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8 Golf Podcasts You Should Be Listening To Right Now

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Golf podcasts have been around for a while, but in recent years a number of shows with great hosts have launched, giving golfers access to new content they should definitely be checking out. These podcasts are different from the vanilla conversations you’re used to hearing on TV. They offer a behind-the-scenes look at the people driving the golf industry forward, and offer tips to lower your scores and raise your golf IQ.

Here are eight golf podcasts that stand out, which I’ve broken into two different categories: Getting Better at the Game, and Talking About the Game.

Getting Better at the Game

The Mindside

mindside-cover170x170The mental game is a big part of playing great golf, and the Mindside brings information and interviews from host Dr. Bhrett McCabe, a sports psychologist who works with PGA and LPGA tour players. It covers a lot of different topics, many outside golf, while discussing what it takes for people to perform at the highest level. Dr. Bhrett always brings a great perspective, no matter who the guest is, and offers advice that can be easily applied.

Length: 20-40 minutes
Subscribe: iTunes
Website: themindside.com

Coach Glass Podcast

coachglass-cover170x170Jason Glass is a coach for players on every tour and head of the Titleist Performance Institute’s Fitness Advisory Board.

His podcast offers an unfiltered look at fitness, which take place in solo rants that are not to be missed. There are also fantastic interviews with guests such as Dr. Greg Rose, Kelly Starrett, Lance Gil, and more.

Length: 30-40 minutes
Subscribe: iTunes
Website: jasonglassperformancelab.com

18 Strong

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Even Jordan Speith is getting in on the action.

18strong-cover170x170Physical therapist Jeff Pelizzaro talks about far more than just strength and fitness in the 18 Strong podcast. The focus of the podcast and the corresponding website is to help golfers train harder, practice smarter and improve their games.

Pelizzaro has had incredible guests, including Pia Nilsson, Lynn Marriott, Tim Mickelson, Lance Gil, Damon Goddard and many more who talk about playing better golf in a casual setting.

Length: 40-50 minutes
Subscribe: iTunes
Website: 18strong.com

Golf Science Lab

gsl-cover170x170I happen to host this show, so I’m a little partial. Think NPR, mashed up with some incredible golf education you probably haven’t heard before. The Golf Science Lab is highly produced, and features discussions with researchers and golf coaches to help golfers play better and understand the realities of actually improving their games.

Don’t get intimidated by the name. This is research you should know about, made simple on every show.

Length: 15-25 minutes
Subscribe: iTunes
Website: golfsciencelab.com

Talking About the Game

Shack House

shack-cover170x170A relatively new show with Joe House and Geoff Shackelford offers a great perspective on the PGA Tour. Production quality, guests and topics are all top notch, and make this one a must-hear.

One of the podcast’s recent shows with guest Patrick Reed is definitely worth a listen.

Length: 50-70 minutes
Subscribe: iTunes

Golf Digest Podcast

gd-cover170x170Golf Digest’s podcast inlcudes some of the best guests in the industry. Everyone from Jordan Spieth to Gary Player has joined Alex Meyers on the show over the past few months.

If you think you’d enjoy non-traditional golf conversations with some of the most notable people in the golf world, then this is the podcast for you.

Length: 20-40 minutes
Subscribe: iTunes

No Laying Up

nlu-cover170x170If you like the No Laying Up Twitter feed (click here to read GolfWRX’s Q&A with No Laying Up) and website, make sure to tune into the podcast.

Its guests probably aren’t going to be on other podcasts, as it takes a irreverent and fresh look at golf and the PGA Tour.

Length: 35 – 70 minutes
Subscribe: iTunes
Website: nolayingup.com

Golf.com Podcast

g-cover170x170Hosted by Golf.com editors Alan Bastable and Sean Zak, this podcast talks to PGA Tour players, commentators and other people of interest in the golf world.

Length: 20-40 minutes
Subscribe: iTunes

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Cordie has spent the last four years working with golf instructors, helping inform thousands on business and teaching best practices (if you're a coach or instructor check out http://golfinthelifeof.com/). Through that he's realized that it's time for the way golf is taught to be changed. When looking at research and talking with coaches and academics, he's launched the Golf Science Golf Science Lab , a website and audio documentary-style podcast focused on documenting what's really going on in learning and playing better golf.

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  1. Tiger Woods

    Jan 24, 2018 at 6:05 pm

    I did give them a listen and while the Golf stuff is great they give you a bit of everything, Movies , Music , Food , Travel , These guys need there own radio show. Top notch Poscast that should be heard by everyone

  2. Greg Norman

    Jan 24, 2018 at 6:02 pm

    Golf need to be more fun and these Chilli Dipper guys bring the fun. New modern and most importantly entertaining, Give them a listen…

  3. Rick Steadfast

    Jan 11, 2018 at 5:28 am

    Yeah i agree with Garry Handleman, I listened to The Chilli Dippers and they are a barrel of fun. They dont sound like expert golfers, but every episode is a good laugh. Great concept too, playing the top 100 public golf courses in Australia, I wish i had thought of doing that myself, little too old now.

