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 151: The Finale

    February 17th, 2022  |  1 hr 6 mins
    canada, european tour, flagstick, golf, lpga, pga, sports, teetalk, tour

    When you didn't know you would be doing a podcast three years ago, we think TeeTalk turned out pretty well.

    Starting from a parking lot conversation - "we should do a podcast", this show was born and it's been quite a run. Sadly, but with pride, this is our last episode. It's the culmination of 151 episodes, 200 hours of programming, and countless more hours behind the scenes - wrangling guests, writing scripts, and digging through background research.

    Wanting to keep it a party instead of a funeral, you'll find this show "The Finale" is full of all the regular TeeTalk goodness, from The Week That Was to the Mail Bag. We have a heavy sampling of Saudi Golf League talk, and, of course, there is a generous helping of thanks and goodbyes.

    When a door closes another one opens, so keep an eye out for both Scott and Stefan and where they may pop up next.

    Thank you to Jeff Bauder of Flagstick.com and various sponsors for supporting the show. Thanks as well to all the amazing guests, and especially to the listeners in 85 countries who were gracious enough to give us a listen.

    We hope to see you on the fairways...

  • Episode 150: Aaron Dill, Vokey Wedges Tour Rep

    February 9th, 2022  |  1 hr 20 mins
    aaron dill, canada, european tour, flagstick, golf, lpga, pga, sports, teetalk, tour, vokey

    The West Coast swing on the PGA TOUR rolls along but the AT&T Pro-Am was just a part of the golf scene this week. Top players headed to Saudi Arabia, while other prepared for the Waste Management Phoenix Open.

    The LPGA visited Ft. Myers, Florida for the 1st time in 47 years, and that provided an exciting new winner.

    We wrap all that up in the the Week That Was and then are joined by Aaron Dill, the Tour Rep for Vokey Wedges and heir apparent to Bob Vokey, to talk about new SM9 wedges, how players can get better performance from their wedges, and even a little about the preferences of tour stars like Adam Scott and Justin Thomas.

    The Mail Bag has us talking about buddy trips, golf clubs we regret leaving behind, underrated players to follow at LPGA events, and how much we would spend to play every course that hosts the PGA TOUR in a single season.

  • Episode 149: David Gaylord, CEO Bushbalm / Former D1 College Golfer

    February 2nd, 2022  |  1 hr 29 mins
    bushbalm, business, canada, david gaylord, european tour, flagstick, golf, lpga, pga, sports, teetalk, tour

    Golf shapes lives.

    It's been said many times that being involved in the sport impacts people beyond the fairways. An example of that is David Gaylord. From a small town in Canada, Gaylord has used golf sucess in his youth to propel him into education, and impacted his life as a successful and innovative entrepreneur.

    The CEO and founder of upstart company, Bushbalm, joins us to share thoughts on how golf shaped him, lessons learned that he applies to business daily, and even how he might change golf as it is today.

    It's a fun conversation, thought-provoking at times, and wrapped in our usual sgements, makes for an entertaining epsisode.

    Enjoy!

  • Episode 148: Jake Triplett - Comedian, Podcaster, YouTuber, Aspiring Golfer

    January 27th, 2022  |  1 hr 38 mins
    canada, comedy, european tour, flagstick, golf, jake triplett, lpga, pga, sports, teetalk, tour

    We certainly take things in a new direction this week with a guest that knows a lot less about golf than most of those who join us, but is now massively passionate about the sport.

    Jake Triplett is well-known on social media but in recent times has become better known for his podcasting work (Ghostrunners, a podcast about nothing) and stand-up comedian efforts.

    Happily, puts down his pasta from Chili's at his Kansas City home, he manages to form whole sentences and keep us very entertained. He explains his golf journey, his path to where he is in his career, the joys and challenges of stand up comedy, and is gracious enough to judge our awful attempts at writing and peforming some jokes. We break down some video of his golf swing, and he plays a golf related word game with us.

    As much as he has been in the public spotlight for year, and is now on a U.S. national comedy tour with Trey Kennedy, Triplett has never shared much about his intense affinity for golf, so we were happy to provide a forum.

    As per usual, we dive in The Week That Was, and take your Mail Bag questions on a variety of topics, including how long we would consider giving up golf to end a pandemic.

  • Episode 147: Gear Out Of Our Ears & It Looks Like Every Major Golf Tour Is Back!

    January 20th, 2022  |  1 hr 14 mins
    canada, european tour, flagstick, golf, lpga, pga, sports, teetalk, tour

    It's a very full week of golf talk with most of the major professional golf tours back in action.

    The Week That Was see us give takes on plenty of topics including (and more);

    Kevin Na and Grayson Murray take their beef to Twitter
    If he has to, which will Henrik Stenson choose, Ryder Cup Captaincy or Big Saudi dollars?
    The rise and fall of Russell Henley at the Sony Open in Hawaii, and Hideki's spectacular finish.
    Happy Anniversary to Jason Dufner’s 915 7 wood.
    The relevance of par for pros and the reaction of people over it.
    Is the Korn Ferry Tour missing an coverage opportunity?

