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The 19th Hole Golf Show is a golf podcast featuring in-depth, intelligent discussion of the most important topics in golf. Host Ryan Ballengee from Golf News Net talks about recent events and issues on the PGA Tour, European Tour, LPGA Tour and other major golf tournaments around the world. He digs in on golf course architecture, fantasy golf, golf travel and the issues facing the business of the game. Ryan covers a little bit of everything in golf, and he's joined occasionally by some of the biggest names in the game to provide perspective.

Ryan Ballengee, Golf News Net

    • Nov 9, 2021 LATEST EPISODE
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    • 185 EPISODES

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    Talking Ryder Cup with Tony Jacklin AND a special announcement

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 9, 2021 41:03

    On this episode, Ryan is joined by two-time major winner, four-time European Ryder Cup captain and seven-time Ryder Cup player Tony Jacklin. We talk about Jacklin's transformative Ryder Cup experience and a new book about it, authored with Tony Jimenez, called "Tony Jacklin: My Ryder Cup Journey." Ryan also has an exciting special announcement to share.

    The PGA of America and Donald Trump, JT and the TOC

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 12, 2021 38:29

    The PGA of America dumped President Donald Trump and terminated their agreement to host the 2022 PGA Championship at his New Jersey club. Ryan discusses why that was the right move and wonders what club will host instead. Ryan digs into the Sentry Tournament of Champions, touches on Justin Thomas' slur and the importance of forgiveness.

    Recapping a great US Women's Open finish

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 16, 2020 30:05

    The US Women's Open came to a conclusion on Monday, filled with drama, compelling contenders and great stories. Ryan looks back on the week, the host Champions Golf Club, the pinballing TV coverage and some other takeaways from the week. Then he gets into the 2021 European Tour schedule and a few of your questions.

    Hi again

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 7, 2020 18:26

    After almost 18 months of not doing this podcast, I'm back. Let me explain why the show is coming back, why it went away and detail what I'm going to be doing moving forward. Thanks for listening!

    Looking back on our Sweetens Cove takeover and a great Tour Championship

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 27, 2019 33:48

    We're back from our incredible Sweetens Cove Shootout, and Ryan recaps some of the highlights from our first-ever audience trip. (Tell us where you'd like to travel with us!) Also, Ryan digs into the success of the Tour Championship and the new format to determine the FedEx Cup champion.

    Will the new Tour Championship format entice you?

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 19, 2019 34:06

    On this episode, we discuss the Tour Championship. Will the PGA Tour's new Tour Championship format make the FedEx Cup more exciting? Also, we dig into the European Tour's new, aggressive pace-of-play policy, hoping what they learn may mean big changes on the PGA Tour.

    Recapping The Open - Shane's win, Rory's realization and more

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 25, 2019 32:32

    On this episode, Ryan recaps The 2019 Open Championship from Royal Portrush, analyzing Shane Lowry's brilliant play under pressure and on his biggest stage, Rory McIlroy's furious Friday comeback and his takeaways from a remarkable week. Ryan also shares details from his trip to French Lick Resort and playing in a Symetra Tour pro-am with Leona Maguire. Finally, Ryan punches back against the Memphis Commercial-Appeal columnist who dug a lazy column out of a single, poignant tweet.

    FLASHBACK: Tom Watson talks the 2009 Open months after his close call

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 8, 2019 9:43

    It's been 10 years since Tom Watson was a yard away from winning the Open Championship at the age of 59. In October 2009, Mr. Watson joined me to talk about his game, his experiences at Turnberry and what he thought about that week just months after one of the most incredible runs in major championship history.

    The Road to The Open and playing dream golf courses

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 2, 2019 30:55

    On this episode, Ryan talks about the 3M Open and the upcoming Open at Royal Portrush, as well why it could be such an important event beyond golf. Then Ryan digs in on an interesting social media question of which courses you'd play for the rest of your life. Finally, Ryan explains his plans to air The 19th Hole twice per week starting in the second half of July.

