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 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.

  • Episode 87: Mel Reid (LPGA & LET Winner) & Caddy Ryan Desveaux

    October 15th, 2020  |  50 mins 6 secs
    canada, european tour, flagstick, golf, lpga, mel reid, pga, sports, teetalk, tour

    One of the LPGA Tour’s most recent and popular winners, Mel Reid, joins us on the show along with her caddy Ryan Desveaux.

    There are a lot of laughs to be had as we explore what it means to finally win on the LPGA Tour, the long road to get there, and all the elements that set up the possibility.

    The pair are as honest as it comes about what this victory meant to them, how they celebrated, and their observations on how their friends and family reacted.

    We chat about equality in the game of golf, overcoming challenges, and they take part in a game about odd names for hockey and soccer (football) teams and clubs.

  • Episode 86: Chris Cook, Equipment Manager Kingston Frontenacs Hockey Club

    October 8th, 2020  |  1 hr 13 mins
    canada, chris cook, european tour, flagstick, golf, lpga, ohl, pga, sports, teetalk, tour

    It’s draft week for the National Hockey League so we thought we would take a related detour on this week’s show.

    Chris Cook, current Head Equipment Manager for the Ontario Hockey League’s Kingston Frontenacs joins as as the feature the guest. An avid golfer, “Cookie” as he is known shares insight from his golf travels while working hockey equipment roles for the NHL’s Ottawa Senators, Hockey Canada, and in the OHL.

    We wrap up the wins by Sergio Garcia and Mel Reid on the PGA TOUR and LPGA Tour, respectively, and preview the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship and the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.

    We play a little “Who Wins” where we match up LPGA and PGA Tour players and decide who would take down the match, and address your short game in the tip of the week.

    The Mail Bag is full of great questions about Indoor Simulators, fake Azaleas at the upcoming Masters, pro win celebratory beverages, JT vs Rory at The Masters, and music selections for the golf course.

  • Episode 85: Ryan French - Monday Q Info

    September 30th, 2020  |  1 hr 27 mins
    canada, european tour, flagstick, golf, lpga, mondayqinfo, pga, ryan french, sports, teetalk, tour

    Hot dogs, coloured golf balls, and mini-tour players. Yep, we hit all the corners of golf in this episode of TeeTalk.

    Joining us on the show is Ryan French, the operator of the Monday Q Info Twitter account that has become wildly popular. He shares some of what has happened to him since he was first on the show over a year ago, the player stories that have caught his attention of late, and who we should all be looking out for as an upcoming player. He also helps us answer this week's Mail Bag questions on everything from the return of metal spikes to the possible ascension of Bryson DeChambeau to World #1 in in 2021.

    We wrap up the pro tours, discuss the return of fans to the PGA TOUR, give our thoughts on food at the turn, and talk about non-golfer friendly designs at golf courses.

    We bring you up to date on a lawsuit against Tony Finau, and based on the latest auction for Tiger Woods' back-up putter, we figure out what clubs we would be willing to buy for a huge price.

    We also give you some ideas on how you can get better at golf in this off-season.

  • 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.