TeeTalk

TeeTalk presented by Flagstick.com brings you insightful conversation about all aspects of the world of golf.

About the show

TeeTalk presented by Flagstick.com brings you insightful conversation about all aspects of the world of golf. We dig into current events and bring you guests from the industry you’ll want to hear from. From tour talk to equipment, travel, and more, we take you inside the game in every episode.

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Episodes

  • Episode 124: The Open Wrap-Up & Mid-Season Chatter

    July 21st, 2021  |  1 hr 36 mins
    canada, european tour, flagstick, golf, lpga, pga, sports, teetalk, the open, tour

    No guest this week but it's not necessary because it is a full episode with plenty to talk about from the world of golf.

    We find out why Stefan's golf game should be on a milk carton and what he did on the range that will make you shake your head.

    A lot of storylines to talk about coming from The Open - Morikawa's win, the course, and being the last men's major of the season, we break down all of it and sum up the week that was with our usual "score" assignment to the Birdies, Bogeys, Pars, and Honourable Mentions.

    On the heels of that we rank the last 7 men's majors that have been compressed into a short schedule, bring back the "Role Play" game, sort through a ton of Mail Bag questions (including a really strange one), and wrap it up with a Tip of Week about chasing driver distance.

  • Episode 123: The Open Preview. Guest: Ru MacDonald, European Tour/Scottish Golf Podcast

    July 15th, 2021  |  1 hr 37 mins
    canada, european tour, flagstick, golf, lpga, pga, sports, teetalk, tour

    A full show this week as we put the spotlight on The Open as it returns after it was cancelled in 2020.

    Lots of chatter about the week that was and what we can expect of the 149th Open Championship at Royal St Georges.

    We draft players, take a tour through the storylines we want and don't want to see, and give you some bets to consider.

    The Mail Bag questions are all about The Open, and in the Tip of the Week we help you be a better iron player through a subtle change in the timing of your swing.

    Our feature guest is Ru MacDonald, the Content Manager for the European Tour, who joins us from Royal St Georges for some perspective on the course and the European Tour players we need to watch for. He also puts on his Scottish Golf Podcast hat as we talk about the expected upcoming surge in golf travel.

  • Episode 122: Andrew Tschudin, PGA TOUR Caddie (Cam Davis)

    July 8th, 2021  |  17 mins 28 secs
    andrew tschudin, canada, european tour, flagstick, golf, lpga, pga, sports, teetalk, tour

    Fresh off a win at the Rocket Mortgage Classic, Andrew joins TeeTalk again to discuss Cam Davis' breakthrough win on the PGA Tour.

  • Episode 121: Todd Keirstead, ParaGolf Canada

    June 30th, 2021  |  1 hr 33 mins
    canada, european tour, flagstick, golf, lpga, paragolf canada, pga, sports, teetalk, tour

    Life was a blur for both of us the past week so we did not catch much golf on television. That said there is still plenty to discuss given the recent success of Nelly Korda as she goes back-to-back on the LPGA TOUR, adds a major to her resume, and becomes world #1.

    Stefan breaks down his full Flagstick Open experience - the good, the bad, and the ugly.

    We hand out our usual assortments of birdies, bogeys, pars, and honourable mentions and somehow end up talking about both the Ryder Cup and The Masters. A strange turn but fun nonetheless.

    We welcome Todd Keirstead to the show for an interview about his continued efforts to bring more people to the game of golf, specifically through a new ParaGolf Canada program. You'll find it thought-provoking, we assure you.

    The Mail Bag is an assortment of equipment and playing questions, whether we'd rather like to work on the pro shop or on a maintenance crew, big mistakes that arrive at the lesson tee, and you'll get our preferences on wind vs rain. We'll also weigh in on whether you need a lesson or a new putter more.

    The Tip of the Week has Scott talking ball position.

  • Episode 120: Chase Koepka, Korn Ferry Tour Member

    June 23rd, 2021  |  1 hr 45 mins
    canada, european tour, flagstick, golf, lpga, pga, sports, teetalk, tour

    A wild show this week as we wander all over the place in golf starting with a wrap-up of the U.S. Open, the win by Jon Rahm, and all that ensued in San Diego. We have plenty of takes on the week, making for great conversation.

    We also have another major going on this week, this time on the LPGA TOUR with the KPMG Women's PGA Championship. we preview that and draft some players to continue our in-pod battle for prediction supremecy.

    The men's Olympic Golf Qualifying has been finalized so we have a look at the 60 players and break down some notable teams.

    With the Travelers Championship on tap on the PGA TOUR, we preview the event, ponder why they get such a strong field, and welcome a guest who is playing this week.

