The ModGolf Podcast

Host Colin Weston explores the future of golf through conversations with the visionaries and influencers that are shaking up the sport.

About the show

The ModGolf Podcast talks with golf's top influencers, entrepreneurs, innovators and disruptors about their vision and solutions to re-imagine, transform and grow the game.

The ModGolf Podcast has been ranked #4 on 2021's most comprehensive list of "Top 25 Golf Podcasts", based on our quality and consistency of posts, industry expert reviews and social media influence/popularity. Please subscribe to The ModGolf Podcast to help us grow and move up the rankings in 2022!

We'd love to hear from you! Have any ideas or guests you'd like to hear on future episodes? Contact Colin directly here or on Twitter @ModGolfPodcast to start the conversation.

Episodes

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    LIVE From The 2023 PGA Show!

    February 3rd, 2023  |  Season 13  |  20 mins 6 secs
    #makegolfyourthing, billy brown, entrepreneurship, future of golf, golf accessories, golf apparel, golf business, golf industry, innovation, lydia davies, make golf your thing, modgolf, modgolf podcast, modgolfpodcast, pga show, reed exhibitions, teamates, the golf sanctuary, the pga of america, usga

    Colin returns to The PGA Show in Orlando and was ready to record a podcast but his guest no-showed! Not to worry, as Colin spots previous show guest Lydia Davies walking by and asks her to join him for a spontaneous chat about what's cool at the show. Minutes later another previous guest jumps in to take this fun-filled conversation to the next level.

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    Perseverance, Pivoting and The Ability to Continuously Adapt - Ryan Engle, Founder and CEO of GOLF+

    January 19th, 2023  |  Season 13  |  46 mins 11 secs
    entrepreneurship, future of golf, golf business, golf industry, golf+, innovation, modgolf, modgolf podcast, modgolfpodcast, oculus, ryan engle, sport innovation, the pga show, usga, virtual reality, vr golf, vr sports, web3

    "My first virtual reality putt was 20-footer uphill with a left-to-right break. I hit it and put it 6 inches past the hole, burning the edge on the left. I thought, "Wow that felt exactly like hitting a putt." After that magical moment I said to the team "okay you know what, we're going to pivot 100% into VR." Ryan Engle, Founder and CEO of GOLF+ joins us to share how his love for writing code and playing golf led to the creation of the golf industry's leading VR gaming platform.

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    Breaking The Grass Ceiling - A Mother/Daughter Duo Who Are Changing The Golf Leadership Landscape

    January 10th, 2023  |  Season 13  |  48 mins 18 secs
    clare mcmahon, entrepreneurship, golf business, golf canada, golf course owners, golf industry, golf podcast, innovation, lesley mcmahon, modgolf, modgolf podcast, modgolfpodcast, ngcoa, ngcoa canada, women entrepreneurs

    Colin was invited to attend The NGCOA Canada Conference in Vancouver, where he sat down with the mother/daughter duo of Lesley and Clare McMahon to learn about the world of owning and operating a golf course. Lesley also shares her experience as the first female president of The National Golf Course Owner's Association Canada and Clare talks about the challenges and opportunities for women in the golf industry.

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    Scaling a Golf Startup With Partnerships - Nick Conrad, Founder of Twilight Golf Association

    December 30th, 2022  |  Season 13  |  35 mins 27 secs
    entrepreneurship, future of golf, golf business, golf entertainment, golf genius, golf industry, golf podcast, innovation, modgolf, modgolf podcast, modgolfpodcast, nick conrad, pga of america, sport innovation, twilight golf association, usga

    "I thought it wasn't crazy that you could pull together lots of strangers and create a golf league out of it. If I could allow those people that regularly fill out the tee sheet to create organized games, that really would resonate." Twilight Golf Association Founder Nick Conrad joins us to share how partnering with a technology company has turbocharged his startup.

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    Do a Common Thing In an Uncommon Way - Bob Winskowicz, Founder of SQAIRZ

    December 16th, 2022  |  Season 13  |  36 mins 28 secs
    arnold palmer, baseball shoes, bob winskowicz, entrepreneurship, future of golf, golf business, golf industry, golf shoes, innovation, modgolf, modgolf podcast, modgolfpodcast, pga of america, sport tech, sqairz, the pga show, usga

    Working for Arnold Palmer and having "The King" in your mentorship corner is one of many positive experiences that Bob Winskowicz - Founder of SQAIRZ - has as part of his secret sauce. Host Colin Weston learns about the influences that helped shape Bob's world view to become the entrepreneur and business leader that he is today.

