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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    Turning a $3 weekly golf buddy bet into a scaleable business venture - Tom Naramore, CEO at D3Golf.com

    March 28th, 2022  |  Season 11  |  42 mins 43 secs
    #makegolfyourthing, d3golf, entrepreneurship, future of golf, golf business, golf industry, golf innovation, innovation, make golf your thing, modgolf, modgolf podcast, modgolfpodcast, pga of america, skills based gaming, sport betting, sport tech, the pga show, tom naramore, usga

    "My golf buddy Craig serendipitously saw me at a restaurant and said, "we should've been able to play our dollar-dollar-dollar game today on two different courses" and I snap answered him, "I can build that, that's a mobile app. No problem!" And voila, the company was started." Tom Naramore, CEO at D3Golf.com shares how they digitally transformed the classic Nassau golf bet into a scaleable business startup.

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    Building Community as a "Senior-preneur" - Jim Plumb, Co-Founder of FORE! SIXTY

    March 17th, 2022  |  Season 11  |  33 mins 39 secs
    #makegolfyourthing, entrepreneurship, fore sixty, fore! sixty, future of golf, golf business, golf industry, innovation, jim plumb, make golf your thing, modgolf, modgolf podcast, modgolfpodcast, pga of america, seniors golf, skin cancer prevention, sport innovation, the pga show, usga

    "I have inside of me a curious drive that just wants to keep going and keep learning. Personally, it helps me stay active, keep my brain moving and I love it!" Jim Plumb, Co-Founder of FORE! SIXTY joins us to share the competitive advantage that being a "Senior-preneur" brings to their golf startup.

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    Creating Phenomenal Customer Experiences Through Golf - Alyson Ramsey Johnson, CEO at Gilly Group and Co-Founder at White Tee Partners

    March 13th, 2022  |  Season 11  |  35 mins 32 secs
    #makegolfyourthing, alyson ramsey johnson, entrepreneurship, event production, future of golf, gilly group, golf business, golf industry, innovation, make golf your thing, modgolf, modgolf podcast, modgolfpodcast, pga of america, pga tour, sponsorship activation, sport innovation, the pga show, usga, white tee partners

    "I knew I needed to get more of a differentiator for myself in the golf industry, especially as a woman. So when I launched Gilly Group I embraced all the things I love, left everything else behind and never looked back." Golf industry entrepreneur and event experience maker Alyson Ramsey Johnson joins us to share her personal and entrepreneurial journey through business and life.

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    How The Metaverse and NFTs Will Amplify Golf Fan Engagement - Guillermo Heredia, Managing Director at HYPE Sports Innovation

    March 3rd, 2022  |  Season 11  |  43 mins 28 secs
    #makegolfyourthing, blockchain, crypto, cryptocurrency, entrepreneurship, future of golf, golf business, golf industry, guillermo heredia, hype sports, hype sports innovation, innovation, make golf your thing, metaverse, modgolf, modgolf podcast, modgolfpodcast, nft, nfts, pga of america, sport innovation, sport tech, sporttech, the pga show, usga, web 3.0

    "There is The Metaverse. It's not like different Metaverses, it is one Metaverse like there is one internet and then you have different platforms. Combined with NFTs, it's a new way for fans to interact with the brands and with the sport properties." Guillermo Heredia, Managing Director at HYPE Sports Innovation joins us to share how The Metaverse and NFTs Will Amplify Golf Fan Engagement.

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    Taking a Position To Help Create Positive Change - Jim Beatty, Executive Editor with African American Golfer’s Digest

    February 24th, 2022  |  Season 11  |  35 mins 59 secs
    #makegolfyourthing, african american golfer’s digest, black golfers, diversity and inclusion, entrepreneurship, future of golf, golf business, golf industry, innovation, jim beatty, make golf your thing, modgolf, modgolf podcast, modgolfpodcast, pga of america, racial justice, the pga show, usga

    "I'm fueled by the fact that so many people came before me like Charlie Sifford, Lee Elder, Althea Gibson, Teddy Rhodes, Renée Powell. What they had to endure makes what I'm doing just not that hard. It's time consuming true, but I have to take the next steps and recognize the great people. People that blazed a trail - both black and white - that stood up, took a position, maintained it and created change." Jim Beatty, Executive Editor with African American Golfer’s Digest joins us to share how he is helping make golf more welcoming and equitable for minorities and under-represented communities.

