March 26th, 2020 | 1 hr 23 mins
brennan webb, canada, european tour, flagstick, golf, lpga, ncaa, pga, sports, teetalk, tennessee, tour
We push through another week of isolation with a wide variety of golf talk including the latest tournament cancellation updates from the Olympics and the LPGA.
University of Tennessee Men's Head Coach Brennan Webb joins us for a lengthy interview about the unusual end to the NCAA golf season and a perspective on his career.
Webb tells us how he progressed from a junior golfer growing up in the Muskoka region of Ontario, Canada to an NCAA golfer at East Tennessee, teaching golf, working his way from mini-tours to full-time status on the Korn Ferry Tour, progressing to caddying on the PGA TOUR and PGA TOUR Champions, and then his move into coaching.
He tells us how that comprehensive resume has helped him be a better coach at one of the top NCAA golf programs.
On the back end of the podcast we delve into the final round broadcast of the 2003 Masters (which we went back and watched) and share all the things we noted as we looked back at the Mike Weir win.
With so many challenges going around on social media, we take on one that spotlight our personal golf moments.
The Mail Bag is a full one with questions on golf course styles, indoor putting mat options, why golfers mark their balls, the longest golf course, and some differences between certain golf shafts.
The tip of the week provides some thoughts on golf fun that you can have inside your own house to keep your game sharp.
March 19th, 2020 | 1 hr 4 mins
brittany marchand, canada, european tour, flagstick, golf, lpga, pga, sports, teetalk
It's been a wild week since our last episode. With the Covid-19 pandemic underway we talk a quick look at its impact on the world of golf, for top tours, mini-tour players, caddies, and for every day golf courses.
Our feature interview with Canada's Brittany Marchand dominates the episode. Currently playing the Symetra Tour but an LPGA member for the last couple years, the Canadian details her ups and down in the last few seasons, the adjustments she has made for 2020, and details how she works with and without a caddy.
The North Carolina State graduate also details why STEM (Science , Technology, Engineering, and Math) education is so important to her and why she has become an advocate for it.
During her interview, where we are also joined by LPGA caddy Ryan Desveaux to conduct the interview, Brittany allows us to delve back into her career/life for some fun stories including an oral history of her home in one at the KPMG Women's PGA Championship, her movie "career" alongside Robin Williams, and the art of raking bunkers.
With people spending a little more time inside we also share some book and video suggestions, talk about a few new products on the market, and offer up a putting tip that you can do inside or out.
March 12th, 2020 | 1 hr 39 mins
canada, european tour, flagstick, golf, lpga, pga, sports, teetalk, tour
March 5th, 2020 | 1 hr 38 mins
canada, european tour, fitness, flagstick, golf, lpga, mitch sadowsky, pga, sports, teetalk, tour
Sungjae Im's triumph at The Honda Classic grabs our attention this week as we break down his first PGA TOUR victory, the 2nd place finish by Canada's Mackenzie Hughes, and the appearance of another Canadian, Albin Choi, as a winning caddy.
Golf fitness is in the spotlight this week as we welcome Mitch Sadowsky, the Fitness Director at the prestigious Lake Nona Golf & Country Club. Sadowsky, who works with a number of LPGA Tour and PGA TOUR players, like Ian Poulter, breaks down the key elements of getting the most from your body to benefit your golf swing, He also shares insight on the unique needs of tour pros when it comes to their schedules and tuning their body for the best performance.
Other topics include:
Tiger Woods on the ballot for the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2021
The Bay Hill Invitational and its importance on the tour
Paul Azinger's comments about Tommy Fleetwood and his "need" to wis on the PGA TOUR
Details of the Flagstick Open Amateur Championship
In Birdie vs Bogey we discuss hole in one celebrations, the latest Jordan Golf shoes, the music acts for the 2020 RBC Canadian Open, and Dustin Johnson taking a pass on the 2020 Olympics.
The Mail Bag has us discussing online lessons, potential course records at the 2020 RBC Canadian Open, grip fitting, and how long should a player play as a pro before deciding to quit or keep going.
February 27th, 2020 | 1 hr 40 mins
canada, casey ward, conor mcgregor, european tour, flagstick, golf, lpga, patrick reed, pga, sports, teetalk, tour
Stefan returns from Mexico, leading to an extra helping of content this week.
The boys discuss the implications in the play of Patrick Reed and Bryson Dechambeau at the WGC Mexico Championship and the life-changing play by Viktor Hovland at the Puerto Rico Open.
We touch on separating a pro golfer's skill level from their character as a fan and our opinions on the potential of the Premier Golf League.
In hypothetical talk, we take on what to do when you spot a pro golfer in a public and how we might react.
PGA of Canada Professional Casey Ward joins us as the feature guest and shares her unique story of going from an academic to a golf pro. It includes a story about doing some work with UFC star Conor McGregor, growing up as the daughter of a golf course designer, and living out a dream as a player at the 2019 CP Women's Open at the Magna Golf Club. She also gives us some ideas on how golf can be more welcoming to new golfers, particularly women.
In Birdie vs Bogey we take on golf course renovations that are eliminating bunkers, the major status of The Players and any implications, as well as the need to show more of the bad shots during golf broadcasts.
