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 84: Conrad Shindler - Korn Ferry Tour Winner & U.S. Open Wrap-up

    September 23rd, 2020  |  1 hr 29 mins
    canada, conrad shindler, european tour, flagstick, golf, lpga, pga, sports, teetalk, tour

    A lot to dig into this week as we wrap-up the U.S. Open at Winged Foot and the notable victory by Bryson DeChambeau.

    We process the impact of his win, if it changes the game, the prospects of Matt Wolff, and dig through our picks, surprises, and disappointments for the week.

    Joining us for the feature interview is Conrad Shindler, a winner on the Korn Ferry Tour and former PGA Winner. Conrad, a Dallas resident, wanders through many topics with us, from his take-aways from the U.S. Open, his deep love of the Dallas Stars, his time spent on the Mackenzie Tour in Canada, and the interesting way he spent his time during the Covid-19 lockdown. It's a fun interview and I think you'll enjoying getting to know him.

    Birdie vs Bogey returns (U.S. Open edition) and in the MailBag we talk dual drivers, drinks at the turn, will Bryson win one of the next two Masters, and will Matt Wolf ever win a major.

    In the Tip of The Week we talk about the effort it takes to make a meaningful change in the golf swing.

  • Episode 83: Rick Young, Golf Equipment & Business Analyst, ScoreGolf

    September 17th, 2020  |  1 hr 53 mins
    canada, european tour, flagstick, golf, lpga, pga, rick young, sports, teetalk, tour

    We're looking back and looking ahead to major championships this week as we record in between the ANA Inspiration and 120th United States Open Championship.

    We wrap up the LPGA major with some thoughts on the highs and lows of the ending and the victory of Mirim Lee.

    The U.S. Open takes up a huge portion of the show. After we reflect on the 2020-21 season-opening Safeway Open we lay out what we might see at Winged Foot, including who will play well, what scoring might be line, and we do a snake draft to pick our top finishers.

    Joining us for a very deep feature interview is Rick Young, a veteran Canadian golf journalist who has covered the game for the last 37 years. He takes us inside his speciality - equipment and business, to give us a snapshot of the game of golf in this remarkable year and where he thinks things are headed. We also get his thoughts on the U.S. Open.

    In the Mail Bag we handle questions about used drivers to look for, good and bad equipment surprises of 2020, the best golf souvenirs, what would be the best single club to use for a round of golf, and our thoughts on cavity back wedges.

  • Episode 82: Kaleb Gorbahn, 2020 Vancouver Open Winner

    September 10th, 2020  |  1 hr 26 mins
    canada, european tour, flagstick, golf, lpga, pga, sports, teetalk, tour

    The 2019/2020 PGA TOUR season wraps up and we have a look at the concluding Tour Championship, discuss the continuing fine play of Dustin Johnson, and speculate about what lies ahead for him with two majors yet to be played this Fall.

    We chat about the ANA Inspiration and the oppressive heat expected for the LPGA Major; how it will affect the players and caddies, and whether the cart option for the caddies is enough of an adjustment.

    We discuss the Rookie of The Year and Player of The Year races on the PGA TOUR, the final driving distance average for Bryson Dechambeau, and the latest drivers from Titleist.

    Joining us in the feature interview is an upcoming Canadian golf talent, Kaleb Gorbahn, who recently won the Vancouver Open. He shares what his path to pro golf has looked like, how he has not let being from a small town hamper his outlook on his dreams, and also how he has worked to deal with depression and his mental health in an effort to become the best athlete he can be. It's a very honest discussion with a lot that others can learn from.

    In the Mail Bag we share how to find a good golf club fitter, the best courses on PGA TOUR 2K21, wood vs plastic tees, ugly golf clubs, playing golf with more than four players, and the difficulty of the "play through".

  • Episode 81: Ian Fraser, Tour Experience Golf (TXG)

    September 3rd, 2020  |  1 hr 14 mins
    canada, european tour, flagstick, golf, ian fraser, lpga, pga, sports, teetalk, tour, txg

    Golf equipment geeks will love this episode as Ian Fraser Golf, Master Club Fitter and a leading golf equipment authority joins us in the feature interview. Ian shares his thoughts on equipment, fitting, the tools and advancements in the business, as well as the origins and success of the YouTube channel for the Toronto-based operation he founded, Tour Experience Golf.

    We break down the week that was including the BMW Championship , and look ahead to the PGA TOUR Championship.

    We also answer a number of weather and equipment related questions in the Mail Bag, and discuss friction and fliers in the Tip of The Week.

