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 #5 on 2018'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 2019!
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Episodes and Blog Entries

  • Season 6 Wrap-up / Season 7 Preview

    Episode  |  October 31st, 2019  |  Season 6  |  18 mins 17 secs
    #growgolf, adam heieck, azucena maldonado, blue ocean strategy, buffalo agency, buffalo.agency, dale merrit, entrepreneurship, future of golf, gina rizzi, golf canada, golf channel, golf genius, golfpay, innovation, kevin thistle, latina golfers, lean startup, modgolf, modgolfpodcast, pga, pga of canada, radius sports group, renee mauborgne, reviver sport entertainment, rich katz, startup, tee it forward, usga, we are golf, youth on course

    Host Colin Weston recaps the best from each of our ten Season 6 guests, along with a preview of Season 7 which will premiere early January 2020.

  • 071: Dale Merritt: Creating Frictionless Customer Experiences For Recreational Golfers

    Episode  |  September 3rd, 2019  |  Season 6  |  33 mins 57 secs
    #growgolf, dale merritt, entrepreneurship, future of golf, golf channel, golfpay, innovation, modgolf, modgolf podcast, ngcoa, pga, usga, we are golf

    "I focus on the behaviours of the modern consumer. It's a fascinating topic to me. How, and why golf is so far behind embracing the customer experience, how it is affecting the golf business, and how it can be solved." On our final episode of Season 6, Colin speaks with entrepreneur and Golfpay CEO Dale Merritt about harnessing the power of artificial intelligence, machine learning and experience design to create a frictionless mobile golf round check-in platform that removes pain points and frustration for both recreational golfers and the course operators.

  • 070: Azucena Maldonado - Transforming Latina Women's Lives Through Golf

    Episode  |  August 18th, 2019  |  Season 6  |  53 mins 55 secs
    #growgolf, azucena maldonado, british columbia golf, entrepreneurship, female founders, future of golf, golf canada, golf channel, innovation, latina golfers, modgolf, modgolf podcast, pga, usga, we are golf, women entrepreneurs, women's golf

    "We teach women how to leverage golf as a business tool so they can shatter the glass ceiling with a golf ball”. On our latest episode, Azucena Maldonado, Founder of The Latina Golfers Association joins us to share how she has built a nationally scalable business that empowers women in the Greater Los Angeles area both on and off the golf course.

  • 069: Adam Heieck - Growing The Game By Providing Youth Access To Affordable Golf

    Episode  |  July 30th, 2019  |  Season 6  |  37 mins
    #growgolf, adam heieck, british columbia golf, entrepreneurship, future of golf, golf canada, golf channel, innovation, modgolf, modgolf podcast, pga, usga, we are golf, youth on course

    "While everyone recognized the need to work together, there are still so many silos in golf. The industry is so fragmented that we decided to take a collaborative, wholistic approach in order to bring more kids to the game and to transition them through the funnel to the next progressive step”.

    This week our host Colin Weston sits down for a conversation with Adam Heieck, CEO of Youth On Course. Adam joins us to share how his organization provides youth ages 6-18 with access to life-changing opportunities through golf.

  • 068: Rich Katz / buffalo.agency - Making a Positive Statement About "The State of Golf"

    Episode  |  July 15th, 2019  |  Season 6  |  48 mins 8 secs
    #growgolf, british columbia golf, buffalo agency, buffalo.agency, entrepreneurship, future of golf, golf canada, golf channel, innovation, modgolf, modgolfpodcast, pga, rich katz, usga, we are golf

    "The future of golf is alive and well, not just for this generation but for generations to follow as well”. On this episode we sit down with Rich Katz, Founder and Principal of buffalo.agency joins us to share insights and stories from his nearly 30 years in the golf industry.

