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

  • PGA Merchandise Show Recap - Part 1 (058)

    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.

  • Creating The Innovation Lab For The Golf Industry - Marc Simon / Reed Exhibitions (057)

    Episode  |  January 29th, 2019  |  Season 5  |  35 mins 5 secs
    #growgolf, entrepreneurship, future of golf, golf channel, hype sports innovation, innovation, marc simon, modgolf, modgolfpodcast, orlando, pga, pga merchandise show, pga show, reed exhibitions, startup, usga, we are golf

    When your company is a leading B2B events organizer that hosts more than 500 conferences and shows in over 40 countries annually, you learn a thing or two about industry trends. With over 20 years experience working for Reed Exhibitions, Event Vice President for PGA Golf Exhibitions Marc Simon shares how The PGA Merchandise Show continually reinvents itself to be the "Innovation Lab For The Golf Industry".

  • Revealing The Process Behind Creating The New Rules of Golf - Dale Jackson (056)

    Episode  |  January 15th, 2019  |  Season 5  |  48 mins 35 secs
    #growgolf, dale jackson, entrepreneurship, future of golf, golf canada, golf channel, innovation, modgolf, modgolfpodcast, new rules of golf, pga, r&a, usga, we are golf

    On January 1st 2019 The New Rules of Golf were released by the USGA/R&A Joint Rules Committee. Lots of media coverage has been dedicated to what the changes are, but we wanted to reveal the five year process that focused on the why and how. On this episode Past Joint Rules Committee member Dale Jackson pulls back the curtain to shed some light on the vision, strategy and decision-making process that was half a decade in the making.

  • The Emergence of The Golf Industry "Mompreneur" - Gia Bocra Liwski / Golf Experiences for Her (055)

    Episode  |  January 4th, 2019  |  Season 5  |  41 mins 48 secs
    #growgolf, #inviteher, entrepreneurship, future of golf, golf channel, golf experiences for her, innovation, modgolf, modgolfpodcast, mompreneur, sheeo, startup, women golfers, women-led startup, womens golf

    Driven by her love for golf instruction, broadcast journalism, event hosting and elegant hospitality experiences, Gia Bocra Liwski took the entrepreneurial leap to create her company: Golf Experiences For Her. On this episode we hear how Gia gained the insights and built the courage to launch her business, all while juggling the pressures and responsibility of raising three young children.

  • Shots In The Night at Indian Wells Golf Resort - Steve Rosen / Troon Golf (053)

    Episode  |  December 19th, 2018  |  Season 5  |  40 mins 56 secs
    #growgolf, colin weston, dave shultz, entrepreneurship, future of golf, golf channel, indian wells golf resort, innovation, modgolf, modgolfpodcast, nextlinks, pga, shots in the night, startup, steve rosen, troon, usga, we are golf

    How do you introduce an ocean of "non-golfers" to a sport with a reputation of being elitist and intimidating? Indian Wells Golf Resort General Manager Steve Rosen stepped outside the golf industry box and took an entrepreneurial approach to solving the problem. Listen in as Steve describes how they transformed the under-utilized elements of their golf resort to create an immersive, multi-sensory experience called Shots In The Night.

  • How Virtual Reality Will Influence The Future of Golf - Dogu Taskiran / Stanbol Studios (053)

    Episode  |  December 7th, 2018  |  Season 5  |  40 mins 4 secs
    #growgolf, ar, ar/vr, augmented reality, dogu taskiran, drive shack, entrepreneurship, future of golf, golf channel, innovation, mixed reality, modgolf, modgolfpodcast, mr, nextlinks, pga, stambol, stambol studios, startup, topgolf, usga, virtual reality, vr, vr/ar, we are golf

    “Virtual Reality can trigger both people’s imagination and intense emotions, creating a bond between the experience and yourself”. This episode we speak with Stanbol Studios CEO Dogu Taskiran about how Virtual, Augmented and Mixed Reality will impact and influence the future of golf entertainment experiences, fan participation and game performance improvement.

  • Building Elegantly Simple Solutions to Solve Complex Problems - Mike Zisman / CEO of Golf Genius (052)

    Episode  |  November 25th, 2018  |  Season 5  |  48 mins 52 secs
    #growgolf, entrepreneurship, future of golf, golf channel, golf genius, innovation, michael zisman, mike zisman, modgolf, modgolfpodcast, pga, startup, steve mona, usga, we are golf

    Passion, persistence and patience. With over 40 years of entrepreneurial experience and a Ph.D. in Decision Sciences, these are the "3 Ps" Michael Zisman tells aspiring entrepreneurs are crucial for sustained success. This episode we talk to the Founder and CEO of Golf Genius Software to learn the secret sauce that has enabled him to build several successful technology companies from the ground up.

  • Embracing Technology and Diversity to Create a Bright Future For Golf - Jared Williams (051)

    Episode  |  November 16th, 2018  |  Season 5  |  41 mins 1 sec
    #growgolf, entrepreneurship, future of golf, golf channel, innovation, jared williams, jay karen, kris hart, millennial task force, modgolf, modgolfpodcast, ncgoa, pga, startup, steve mona, usga, we are golf

    This week Colin speaks with Jared Williams, Managing Director of the Golf USA Tee Time Coalition and advisor for WE ARE GOLF’s Millennial Task Force. We explore the history of online tee time booking and how the early negative impact on golf course revenues led to Jared's role overseeing "The Consumer Reports for Course Owners" to ensure a fair marketplace. We also dig deep into how golf is looking outside the game to create experiences that resonate with a younger, more diverse audience.