    Chase Koepka may be lesser known than his brother (for now), but he's making his own way in the game on golf. The USF grad has found success in college, in Europe, and is developing nicely on the Korn Ferry Tour and in forays on to the PGA TOUR. He gives an open, honest, and fun interview for the TeeTalk listeners.

    We asked for serious, wild, and hypothetical questions for the Mail Bag this week and you sent them. We're handling queries on the streaker at the U.S. Open, dream interviews, and even who we'd like to take on in a tag team wrestling match. Yeah, a wrestling match.

    Tune in and enjoy. Please subscribe and let your friends know about the podcast. It's appreciated.

    This Episode presented by PING Golf and the all-new PING G425 Family of clubs.

  • Episode 119: U.S. Open Preview with Mitch Theoret, Caddy for Taylor Pendrith

    June 15th, 2021  |  1 hr 29 mins
    canada, european tour, flagstick, golf, lpga, pga, sports, teetalk, tour

    It's a huge week in golf with the 121st U.S. Open on tap and we jump in with a draft, headlines we would and would not like to see, and lay out some of the best value bets for the week at Torrey Pines.

    In The Week That Was we chat surprise winners on the PGA and LPGA Tours, update you on the latest drama from Brooks and Bryson, and hand out a few bogeys to things were spotted in the golf scene.

    To help provide more perspective on the U.S. Open we welcome Mitch Theoret for our feature interview. A former professional hockey player, he is the caddy for friend and fellow Canadian Taylor Pendrith. Mitch shares what they are seeing in the golf course this week, talks about strategy to play the course well, and predicts a winning score.

    In the Mail Bag we reveal if we have ever quit during a round because of a playing partner, give advice about choosing what tee decks you should play, verify if Torrey Pines is REALLY a muni, give our take on buckets hats and tournaments formats we like, and let you know if group lessons are only for beginning golfers.

    *This Episode presented by PING Golf and the all-new PING G425 Family of clubs.
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  • Episode 118: Scott Gutschewski, 2x Korn Ferry Tour Winner

    June 10th, 2021  |  1 hr 12 mins
    canada, european tour, flagstick, golf, lpga, pga, scott gutchewski, sports, teetalk, tour, u.s. women's open

    Plenty to discuss this week starting with a wild and wonderful U.S. Women's Open where Yuka Saso captured the attention of the golf world with her surprising but welcome win.

    We sift through The Memorial, including some thoughts on the John Rahm "withdrawal" and the fact that our picks for the week ended up in a playoff.

    We take a shallow dive through the Brooks/Bryson talk to determine if there is actually a "rivalry" of any kind that matters, and preview the Palmetto Championship.

    Joining us this week in the feature interview is veteran Korn Ferry Tour member Scott Gutchewski. He shares details of his 20+ years as a touring pro on everything from the Prairie Tour to the PGA TOUR, all while balancing family life with four kids.

    In the Mail Bag we answer questions on warm-up routines, the prospects of the Canadians at the U.S. Open, wedge set-ups, ready golf, favourite short holes, and would we rather have no three putts or no penalty strokes for an entire year of golf?

    The Tip of the Week returns with talk about chest and lead arm rotation in the backswing.

  • Episode 117: Shawn McKenzie, Sportsnet Host "The Show"

    June 3rd, 2021  |  1 hr 28 mins
    canada, european tour, flagstick, golf, lpga, pga, sports, teetalk, tour

    Plenty to talk about in The Week That Was including the LPGA Bank of Hope Match Play from Las Vegas, the PGA TOUR's playing of "The Colonial", and a Champions Tour Major.

    Talk of the Japan Tour makes the show for the 1st time, and we discuss the move by Justin Thomas to support a mini-tour pro.

    Stefan is in full grief for his Toronto Maple Leafs so that's a great starter with our guest, Shawn McKenzie of Sportsnet, who makes his second show appearance.

    We talk hockey with him (of course) then get to his other passion, golf, as we chat equipment, betting on the golf course, and the possibilty of golf content for his new show called, well, The Show.

    He gives us the scoop on the new project and plans for it, reveals his hopes to add some golf elements to his new house, and updates us on his attempt not to die while training for an IronMan race, an effort his is making to raise money for Toronto's SickKids Foundation.

    Another huge week in golf as the United States Women's Open gets underway at The Olympic Club. We preview the championship, make our draft picks, and also each pick a winner for The Memorial.

    The Mailbag is varied as usual, including what an MMA match-up between Scott and Stefan might look like, Ryder Cup questions, and an ask about municipal golf courses and major championships.

  • Episode 116: PGA Championship Wrap-Up with Andrew Tschudin, PGA TOUR Caddy (Cam Davis)

    May 26th, 2021  |  1 hr 11 mins
    canada, european tour, flagstick, golf, lpga, pga, sports, teetalk, tour

    It was an incredible past week in golf as Phil Mickelson managed the near impossible and won a major championship at the age of 50.

