Chip Hoch was on the range at LPGA International at Daytona Beach a few weeks ago, preparing for a tournament. Just on the range, hitting balls, slightly bored. Then his dad had an idea. "I used to do this thing when I played Little League baseball where my dad would stand behind me and throw a ball, and I'd hit it out into the field," Hoch said. "We wanted to try it with a golf club. I thought it would make a good video."
The idea for these sort of viral videos started while Hoch was a student at Florida Atlantic University, when he teamed up with friend Eric Dunn for a series of comical sketches that they pushed out on YouTube and Twitter. Dunn's account grew to more than 105,000 followers on Twitter and another 90,000 more on YouTube as a result.
Hoch has since left FAU, relinquishing his spot on the golf team to try his hand at professional golf (so far, he's made one cut in six events on the Florida Professional Golf Tour), but he remains active in social media both professionally and as a hobby.
He gets his ideas mostly from talking with his dad. The two might be watching TV or playing golf when inspiration strikes. All of a sudden, Chip is hitting a ball down a bunch of stairs -- or into his father's stomach, as was the case in one golf trick video gone wrong. Regardless, it makes for great viewing. "I've started getting a lot of messages from kids who say that I make golf fun," Hoch said. "Hopefully my videos show that golf isn't the same old slow-paced game; that it's something different now."