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 137: Billy Spencer, PGA TOUR Caddy For Sungjae Im

    October 20th, 2021  |  1 hr 17 mins
    canada, european tour, flagstick, golf, lpga, pga, sports, teetalk, tour

    Fall golf is winding down in Canada but the sport rolls on around the world. The includes the PGA TOUR where Sungjae Im recently won at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open and did so with the help of a Canadian caddy. That looper, veteran Billy Spencer, joins us on TeeTalk this week for a wide-ranging discussion.

    We cover off how he got into caddying, firing players and making transitions to others, the joys and downsides of being a pro caddy, being part of The Olympics, and even some discussion about his beloved Maple Leafs and Toronto Blue Jays. He's a popular guy on Tour and you'll find out why after giving this a listen.

    In the Week That Was we talk Symetra Tour, the latest exploits of Rickie Fowler, the CJ Cup (is it joining the line-up of world's worst golf trophies?), and a new golf tournament being backed by Geoff Ogilvy in Australia.

    The Mail Bag has us answering questions about giving golf tips to your father-in-law, PXG golf equipment, and the complications of being a spectator at the 150th Open Championship in St Andrews.

    If you hit a lot of thin golf shots with your irons with a lack of power, you may also want to catch the Tip of The Week.

  • Episode 136: Barry Forth, GM of Copetown Woods Golf Club

    October 13th, 2021  |  1 hr 58 mins
    canada, copetown woods, european tour, flagstick, golf, golf business, lpga, pga, sports, teetalk, tour

    The core of the show is this week surrounds Barry Forth, a guest we have been meaning to have on for some time. The General Manager of a fully public golf course, Copetown Woods located near Hamilton, Ontario, he has some some great insight on the golf industry. That includes the challenges of a pandemic, how they keep their business on track in a competitive environment, and how they make sure their business is welcoming for staff and customers alike.

    There is plenty to take from the conversation.

    In the Week That Was we talk LPGA feats, Tiger and Phil Mickelson in the news, great deeds by young golfers, the Players Championship, and why do some PGA club professionals seemingly make not playing golf a badge of honour.

    In the Mail Bag we talk turkey, literally, personal launch monitors, annoying things at the driving range, how not to screw up shots after a perfect drive, our saturation point for PGA TOUR events, and off-season practice.

    In the Tip of The Week, Scott shares some thoughts on how you can improve your golf swing, no matter your location or time of year.

  • Episode 135: Anthony Spagnoli, Golf Course Panelist - Golf Digest & ScoreGolf

    October 7th, 2021  |  33 mins 51 secs
    canada, european tour, flagstick, golf, lpga, pga, sports, teetalk, tour

    On Episode 135 we have an interview I think many of you will find intriguing.

    As fans of the sport, I am sure, like me, you appreciate playing new and interesting golf courses. Many of us dream of playing ones that are highly regarded, whether that be from the recommendations of friends or the many ranking lists that are put together by media outlets and organizations on a regular basis.

    Today’s guest, Anthony Spagnoli, shares that interest and has been able to act on it like few others have. A member of the Golf Digest golf course ranking panel as well as the one for ScoreGolf here in Canada, Anthony recently achieved a very special goal.

    It took some time, but he just completed the playing of the top 100 golf courses in Canada, as ranked by ScoreGolf, and he’s joining us on this show to talk about the journey, and how golf has enriched his life.

    He shares details on the efforts it took him over six years to complete the task, what is involved in rating courses, and even some details about the challenges of condensed travel necessary to be a golf course ranking panelist.

  • Episode 134: Ryder Cup Wrap-Up - Whistling Straits

    September 30th, 2021  |  1 hr 24 mins
    canada, european tour, flagstick, golf, lpga, pga, sports, teetalk, tour

    It's finally come and gone, so we take the time this week to give some thoughts on the Ryder Cup at Whistling Straits. The good, the bad, the head-scratching, and things we can expect in the future. Rory's interview, DJ's five points, the television coverage, fan behaviour, Brooks and Bryson, and Stricker's influence.

