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!


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Episodes

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    Looking Outside Golf To Innovate The Industry And Game - Arjun Chowdri, Chief Innovation Officer with The PGA of America

    November 19th, 2021  |  Season 10  |  32 mins 55 secs
    arjun chowdri, golf business, golf entrepreneurship, golf innovation, golf podcast, modgolf, modgolf podcast, pga of america

    "There are a lot of technologies, services and innovations in other sectors that can really help the golf industry. So we're out there, knocking on their doors and saying, "think about us, there is a business to be had and we're going to help you break down some of the walls of complexity." Arjun Chowdri, Chief Innovation Officer with The PGA of America joins us to share how outside influences like professional cricket, retail, education and hospitality help shape the future of the golf industry.

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    Harnessing The Power of Design to Reinvent Golf Experiences - Agustín Pizá, Founder and Architect at Pizá Golf Design

    November 10th, 2021  |  Season 10  |  30 mins 2 secs
    agustín pizá, design thinking, future of golf, golf architecture, golf business, golf entertainment, golf experience design, golf innovation, modgolf, modgolfpodcast, nextlinks, piza golf

    "When I graduated from architecture school, I said "why can't I mix in golf?" So every afternoon I went to practice golf and then I got it. I started to feel it and that was my sign to fuse my two passions: architecture and sports through golf. Since then, I haven't looked back." Agustín Pizá - Founder and Architect at Pizá Golf Design joins us to share the importance of design thinking and its impact on new golf experiences.

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    The Journey From Pro Athlete To Sport Tech Entrepreneur - Jeehae Lee, Co-Founder and CEO of Sportsbox.ai

    October 26th, 2021  |  Season 10  |  33 mins 1 sec
    artificial intelligence, future of golf, golf business, golf experience, golf innovation, golf tech, golf technology, jeehae lee, modgolf, modgolfpodcast, sportsbox.ai

    "I'm the kind of person who doesn't think about whether it's going to be a perfect outcome. I just trust myself enough to dive in and if it works great but if it doesn't, it'll still be a positive experience and I'll figure it out. Hopefully it set me up for success in what I'm doing now." Jeehae Lee - Co-Founder and CEO of Sportsbox.ai joins us to share her transformational journey from pro athlete to sport tech entrepreneur.

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    Transforming The Golf Event Business During Tumultuous Times - Marc Simon, Event Vice President at PGA Golf Exhibitions

    October 20th, 2021  |  Season 10  |  38 mins 42 secs
    future of golf, golf business, golf entertainment, golf experience, innovation, marc simon, modgolf, modgolfpodcast, pga merchandise show, pga of america, pga show, reed exhibitions, rx glogal

    "We definitely had to think fast, be more entrepreneurial, take a lot more risk and not be afraid to fail. If we try something new and it doesn't work, that's absolutely okay. As long as you learn from that and improve the next time." Marc Simon - Event Vice President for PGA Golf Exhibitions with RX Global - joins us to share how they transformed their golf event business during a global pandemic by embracing an innovator's mindset.

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    Swing Your Swing and Play Your Game - Chris Noble, PGA of America Manager for NextGenGolf's National High School Golf Association

    October 10th, 2021  |  Season 10  |  40 mins 49 secs
    diversity and inclusion, future of golf, golf business, golf experience, high school golf, innovation, lgbtq rights, modgolf, modgolfpodcast, nextgengolf, pga of america, pinehurst, youth golf

    "Who would've ever thought this kid who grew up in one of the poorest parts of the country would be on a national stage playing at Pinehurst and competing for a national high school title. When you hear stories such as that, it makes it so worthwhile." Chris Noble - Manager for NextGenGolf's National High School Golf Association - joins us to share the meaningful work he passionately takes on with The PGA of America and the support he provides for the LGBTQ+ community.

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    Mastering The Art of "Nimble Amnesia" - Ron Powers, Head of Swing Suite Division at Full Swing Simulators

    September 29th, 2021  |  Season 10  |  36 mins 40 secs
    full swing simulators, future of golf, golf business, golf entertainment, golf experience, innovation, modgolf, modgolfpodcast, ron powers, swing suite, topgolf

    "In middle of July 2020 after a lot of sleepless nights, I woke up on a Friday evening in a cold sweat panic. What is going on? How do I save the business?" Ron Powers, Head of Swing Suite Division at Full Swing Simulators joins us to share how they survived and thrived during tumultuous times.

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    Pivoting Your Business Model To Unlock New Customer Value - Tommy Southworth, President and COO of Southworth Development

    September 23rd, 2021  |  Season 10  |  36 mins 2 secs
    buffalo agency, future of golf, golf, golf business, golf experience, innovation, modgolf, modgolfpodcast, southworth development, tommy southworth

    What do drone racing, human foosball and pickle ball have in common? Southworth Development President Tommy Southworth joins us to share how they look outside the traditional golf sphere to create unexpected experiences and magical moments that appeal to their existing membership while also attracting a new audience.

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    Looking Outside The Golf Box To Build A Premium Golf Brand - Lisa O'Hurley, CEO and Founder of LOHLA SPORT

    September 12th, 2021  |  Season 10  |  34 mins 5 secs
    future of golf, golf, golf business, golf channel, golf fashion, innovation, lisa o'hurley, lohla sport, modgolf, modgolfpodcast, womens golf, womens golf apparel

    How does the Indianapolis 500, European styling and a Seinfeld catch phrase help differentiate and define a new premium women's golf apparel brand? Lisa O'Hurley, CEO and Founder of LOHLA SPORT joins us to share the value that partnerships and timing play in launching a successful entrepreneurial endeavour.

