” and dressing the same as his son on the course.
- 8- year-old Bryce Wylie from Boca Raton, Florida has another one of those intense coach dads.
- 8-year-old Sachin Kommineni from Coppell, TX. He and his brother Rohan both play golf competitively, and their dad is a full-time coach and caddy.
Most of the time, these kids act like they have wicked ADD, but actually they’re just 7 and 8. I’m not sure if I even have the patience to play golf. Most of them cry a lot, seemingly no thanks to their parents’ urging. The exception is Chloe Kovelesky, who is very happy-go-lucky and plays consistently well. I’m sure the parents would agree with me here: that attitude helps her win!
The full season of The Short Game is on demand now! Be warned, the episodes are not numbered at all on the on demand screen. If you have the xfinity to go app, you’ll be able to see the correct order. There is also an, as far as I can tell, unrelated documentary film of the same name about 7 and 8 year old golfers. After the show, I’m interested in seeing that as well!
While this is in no way as crazy as Toddlers & Tiaras, it strikes a certain familiar note with me. With impressive youngsters and determined parents, The Short Game is a fun, quick watch! It’s on demand until January 20th, so get on that while you can.