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 103: Ryan Stokke of PING Golf, Tiger Woods Crash, Funny Golf Shoppers

    February 25th, 2021  |  1 hr 19 mins
    canada, european tour, flagstick, golf, lpga, pga, ryan stokke, sports, teetalk, tour

    A great example this week of working on a script for a show then having it go sideways. We give our initial reaction to the Tiger Woods car crash news just hours after the story broke.

    Joining us for a feature interview is the Director of Product Design for PING Golf, Ryan Stokke, who takes us through the entire G425 product line. That includes insight on a new club being added to the bag for Canada’s Corey Conners.

    We give our Pars, Birdies, and Bogeys for the past week in golf with plenty of talk about Riviera, Max Homa, Madelene Sagstrom, possible changes in Amateur Status rules, and some thoughts on Tony Finau and the fans being allowed to attend at the upcoming PGA Championship.

    For fun we lean on our past retail golf experience to come up with some stereotypical golf shoppers; you’ll recognize all of them and we admit to being some of them as well.

    The Mail Bag is full, again with at least one coffee question. We also address low cost irons, which pro golfer we would invite to dinner with our family, and some questions on both Bryson Dechambeau and Annika Sorenstam.

    In the tip of the week we address an element that will provide more consistency for your practice putting.

  • Episode 102: Christine Fraser, Golf Architect; Happy Gilmore 25th Trivia, Pebble Wrap-up

    February 18th, 2021  |  1 hr 49 mins
    canada, christine fraser, european tour, flagstick, golf, golf architecture, lpga, pga, sports, teetalk, tour

    The future of golf is in the spotlight this week with the unique perspective of an architect who has played the game at a high level, seen and worked on some of the best courses in the game, and strives to make the game accessible and attractive to all.

    Canadian Christine Fraser joins us with her thoughtful look at golf, what it has meant for her, and the potential it holds. It's a conversation we think you'll enjoy.

    We celebrate the 25th anniversary of Happy Gilmore with a trivia game, gives out pars, birdies, and bogies for the week that was, chat a little about Riviera G&CC, and take on an extra full Mail Bag.

    If you want to know our go-to coffee orders, a listener asks, and we trundle through questions on preferred golf shoe brands, some favourite courses in Canada's National Capital, alignment aids on putters, how many clubs a beginning golfer needs, and what we love more - par 3s, 4s, or 5s?
    Christine Fraser

  • Episode 101: Brad Lawrence, 2020 PGA of Ontario Junior Leader of The Year

    February 11th, 2021  |  1 hr 16 mins
    canada, european tour, flagstick, golf, lpga, pga, sports, teetalk, tour

    After only a brief stop on the show in Epsiode 100, our celebration epsiode, PGA of Canada Professional Brad Lawrence is back for a full interview. The Associate Professional at the highly-regarded Hamilton Golf & Country Club, the site of Rory McIlroy's RBC Canadian Open win in 2019, Brad shares his insight on junior golf development and much more.

    Outside of the interview we explore the decision by the PGA of America to allow rangefinders, the return of Annika Sorenstam to the LPGA, and the stories from the men's tournaments in Phoenix and Saudi Arabia where Brooks Koepka and Dustin Johnson prevailed.

    The Mail Bag sees us answer questions about the possibility of rangefinders on the PGA TOUR, is it possible to make a good golf movie, what are the youthful golf brands, the pros and cons of hitting golf balls off of turf versus mats, and would TPC Scottsdale be suited for a 2-player team event.

    We take a quick look at the early part of the backswing in the Tip of the Week.

  • Episode 100: The 100th Celebration Show w/ A Dozen Guests

    February 4th, 2021  |  2 hrs 44 mins
    canada, european tour, flagstick, golf, lpga, pga, sports, teetalk, tour

    Many, many people have contributed to the Flagstick.com TeeTalk Podcast in the first two years of production so we decided to celebrate our 100th episode with a selection of them.

    It's the most eclectic show ever with guests that include parents, adminstators of the golf, LPGA and PGA TOUR caddies, media members, top amateurs, plus teaching and playing professionals.

    We take on the news of the day, and catch up with all our guests in locations ranging from the Waste Management Phoenix Open to the Jones Cup Invitational.

    You'll hear thoughts and discussions on: the Rules of Golf (yes, Reed talk), the status of World Long Driving Championships and the RBC Canadian Open, an insiders look at the first LPGA Tour event of the season, the feel this week in Phoenix for the PGA TOUR, updates on the 2021 Flagstick Open, where Team Canada member are playing this week, the playing status of a former Big Break winner, and insightful thoughts on the game and the year ahead from award-winning PGA of Canada Professionals.

    Settle in, it's a lengthy show, but a whole lot of fun as we welcome guest after guest.