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    How To Turn Your "AHA Moment" Into A Scaleable Business Venture - Tom Cox, Co-Founder & CEO of Golfballs.com

    August 31st, 2021  |  Season 10  |  28 mins 50 secs
    future of golf, golf, golf business, golf entrepreneur, golfballs.com, innovation, modgolf, modgolfpodcast, tom cox

    "In the early days I describe golfballs.com as a fun side-hustle hobby gone awry. Once we started to get customer traction in Year Two I took the leap to leave my full time country club career and dedicate my energy on building this business." Tom Cox, Co-Founder & CEO of Golfballs.com shares his entrepreneurial journey with host Colin Weston.

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    The courage to innovate during tumultuous times - Bryan Crawford, RBC Canadian Open Tournament Director

    August 24th, 2021  |  Season 10  |  35 mins 36 secs
    bryan crawford, diversity and inclusion, future of golf, golf, golf canada, golf channel, grow the game, innovation, modgolf, modgolfpodcast, pga tour, rbc canadian open

    "Our willingness to look at what other organizations and golf tournaments were responding allowed us to apply that to our COVID experience. Now we have a template that we unfortunately had to put on the shelf for the last couple of years but that's created a whole other opportunity for new innovation." RBC Canadian Open Tournament Director Bryan Crawford joins us to share how his experience as pro football player and team builder in multiple sport businesses has informed his ability to create world-class golf events during both prosperous and difficult times.

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    Embracing A “Give First” Attitude To Build A Successful Business - Matt Fisher, The Mr. Short Game YouTube channel

    August 17th, 2021  |  Season 10  |  35 mins 2 secs
    future of golf, golf, golf channel, golf influencers, golf instruction, innovation, matt fisher, modgolf, modgolfpodcast, mr short game, pga of america, youtube golf

    "I needed to let things go in order to grow". Golf YouTuber Matt Fisher - creator of Mr. Short Game - joins us to share how his entrepreneurial recipe of staying focused, consistency, authenticity and willingness to give back first has positioned his business for exponential growth.

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    Inspiring Women To Build a Career In The Golf Industry - Kelly Hunt, Founder of GolfHers

    August 11th, 2021  |  Season 10  |  35 mins 33 secs
    diversity and inclusion, dr greta golf, future of golf, golf, golf channel, golfhers, greta anderson, innovation, kelly hunt, modgolf, modgolfpodcast, pga of america, racial justice, women golf professionals, womens golf

    Welcome to Season 10 of The Modgolf Podcast! Our guest host Dr. Greta Anderson sits down with Kelly Hunt - The Founder of GolfHers - to learn how she is building a community platform to increase the number of women in the golf industry from 5% currently to a future goal of 50%.

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    SEASON 9 WRAP-UP / SEASON 10 PREVIEW

    July 20th, 2021  |  Season 9  |  18 mins 30 secs
    andy walker, bodo sieber, cobra golf, dick zokol, dr. greta golf, eric sedransk. member for a day, gcsaa, golf channel, golf industry guru, greta anderson, keith stewart, lazarus esports, mike yagley, mindtrak golf, pga of america, power tee, shelia finney, tagmarshal, the uga

    That's a wrap for Season 9 of The ModGolf Podcast! Our team is currently working on your next twelve episodes for Season 10, which launches mid-August 2021. 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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    Lessons Learned On The PGA Tour To Raise Your Mental Performance - Dick Zokol, CEO and Founder of MindTRAK Golf

    June 23rd, 2021  |  Season 9  |  34 mins 33 secs
    dick sokol, espn, future of golf, golf, golf channel, innovation, mindtrak golf, modgolf, modgolfpodcast, pga of america, pga tour

    Nicknamed "Disco Dick" after playing a 1982 PGA Tour event wearing a Sony Walkman, two-time tour winner Dick Zokol joins us to share how listening to music on course to calm his hyperactive mind was the insight that led to the creation of MindTRAK Golf.

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    The PGA Professional Who Became The “Director of Fun” - Keith Stewart, ESPN Radio Show Host

    June 9th, 2021  |  Season 9  |  42 mins 5 secs
    espn, future of golf, gcsaa, golf, golf channel, innovation, kieth stewart, modgolf, modgolfpodcast, pga of america, the pro show

    "The golf world is really growing and is becoming so much more engaging. It reminds me of when I was a kid just starting to get involved with golf, knowing nothing about it and everything was new to me. Now it feels new all over again and it's a lot of fun." Keith Stewart joins us to share how he focused on strengths rather than weaknesses to develop his communication skills and find his voice in the golf industry.

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    The "Accidental Agronomist" Who Became A Golf Industry Connector - Shelia Finney, Senior Director of Member Programs at The GCSAA

    May 19th, 2021  |  Season 9  |  33 mins 36 secs
    diversity and inclusion, future of golf, gcsaa, golf, golf channel, innovation, modgolf, modgolfpodcast, pga of america, rhett evans, shelia finney

    "For most of these kids it's the first time they've been on a golf course. I remember being on a field trip and one little girl on a green reached down to touch it and said "It's REAL!!" It's a wonderful way to introduce the kids in that class - young women in particular - to golf”. Shelia Finney, Senior Director of Member Programs at The GCSAA joins us to share her transformation from "accidental agronomist" to golf industry connector.