    Hank Haney's screw up and previewing the Memorial

    Play Episode Listen Later May 31, 2019 33:06

    Hank Haney screwed up royally on his SiriusXM PGA Tour Radio show. So what happens next for Tiger Woods' old teacher? Ryan plays the audio from "Hank Haney Golf Radio" and digs in on why it's such a bad look. Then he gets into a preview of the Memorial Tournament, leading into the US Open at Pebble Beach as we're nearly onto the third men's major of the year.

    Recapping the PGA and the Senior Women's Open

    Play Episode Listen Later May 21, 2019 49:13

    On this episode, Ryan recaps the 2019 PGA Championship from Bethpage Black, with Brooks Koepka winning his fourth major championship. We look forward from Koepka's win, as well dig in on the performances of Tiger, DJ, Rory, Spieth and more. Can anyone stop Brooks? Then Ryan talks about his week in the Pinehurst area for the US Senior Women's Open, won by Helen Alfredsson. He gives a special shout out to Jane Crafter for her great week at Pine Needles and shares some details on the golf courses he was able to play in town.

    On Max Homa's amazing journey and liking the PGA in May

    Play Episode Listen Later May 8, 2019 31:18

    On this episode, Ryan gets into Max Homa's win at the Wells Fargo Championship, discussing how Homa overcame so much doubt and struggle to get to this incredible point. Homa's win also provides a window into the common struggles of pro golfers, and it shows they're more like us than we think. Also, Ryan shares his thoughts on the PGA Championship being in May, making a better flow for the majors.

    Reacting to the 2019 Masters

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 22, 2019 45:11

    The 2019 Masters was one of the greatest sporting events of our lifetimes, and with a week to digest it all, Ryan is back to review and react to perhaps the greatest Sunday in major championship history. Ryan goes through the emotions of watching Tiger win major No. 15, what this might portend for the rest of 2019 and the remainder of Woods' career, as well where this Masters ranks for him among the greatest of all time. He then goes into the future fortunes of Brooks Koepka, Dustin Johnson, Xander Schauffele and Francesco Molinari, and looks forward to the final three majors of 2019.

    Playing golf with Laura Davies at Pine Needles

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 27, 2019 37:48

    Ryan's back from a trip to the Pinehurst part of North Carolina, playing golf with Dame Laura Davies at Pine Needles to preview the second US Senior Women's Open. Ryan talks about the experience and what a joy it was to watch Dame Laura play some damn good golf (with a rental set, at that). Then he gets into comparing playing Mid Pines with Pine Needles, the strong opinions about both courses, as well the must-drinks and eats in Pinehurst.

    Recapping Rory's win at The Players and my trip to Puerto Rico

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 18, 2019 47:53

    After a month on the road, Ryan's back to talk about the incredible finish at The Players. TPC Sawgrass was A-plus in March, and the finale on Sunday was the most entertaining of the year. We dig in on Rory McIlroy's win, Jim Furyk's resurgence, Jon Rahm's meltdown and what to expect next March. Ryan kicks off the show talking about his near-month on the road, including playing in the PGA Tour pro-am for the Puerto Rico Open and his trip to the island.

    Matt Kuchar and JB Holmes were both slow to act; did either really win?

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 19, 2019 31:30

    On this week's show, we had two controversies to discuss coming out of the Genesis Open.  After some tone-deaf comments about his payment arrangement with El Tucan to caddie for him in Mexico, Matt Kuchar comes around and agrees to pay David Ortiz his requested $50,000. So now what? JB Holmes won the Genesis Open on Sunday, and he frustrated a lot of golf fans in the process with is slow (yet clutch) play. The PGA Tour has to do something to improve its product, so why aren't they?

    Ep. 130: Ireland, Scotland, Philly and more in Tom Coyne's Emergency 9

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 13, 2019 37:04

    Golf-travel author Tom Coyne returns for this second episode on “Talking GolfGetaways” with answers from around the world — Ireland, Scotland, Philadelphia and the Monterey Peninsula — when taking the Emergency 9 quiz. Plus, his thoughts on haggis, travel roommates, golf raingear and, yes, ball-stampers.