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    Connecting Golfers With Likeminded Playing Partners - Kat Ramirez, Founder of Golfing Buddy

    December 8th, 2022  |  Season 13  |  36 mins 44 secs
    #makegolfyourthing, entrepreneurship, female founders, future of golf, golf business, golf industry, golf podcast, golfing buddy, innovation, kat ramirez, make golf your thing, modgolf, modgolf podcast, modgolfpodcast, pga of america, sport innovation, usga, women entrepreneurs

    "Golf is a great game to get to know people. That's why we go on the golf course with new people and spend four hours with them. It's because golfers really want to have a good time, instead of feeling like they're not good enough. So Golfing Buddy was created to empower people to find other people just like them to go play golf with."... Kat Ramirez, Founder of Golfing Buddy joins us to share how to successfully self-fund a startup as a side hustle.

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    Making a Difference: Supporting The Recovery of Injured Veterans Through Golf - John Simpson, Founder of On Course Foundation

    November 25th, 2022  |  Season 12  |  37 mins 5 secs
    #makegolfyourthing, #recoverythroughgolf, entrepreneurship, future of golf, golf business, golf charity, golf podcast, innovation, john simpson, make golf your thing, modgolf, modgolf podcast, modgolfpodcast, on golf foundation, pagagolf, pga of america, the simpson cup, usga, wounded warriors

    "Being disabled myself, I chatted with a few of the injured veterans and told them what had happened to me. I saw some of them looking back at me and I realized that golf was something they could do. That's when I thought, "if we could start a charity which teaches golf on a long-term basis with the idea of then getting them some form of employment within the golf and related industries, that if we could do that, that would be quite something". And that's where it all started." We open Season 13 with an inspirational conversation with John Simpson, Founder of On Course Foundation.

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    SEASON 12 WRAP-UP / SEASON 13 PREVIEW

    November 4th, 2022  |  Season 12  |  19 mins 56 secs
    black business, black-owned business, caddy time, carry golf investments, deuce, deuce premium, dewiz, digital golf collective, entrepreneurship, future of golf, golf business, golf industry, innovation, inrange golf, linksdao, lpga, modgolf, modgolf podcast, modgolfpodcast, odin golf, operation 36, pga of america, the golf sanctuary, the pga show, ty delavallade, usga, xonic golf

    That's a wrap for Season 12 of The ModGolf Podcast! Our team is currently working on your next twelve episodes for Season 13, which launches early December 2022. We heard some amazing stories from a diverse group of guests who discussed how inclusion, technology, entertainment, music, celebrity, hospitality and community building intersect to shape the future of golf.

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    How a Simple Invitation Becomes a Powerful Way To Grow Golf - Laura Diaz, Sr. Director of Community & Inclusion With The LPGA

    October 10th, 2022  |  Season 12  |  30 mins 6 secs
    #makegolfyourthing, dr greta anderson, entrepreneurship, future of golf, golf business, golf industry, innovation, laura diaz, lpga, make golf your thing, modgolf, modgolf podcast, modgolfpodcast, pga of america, project 72, usga

    "If you can see it, you can be it". If I can see somebody that looks like me, if there is that representation then I know I can get into this sport, or I can see a career in it." Our guest host Dr. Greta Anderson sits down with The LPGA's Sr. Director of Community & Inclusion Laura Diaz who shares insights gathered starting from her first swing growing up in Puerto Rico.

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    Building a Bridge That Connects Golfers, Caddies and Clubs - Brett Jaffee, Co-Founder of Caddy Time

    September 26th, 2022  |  Season 12  |  32 mins 42 secs
    #makegolfyourthing, brett jaffee, caddy time, entrepreneurship, future of golf, golf business, golf industry, golf podcast, innovation, make golf your thing, modgolf, modgolf podcast, modgolfpodcast, pga of america, pga of canada, sport innovation, usga

    "Sometimes golfers need a competitive caddy, but also for senior play, junior play, woman's play. Caddies are a terrific bridge to the golf facility." Caddy Time Co-Founder Brett Jaffee joins us to share how a lifetime in entrepreneurship led to the successful creation of their startup.

