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 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.

  • 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.