    El Tucan speaks and Phil Mickelson wins again at Pebble

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 12, 2019 31:59

    On this edition of the podcast, El Tucan (aka David Ortiz), who was the fill-in caddie on the bag for Matt Kuchar's win at the Mayakoba Golf Classic, shared what he was actually paid to loop in Mexico that week. Was he paid enough? What would fix this whole thing? Then we dig into Phil Mickelson's fifth-career win at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, including his last-minute push to finish the tournament on Monday. Paul Casey proved himself right in choosing to wait until Monday. Does Phil's win mean much of anything for his US Open chances?

    What Phoenix gets right, and why the Saudi tournament is wrong

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 31, 2019 32:43

    After a hiatus of a few weeks for the PGA Show and the launch of, Ryan's back to talk about the European Tour's mistake in hosting the Saudi International in Saudi Arabia, as well the other problem countries on golf's global calendar. Then Ryan goes on the other extreme and lauds the Phoenix Open for everything it gets right, including so much more beyond the infamous 16th hole at TPC Scottsdale.

    Reviewing the Tourney of Champs and golf's new rules

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 9, 2019 36:10

    We kick off the 2019 golf year with a new episode going over Xander Schauffele's big win at the Sentry Tournament of Champions. Some key takeaways and questions from the win: * Is Xander Schauffele poised to win a major in 2019? * Where does the X-Man rank among the young guns? * Did Justin Thomas' finish inspire him toward a Sony win? Then we look at the Sony Open in Hawaii and the big adjustment players have to make going from Kapalua to Waialae Country Club. We also look at Justin Rose's schedule choices, the big field for the Desert Classic and how that might lead to a new title sponsor. Finally, we dig in on the two biggest new golf rules in 2019: the option to putt with the flagstick in with the ball on the green, as well the new drop heights. Ultimately, these new rules help make golf better for most.

    Talking architecture and more with Nathan Crace

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 6, 2018 56:06

    In this episode of the show, we talk golf course architecture with architect Nathan Crace. Nathan is a fascinating guy and a great Twitter follow, as well now a podcast host of [his own "The Lipouts Podcast."]( The conversation centers on Nathan's current portfolio of work, what it looks like and how it has progressed over the years. We discuss his beginnings as an architect, building his own three-hole course in his parents' Indiana backyard so he could play the game. Nathan shares his influences, including a great story about Bob Cupp. We dig in on the flood of architectural opinions on social media, what they might miss and the tribal nature of favoring certain styles over others. Nathan takes a step back as we discuss the multi-dimensional nature of really understanding architecture as opposed to taking a more binary approach. Finally, we talk about Nathan's new podcast and his great work at The Refuge in Mississippi, the things that are keeping him most busy these days.

    Recapping The Match (Tiger vs. Phil) with Darin Bunch

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 27, 2018 64:48

    On this episode of The 19th Hole Golf Show, we dedicate an hour-plus to The Match in Las Vegas, where Phil Mickelson defeated Tiger Woods in a 22-hole match played in a circus-like atmosphere at Shadow Creek. GNN's Darin Bunch joins Ryan Ballengee to talk about his experience covering the match. Ryan asks Darin to weigh in on the unique setting of the ultra-private (but public) Shadow Creek, having such small galleries and trying to make sense of the action without a whole lot of help from anyone on the ground. The fellas dig in on what went right and what went wrong with The Match, both from an in-person and television viewing experience. They talk about what could be done better in the future, including ginning up more side bets ("challenges") and embracing the spectacle that it was.  Finally, the guys sort out some of the tropes and criticisms about The Match which turned out not to be true, as well some potential future formats which could work for a pay-per-view match.

    Our first-ever mailbag show!

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 19, 2018 40:31

    In the first-ever mailbag show dating back some 16 years, Ryan answers a variety of questions from listeners and Twitter followers about The Match, Tiger vs. Phil, the Official World Golf Ranking, scramble order preferences, which tees to use and so much more. Ryan also recaps the weekend full of redemptive stories from Danny Willett's win in Dubai, to Lexi Thompson's demon-exorcising win on the LPGA, to Charles Howell III ending a 12-year winless skid.