Listeners weigh in with Mail Bag questions on stand-up putters, retro golf club tournaments for the pros, dark horse picks for The Masters, and the potential effects of the Coronavirus on golf in the Olympics.
February 20th, 2020 | 52 mins 51 secs
canada, european tour, flagstick, golf, golf ontario, lpga, pga, sports, teetalk, tour, world handicap system
Scott takes on the show alone this week with Stefan away in Mexico and welcomes Craig Loughry of Golf Ontario as the feature guest.
Craig was a member of the committee that developed the new World Golf Handicap System and he explains some key points and nuances of the system and how it works. He also puts on his hat as the Tournament Director of the Ontario Open as gives some details on the event that is now an event on the Mackenzie Tour - PGA TOUR Canada.
Scott wraps up the past week in golf including a surprise performance by Mike Weir on the Korn Ferry Tour and looks ahead to key events.
The Mail Bag has a few travel questions, some equipment talk, and dips into the world of Social Media.
The episode also shares some details on the 2020 Flagstick Open Amateur presented by TaylorMade Golf Canada and Adidas Canada.
February 13th, 2020 | 1 hr 24 mins
canada, european tour, flagstick, golf, lpga, pebble beach, pga, sports, taylor pendrith, teetalk, tour
Big-hitting Canadian Taylor Pendrith joins the show fresh off play in Panama and Colombia on the Korn Ferry Tour. The two-time winner on the Mackenzie Tour in 2019 shares thoughts on his game, the difficulty of playing some shorter golf courses, the travails of pro golf travel, and his aspirations to play in the RBC Canadian Open this year.
We discuss the triumph by Nick Taylor at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, the fine play by Alena Sharp at the Vic Open in Australia, and the impact of the coronavirus on the LPGA Tour schedule.
We bat around whether Bryson Dechambeau should be listed among the "fittest" athletes in the world, and discuss Rory McIlroy's return to #1 in the world.
In Birdie vs Bogey we take on dogs on the golf course, courses adding hickory shafted clubs to their rental fleets, courses charging people more to walk, and speed rounds by tour pros.
The Mail Bag brings us questions on deciding if you are ready for tournament play, our favourite piece of golf equipment all-time, and choosing one thing we would change in golf right now to foster growth.
February 6th, 2020 | 1 hr 15 mins
canada, corey conners, european tour, flagstick, golf, kyle peters, lpga, pga, sports, teetalk, tour, waste management phoenix open
The boys are finally back in studio together to recount their recent trips to the PGA Merchandise Show and the Waste Management Phoenix Open.
Kyle "Pepperz" Peters, caddy to PGA TOUR member Corey Conners, makes a return visit to give the inside-the-ropes skinny on the Phoenix experience for a caddy including the most unusual thing he saw during the week. He lays out which events he is looking forward to in 2020 with Corey, details the efforts the Caddy Network, and shares what tattoo he may consider if Corey qualifies and wins a gold medal at the 2020 Olympics.
There is plenty to talk about otherwise, including a deep debate over the recent release of the Distance Insights Report by the USGA and the R&A, the recent rise and fall of PGA TOUR players in the World Rankings, and listener questions covering the value of the Pebble Beach green fee and what golf hole we would like to play over and over again.
January 31st, 2020 | 51 mins 57 secs
canada, european tour, flagstick, golf, lpga, pga, sports, teetalk, tour
Episode 50 has Scott flying solo while Stefan attended the Waste Management Open in Phoenix.
We do a quick wrap of the week past including the European Tour, LPGA Tour, PGA Tour, and some events from the PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando.
Ken Thompson of the PGMC/ ACCRA Division of True Sports joins us as the guet to discuss their latest products for 2020 including some enviromentally-focussed initiatives.
The MailBag is full of travel and equipment questions and we welcome a special guest for a "Would You Rather" Quiz.
January 22nd, 2020 | 1 hr 1 min
canada, european tour, flagstick, golf, lpga, michael gligic, pga, sports, teetalk, tour
Scott is away at the PGA Merchandise Show so Stefan welcomes guest host Rich McLean, a Golf Canada rules official and Head referee at the Flagstick Open presented by TaylorMade and adidas Golf.
The pair break down the week that was on various golf tours around the world, chat about memories of Jack Nicklaus as he turns 80.
We welcome back Canada's Michael Gligic, a rookie on the PGA Tour to share how his Fall season went and what he is looking ahead to in 2020. He discusses the state of Canadian Golf, the PGA TOUR learning curve, his success on the Korn Ferry Tour and other development circuits, and some thoughts on the 2020 RBC Canadian Open at St. George's Golf & Country Club.
Rich also adds in some insights on various rules issues in the game, including backstopping and putters that can stand up by themselves.
January 16th, 2020 | 1 hr 13 mins
australia, cam davis, canada, european tour, flagstick, golf, lpga, pga, sports, teetalk, tour
The PGA Tour is back to full field events and we break down the win by playoff by Cam Smith at the Sony Open in Hawaii in a playoff over Brendan Steele.