  • Episode 80: John McCarthy & Luke Elvy of PGA TOUR 2K21

    August 27th, 2020  |  1 hr 28 mins
    canada, european tour, flagstick, golf, hb studios, john mccarthy, lpga, luke elvy, pga, pga tour 2k21, sports, teetalk, tour

    The AIG Women's British Open is front and centre for the show this week as we discuss the remarkable victory at Royal Troon by Sophia Popov.

    Dustin Johnson also gets our attention for his -30 performance at TPC Boston and we try to figure out if it was boring or tremendous.

    While Dustin's play looked like a video game, we brought in actual video game people for this week's feature interview. Joining us for unprecedented insight into the new PGA TOUR 2K21 game that has everyone's attention is John McCarthy of HB Studios, the Canadian developer based in Nova Scotia. As the Senior Audio Engineer, John shares some cool details from behind the scenes. Along for the show is CBS Sports broadcaster Luke Elvy. The Aussie, who is a veteran of twelve Masters tournaments and dozens of majors, lends his voice to the game as a commentator and shares what he and booth partner Rich Beem added to the game.

    We play a "who said it" quote game, and in the mail bag take on questions about the life span of golf shoes, if Dustin Johnson cares more about wins or money, when we think the no-fan policy will end in pro golf, and who do we think among the current crop of women and men pros would still excel with golf equipment from 100 years ago.

  • Episode 79: Ryan Hart, Executive Director, 2024 Presidents Cup at Royal Montreal

    August 19th, 2020  |  1 hr 39 mins
    canada, european tour, flagstick, golf, lpga, pga, sports, teetalk, tour

    The recent announcement that the Presidents Cup would return to Royal Montreal Golf Club in 2024 was a momentous one for golf in Canada. Few understand that better than Winnipeg's Ryan Hart.

    Named as the Executive Director, Hart returns to the TeeTalk podcast to provide exclusive insight on how he got involved, what he is learning from the 2007 event in Quebec, and how he will look to make the 2024 occasion a showcase of Canadian and International culture and geography.

    Hart also dishes on how he will also stay involved with The Players Championship, and takes you inside of The Match II for some behind the scenes observations of some of the planet's top athletes.

    We have plenty of more fun in the balance of the show with a AIG Women's Open Draft and a new guessing game where Stef and Scott test each other's ability to name past tour players based on their resumes and what they are up to today.

    As always we answer listener questions in the Mail Bag and provide a Tip of the Week. This week we talk about facing pressure in golf tournaments.

  • Episode 78: Taylor Pendrith, Crushing It On Korn Ferry Tour

    August 13th, 2020  |  1 hr 38 mins
    canada, european tour, flagstick, golf, lpga, pga, sports, teetalk, tour

    Canada's Taylor Pendrith returns to the show on the back of of a magnificent run of play on the Korn Ferry Tour where he occupies a top 5 spot on their Money List. The Mackenzie Tour winner from Richmond Hill, Ontario takes us inside his run of four consecutive top 3 finishes, the Covid-19 Tour bubble, and his thoughts on the 2020 U.S. Open at Winged Foot that he has qualified for. We also discuss the golf course this week at the Albertsons Boise Open, and how he will use his extra season on the Korn Ferry Tour to prepare for an ascension to the PGA TOUR.

    We wrap up the thrilling PGA Championship, examine the collapse of Lydia Ko at the Marathon Classic, preview the Flagstick Open Amateur Championship, and reveal the latest equipment introductions from four golf companies.

    For fun we make up some new Rules of Golf to spice up the game and decide what the working fate would be for some pros if they were not playing golf.

    The Tip of the Week has us discussing posture, and the Mail Bag has us talking about what attracts us to a golf course, what we think the future holds for Collin Morikawa, how long you should warm-up for a tournament round, how to get on private golf clubs, and whether a golf simulator if a good investment.

  • Episode 77: PGA Championship Preview

    August 6th, 2020  |  1 hr 30 mins
    canada, european tour, flagstick, golf, lpga, pga, pga championship, sports, teetalk, tour

    It's been the busiest week in pro golf in many, many months so we take the time to break down everything from the multiple PGA TOUR events, to the return of the LPGA, the debut of Jim Furyk on the PGA TOUR Champions, and the continued hot play of Taylor Pendrith.

    Men's major championship golf has returned and the PGA Championship is a big focus of this episode.

    We preview the course, the field, some of the feature pairings, and do a mock draft of players with a little something on the line.