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    Combining His Love of Golf and Entrepreneurship - Markus Westerberg, Co-Founder of deWiz

    September 15th, 2022  |  Season 12  |  36 mins 48 secs
    #makegolfyourthing, dewiz, entrepreneurship, future of golf, golf business, golf genius software, golf industry, golf instruction, innovation, make golf your thing, markus westerberg, modgolf, modgolf podcast, modgolfpodcast, pga of america, sport innovation, sport tech, the pga show, usga

    "Golf provides a North Star to define what success means to you and to appreciate the journey. You have to truly love the game, whether it's the game of entrepreneurship or the game of golf. And when you do that, I believe you will end up in good places." Markus Westerberg, Co-Founder of deWiz joins host Colin Weston to share the value of doing uncomfortable things, the power in collaborating with curious, positive people and so much more on this engaging episode of The ModGolf Podcast.

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    Entrepreneurial Lessons Learned on The Trading Floor - Eileen Jurczak, Founder and CEO of Xonic Golf

    August 30th, 2022  |  Season 12  |  35 mins 18 secs
    eileen jurczak, entrepreneurship, future of golf, golf business, golf canada, golf industry, golf podcast, innovation, modgolf, modgolf podcast, modgolfpodcast, pga of america, sport innovation, sport tech, usga, women entrepreneurs, xonic golf

    "All of my personal and professional experiences in finance, engineering and golf have come together. It's quite fantastic that they culminate into what I'm doing in the Sport Tech startup space today." Eileen Jurczak, Founder and CEO of Xonic Golf joins us to share what she learned about entrepreneurship on the stock exchange trading floor and so much more on this episode of The ModGolf Podcast.

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    Redefining The Golf Club Membership Experience - Billy Brown, Founder and CEO of The Golf Sanctuary

    August 18th, 2022  |  Season 12  |  34 mins 53 secs
    #makegolfyourthing, billy brown, entrepreneurship, future of golf, golf business, golf industry, innovation, make golf your thing, modgolf, modgolf podcast, modgolfpodcast, pga of america, the golf sanctuary

    "November of 2019, I was in a pain med coma from a shoulder surgery wiping drool off my face from the codeine and thought... Golf Sanctuary. If I could go marry real estate and golf, how cool would that be?" Billy Brown, Founder and CEO of The Golf Sanctuary joins us to share how he harnessed the Law of Supply and Demand to create a members-only off-course experience that appeals to his love for food, drinks and golf.

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    Using Customer Feedback To Deliver Exceptional Value - Nick Longley, Co-Founder at Inrange

    August 4th, 2022  |  Season 12  |  35 mins 45 secs
    #makegolfyourthing, entrepreneurship, esports, future of golf, golf business, golf entertainment, golf industry, golf podcast, innovation, inrange, make golf your thing, modgolf, modgolf podcast, modgolfpodcast, nick longley, pga of america, sport innovation, topgolf, usga

    "Once we understood that our business is helping other businesses succeed, things really took off" - Nick Longley, Co-Founder at Inrange Golf joins us to share their design process that led to creating engaging digital games to heighten the traditional driving range experience for both customers and owners.

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    Relationships Are The New Currency - Ty DeLavallade - Founder and President of Deuce

    July 22nd, 2022  |  Season 12  |  36 mins 21 secs
    #makegolfyourthing, black business, black owned business, deuce, deuce premium, entrepreneurship, future of golf, golf accessories, golf apparel, golf business, golf hats, golf industry, innovation, make golf your thing, modgolf, modgolf podcast, modgolfpodcast, pga of america, the pga show, ty delavallade, usga

    "I realized that when building a company, you're really building a tribe. Creating a support group of people around you who are proud to wear the hat because it's cool brand. They wear it because of the quality and how it makes them feel. Whatever their motivation, I'm okay with that."
    Ty DeLavallade, Founder and President of Deuce joins us to share the wins and the setbacks that define his entrepreneurial journey.

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    Building a Women-Led Company That Positively Disrupts The Golf Industry - Jess McAlister, Founder of Digital Golf Collective

    July 13th, 2022  |  Season 12  |  33 mins 45 secs
    #makegolfyourthing, digital golf collective, entrepreneurship, future of golf, golf business, golf industry, golf podcast, innovation, jess mcalister, make golf your thing, modgolf, modgolf podcast, modgolfpodcast, pga of america, sport innovation, usga, women entrepreneurs

    "With where technology and society is going, it's an adapt or die situation as we are currently seeing in the golf industry today. As severe crazy golf fans and experts in our professional space, we felt we can positively disrupt while loving and respecting the industry and sport we love so much." - Jess McAlister, Founder of Digital Golf Collective joins us to share how they passionately created the golf influencer space.