    TPC Danzante Bay trip report

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 6, 2018 42:05

    In this episode, Ryan talks about his experience at TPC Danzante Bay and the Villas del Palmar in Loreto, Mexico. He gets into the first-night fears passing hurricane remnants might ruin the whole trip, to the gorgeous reveals on the Rees Jones-designed course to the quirks and fun of being at an in-progress resort in an isolated part of Baja California.

    Playing The Riviera Country Club

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 19, 2018 34:26

    On this episode, Ryan recaps his round at The Riviera Country Club in Los Angeles. It was a round that came together somewhat by happenstance but turned out to be a fabulous day on one of the best golf courses on the planet. Ryan talks about strategy and architecture around the George C. Thomas design, compliments one of the best batteries of par 3s in the world and goes into some of the cultural aspects of the club.

    Recapping the 2018 Ryder Cup

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 2, 2018 48:27

    This episode is dedicated to all things post-2018 Ryder Cup. We dig into why the Americans lost, ranging from analyzing their play and pairings, to digging into the interpersonal conflicts, captain's decisions and unfortunate circumstances which partially led to the Americans continuing a losing skid in Europe since their last win there in 1993.  Ryan gets into what Jim Furyk could have done differently (not much) given the hand he was dealt, where this Ryder Cup leaves the Ryder Cup Committee and its leaders, as well figures the lineage of future American captains.

    Ryder Cup preview and predictions, and looking back on Tiger's Tour Championship win

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 27, 2018 32:54

    On this episode, Ryan reviews and recaps Tiger Woods' Tour Championship win, taking you back through the comeback to this point and recognizing the absolute absurdity that is his 80th PGA Tour win. Spinning forward, it's easy to imagine Tiger doing some things that seemed months ago to be out of reach. Then Ryan makes his predictions for the Ryder Cup, looking at the Friday fourball matches and making an overall prediction from there. Can the Americans end a generational losing streak in Europe?

    FedEx Cup fidgeting, Congressional's long term hosting and a big thank you

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 19, 2018 44:14

    The FedEx Cup is changing in a big way starting next season, and Ryan breaks down the changes and assesses if they actually accomplish what the PGA Tour is hoping they'll do. Then Ryan digs in on Congressional's 15-year commitment to PGA of America events, Keith Foster's restoration of the Blue Course and why these venues are announced 20 years in advance. Finally, on the eve of the Ryder Cup, Ryan talks about why the Ryder Cup is so important as a marker for his career and offers thanks for going on this journey in golf.

    Reviewing the World Am and my return to tournament golf, featuring Mitch Laurance

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 6, 2018 70:40

    This episode is all about my experience playing the Myrtle Beach World Amateur Handicap (Not For Me) Championship. I talk through the process of getting back into competitive golf, the nerves, the breathing, the whole process. I recap some of the highs and lows from four competitive rounds in the Grand Stand, including a massive downpour, a super round at Grande Dunes, getting my game back and meeting 12 really fun playing partners over four rounds. Grand Strand native Mitch Laurance joins me in the second half of the show to talk about his experience finishing fifth in his flight at the World Am. He also digs into the pride of the region in hosting this event, as well what he took away from playing three of four rounds with new Ben Hogan Golf irons and Knuth Golf woods.

    PGA Championship review and talking Hogan Golf with Mitch Laurance

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 16, 2018 48:28

    Brooks Koepka won his second major of 2018 in perhaps of one of Tiger Woods' best-ever major duels (even in a losing effort) at the PGA Championship at Bellerive. We go over the fantastic showdown between the two, throwing in Adam Scott and Justin Thomas. We go over the clutch shots, the big moments and what it all means for Koepka and Woods, as well the Ryder Cup. Then Ryan's GNN compatriot and friend Mitch Laurance, host of the "Talking GolfGetaways" travel podcast, joins the show to talk about his journey from playing hickory golf clubs back to modern equipment with the Ben Hogan Golf Equipment Company.