    We also dive into the latest new equipment news and some gear related signings of professional and amateur athletes, make our picks for the week for the Amex Championship, preview the return of the LPGA, and sort through who is fighting to be the #1 player in the world this week at the DP World Tour Abu Dhabi Championship.

    All that ands the Mail bag is stacked with questions about playing golf with Novak Djokovic , putter fitting, the best off-season golf purchases, value golf courses in Ontario, tournament memories from Flagstick events, the future of the golf industry, and one listener has a risky situation he'd like some advice on.

  • Episode 146: Kurtis Barkley - #4 World Ranked All-Abilities Golfer & The PGA Tour Returns

    January 13th, 2022  |  1 hr 48 mins
    all-abilities, canada, european tour, flagstick, golf, kurtis barkley, lpga, pga, sports, teetalk, tour

    A special treat this week as not only did the PGA TOUR return with the Sentry Tournament of Champions but we also welcome a guest we have been looking forward to for quite some time.

    After plenty of banter about the week that was, including Tour Talk, announcements for the U.S. Women's Open, etc., the #4 ranked player in the World Rankings for Golfers with a Disability joins us. Kurtis Barkley grew up with big dreams and physical restrictions, but has made the most of it.

    After establishing himself as a top amateur golfer closer to home in Canada, Barkley has taken his game to a world stage with the growing presence of golf events created specifically for players of all-abilities. As a result he has hoisted trophies at a national level, mixed it up with the best players in the world in Australia, Scotland, and Dubai, and risen upward to the top echelon of the world rankings.

    It's an insightful interview into a world of golf few people known about.

  • Episode 145: 2022 Kick-Off Show: Resolutions, The Month That Was, and Tomo Bystedt of TaylorMade Talks Stealth Drivers

    January 4th, 2022  |  1 hr 32 mins
    canada, european tour, flagstick, golf, lpga, pga, sports, teetalk, tour

    We kick off 2022 with a bang as we look back on happenings in golf over the last month, discuss the PGA TOUR Sentry Tournament of Champions, and explore golf resolutions players (and others) might have for the year ahead.

    Senior Director of Product Creation at TaylorMade Golf, Tomo Bystedt, joins us to discuss the very distinctive new Stealth woods for the company, and for the Mail Bag we mix it up and ask each other a question for a change.

    It's a lively start to the 2022 golf season; welcome back to all our listeners around the world.

  • Episode 144: 2021 - Year In Review Show

    December 11th, 2021  |  1 hr 24 mins
    canada, european tour, flagstick, golf, lpga, pga, sports, teetalk, tour

    The 2021 golf year was another remarkable one and we look back on 48 episodes of the Flagstick.com TeeTalk Podcast to end the season.

    We run through the gamut of guests and shows to note memorable chats and moments.

    We pick out our favourite courses we played, our most memorable rounds (personally and on tour), and the players were were most shocked by in 2021.

    Stefan challenges Scott to a little role playing (to Scott's chagrin) of some of the year's most notable characters in golf, while Scott tests Stefan to the Transcript Game. He has to guess who said each of ten quotes from PGA TOUR or LPGA Tour press conferences from the year.

    It's a good time and a great way to close off the season.

    Thanks to everyone who listened in the past year, to all our guests and sponsors, and we look forward to bringing you more content and entertainment in 2022.

    Oh, and please subscribe on your favoruite platform and feel free to share our show with others.

    All the best for the Holiday Season!

  • Episode 143: Noah Steele, PGA TOUR Canada / PGA TOUR LatinoAmerica Player

    December 1st, 2021  |  49 mins 38 secs
    canada, european tour, flagstick, golf, lpga, pga, sports, teetalk, tour

    As the golf year nudges towards a close for 2021, we catch up with a former guest, Canada's Noah Steele.

    A winner on the Mackenzie Tour - PGA TOUR Canada as an amateur this past season, Steele recently supplemented his pro schedule by earning status on the PGA TOUR Latinoamerica. As a result he gets his season started there this week with the playing of the 115th Argentine Open.

    During a recent visit to home in Kingston, Ontario we sat down with Steele to discuss the end of the 2021 Mackenzie Tour season and his pursuit of The Five, the support of Team Canada, the transition to becoming a touring professional, a recent trip to California to get his equipment in order (including a very special putter), and his perspective on what lies ahead for him in 2022.

  • Episode 142: Russell Budd, Mackenzie Tour - PGA TOUR Canada Official, Founder Toronto Players Tour. Former PGA TOUR Latinoamerica Player

    November 25th, 2021  |  1 hr 37 mins
    canada, european tour, flagstick, golf, lpga, pga, sports, teetalk, tour

    With the PGA TOUR, LPGA TOUR, and European Tour winding down for 2021 you'd think there would be not a lot to talk about, but oh, there is.

    End of year play, Q-Schools, equipment signings, schedules, purses for 2022...that's just a start of what we cover in Episode #142. And that's before we get to your Mail Bag questions!

    DePaul grad, former touring professional, founder of the Toronto Players Tour (TPT), and Mackenzie Tour - PGA TOUR Canada official Russell Budd joins us as the feature guest.