  • Episode 99: Ryan Robillard, PGA Teaching Professional & SuperSpeed Golf

    January 28th, 2021  |  1 hr 33 mins
    canada, european tour, flagstick, golf, lpga, pga, sports, superspeed, teetalk, tour

    It's a big week with all the major professional golf tours back in action so there is plenty to cover, including the LPGA Tour, PGA Tour, PGA TOUR Champions, and European Tours.

    Dramatic play by Jessica Korda, some less than stellar television broadcasts, and the continued ascencion of players like Si Woo Kim and Tyrell Hatton draw our attention and fuel our discussions.

    With it being PGA Show week (virtual) we also lay out some of the latest product introductions and give our thoughts on their prospects.

    With a clubhead and ball speed currently being a huge discussion point on professional tours and, increasingly with amateurs, we welcome PGA of Canada Teaching Professional Ryan Robillard as the feature guest. Ryan also represents SuperSpeed training aids in Canada and he breaks down what that system is all about and how it can benefit golfers.

    In the Mail Bag we answer questions about what type of hole we perefer to see used for a tournament playoff, locations for affordable golf trips in Ontario, the fate of consumer golf shows, the inability of Tony Finau to close out wins, and buying iron sets as collector items.

    The tip of the week sees us chatting about getting to know your club yardages.

  • Episode 98: Tomo Bystedt, TaylorMade Golf On SIM2

    January 21st, 2021  |  1 hr 26 mins
    canada, european tour, flagstick, golf, lpga, pga, sports, taylormade, teetalk, tour

    Things are a little less turbulent in golf this week but there is plenty to talk about with the return of the LPGA, PGA TOUR Champions, and European Tour, along with continued play from the PGA TOUR.

    We jump into more remnants of the Justin Thomas fallout, and ponder how Kevin Na has gone from fan heel to hero, as he earns his 5th PGA TOUR win.

    Stefan challenges Scott to recall PGA TOUR winners from 2020 (you can likely smell the smoke from his churning brain), and the lads give parting thoughts of the final part of the HBO Tiger Woods documentary.

    For the feature interview we welcome Tomo Bystedt, the Director of Product Creation for Metalwoods at TaylorMade Golf to detail their work on the SIM2 line-up. That includes inside details about working with the top players in the game.

    In the Mail Bag we answer questions on celebrities playing golf, 2021 golf technology we are anticipating, the virtual PGA Show, how many times we think Brooke Henderson will win this year, and whether we’d rather play alone or with a random person.

  • Episode 97: Jaclyn Lee, LPGA Tour Member

    January 14th, 2021  |  1 hr 58 mins
    canada, european tour, flagstick, golf, lpga, pga, sports, teetalk, tour

    It’s a tale of the two sides of golf on this week’s TeeTalk podcast.

    Canada’s Jaclyn Lee, one of the most talented young players on the LPGA Tour, joins us for the feature interview. She shares her origin story in golf, the dedication it took to advance to be a part of Team Canada and earn a scholarship to Ohio State University, the decision to turn pro early, and then the roadblocks she has faced to start her pro career. Through it all she has tackled it with as much positivity as possible and we think you will enjoy her story.

    On the flip-side there were a few mis-steps in the game this week as we take on the impact of the homophobic slur uttered by Justin Thomas at the Sentry Tournament of Champions, the reaction to two of golf’s iconic players receiving a U.S. Presidential honour a day after historic events at the U.S. Capitol Building, and the PGA of America’s adjustment in their Championship schedule.
    We do break down the Sentry Tournament of Champions, look ahead at the Sony Open in Hawaii, and glance past the HBO documentary on Tiger Woods.

    In the MailBag we take on questions about uncommon golf betting games, driver fitting without launch monitors, and even get asked to make some golf honeymoon suggestions.

  • Episode 96: Gerry Dee, Comedian/TV Host

    January 7th, 2021  |  1 hr 25 mins
    canada, european tour, flagstick, gerry dee, golf, lpga, pga, sports, teetalk, tour

    Year three of the Flagstick.com TeeTalk Podcast is officially underway with Episode 96.

    Scott and Stef catch up on happenings over the break, including the LPGA announcement of an enhanced schedule for 2021, endorsement changes for PGA TOUR players like Jon Rahm, Tommy Fleetwood, and Patrick Reed, and the shifting situation for Golf Channel.

    Joining us this week on the show for the feature interview in comedian, actor, and game show host, Gerry Dee. Gerry is a passionate golfer, active golf dad, and a huge supporter of the spot. Well known for his eight-year run of the Mr. D show, the host of Family Feud Canada shares his golf origin story, tells what the game means to his family, and reveals what he feels is his best golf story – involving a bet with NBA icon Michael Jordan.