Fresh off his tie for 9th in Hawaii, another Australian, Cam Davis, joins us for the feature interview to share his thoughts on his pro golf journey. We chat life on the road, how important the 2017 Australian Open win was for his career, and what he learned in his rookie year on the PGA TOUR in 2019. We also discuss the wild fires in Australia and how people from their country are raising funds to help those affected.
The Mail Bag throws us a few curve balls this week with questions that range in subject from fashion colours of the year, how Easter may affect The Masters viewership and how many weeks in a row should a golfer play before taking some time off.
We also discuss the unauthorized Charle Woods swing video and the social media contest the LPGA ran to decide their "Player of The Decade."
January 10th, 2020 | 1 hr 28 mins
canada, carlsbad, european tour, flagstick, golf, lpga, pga, sim, taylormade, tiger woods, tomo bystedt
Season Two of the Flagstick.com TeeTalk Podcast gets underway with a recap of the Sentry Tournament of Champions, a summary of how some of the Canadians are faring so far this season on the PGA TOUR, and a preview of the Sony Open in Hawaii.
Our feature interview highlights a chat with Tomo Bystedt, the Director of Product Creation for TaylorMade Golf, recorded at The Kingdom in Carlsbad, Calfornia. Tomo delves deep into the details of the company's new SIM metalwoods, and shares his insight on working with tour staff players like Tiger Woods in crafting new clubs.
We look ahead to the 2020 Men's Major Championships and make some predictions, discuss the broadcast team on NBC Golf, and give our opinion on an LPGA Player of the decade social media contest.
In the Mail Bag we answer your questions about the future prospects of Jordan Spieth, Tiger Woods , Matt Wolff, and Collin Morikawa, talk grips, and debate whether a lottery windfall would prompt us to build our own golf courses.
December 19th, 2019 | 1 hr 11 mins
canada, european tour, flagstick, golf, lpga, pga, sports, teetalk, tour
2019 is in the books for the Flagstick.com TeeTalk Podcast and we close it out with our thoughts on the Presidents Cup and all it entailed.
We dig through the highlights (and a few low-lights) for the 2019 golf season as we saw it, inject our own personal moments of the season, and take a wander through the Men's Major Championships of the last decade.
To close it all out Scott challenges Stefan to the "Money List Game" - taking a guess at who finished higher on the PGA TOUR money list in 2018/2019.
Enjoy, thanks for listening in 2019, and tune in early in 2020 for more shows!
December 11th, 2019 | 1 hr 13 mins
canada, european tour, flagstick, golf, lpga, nick taylor, pga, sports, teetalk, tour
TaylorMade staffer and PGA TOUR winner Nick Taylor of Abbotsford, B.C. joins us for a feature interview. We discuss his relationship with golf equipment, the resurgence in his game over the last 18 months, the state of Canadian Golf, and his thoughts on the 2020 RBC Canadian Open at St. George's G&CC.
We discuss this week's Presidents Cup, the fallout of the rules violation by Patrick Reed at the Hero World Challenge, and wrap up several other events around the world.
In the Mail Bag we discuss the prospect of Tiger Woods returning to the #1 world ranking, how many pairs of golf shoes you should have, investing in a driver or a putter, and how Stefan took his shot and found his way to being a caddy on the PGA TOUR.
November 29th, 2019 | 1 hr 1 min
aaron cockerill, canada, european tour, flagstick, golf, lpga, pga, sports, teetalk, tour
Fresh from the European Tour Qualifying School where he tied for 5th place, Canada's Aaron Cockerill joins the show from South Africa. He shares the highs and lows of 2019, the emotions of securing greater status for 2020, and what he looks forward to.
He details travels in twenty-five countries and four continents over the last year, enjoying Q-School celebrations with his parents on-site in Spain, and the six hours it took to scroll through his congratulatory messages.
We also wrap up the LPGA TOUR and European Tour seasons and take on a variety of subjects in the Birdie vs Bogey segment. That means opinions on the Hero World Challenge, tape-delayed golf coverage, high-top golf shoes, multi-hole playoffs only using one hole, coloured golf balls, the icon level of #7 at Pebble Beach and starters at public courses/resorts.
In the Mail Bag we answer your questions about how close is acceptable to use a laser rangefinder, where to do a golf trip in the southern U.S. with a casino available that is not Las Vegas, when should you test golf clubs, and some gift ideas under $150.
November 21st, 2019 | 1 hr 31 mins
canada, european tour, flagstick, golf, hannah hellyer, lpga, ontario, pga, sports, symtera tour, teetalk, tour
Canada's Hannah Hellyer joins us to give insight on her first season as a full-time professional golfer on the Symetra Tour. The things she learned, how she got there, and her plans on how she will move forward.
We take a look at the recent success of Brendon Todd on the PGA TOUR, the season ending events for the LPGA and European Tours, and bring you a heartwarming golf story from Argentina.
In Birdie or Bogey we take on course rankings lists, par five holes you cant reach in two, amateurs having their name on their golf bag, and the best post-round beverage places in golf.
The Mail Bag has brings us questions about how many golf balls we carry in our bags, the most spectacular shots we have witnessed, and we come up with our new rules to guide golf forever.