    He shares many thoughts on the success of the PGA TOUR Canada in 2021, what he has offered upcoming players with the TPT, and we get a few stories about players and life on the road in Latin America back in the day, including a caddy story for the ages.

  • Episode 141: Blair Bursey, Mackenzie Tour - PGA TOUR Canada Winner

    November 17th, 2021  |  1 hr 24 mins
    blair bursey, canada, european tour, flagstick, golf, lpga, mackenzie tour, pga, pga tour canada, sports, teetalk, tour

    Joining us on the show this week is a guest we have wanted to have on for some time, Blair Bursey. The Gander, Newfoundland-raised pro, still just 24-years-old, made his mark this past year on the Mackenzie Tour - PGA TOUR Canada. He was a consistent performer all season long, always lurking around the top of the leaderboard, and finished up his Canadian campaign with a victory in Victoria at the Reliance Properties DCBank Open.

    The win propelled the lefty to 2nd place in the season-long points list and secured his status on the circuit for 2022.

    Bursey joins us to share his story from being a small town kid who made his way to Utah for NCAA Division 1 golf, and now travels the world pursuing his goal of playing amongst the best golfers in the world.

    Outside of the interview, we have plenty of talk about the LPGA and PGA TOUR, some great questions from listeners, as always, and we offer a golf tip that you can use this winter to improve your ball-striking.

  • Episode 140: Fall Golf Stew - A Mix Of Golf News and Topics as we roll into November

    November 10th, 2021  |  1 hr 9 mins
    canada, european tour, flagstick, golf, lpga, pga, sports, teetalk, tour

    It's November and the golf season rolls on so it was time for a much-needed catch-up between Stefan and Scott without a guest, but with plenty of mail bag questions to prompt discussion.

    It's a wide-ranging podcast this week as a result.

    Questions and topics:
    -Did Scott grow up on a farm in the 1800s?
    -Daylight savings time grief.
    -Our season-long PGA TOUR bet updates, and our picks for the week ahead in Houston.

    • Does Stefan try to take bet on a player not in the field
    • Challenge Tour Bursaries as part of new DP World European Tour sponsorship
    • Korn Ferry Qualifying and the advantages of PGA TOUR "family" status
    • Top 100 Golf Course ranking list ranking validity
    • We weigh in on the the free golf club-fitting "debate"
    • Thoughts on Victor Hovland’s swing
    • The marvel that is Lydia Ko
    • How will old will Bernhard Langer be when he wins his last tour event?
    • The Stefan Swing Project
    • The best golfers among active NHL players
    • PGA TOUR tournament courses we’d like to play
    • Would Seve, Bubba, or Cosmo Kramer make the cut with Stefan the bag?
    • Tip Of The Week - Training your putting aim
  • Episode 139: Kyle Peters, PGA TOUR Caddy on Yardage Book Changes & More

    November 3rd, 2021  |  1 hr 30 mins
    canada, european tour, flagstick, golf, lpga, pga, sports, teetalk, tour

    Regular guest Kyle Peters, current PGA Tour caddy for Mark Hubbard, checks in for a feature talk on the proposed rules change affecting green reading materials and yardage books in the pro ranks. He interprets the proposed rules for us, shares what he like and does not like about them, and where things go next with the decision. He also catches us up on looping at Korn Ferry Tour Q-School, caddy chatter on Tour, and even provides an update on his foray into beer league hockey in his home state of South Carolina.

    Stefan is back so we resume our Week That Was, throwing out birdies, bogeys, pars, and more on Taylor Pendrith, Greg Norman's involvement with the Asian Tour, integrity among golf people on social media, and have an emotional discuss about a recent loss in the golf community and some good that will come of it.

    The Mail Bag is full with questions about what golf ball to use for indoor practice, how Squid Game Golf might look (even though we have no clue about the show), will Canadians flock to the Asian Tour, how long a swing change takes to kick in, golf clubs in the future and the past, who is putting out some good golf instruction content on YouTube right now, and where to get started for off-season training.

  • Episode 138: Derek MacDonald, Royal Ottawa Golf Club - Indoor Off-Season Golf Instruction

    October 28th, 2021  |  58 mins 5 secs
    canada, derek macdonald, european tour, flagstick, golf, instruction, lpga, pga, sports, teetalk, tour

    We take things indoors this week on the Flagstick.com TeeTalk Podcast to focus on golf instruction away from the sunshine and natural grass.

    Award-winning PGA of Canada Professional Derek MacDonald, the Academy Manager at the Royal Ottawa Golf Club, joins us for the entire show.

    We chat about how players can improve some skills better inside than out, the evolution of indoor training and technology, what the benefits of year-round training can be, and much more.

    Derek also handles listener Mail Bag questions on Improving Spin with Wedges, Best Advice For Slicers, Eliminating Toe Hits, Improving Your Putting, and Advice For Developing Competitive Juniors.

    With a long winter ahead for some, the show is full of insight you'll want to hear if you plan to improve your golf game this off-season.

  • 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.