    We get to eat a little crow over that on the show this week, given the predictions about how we figured Phil might fare at Kiawah Island.

    To help things along and wrap up the tournament that captured the attention of the golf world, we are joined by Andrew Tschudin, caddy for Australia's Cam Davis, who made the cut at PGA and was in the mix early on. Andrew gives in the ropes insight on what the championship looked like from their perspective, adding a whole new layer to what we most people saw as viewers.

    His time as a tour pro, using rangefinders in a PGA TOUR event, and thoughts on the Ocean Course are all part of the conversation.

    The Mail Bag is full of PGA Championship questions, plus a few that are swing and lesson related. The Tip of the Week has Scott discussing sand shots and how you can make them easier through more effective use of your wedge.

  • Episode 115: PGA Championship Preview, Guest: Kyle Peters, PGA TOUR caddy and Charleston Resident

    May 19th, 2021  |  1 hr 11 mins
    canada, european tour, flagstick, golf, kyle peters, lpga, pa championship, pga, sports, teetalk, tour

    We go full out for the PGA Championship this week with an in-depth preview of the men's major.

    Our "Scoring" segment is all PGA Championshio related as we take on the story-lines of the week, good or bad, and we also answer a Mail Bag full of questions about the tournament.

    We draft our teams for the week (some of our picks may surprise you) and each provide five bets that we are willing to put our own money on.

    PGA TOUR caddy and Charleston, South Carolina resident Kyle Peters joins us from Kiawah Island with his in-depth insight on the course, how he expects the week to play out, and other local knowledge. That includes how the caddies will be treated this week and where they are dining.

    He also gives us thoughts on rangefinders being used, the real length the Ocean Course might be played at, what he thinks will be the winning score, and all the details of the course you might only hear from a pro caddy who has played it many times.

    As always, he's full of knowledge and you'll want to hear his takes.

  • Episode 114: Marty Jertson, PING, V.P. Fitting and Performance

    May 12th, 2021  |  1 hr 35 mins
    canada, european tour, flagstick, golf, lpga, pga, sports, teetalk, tour

    Another busy week in golf.

    Rory and Ariya return to winning and come up during our review of 'The Week That Was' as we hand out our Birdies, Pars, Bogies and Honourable Mentions for the week,.

    We also talk Walker Cup, Brad Faxon's top-ten putting list that went sideways, and a new college milestone for Amy Bockerstette.

    Fitting golf equipment has been a common topic for us for the last 113 shows and we bring in one of the best in the business, Marty Jertson of PING, to dig into the topic. That includes their new Tele-Fitting system, working with tour pros, and how technology has advanced the process.

    He shares why PING has not returned to the golf ball business, and also gives us insight on his other personal project with Sasho Mackenzie - The Stack System.

    In the Mail Bag you force us to decide what the Augusta National of fast food is; we give tips for getting more spin around the green, choose a favourite course in Myrtle Beach, and get challenged to provide a definiton for a "professional golfer."

    We celebrate Stefan's successful pick of Rory McIlroy at the Wells Fargo Championship, and make our picks for the AT&T Byrson Nelson.

    This Episode presented by PING Golf and the all-new PING G425 Family of clubs.

  • Episode 113: Ryan French, Monday Q Info / The Fire Pit Collective

    May 6th, 2021  |  1 hr 45 mins
    canada, european tour, flagstick, golf, lpga, monday q info, pga, ryan french, sports, teetalk, the fire pit collective, tour

    He started a Twitter account with what he admits is a terrible name, but Ryan French has grown his Monday Q Info brand into something few would imagine.

    By digging away at the stories adjacent to the biggest golf tours in the world, while using his growing following to help others, Ryan has become a go-to resource in the game of golf. And he's super entertaining along the way.

    Almost two years after his first guest appearance on TeeTalk, he returns for a third time to share his biggest news to-date. Never sure how long he could sustain what he was doing, the future of his venture now has a solid foundation thanks to The Fire Pit Collective, a new media company involving golf media veterans Matt Ginella and Alan Shipnuck.

    Whether you know his tale or not, if you love the stories of golf you will enjoy this interview.

    That and all our usual banter - the birdies, bogies, pars, and honourable mentions of the week, some LPGA and PGA TOUR talk, your always appreciated Mail Bag questions, and our tip of the week.

    This Episode presented by PING Golf and the all-new PING G425 Family of clubs.

  • Episode 112: Will Wilcox, Korn Ferry Tour winner/former PGA TOUR member

    April 29th, 2021  |  1 hr 48 mins
    canada, flagstick, golf, lpga, mackenzie tour, pga, sports, teetalk, tour. korn ferry tour, wil wilcox

    You cannot be anyone but yourself, and pro golfer Will Wilcox certainly does not try to mask who he is.