    Have a listen to The Chilli Dippers, they are short and super easy to listen to.

  4. Garry Handleman

    Jan 11, 2018 at 1:38 am

    The Chilli Dippers golf pod is a ripper and should be on this list easy. Two relaxed easy going blokes playing the top 100 courses in Australia and reviewing the courses and having heaps of fun on the way

  5. Matt

    May 24, 2016 at 12:11 pm

    Happen to like Golf Smarter by Fred Greene. Will say, listened to a few episodes of Golf Science Lab and really like it. Well done!!!

  6. Bradley Lawrence

    May 23, 2016 at 2:09 pm

    I would throw your Golf In The Life of Podcast up there to Cordie! I can’t argue with the Mindside or the Coach Glass Podcast I listen to both of them weekly and love every second of it!

  7. BAL

    May 23, 2016 at 10:43 am

    The Clubhouse with Shane Bacon is one that I would recommend.

    Golf Digest podcast host can be annoying. The guests are great but the host often cuts them off to ask the next question. Seems like he is not listening to their answers and is on a mission to get through all of his notes in 15 minutes.

  8. Ray

    May 23, 2016 at 12:03 am

    Hard to take anything Geoff Shackelford posts on his blog and/or podcasts seriously these days as he has become more and more corporate over the last few years. Great irony in how he is always complaining about distances the ball goes in golf and yet accepts money/sponsorship from Callaway for his podcast. Callaway has always been at the forefront of distance with their clubs and balls (I have no issue with that) yet GS looks the other way to collect a check from them. He always rags on the TM product cycles in his posts while ignoring that who he accepts money from does the exact same thing. Regardless of how he spins it his blog has become much different in content since he started taking money from Golf Digest, Callaway, NBC/Comcast and Nationwide when he “reports” on The Memorial event on video. Used to be a must read site. Shame it no longer is. I understand that he has every right to monetize his site but in doing so he has become what he rails against. Whether he realizes it or not.

  9. Adrian

    May 22, 2016 at 8:56 pm

    One great podcast for the golf nerds is “State Of The Game” By Mike Clayton, Geoff Shackleford and Rod Morri. They have guests like Geoff Ogilvy, Jaime Diaz, Grant Waite, Jay Blasi etc. Each episode goes for around an hour and Clayts has no hesistation in talking about Seve and accusing Frank Nobilo of cheating…… to his face…….. on air.

  10. Double Mocha Man

    May 22, 2016 at 8:21 pm

    All available through iTunes. Sorry, I’m an Android guy… don’t need no stinkin’ golf podcasts. Android folks are the better golfers… usually shooting in the 70’s with single digit handicaps.

  11. Matt

    May 22, 2016 at 12:55 pm

    You guys missed the best golf podcast out there. Golf Weekly…

    Golf Weekly by Newstalk 106-108 fm
    https://itun.es/us/MEVAD.c

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I also need to say this (whether you believe it or not): This is not a puff piece. This is my honest perspective as I have experienced. Until 30 days ago, I didn’t have one PXG club in my bag and have never been given favor from PXG to “make them look good.”

OK, that’s out of the way, so you know what isn’t the motivation here. The motivation is to describe my relationship with Bob, so the golf community knows exactly who he is, why he is so important, and why we don’t want him to ever go away.

I first met Bob Parsons on December 11th, 2007 on the set of the first commercial I ever booked as an actor. It was for GoDaddy.com, and it was a Super Bowl ad that was later banned and became a “cult classic” for years to come. On the set of that commercial, Bob showed up before principal photography began and walked up to every person on that set (100 people) and personally introduced himself and thanked them for the hard work. When I met and I told him my name, he said in a way only Bob can, “Johnny Wunder!? I’ll never forget that name, that’s a no brainer.”

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Since then, I have interviewed Bob four times and been his guest during product launches. NOBODY does hospitality like Bob. NOBODY. You are inside the bubble, and you are well taken care of but also respected to the utmost degree. He understands the job we in the media have and will give you everything he can to make the experience worthwhile. Yes, Bob has a larger-than-life on-camera persona. It’s big, funny, gregarious, and to some, intimidating. Bob off camera is a bit of a different thing. He’s a thoughtful, quiet man that will ask about your kids far before he asks what you think about his products.

I recall a morning he called me personally to ask me a question, it was a Saturday, if memory serves, and when I picked up the phone and realized it was him, I had to kind of laugh. Not at him but at his first few comments

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This is not Bob selling me. This is Bob.

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It’s the real “meat on the table” that Bob has. You can’t learn this in school, you have to learn it by trying and failing A LOT. PXG is something he built. He didn’t hire smart people to do his bidding, he hired smart people to learn from and get in the mud with. PXG clubs are the product of that collaboration. PXG clubs are not Bob, but they are a symbol of how much this guy cares about doing things differently. He’s a disruptor. He cares. That’s all that matters.

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