    In the Mail Bag we discuss the Lisa Cornwell claims about poor treatment for her and other women at The Golf Channel, opine on which Canadian we think we win first on a major golf tour in 2021, delve into Stefan’s willingness to play temp greens, explore the benefits of a new shaft over a new driver, and give our opinions on which piece of equipment is the most difficult for a pro to adapt to.

    We clean in all up with a Tip of the Week about implementing a plan to get better at golf in 2021.

  • Episode 95: 2020 Year In Review Celebration

    December 17th, 2020  |  1 hr 43 mins
    canada, european tour, flagstick, golf, lpga, pga, sports, teetalk, tour

    It’s time to wrap up the year with the 49th TeeTalk podcast of 2020.

    We wrap up the pro season with analysis of the DP World Tour Championship and what the Race To Dubai win means for Lee Westwood, give our takes on the United States Women’s Open and preview the CME Group Tour Championship.

    We discuss some players making equipment changes for 2021, including Tommy Fleetwood and Jon Rahm, and how it may affect them.

    Taking it down memory lane, we each share our memorable moments of the year including our favourite guests and conversations, stories of the year, players, courses we played, and pro golf tournaments.

    For fun we pick out Christmas gifts for some of the best golfers in the game. What would you buy for DJ, Brooks, Rory, Bryson, or Tiger?

    In the MailBag we talk Flagstick-run tournaments for 2021, who will be a breakout player next year, what the future holds for touching pins, the immediate future for the RBC Canadian Open, and what we’re excited to see in golf next season.

    Thank you to all our guest and listeners for the 2020 season. We look forward to providing more entertaining and informative shows for you in 2021.

  • Episode 94: Casey Ward, PGA Professional, on Indoor Training

    December 3rd, 2020  |  1 hr 18 mins
    canada, european tour, flagstick, golf, lpga, pga, sports, teetalk, tour

    We get you ready for the off-season this week with an entire show dedicated to training all aspects of your golf game indoors.

    Casey Ward, the award-winning Head Teaching Professional at the Credit Valley Golf & Country Club in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, is the guest for the entire episode.

    Ward helps us break down all aspects of what you need to do to get better in the off-season, covering topics from facilities and set-ups, to your physical well-being, speed training positives and negatives, skills, short game, and even things you can do to improve that are not even technique related.

    Casey also handles all the Mail Bag questions including deep ones on the role of lateral movement in the golf swing, how to improve hip mobility, trying to gain clubhead speed with a lack of flexibility, favourite reading material, and short game drills without a real golf ball.

    There is plenty of great advice, whether you are a beginner, average players, or an advanced golfer.

  • Episode 93: The Looper Episode: Retired PGA TOUR Caddy Scott Martin & Caddy Tales

    November 27th, 2020  |  2 hrs 10 mins
    caddies, canada, european tour, flagstick, golf, lpga, pga, sports, teetalk, tour

    We dedicate this episode to the unheralded teammates that help pro golfers find sucess.

    We share many caddy stories on this episode, from ones submitted via our social media channels, to audio clips from pro caddies who have been part of wins on the PGA and the LPGA Tour.

    Joining us for a lengthy feature interview is Scott Martin. The Montreal native spent 23 years caddying, mostly on the PGA TOUR but starting on the Canadian Tour and finishing on the PGA TOUR Champions. He shares the high and lows of looping and the emotional curve balls along the way. From being deep in debt, to winning, to confrontations with players who disrespected him. And he tells us why the life hooked him in even when many would call it quits. It's honest, entertaining, and a deep inside look at the career few endure for so long.

    Birdie vs Bogey is chock full of caddy questions and, as always, your MailBag questions make us put on our thinking caps as we formulate opinions on the matters you care about.

  • Episode 92: Masters Wrap-Up With Luke Elvy, 15th and 16th Hole Commentator

    November 19th, 2020  |  1 hr 40 mins
    canada, european tour, flagstick, golf, lpga, luke elvy, pga, sports, teetalk, the masters, tour

    One of the most anticipated events on the golf calendar, the Masters, is over and we take the time to examine every angle of a record-breaking week.

    The fine play by winner Dustin Johnson, the surprises, the poor play, the Canadian angle, we cover it all and examine why this Masters was different but was still compelling to watch.

    Birdie vs Bogey brings up even more Masters topics and check up on how our draft picks fared at Augusta National.

    Enhancing our look at the week is a feature interview with Australian journalist and broadcaster Luke Elvy. As the commentator for the 15th and 16th holes of The Masters says, he gives us ten years of perspective in thirty minutes. It’s worth a listen and will have you ready for the next Masters in just five months.

  • Episode 91: Masters Preview and Guest: Bob Weeks, TSN from Augusta

    November 11th, 2020  |  1 hr 49 mins
    bob weeks, canada, european tour, flagstick, golf, lpga, pga, sports, teetalk, the masters, tour

    It's all Masters, all the time as we connect with Bob Weeks of TSN in Augusta, Georgia to help us preview the season's final men's major championship.

