Episode Archive

Episode Archive

151 episodes of TeeTalk since the first episode, which aired on February 14th, 2019.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Episode 108: Mike Kelly, Golf Ontario Executive Director / ANA Inspiration Preview / Stefan is A Dad!

    April 1st, 2021  |  1 hr 27 mins
    canada, european tour, flagstick, golf, golf ontario, lpga, mike kelly, pga, river town saints, sports, teetalk, tour

    It's a big week at the podcast as Stefan's new "roommate" finally arrives and he unexpectedly shows up for the episode!

    There has never been more discussion about the topic of golf's future, given the boost in play last year by the pandemic, so we check in with Mike Kelly of Golf Ontario for the feature interview. He shares the perspective of their association on the impact of 2020, what they are working on to help the game thrive, and their plans for tournaments and such in the year ahead.

    The Week The Was finds us with a lot of love for the Joel Dahmen win on the PGA TOUR and plenty of excitement over the play of Canadian pros and amateurs at multiple golf events.

    We make our picks for the first pro major of the year, the ANA Inspiration, and welcome the River Town Saints for the guest music of the week.

    The Mail Bag has us answering questions about recent Korn ferry Tour winner Adam Svensson, favourite beverages on the golf course, do we like more match play for pro golf, LPGA majors we'd like to attend, and the structure of golf clinics.

    The Tip of The Week has us talking about how to improve your practice sessions.

  • Episode 107: Mark Baldwin, Korn Ferry Tour Member; Dell Match Play Picks; Naming Three Hole Loops at Famous Courses

    March 24th, 2021  |  1 hr 59 mins
    canada, european tour, flagstick, golf, lpga, mark baldwin, pga, sports, teetalk, tour

    He showed up; he told stories, and we were entertained.

    We think you will be too as well-travelled golf pro Mark Baldwin joins us on this episode. He has had a remarkable career so far with the wild tales that go with that. He takes you inside the life of a pro golfer playing on the edge of being an alternate each week on the Korn Ferry Tour and the adventures that ensue.

    Strap yourself in, grab some popcorn and also hear about playing in Korea and a wild caddy tale that is a little on the shady side of life.

    Also on the show, we give out our "awards" for the week that was, make our selections for the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play Championship, ponder how Michelle Wie West may play in her return to the LPGA TOUR, and task ourselves with making up nicknames for three holes stretches at famous golf courses.

    In the Mail Bag we talk under-rated golf experiences, how mini-tours work, scoring formats we prefer for two-person team events, and golf books about Scotland.

  • Episode 106: Ryan Hart, THE PLAYERS Championship - 2021 Tournament Director

    March 18th, 2021  |  1 hr 27 mins
    canada, european tour, flagstick, golf, lpga, pga, ryan hart, sports, teetalk, the players championship, tour

    THE PLAYERS Championship takes centre stage in this episode as not only do we wrap up all the nuances and story-lines from the PGA Tournament left unfinished in 2020 due to the pandemic, but we welcome a guest with way more insight than most on the subject.

    Outgoing Tournament Director Ryan Hart joins us for a very in-depth interview on the 2021 PLAYERS. He shares what his team was feeling as they prepared for this year, the logistics of running one of the biggest events in pro golf with 20% of their fans and in a whole new era, and he recaps his time as tournament director and take fans inside the ropes on the operations side. It’s a wide-ranging and compelling look that golf fans rarely get to hear about and we think you’ll enjoy the candor of the Canadian who now moves on to take over operations for the 2024 Presidents Cup in Montreal.

    We take a look a glance around the tours for the weeks ahead, including a depleted field at The Honda Classic, some surprising names playing on the Korn Ferry Tour, and have a look at the first Symetra Tour event of the season.

    In the Tip of the Week we discuss the bend in the trail elbow, and in the Mail Bag we have a diverse group of questions from the listeners once again, including: how much of our own money would we gamble on hitting the 17th green at TPC Sawgrass Stadium, what’s the perfect halfway house food that’s likely not served now, opinions on Rory, Decade Golf, PGA TOUR coverage of poor shots by pros, and would we like to see the LPGA play at TPC Sawgrass Stadium course?

  • Episode 105: Brad Fritsch, Korn Ferry Tour Winner

    March 11th, 2021  |  1 hr 39 mins
    brad fritsch, canada, european tour, flagstick, golf, lpga, pga, sports, teetalk, tour

    Brad Fritsch is back. The Korn Ferry Tour winner and past PGA TOUR member last made a show appearance in May, 2019 and he returns to grace us with his thoughts on a wide range of topics.

    Never short on well though-out opinions, Fritsch digs in with us on topics like Bryson DeChambeau, distance in golf, the cancellation of the 2021 RBC Canadian Open, The Players Championship and who the TPC Sawgrass course favours, his playing plans for the season, and his recent experience attending a live NHL game in the Covid-era.

    As usual we draft up some picks for the week, assigns scores to some of the most notable current golf topics, and take on your questions, including ranking some large pizza chains (??).

    In the Tip of The Week we talk Ball Position and what it can impact in the golf swing.

    Never short on well though-out opinions, Fritsch digs in with us on topics like Bryson DeChambeau, distance in golf, the cancellation of the 2021 RBC Canadian Open , The Players Championship and who the TPC Sawgrass course favours, his playing plans for the season, and his recent experience attending a live NHL game in Covid-era.

    As usual we draft up some picks for the week, assigns scores to some of the most notable current golf topics, and take on your questions, including ranking some large pizza chains.

    In the Tip of The Week we talk Ball Position and what it can impact in the golf swing.

  • Episode 104: Taylor Pendrith, Catching Up On Korn Ferry Tour Life

    March 4th, 2021  |  1 hr 31 mins
    canada, european tour, flagstick, golf, lpga, pga, sports, taylor pendrith, teetalk, tour

    With his 2021 season underway, Canada’s Taylor Pendrith returns to the show to give our listeners an update on his life, on and off the tour.

    We discuss his recent appearance at the Puerto Rico Open and other opportunities he will have on the PGA TOUR this year. At the same time he lays out his goals and focus on the Korn Ferry Tour this season, takes us inside his bag to see what equipment he is using and testing, explains what strange snack his caddy, Mitch, has slipped into the bag, discusses the surge of Mike Weir on the PGA TOUR Champions, and, of course, shares some Maple Leafs talk. We also chat about the role of sponsors in the development of young golf pros and what house-warming parties for golf pros have in common for golf pros and everyone else. (Hint: some assembly required)

    We introduce you to our new producer, Brendan Kennedy, an emerging golfer and sound engineer for a Juno Award-winning band.

    Plenty of Collin Morikawa talk as we debate his career ceiling, as well as The Week That Was with our Birdies, Bogeys, Pars, and Honorable Mentions.

    The Mail Bag is bursting with listener questions about Patrick Reed equipment deals, favourite golf course meals, putting instruction books, golf pros and their relationship with social media, wing sauces, and club pro purchasing dilemmas.