    In the Mail Bag we answer questions about the differences between hybrids and utility irons, the most talented PGA TOUR players yet to win, gaining yardage through shaft changes, practice time on the tour, and if the PGA Championship should return to match play.

  • Episode 76: Aaron Crawford, Tour Player & Caddy

    July 29th, 2020  |  1 hr 2 mins
    aaron crawford, canada, european tour, flagstick, golf, lpga, pga, sports, teetalk, tour

    The team is back together as Stefan returns and he and Scott welcome back Canadian Aaron Crawford. Crawford, of Calgary, Alberta recently Monday qualified and played in his first PGA TOUR, the 3M Open. What makes it more remarkable was that he has spent the last number of weeks working as a caddy for PGA TOUR winner Martin Trainer.

    Crawford explains the feel of playing the event alongside his father as his caddy, what his playing season looks like ahead with the upcoming Canada Life Series, and how the interaction with his looping boss went during the week.

    We wrap up the 3M Open, chat about the return of the LPGA after 166 days, the debut of Mike Weir, Jim Furyk & K.J. Choi on the PGA TOUR Champions, and see who got a TeeTalk Podcast bump to win the Colorado Open and $100K.

    Brooks Koepka gets some of out attention as he gets set to defend a WGC title in Memphis but is unlikely to make the FedEx Cup playoffs.

    The Mail Bag brings questions on wedges from Costco, the uniformity of PGA TOUR conditions, will playing blades make you a better player, and how to prompt slow players to move a little faster.

  • Episode 75: Ralph Bauer, PGA TOUR Coach

    July 22nd, 2020  |  52 mins 20 secs
    canada, european tour, flagstick, golf, lpga, pga, ralphbauer, sports, teetalk, tour

    It's a slightly shorter show this week as Scott is the solo host with Stefan on vacation. He handles the mail bag including questions on new wedge performance, simulating competition in practice, and some thoughts on pros and temper tantrums.

    The core of the show is a feature interview with PGA of Canada professional Ralph Bauer, a full-time PGA TOUR Coach. He shares what it is like to be out on tour, what working with pros looks like compared to amateurs, how he approaches coaching golf, comments on the state of golf in Canada, and also gives some insight on ways to acquire and retain new golfers.

  • Episode 74: Samantha Marks, Golf Channel

    July 15th, 2020  |  1 hr 20 mins
    canada, european tour, flagstick, golf, lpga, pga, samantha marks, sports, teetalk, tour

    We finally bring you a guest we have wanted on the show for awhile. Samantha Marks of Golf Channel joins us to explore some topics that only a female journalist, accomplished golfer, and active user of social media can address properly. Her insight will be eye opening for some as she relates how she navigates many aspects of a world that is not always welcoming to some, for no good reason.

    The former University of Arkansas golfer covers a lot of ground from breaking into media, how she deals with detractors on social media, and how she chooses to pave her own way in life with no apologies. It's a fun conversation.

    Before Stefan takes off on vacation we take a look back at the Workday Charity Open, banter about the plans to have no fans on the PGA TOUR through the Tour Championship, discuss the prospects of Collin Morikawa, and take a look at the Canadian men surging out on tour.

    We dig into the ridiculous world of Cameo; who are the golfers taking part, how much they are charging, and just how bad some of the greetings are.

    In the mail bag we talk island greens on golf courses, the merit of golf course rankings, Covid putting cup preferences, old pros we would have liked to see live, and if we prefer the PGA TOUR with or without fans.

  • Episode 73: Shawn McKenzie, Sportsnet Host & Reporter

    July 9th, 2020  |  1 hr 29 mins
    canada, european tour, flagstick, golf, lpga, pga, shawn mckenzie, sports, teetalk, tour

    Hockey may be the key sport of his profession but for Sportsnet Host and Broadcaster Shawn McKenzie, golf is his obsession. The staple on our TV screens in Canada joins us to talk about how he got into the game, his thoughts on professional golf, personal golf highlights and he even dishes on the burgeoning skills on the links of his famous father, Bob McKenzie. We also talk a little hockey and what we might expect to see with the coverage of the game as the NHL looks to return.

    Stefan and Scott gives their impressions on the win and recent play by Bryson Dechambeau at the Rocket Mortgage Classic, preview the Workday Charity Open, and provide some updates on the LPGA and LET majors.

    We play The Guess Who? trivia game, banter about the ability of Dechambeau to win at Augusta National, talk best female golf pros few people are paying attention, have an unusual discussion about gloves, discuss the difference in how amateur and pros deal with rough, and provide some advice on the process of playing versus being focussed on score.