    You'll find that out on this episode where the Mackenzie Tour and Korn Ferry Tour winner joins in to catch us up on his world.

    Currently playing the Korn Ferry Tour, the former PGA TOUR member lets you inside his life in a fun conversation. He shares his putting woes, trial and tribulations with caddies, drops knowledge about the famous in-flight dust-up between his pal Steve Marino and Ernie Els, and let's you know exactly what he plans to be doing if his career path does not head in the right direction. We also get his take on Tony Romo playing tour events on Sponsor's Exemptions.

    In the coversation he also talks about his time in Canada on the Mackenzie Tour and how a random invite led him to playing the circuit and winning the Dakota Dunes Classic. His caddy story alone from that event is worth the listen.

    in the balance of the show we have a chat about Brooke Henderson and her 10th LPGA TOUR win, break down the Zurich Classic in New Orleans, and Scott challenges Stefan with the PGA TOUR Money list game.

    In the MailBag, we talk WITB for us, wedge buying, our favorite rounds of golf in 2020, and how good you should be before you try and qualify for an event on a PGA TOUR-affiliated tour.

  • Episode 111: Gareth Raflewski - World Class Short Game Coach

    April 21st, 2021  |  1 hr 20 mins
    canada, chipping, european tour, flagstick, gareth raflewski, golf, lpga, pga, pitching, putting, sports, teetalk, tour

    When you ask most golfers about practice, they'll tell you about their marathon sessions on the driving range, "perfecting" their golf swings. This week's guest knows where the real gold is though, the short game.

    Gareth Raflewski has become the Irish wizard around the greens. Trained as an Engineer, but a golfer his whole life, he turned his talents away from playing to coaching and has found global success over the last dozen years. Three of Raflewski's students have become #1 in the Rolex Women's World Rankings, and he can count some 60 LPGA TOUR players he has worked with, along with multiple PGA TOUR players.

    Gareth joins us to share some of his secrets to coaching, skills and drills you can use to improve your game, insight into technology he is working with to advance his craft, and what life has been like in the last year working mostly from home. He also introduces you to his training aids and how they were developed.

    Raflewski also has the insight of being a coach at a club, the River Bend Golf Community, in London, Ontario, where he has given thousands of lessons, so you know he can relate to all our listeners as well.

    It's a fun conversation.

    This Episode presented by PING Golf and the all-new PING G425 Family of clubs.

  • Episode 110: Masters Recap / Tomo Bystedt of TaylorMade On The Impact of Augusta Wins In Japan

    April 15th, 2021  |  1 hr 17 mins
    canada, european tour, flagstick, golf, japan, lpga, pga, sports, teetalk, the masters, tour

    It’s only been six months but here we are again re-capping a memorable playing of The Masters.

    Stefan and Scott break down the major with their highs and lows from the week that was, who were the surprises, and who were the dissapointments.

    They also welcome Tomo Bystedt of TaylorMade Golf who shares what the two victories in eight days at Augusta National mean to a the nation of Japan to which he identifies deeply. We talk about how the wins by Tsubasa Kajitani at the Augusta National Women’s Amateur and Hideki Matsuyama will impact the popularity of golf in Japan, how it may shape the upcoming Olympics, and also push the game forward there for the future.

    The Mailbag is filled with Masters questions (again) we do a live speed challenge to find putters to buy in certain price categories online, and the tip of the week addresses how to achieve softer, higher pitch shots around the green with a simple technique.

  • Episode 109: The Masters Preview & Yohann Benson, RDS/TSN Analyst from Augusta

    April 7th, 2021  |  1 hr 42 mins
    augusta, canada, european tour, flagstick, golf, lpga, pga, sports, teetalk, tour

    I mean, what else could this week's show be primarily about? The Masters, of course.

    After we run through the week that was, including an incredible finish and winner at the LPGA's ANA Inspiration, it is all hands on deck, the green deck, as we dominate the podcast with talk of The Masters.

    We make our picks, of course, and the Mailbag is full of great Masters questions, but the main course of the show is our interview with Yohann Benson.

    Benson, a PGA of Canada professional, former tour pro and tour caddy, and now analyst for RDS/TSN drops us insight direct from the grounds at Augusta National Golf Club.

    After walking the practice round with Mike Weir, Corey Conners, and Mackenzie Hughes on Tuesday, Benson shares his observations on the trio and their chances for this week.

    He also gives a great overview of course conditions, the prospects of many players this week based on how the course is playing, and even drops a nugget or two from chats with players like Justin Thomas.

    If you need last minute insights for your golf pool, have a listen ASAP!

    Thanks, as well, to Ellis Meek, who provided the music for this Episode.