  • 067: Larry Gilhuly - TEE IT FORWARD To Increase Enjoyment and Participation in Golf

    Episode  |  July 2nd, 2019  |  Season 6  |  43 mins 24 secs
    #growgolf, british columbia golf, entrepreneurship, future of golf, golf canada, golf channel, innovation, larry gilhuly, modgolf, modgolfpodcast, pga, tee it forward, usga, we are golf

    “Properly placed forward tees give all players a good experience,” USGA Agronomist Larry Gilhuly passionately remarks. “If you started a business from scratch and wanted to be successful, you wouldn't say 'let’s make sure that half of the population tries it once and quits.' That's a terrible business model. This is not just an approach for female and older players. You need to encompass everybody.” This week our host Colin Weston speaks with Larry Gilhuly, who is an Agronomist with The United States Golf Association and a passionate advocate of the TEE IT FORWARD program.

  • 066: Gina Rizzi - Connecting Sustainability, Corporate Social Responsibility and Sport

    Episode  |  June 9th, 2019  |  Season 6  |  48 mins 37 secs
    #growgolf, arcus, arcus marketing group, corporate social responsibility, csr, entrepreneurship, future of golf, gina rizzi, golf channel, innovation, modgolf, modgolfpodcast, pga, radius sports group, sustainability, triple bottom line, usga, we are golf

    "I showed corporate organizations how they could save money and make money, all while doing good things”. This week Gina Rizzi, Founder and Principal of Radius Sports Group joins us to share how her companies are unlocking new value between the intersection of sport, sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility.

  • 065: Dr. Roger Hawkes - Revealing The Health and Wellbeing Benefits of Golf

    Episode  |  May 23rd, 2019  |  Season 6  |  26 mins 17 secs
    #growgolf, entrepreneurship, european tour, future of golf, golf and health, golf canada, golf channel, innovation, modgolf, modgolfpodcast, pga, r&a, roger hawkes, usga, we are golf

    "Rather than prescribe a pill, hopefully medical doctors will prescribe placing a golf club in a patient’s hands instead”. This week Dr. Roger Hawkes, Exective Director for The Golf & Health Project joins us to share how his organization helps drive an increased participation in golf, improve the public image of our sport, and raise support for golf in the political arena.

  • 064: Tanelle Bolt - Finding a New Life and Purpose Through Golf

    Episode  |  May 15th, 2019  |  Season 6  |  36 mins 18 secs
    #growgolf, adaptive golf, british columbia golf, entrepreneurship, future of golf, golf canada, golf channel, innovation, lean startup, modgolf, modgolfpodcast, paragolf, pga, rad society, startup, tanelle bolt, usga, we are golf

    “My first shot of The Mallorca International Wheelchair Golf Open Championship, off the tee, in front of everyone, cameras are on, people are watching. I hit the ball, nailed it with a driver, and everybody clapped as they do in golf that you hear on TV and it was so perfect." This week we hear the story of Tanelle Bolt, an adaptive paragolfer who was paralyzed from the chest down resulting from an extreme sport accident four years ago. Tanelle shares her difficult yet personally rewarding journey of a life transformed after suffering this devastating injury.

  • 063: Kevin Thistle, CEO of The PGA of Canada - Building Links That Welcome Newcomers To The Game

    Episode  |  April 30th, 2019  |  Season 6  |  39 mins 31 secs
    #growgolf, entrepreneurship, future of golf, golf canada, golf channel, innovation, kevin thistle, laurence applebaum, lean startup, modgolf, modgolfpodcast, pga, pga of canada, startup, usga, we are golf

    “We need to link a newcomer's first golf experience to a golf course experience in a friendly, welcoming and inclusive way in order for the game to grow." This week PGA of Canada CEO Kevin Thistle joins us to share how his organization is showing thought leadership by taking an open and innovative educational approach to teaching the next generation of golf professionals around the world.

  • 062: Renée Mauborgne - Creating New Golf Markets That Make The Competition Irrelevant

    Episode  |  April 18th, 2019  |  Season 6  |  53 mins 50 secs
    blue ocean shift, blue ocean strategy, entrepreneurship, future of golf, golf channel, innovation, modgolf, modgolfpodcast, nextlinks, pga, renee mauborgne, shots in the night, startup, topgolf, troon golf, usga, we are golf

    “I think those pain points in all areas of golf are tremendous opportunities to rethink the industry in many exciting ways" How do you innovate within the hyper-competitive golf industry in a non-disruptive way? Professor Renée Mauborgne, co-author of the best-selling business books Blue Ocean Strategy and Blue Ocean Shift provides a masterclass on how golf industry businesses and organizations can capture new demand, find new customers and make the competition irrelevant.