    Bob shares thoughts from 25 years of covering the event, and who are the players to keep an eye on, including the Canadians. We talk about how this Masters is different, his perspective on the golf course as someone who has played it, and his thoughts on how Mike Weir will play this week. We also discuss his reverence for Canadian military veterans and the importance of continuing to honour them with this podcast being released on Rememberance Day.

    The Mail bag is full of Masters Trivia; we talk about the prospect of a single ball to be used by all players, and discuss what you would give up to play Augusta National Golf Club.

    We do a Masters snake draft for a bottle of wine and honour Alex Trebek with Jeopardy style golf trivia, Stefan tries to guess first place money at The Masters through the years, and we tidy up your flop shot in the Tip of The Week.

  • Episode 90: Mark Silvers, Winner Big Break Greenbrier, Mackenzie Tour Winner

    November 5th, 2020  |  1 hr 21 mins
    canada, european tour, flagstick, golf, lpga, pga, sports, teetalk, tour

    We're like kids before Christmas with The Masters on the horizon next week, questions on it dominate our Mail Bag on this show.

    We wrap up the surprising win by Brian Gay at the Bermuda Championship, preview the Houston Open at heavily renovated Memorial Park golf course, choose our favourite chocolate bars, and share some all-time mini-tour player stories.

    On that theme, Mark Silvers, winner of the Golf Channel's Big Break Greenbrier joins to tell us a few stories of his own. They include a lost set of clubs that propelled him to a Mackenzie Tour win and a spot on the Korn Ferry Tour, his time in Canada, what he likes to do away from the course, his time on the The Big Break and how it was filmed, and his personal feelings on The Masters as a guy from Georgia.

    Having played the Augusta National Golf Club two times he tells us how that experience was being there as the guest of former Chairman Hootie Johnson.

    The Tip of the Week is all about wedge play.

  • Episode 89: Neil Haworth, Golf Course Architect

    October 29th, 2020  |  1 hr 29 mins
    asia, canada, china, european tour, flagstick, golf, golf architecture, lpga, neil haworth, pga, sports, teetalk, tour

    We inch a little closer to The Masters and have some details on the 2020 event, including the fate of the Par 3 tournament. We also begin to look at the state of the game for some players like Mickelson and Woods coming off lacklustre performances at the ZOZO Championship.

    We wrap up that event, take a cursory look at the Bermuda Championship, ponder whether new mother Michelle Wie West will play the U.S. Women's Open in December, and throw around what the merger between Callaway and TopGolf means.

    Golf course architect Neil Haworth, who is normally at the WGC-HSBC in China this week on a course he designed in Shanghai, is our feature interview. He lends us insight on developing golf courses in the Asian and International markets, building courses for top professionals and amateurs, and what he sees as the future for golf facilities. He also tells us the story behind building the longest golf course in the world.

    Birdie vs Bogey carries on with topics like indoor hitting nets, ready golf, the Masters patron-only online shop, direct-to-consumer golf brands, and early golf course closures.

    In the Mail Bag we answer questions about the optimal number of par fives on a golf course, whether a past champion will win at The Masters, phone check etiquette on the course, and skills we'd like to add to our own games from pro golfers.

    In the Tip of The Week we chat about gaining yardage over the off-season.

  • Episode 88: Gawain Robertson, TRUE Sports (ACCRA, Project X, True Temper, Aerotech)

    October 22nd, 2020  |  2 hrs 17 secs
    canada, european tour, flagstick, golf, lpga, pga, sports, teetalk, tour

    It's a deeeeppp show this week with plenty to talk about starting with the latest on Phil Mickelson finding success on the Champions Tour and Jason Kokrak finally hoisting a trophy on the PGA TOUR at Shadow Creek.

    We preview the ZOZO Championship, take an early look at betting odds for the Masters, and bring you news on the 2020 Hero World Challenge.

    In the feature interview long-time industry professional Gawain Robertson joins us. The co-founder of ACCRA Golf and now the Director of Aftermarket Sales for TRUE Sports (True Temper, Project X, Aerotech, and ACCRA) tells us his origin story, shares fitting stories from working with tour pros like Gary Woodland and others, and provides insight on the turmoil of the golf business in 2020.

    Gawain also sits in for the Birdie vs Bogey segment to drop his opinions on topics like Tyrell Hatton club tosses, spectators at the Houston Open, buying equipment based solely on YouTube videos, and whether hitting the golf ball a long way is a skill.

    We debut "Correct Opinions", have a tip of the week that will help you deal with Fall weather, and the Mail Bag is bursting. We answer questions about driver upgrades,the best money we have spent in golf, rain wear, the influence of golf pros on golf club purchases, and whether hitting the golf ball further will slow up play.