    Stefan challenges Scott to name the winners of PGA TOUR winners from each event in 2020 (you should try it), and we take a look at the week ahead on the PGA TOUR, LPGA TOUR, Korn Ferry Tour, and Mackenzie Tour.

    The Mail Bag is full of Ryder Cup questions but we also provide some opinions about where the retail price of golf clubs is going, we recall our favourite post game beverages for 2021, and provide some tips on dealing with Fall golf.

    For the Tip of the Week we talk about your trail arm and how to make it function better in the golf swing.

  • Episode 133: Ryder Cup Preview - Whistling Straits

    September 23rd, 2021  |  1 hr 34 mins
    canada, european tour, flagstick, golf, lpga, pga, sports, teetalk, tour

    It's a week three years in the making. The Ryder Cup at Whistling Straits has arrived and we give our perspective on what lies ahead. That includes predictions on who wins, who is the heel and the champion for each team, why the dynamics of team events do not always work, our thoughts on the course itself, and even what type of beer we think the winning team might be enjoying on Sunday.

    We take a look at the week that was with birdies, bogies, pars, and honourable mentions given to a variety of subjects and topics including LPGA KPMG insights and stats, European Tour Ryder Cup clothing, Max Homa's decision to put more effort into his game, Jin Young Ko's win in Portland, an 11 year-old making two aces, and Katy Rutherford playing in a Mackenzie Tour-PGA TOUR Canada event.

    The Tip of Week has us discussing short game, and the Mail Bag is Ryder Cup heavy with questions that range from "Who will hit an errant bal furthest into Lake Michigan this week?", to which player we would choose from each team if there had to be a sudden death, one-man playoff.

    It's a lot of fun, and might be the only Golf Podcast Episode that ever discusses Dunbar's Number... (You'll have to tune in for an explanation, but it's Ryder Cup relevant!)

  • Episode 132: Chris Caldwell, Mizuno Golf w/ Rob Miller as Guest Co-Host

    September 16th, 2021  |  1 hr 45 mins
    canada, european tour, flagstick, golf, lpga, pga, sports, teetalk, tour

    Stefan is away this week so we bring in a past guest, Rob Miller, to co-host with Scott. Best known from social media (Robmillertime) and his golf industry work with major websites like GolfWRX, Rob's got some amazing takes on all things going on in golf today.

    We rip through the latest chatter about the Ryder Cup, Solheim Cup, and PGA TOUR season-ending awards, chat a little equipment, and take on some great reader questions, some specifically for Rob.

    Chris Caldwell of Mizuno Golf joins us for the feature interview to talk about some of new product introductions from the brand, and in the Tip of the Week we discuss the fastest way to improve your putting.

  • Episode 131: Jeff Bishop, Dormie Workshop

    September 8th, 2021  |  1 hr 20 mins
    canada, european tour, flagstick, golf, lpga, pga, sports, teetalk, tour
  • Episode 130: Noah Steele, PGA TOUR Canada Winner

    September 2nd, 2021  |  1 hr 38 mins
    canada, european tour, flagstick, golf, lpga, mackenzie tour, noah steele, pga, pga tour canada, sports, teetalk, tour

    The boys are back together for a jam-packed episode that starts by diving into the BMW Championship, Solheim Cup, PGA TOUR Championship, Korn Ferry Tour Championship, and the Ryder Cup.

    We run through some thoughts on fan conduct on the PGA TOUR, Phil Mickelson's rebuke of the USGA, Patrick Cantlay's putting, the soaring auction price for a Tiger Woods back-up putter, and discuss whether slope on rangefinders should be allowed in tournaments.

    Joining us for a feature interview for the first time in two years is Team Canada member Noah Steele who details how his amateur career was transformed by his recent win on the Mackenzie Tour - PGA TOUR Canada. He tells us what it was like to be the first amateur to win on the tour in almost 20 years, how he kept it together going down the stretch, and what his plans are for his immediate future.

    The MailBag returns with questions on golf travel in Prince Edward Island, the all-female broadcast crew that will be used at the ShopRite LPGA Classic, being a guest at a private club, our favourite messages that we received this year, and we share the oddest things we have witnessed in golf this summer.

    In the tip of the week we talk about playing the right speed in putting.