  • Season 5 Wrap Up / Season 6 Preview

    Episode  |  April 1st, 2019  |  Season 5  |  24 mins 56 secs
    #growgolf, dogu taskiran, entrepreneurship, future of golf, gia bocra liwski, golf canada, golf channel, golf experiences for her, golf genius, golfboo, hype sports innovation, innovation, jofit, kenexit, latina golfers, laurence applebaum, lean startup, matthew pringle, modgolf, modgolfpodcast, new rules of golf, nextlinks, pga, stambol studios, startup, tagmarshal, tour edge golf, usga, we are golf

    Host Colin Weston recaps the best from each of our twelve Season 5 guests, along with a preview of Season 6 which will premiere on April 9th.

  • 061: Laurence Applebaum, CEO of Golf Canada - Creating Golf Moments That Matter

    Episode  |  March 18th, 2019  |  Season 5  |  47 mins 9 secs
    #growgolf, acura, british columbia golf, canadian open, entrepreneurship, future of golf, golf canada, golf channel, innovation, kris jonnason, laurence applebaum, lean startup, modgolf, modgolfpodcast, pga, startup, we are golf

    “As a governance body we have a responsibility to take the obstacles down and make golf more welcoming as a sport". Golf Canada CEO Laurence Applebaum joins us to discuss how they strive to be a world leader in transforming and growing the game. Listen in as Laurence speaks to how “The platform of diversity and inclusion is going to put this sport on a trajectory that we haven’t seen before”.

  • 060: Matt Pringle - Creating a "Lean Startup" Culture At The USGA

    Episode  |  March 4th, 2019  |  Season 5  |  41 mins 53 secs
    #growgolf, entrepreneurship, future of golf, golf channel, innovation, lean startup, matthew pringle, modgolf, modgolfpodcast, pga, startup, usga, we are golf

    How do you innovate within an industry that is steeped in tradition and history? The USGA's Senior Director of Research, Science & Innovation Matthew Pringle joins us to discuss how they reconcile the need to move the sport forward while respecting the past. Listen in as Matt describes how they progress the sport they love through a combination of technology-enabled solutions, Lean Startup methodology and a human-centric experience design approach.

  • 059: PGA Merchandise Show Recap - Part 2

    Episode  |  February 18th, 2019  |  Season 5  |  50 mins 16 secs
    #growgolf, azucena mondelano, diversity and inclusion, entrepreneurship, future of golf, golf channel, innovation, latina golfers, michael cooper, modgolf, modgolfpodcast, new balance, pga show, sandy cross, startup, steve mona, tagmarshal, tour edge, tour edge golf, usga, we are golf

    We continue our recap of the PGA Merchandise Show with more engaging conversations with the innovators, entrepreneurs and community builders who are helping shape the future of golf. Host Colin Weston speaks with Latina Golfers Association Founder Azucena Moldenado, Tagmarshal Co-Founder and CEO Bodo Sieber, Tour Edge VP of Marketing Jon Claffey, Golf Scope Founder Ryan Engles and Perry Reynolds with New Balance Golf.

  • 058: PGA Merchandise Show Recap - Part 1

    Episode  |  February 8th, 2019  |  Season 5  |  51 mins 18 secs
    #growgolf, aimee cho, entrepreneurship, future of golf, global golf innovation competition, golf channel, golf with aimee, golfboo, hype sports innovation, kinexit, michael zisman, mike zisman, modgolf, modgolfpodcast, orlando, pga, pga merchandise show, pga show, reed exhibitions, sport innovation, startup, tdg golf, we are golf

    Our host Colin Weston traveled to The PGA Merchandise Show to uncover the latest innovations the golf industry has to offer. We caught up with some previous guests and spoke with the creators and startups involved with The "Global Golf Innovation Competition", a Shark Tank-like pitch event staged by HYPE Sports Innovation.