    Reflecting on Jarrod Lyle's final battle, then discussing a few minor golf controversies

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 1, 2018 36:41

    On this week's show, Ryan talks about the devastating news Jarrod Lyle has stopped treatment for his third battle with leukemia and is pursuing a style of hospice treatment as he prepares to die. It's an emotional opening segment, and hopefully one which pays tribute to the Aussie's remarkable life and fight. In the second half of the show, Ryan delves into the latest quibbling controversies in golf, including wondering if we're in the process of giving Bryson DeChambeau the Bubba Watson treatment.

    The Open recap, and author Tom Coyne on playing golf through Scotland

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 25, 2018 54:36

    On this podcast, we look back on The Open, from Francesco Molinari's win, to Tiger Woods' brush with a 15th major title, to Jordan Spieth's collapse, to the amazing venue that is Carnoustie. Where do we go from here? How is the Ryder Cup affected? Then Ryan is joined by author Tom Coyne to talk about his new book "A Course Called Scotland," in which Coyne chronicles a personal 57-day journey playing through the greatest golf courses in the Home of Golf.

    Playing in a Symetra Tour pro-am at French Lick, watching the Senior Women's Open

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 16, 2018 32:37

    On this week's podcast, Ryan shares his adventures over the week in Indiana and Illinois. First, Ryan talks about his amazing experience at French Lick Resort and West Baden in Indiana, including playing with Elizabeth Szokol in the Donald Ross Classic pro-am. Then Ryan digs in on the US Senior Women's Open, spending Friday at Chicago Golf Club to watch JoAnne Carner, Hollis Stacy, Juli Inkster, Jane Crafter and more in the inaugural event.

    Saying goodbye to Tiger in DC, and talking Myrtle Beach World Am

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 2, 2018 36:34

    On this edition of the show, Ryan shares stories from the final Quicken Loans National. He talks about the life and death of the tournament, and he digs into the Sunday experience walking with Tiger Woods for likely the final time in his hometown.  Then Ryan welcomes Scott Tomasello from the Myrtle Beach World Am to talk about the experience of playing in the event (come join us!), as well what to expect from the festivities on the Grand Strand.

    Recapping the 2018 US Open

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 19, 2018 43:28

    Ryan recaps the 2018 US Open from Shinnecock Hills, kicking things off with what seemed to set apart Brooks Koepka from Dustin Johnson, Justin Rose and the rest of the weekend contenders. Then he gets into the Phil Mickelson debacle and shares his nuanced view on what happened, including why Mickelson deserved to be disqualified. Finally, Ryan talks about the USGA's setup choices throughout the week and makes clear this approach rightfully weeds out much of the field before the tournament begins.

    Feeling like you belong in golf

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 4, 2018 31:58

    On this episode, Ryan digs in on his recent piece on seeking a feeling of belonging in golf, as well the overwhelming outpouring of reaction to the article. While he feels golf at the elite end has a potentially toxic culture for the sport, the idea of being a golf snob isn't exclusive to being wealthy. Ryan also commits to bringing more stories of golf as most of us experience it.

    Playing Shinnecock Hills before the US Open

    Play Episode Listen Later May 24, 2018 33:41

    On this episode, Ryan talks about his experience of playing Shinnecock Hills Golf Club for US Open preview day. He takes you on a complete tour of the Southampton, N.Y., club, including the current setup, the demands on each hole and what players can expect inside the ropes as they battle for the national championship.  This was a likely once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and Ryan is beaming with excitement to share it all.

    Golf betting is coming, and Trinity Forest is a beauty

    Play Episode Listen Later May 17, 2018 33:30

    On this episode of the show, Ryan talks about the potential impact on professional golf of legalized and regulated sports betting in the wake of the landmark Supreme Court decision. What could go wrong? What do we know so far? Then Ryan digs in on AT&T Byron Nelson host Trinity Forest, raving about the Coore-Crenshaw design outside in Dallas.