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    Conversations From The 2022 PGA Show - Charlie Klaus (Spark Golf) and Patrick Farris (Euforeia Golf)

    February 16th, 2022  |  Season 11  |  41 mins 30 secs
    #growgolf, entrepreneurship, euforeia golf, future of golf, golf apparel, golf business, golf fashion, golf industry, innovation, modgolf, modgolf podcast, modgolfpodcast, pga, spark golf, the pga show, usga

    Host Colin Weston attends The 2022 PGA Show, where he meets up with Euforeia Golf Co. Founder Patrick Farris and Spark Golf CEO Charlie Klaus for in-person conversations to learn how they are finding their niche in the golf industry.

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    What You Want Sits On The Other Side of Hard - Mark Mattingly, EVP at Landscapes Golf Management

    February 7th, 2022  |  Season 11  |  45 mins 2 secs
    golf business, golf canada, golf podcast, katz strategy, landscapes golf management, mark mattingly, modgolf, modgolf podcast, ngcoa, pga of america, rich katz, usga

    "If you're going to get into the golf business, you need to love seeing people get that spark in their eye as they joyfully experience this great game. And if you love to do that, you'll go the extra mile to provide that quality programming and on-boarding.” Guest host Rich Katz sits down with Landscapes Golf Management Executive VP Mark Mattingly for an engaging conversation that spans his three-plus decades in the golf industry.

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    Creating The "LinkedIn for Golfers" - Lydia Davies, Founder and CEO of TeeMates

    January 26th, 2022  |  Season 11  |  34 mins 5 secs
    golf apps, golf business, golf podcast, golf tech, google golf app, lydia davies, modgolf, modgolf podcast, sport tech, teemates golf, the app store

    "I'm a bit of a serial entrepreneur. I was in the music industry and had my own record label, then ended up opening a Performing Arts Academy. Once I start something, I am going to see it through to the end, no matter what." - Lydia Davies, Founder and CEO of TeeMates joins us to share her golf entrepreneurship story that started after being reintroduced to the game in Abu Dhabi.

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    The 2022 Golf App Review Episode - with Jeremy "The App Man" Callahan

    January 19th, 2022  |  Season 11  |  31 mins 23 secs
    arccos golf, golf apps, golf bpm, golf business, golf podcast, golf tech, google golf app, image golf, mindtrak golf, modgolf, modgolf podcast, sport tech, sportsbox.ai, the app store

    Are you overwhelmed by the number of Golf Apps on the market? Jeremy "The App Man" Callahan joins us to provide his insights and top picks in three different categories.

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    Foster Innovation and Growth by Listening To Customer Needs - Chris Kallmeyer, Co-CEO at Golf Genius Software

    January 13th, 2022  |  Season 11  |  37 mins 49 secs
    chris kallmeyer, golf business, golf canada, golf genius, golf genius software, golf podcast, modgolf, modgolf podcast, ngcoa, pga of america, usga

    "We see three major factors that keep golfers engaged: multi-level competition, quality learning opportunities and social opportunities whether they are practicing or playing. Golfers are interacting with people they know and new people that they want to get to know to grow their social circles, all while having a good time." Chris Kallmeyer, Co-CEO at Golf Genius Software joins us to share how they embrace a growth mindset by building trust with customers and listening to their needs.

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    Empowering People With Disabilities Through Adaptive Golf -Deborah Smith, Prosthetics Entrepreneur and Adaptive Athlete

    January 6th, 2022  |  Season 11  |  44 mins 50 secs
    adaptive golf, deborah smith, dr. greta anderson, golf business, golf canada, golf podcast, limb difference, modgolf, modgolf podcast, paragolf, pga of america, psyonic

    "I talk to people with limb difference almost daily and hear their stories. I have a clear understanding of the empowerment that Adaptive Sports can bring to people with disabilities. For me, getting back into golf after a three decade sabbatical, it's such a joy.” We open Season 11 with guest host Dr. Greta Anderson sitting down with entrepreneur, three time cancer survivor and adaptive athlete Deborah Smith to hear her story of resilience, hope and gratitude.

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    SEASON 10 WRAP-UP / SEASON 11 PREVIEW

    December 13th, 2021  |  Season 10  |  21 mins 23 secs
    agustin piza, arjun chowdri, bryan crawford, chris noble, dr. greta anderson, full swing simulators, golf business, golf canada, golf podcast, golfballs.com, golfhers, jeehae lee, kelly hunt, lisa o'hurley, lohla sport, marc simon, matt fisher, modgolf, modgolf podcast, mr. short game, nextgengolf, pga of america, pga show, rbc canadian open, ron powers, southworth development, swing suite, tom cox, topgolf

    That's a wrap for Season 10 of The ModGolf Podcast! Our team is currently working on your next twelve episodes for Season 11, which launches early January 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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    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.