  • Episode 72: Mark Anguiano - Mackenzie Tour Winner

    July 2nd, 2020  |  1 hr 20 mins
    canada, european tour, flagstick, golf, lpga, mark anguiano, pga, sports, teetalk, tour

    Another wild week in golf. Dustin Johnson gets his 21st victory on the PGA TOUR, the CP Women’s Open is postponed for 2020 and one of the hottest mini-tour players in golf joins us on the podcast.

    We discuss DJ’s Golf Hall of Fame potential, where the PGA TOUR stands in the COVID-19 pandemic situation, and if we think fans will actually be welcomed at The Memorial.

    Joining us fresh off the course at a Korn Ferry Tour qualifier is Mark Anguiano, a dominant player on smaller pro tours, and a 2018 winner on the Mackenzie Tour. He helps us dive into the current effects of the pandemic on aspiring pros and how some are even choosing to give up the pursuit.

    We discuss the implications of the CP Women’s Open being cancelled, preview the Rocket Mortgage Classic and take on putting consistency in the Tip of the Week.

    In the Mail Bag we talk pauses in the backswing, how you rank a great round on a par three course, who we’d choose to get up and down for our houses, and the validity of speed-based driver rankings.

  • Episode 71: Fraser Mulholland, Vancouver Golf Tour

    June 25th, 2020  |  1 hr 32 mins
    canada, european tour, flagstick, golf, lpga, pga, sports, teetalk, tour, vancouver golf tour

    Week two of the PGA TOUR return finds us talking about efficient golf, including the win by Webb Simpson and runner-up finish by Abraham Ancer. Of course it was not the only story of the week as the PGA TOUR had their first on-site positive test for COVID-19 and Brooks Koepka takes on Nick Faldo over the role of television analysts.

    Chris Kirk wins on the Korn Ferry Tour on the heels of time away from golf to deal with alcohol dependency and depression. As a result we discuss the "human" factor of golf pros.

    We also chat about the decision to have no fans at the PGA Championship and the possibility that the Ryder Cup will be delayed.

    Fraser Mulholland, the Commissioner and President of the Vancouver Golf Tour, joins us in the feature interview. He shares the origins of the tour, its role in developing players on Canada's west coast, and the loyalty of the players, including those like Adam Hadwin, and Nick Taylor who recently played two events on the circuit while on hiatus from the PGA TOUR.

    We preview the Travelers Championshiop, play a fun game of "Would You Rather?" (golf edition) and dig into a packed Mail Bag.

    This week reader questions ranged in topics from best LPGA events to attend, will Webb Simpson have a Hall of Fame worthy career, the appropriate tees for juniors, and our worst personal swing thoughts.

  • Episode 70: Joshua Haywood, Haywood Golf Founder

    June 18th, 2020  |  1 hr 31 mins
    canada, european tour, flagstick, golf, haywood golf, lpga, pga, sports, teetalk, tour, vancouver

    It's an exciting episode with the return of the PGA TOUR at the Charles Schwab Challenge and we break it down - the good, the bad, and the indifferent. Who played well, whether Collin Morikawa and Rory Mcilroy have some serious work to do, and how the PGA TOUR handled an event in the midst of a pandemic.

    We share news on new events for the LPGA and PGA Tour, the fate of the Golf Canada Amateur events for the rest of 2020, and why a 2-time PGA TOUR winner is playing on the Vancouver Golf Tour.

    We take on the enigma that is Bryson DeChambeau and his strategy to blitz courses off the tee, and talk ratings for the return of the TOUR, both on broadcasts and with gamblers.

    In our feature interview we welcome Vancouver entrepreneur Joshua Haywood to lay out his story of developing a Canadian-based golf equipment brand from scratch. He delves into the origin, the challenges, the joys, and where he feels he can fit into the golf retail landscape.

    We preview the RBC Heritage as it returns to Hilton Head Island and who might play well there, and Scott tests Stefan on his knowledge of how much money certain prominent players won in their pro golf careers.

    In the Mail Bag we answer questions about out-of-the-way Scottish golf spots, how to get more out of your driver, how much practice is too much, and whether we think Nike made a mistake to get out for the golf equipment business.

    It's another packed episode and you won't want to miss a minute.

  • Episode 69: Laurence Applebaum, CEO Golf Canada

    June 10th, 2020  |  1 hr 35 mins
    canada, european tour, flagstick, golf, golf canada, laurence applebaum, lpga, pga, sports, teetalk, tour