    Making golf yours, and talking the state of golf with Josh Jacobs

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 26, 2018 58:14

    On this episode, Ryan digs into the fun of the Zurich Classic, as well the great winning moment shared by the Jutanugarn sisters at the LPGA's Los Angeles event. It's a segue into talking about the beauty of golf being for the player whatever the want it to be -- and the truth that no one person should try to commandeer what the sport means.  Then Ryan is joined on National Golf Day by friend and TGA Premier Sports owner Josh Jacobs to talk about his business, junior golf, getting kids and families in the game and golf participation.

    Reaction and fallout from the 2018 Masters

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 9, 2018 41:21

    This episode is all about the 2018 Masters, of course. Patrick Reed wins, and the story about more than him winning. It's about how he got to this point, what he changed about his approach to Augusta to get the green jacket, how his past informs his present and future, and what's next for a guy who is beloved on American teams but wasn't beloved on Sunday. We dig into Alan Shipnuck's Sunday night piece on Reed and his relationship with his family, trying to figure out what from what. We also get into the weeks turned in by Jordan Spieth, Rory McIlroy, Rickie Fowler and Jon Rahm.

    Guest Dean Snell and experiencing golf in Houston

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 30, 2018 48:21

    On this episode, we're joined by Snell Golf founder Dean Snell to talk about his new MTB Red and MTB Black golf balls, his company four years into it, as well the experience of making golf balls for the average golfer. Dean is always a great guest, and his insights into the golf ball and the golf business are a must-listen. Ryan also shares his experiences in Houston for a few days, including playing golf with Steve Elkington, meeting Jack Burke Jr., and more on what's coming in the future with Secret Golf.

    Is there a fix for the WGC-Match Play, and Rory on fan behavior

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 23, 2018 33:16

    On this episode, Ryan talks about the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play and gets into the annual complaining about the round-robin format. Should we be longing for the days of single elimination, or is there a unicorn format out that which would make everyone happy? (There isn't.) Ryan also gets into the latest comments from Rory McIlroy and PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan about fan behavior.

    Tiger's back, baby, and golf is counter-cultural now

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 14, 2018 39:19

    On this edition of The 19th Hole, Ryan Ballengee is back from his golf trip and winning the Old Greensburg Cup, and Tiger Woods is back, too!  We talk about Tiger Woods' tremendous run at the Valspar Championship and reflect on how amazing his rise to nearly winning in just four 2018 starts really is. What's next for Woods? Can he win at Bay Hill? (Of course he can.)  Ryan also kicks off the show by talking about his great week in Orlando at Reunion Resort for one of the best weeks of his year, and he comes back reflecting on just how spectacular golf is for getting away from the hustle and bustle of daily life.

    On JT's fan incident and Tiger Woods' great performance at The Honda Classic

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 1, 2018 35:08

    This episode is all about two big stories coming out of The Honda Classic. First, we talk about Justin Thomas' win and the preceding ejection of a surly fan on the 16th hole on Sunday. Was JT thin-skinned or did he do the right thing? We talk about why golf tournaments are thought different than other sporting events, and why that might be wrong.  We also look at Tiger Woods' 12th-place finish at PGA National, perhaps somewhat unexpected. Given what we've seen from Woods in three starts in 2018, it might not be that crazy to think he can win again, even at the Masters.

    Are golf crowds too rowdy, and why the ball rollback might not work

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 23, 2018 30:53

    On this episode of the show, Ryan starts by talking about the latest developments in a potential golf ball rollback. Reading the tea leaves, is what Mike Davis of the USGA and Jack Nicklaus considering a reasonable, practical solution? You'll be surprised why Ryan takes the manufacturers' side on this. Also, we talk about the 17th hole at The Honda Classic's host PGA National. Is it getting out of control? Why are PGA Tour pros more frequently talking about a bad experience with fans?