    Plenty to listen to; enjoy the show.

  • Episode 129: Special Guest Co-hosts: Will Wilcox & Mark Baldwin

    August 26th, 2021  |  1 hr 16 mins
    canada, european tour, flagstick, golf, lpga, pga, sports, teetalk, tour

    Scotty is away again as he visits family in P.E.I. so that means Stefan has called in the relievers yet again. PGA Tour players Will Wilcox and Mark Baldwin join the show to co-host. We sit down to discuss Will's retirement from professional golf, Mark's latest stint on the PGA tour, and the boys do a full breakdown/roast of Stefan's swing.

  • Episode 128: Special Guest Co-Host: MondayQInfo's Ryan French

    August 19th, 2021  |  54 mins 27 secs
    canada, european tour, flagstick, golf, lpga, pga, sports, teetalk, tour

    Scott is on vacation so Stefan made some calls to the bullpen. This week Ryan French is back on the podcast to co-host with Stefan. The boys discuss the players graduating to the PGA tour from the Korn Ferry Tour, players in status limbo, and should Kevin Kisner be on the Ryder Cup.

  • Episode 127: Olympics Wrap-Up / Iron Talk with Matt Bovee of TaylorMade

    August 12th, 2021  |  1 hr 42 mins
    canada, european tour, flagstick, golf, lpga, pga, sports, teetalk, tour

    The boys are back together and oh, do they have plenty to talk about.

    We take a wander over the last two weeks for some deep talk on golf in the Olympics, leading to some fun chatter about what we would and would not be good at in the games.

    Also on the slate is discussion about the latest World Golf Championship event, the end of the regular season on the PGA TOUR, and we explore and give opinions on some other recent dramas on the circuit.

    In the feature interview we are joined by the man in charge of creating irons at TaylorMade Golf, Matt Bovee, who takes us deep inside the new P-790 irons and even shares some thoughts about working with Collin Morikawa, the now two-time major winner.

    In the Mail Bag, we address the importance (or lack of it) of winning on the PGA TOUR, how to get your buddies to play faster without being a jerk, whether golf should be in the Olympics, and reveal our current handicaps.

    The Tip of The Week is back and Scott explains a little about the trail shoulder and how it works in the backswing to give you a more functional path for your golf club.

  • Episode 126: Kevin & Jake Haime, PGA Professionals - Generational Golf Pros

    August 5th, 2021  |  53 mins 22 secs
    canada, european tour, flagstick, golf, lpga, pga, sports, teetalk, tour

    It's an interview heavy episode this week as Stefan is off and Scott takes the reigns.

    The focus is on an interview we conducted earlier this year with PGA of Canada Professionals Kevin and Jame Haime. The father and son carry on the tradition of golf professionals in the family started by Kevin's father, Peter, and that also includes Kevin's brother, John, a playing professional for some time.

    We discuss the nuances of being involved in golf as a family business - the advantages, the challenges, and how the the business has changed over the years. That includes plenty of talk about the evolution of golf coaching and how each generation can learn from each other.

  • Episode 125: Stuart Anderson: 4-time Canadian Tour Winner

    July 28th, 2021  |  1 hr 50 mins
    canada, european tour, flagstick, golf, lpga, pga, sports, stuart anderson, teetalk, tour

    Through the long history of the Canadian Tour, there have been many talented golfers. Some have ascended to become regulars on the PGA TOUR while many others fell just short of that pinnacle, despite having what seemed like equal abilities.

    Canada's Stuart Anderson, who won 4 times on the TOUR, including two TOUR Championships, was a player many felt was destined for nothing but success. He certainly achieved that as a two-time representative of his home country at the World Cup, but, like many pro golfers, he did not quite make it to the PGA TOUR on a full-time basis.

    Admired by his peers, the gregarious Anderson has continued to love the game of golf, despite giving it up for a few years to focus on other parts of his life.

    He joins us on TeeTalk for a lengthy discussion about his career, time on the road, people he has played with, experiences he has had, and why he is now returning to the game in multiple ways.

    It's an earnest discussion and we think you'll enjoy his story.

  • 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.