    Talking putters with Vikash Sanyal, and discussing Paige Spiranac in SI

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 16, 2018 53:21

    On this episode, Ryan welcomes Brainstorm Golf founder Vikash Sanyal to discuss his company's Happy Putter Eye Align series and why it'll help you make more putts. We also discuss putter innovation, as Vikash's career has seen him lead Odyssey Golf and Never Compromise -- and now Brainstorm Golf -- as innovators in the game. Ryan also starts the show by talking about Paige Spiranac's appearance in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue.  Check out our show sponsors, including [2UNDR]( (GNN20 at checkout to save 20%), [Ship Sticks]( (click for 20% off), [Health IQ]( and [Happy Putter]( (GNN10 for a 10% discount) as well [our first GNN audience trip in August to the Myrtle Beach World Am.](

    Finest 9-hole courses with Anthony Pioppi, and the West Coast's comeback

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 9, 2018 43:24

    On this episode, Ryan Ballengee is joined by author Anthony Pioppi to discuss his new book, ["The Finest Nines: The Best Nine-Hole Golf Courses in North America."]( We talk the history of nine-hole courses in the U.S. and Canada, why they became rarer over the years and how they could be the foundation for the future expansion of golf. Ryan also gets into the resurgence of the West Coast swing, and he wonders what is helping two tournaments like Phoenix and Pebble Beach, which are so different, both surge in field strength. Check out our show sponsors, including [2UNDR]( (GNN20 at checkout to save 20%), [Ship Sticks]( (click for 20% off), [Health IQ]( and [Happy Putter]( (GNN10 for a 10% discount) as well our first GNN audience trip in August to the [Myrtle Beach World Am](

    Reviewing the PGA Show and JB Holmes' 4-minute travesty

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 3, 2018 37:17

    Ryan starts the show with a review of the PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando and proposes how to make the show accessible to you. Then we dig in on JB Holmes' slow play incident at the Farmers Insurance Open and the PGA Tour's disappointing response. Check out our show sponsors, including [2UNDR]( (GNN20 at checkout to save 20%), [Ship Sticks]( (click for 20% off), [Health IQ]( and [Happy Putter]( (GNN10 for a 10% discount) as well our first GNN audience trip in August to the [Myrtle Beach World Am](

    The Golf Channel strike, and unnecessary repetitive playoff holes

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 19, 2018 36:46

    We kick off this week's show dissecting the Golf Channel-IATSE strike, why it happened, how it played out and when it might get resolved. Then, Ryan looks at the Sony Open in Hawaii playoff and wonders why Patton Kizzire and James Hahn had to play the same boring hole four times out of six they played in sudden death instead of cutting right to the great Redan 17th at Waialae Country Club. Check out our show sponsors, including [2UNDR]( (GNN20 at checkout to save 20%), [Ship Sticks]( (click for 20% off), [Health IQ]( and [Happy Putter]( (GNN10 for a 10% discount) as well our [first GNN audience trip in August to the Myrtle Beach World Am.](

    Dustin Johnson is amazing, and announcing our first GNN trip

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 14, 2018 43:11

    After some kids' illnesses and school weather closures, Ryan's back to talk about Dustin Johnson crushing it at the Tournament of Champions and how scary his best game is compared to everyone else in the world.  Ryan also shares several of our new sponsors for this year, including [2UNDR]( (GNN20 at checkout to save 20%), [Ship Sticks]( (click for 20% off), Health IQ and [Happy Putter]( (GNN10 for a 10% discount) as well [our first GNN audience trip in August to the Myrtle Beach World Am](  Then he gets into a discussion about buying golf clubs and some skepticism that clubs tests and reviews really mean all that much to most golfers.

    Hyping 2018, and the curious case of Sergio Garcia and Callaway

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 3, 2018 36:44

    Welcome to 2018! For the first show of the year, Ryan talks about the amazing possibilities for what could happen in golf this year, starting at the Tournament of Champions. Then we dig into the nature of equipment signings, including the unique, very public case of Sergio Garcia signing with Callaway Golf. Check out our show sponsors: 2UNDR, making the only golf-performance underwear (and really the only underwear you need)! Save 20% on your whole order, including their performance apparel, with the code GNN20. HealthIQ, which offers discounted life insurance for active people like yourself. See if you qualify at

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