  • Sharing Stories From Her Entrepreneurial Journey - Joanne Cloak / Founder and CEO of JoFit (050)

    Episode  |  October 31st, 2018  |  Season 5  |  40 mins 55 secs
    #growgolf, entrepreneurship, female founder, future of golf, golf apparel, golf channel, innovation, joanne cloak, jofit, modgolf, modgolfpodcast, startup, woman entrepreneur, womens fashion, womens golf, womens golf clothes

    We kick off Season 5 hearing the amazing entrepreneurial journey of Joanne Cloak, Founder and CEO of the women's golf apparel brand JoFit. Creating JoFit to solve her own personal problem to find fashionable, athletic women's golf wear that actually fits properly, Joanne shares her engaging story this week on The ModGolf Podcast.

  • BONUS Episode: Season 4 Wrap Up / Season 5 Preview

    Episode  |  October 24th, 2018  |  Season 4  |  20 mins 47 secs
    aimee cho, callaway, entrepreneurship, footjoy, future of golf, gcsaa, golf and life, golf apparel, golf channel, golf podcast, golf with aimee, innovation, jay karen, kinona, michael breed, modgolf, modgolfpodcast, national golf day, ngcoa, pga show, rhett evans, startup, topgolf, wearegolf, women's golf day, womens fashion, womens golf, womens golf clothes

    Well, that's a wrap for Season 4 of The ModGolf Podcast! Our passionate team of content creators are feverishly working on your next twelve episodes for Season 5, which launches on October 31. We heard some amazing stories from a diverse group of guests who discussed how technology, entertainment experiences, music, celebrity, hospitality and community building intersect to shape the future of golf.

  • Turning Green Fairways into Blue Oceans: How Golf Industry Innovators Are Unlocking New Markets and Customers

    Article  |  September 21st, 2018
    blue ocean shift, blue ocean strategy, entrepreneur, entrepreneurship, golf innovation, golf podcast, golf sixes, major series of putting, modgolf, modgolf podcast, msop, nextlinks, topgolf, womens golf day

    How do some golf industry companies and organizations manage to find new growth opportunities while others fight over the same customers with similar offerings? These innovators are taking a Blue Ocean Strategy approach that allows them to stop competing and start creating uncontested market space that makes the competition irrelevant.

  • Innovation Stories From The Las Vegas PGA Fashion & Demo Experience (049)

    Episode  |  August 29th, 2018  |  Season 4  |  1 hr 57 secs
    #growgolf, adaptive golfers, callaway, entrepreneurship, ezeegolf, footjoy, future of golf, gianna rojas, golf apparel, golf channel, innovation, jofit, kinona, las vegas golf, mizzen+main, modgolf, modgolfpodcast, p2 golf products, pga, pga show, range ball, reed exhibitions, startup, the modgolf podcast, topgolf, topgolf las vegas, womens fashion, womens golf, womens golf clothes

    Our host Colin Weston travels to Las Vegas to reveal this year's best golf innovation and entrepreneurship stories at The PGA Fashion & Demo Experience.

  • Creating Unique Moments For New Golfers - Donna Hoffman / Women on Course (048)

    Episode  |  August 16th, 2018  |  Season 4  |  38 mins
    #growgolf, donna hoffman, entrepreneurship, future of golf, golf channel, golf travel, innovation, modgolf, modgolfpodcast, startup, women entrepreneur, women founders, women on course, women startup, womens golf, womens golf clothes, womens golf events, womens travel

    How do you introduce women to a sport with a reputation of being unwelcoming and intimidating? Women on Course Founder Donna Hoffman is cracking the code by creating a community-based golf events platform that harnesses "The Power of Shared Experiences". Listen in as Donna shares the entrepreneurial insights that allowed her to tap into the expanding yet still under-served market segment of women's golf.

  • Shaping An Innovative Approach For Women’s Golf Apparel - KINONA (047)

    Episode  |  August 8th, 2018  |  Season 4  |  41 mins 11 secs
    #growgolf, #mykinonastyle, entrepreneurship, future of golf, golf and life, golf apparel, golf channel, innovation, kinona, modgolf, modgolfpodcast, startup, womens fashion, womens golf, womens golf clothes

    “It became really clear to us that there wasn’t a golf apparel brand out there that spoke to us, which was the inspiration for creating KINONA”. Founders Tami Fujii and Dianne Celuch join host Colin Weston to share their entrepreneurial journey that is poised to reshape the "Life Leisure" women's golf apparel space.

  • Michael Breed - Embracing Resilience and Gratitude to Shape His Approach to Golf and Life (046)

    Episode  |  August 1st, 2018  |  Season 4  |  59 mins 34 secs
    #growgolf, #letsdothis, blue ocean strategy, entrepreneurship, future of golf, golf channel, golf digest, golf instruction, innovation, let's do this, michael breed, modgolf, modgolfpodcast, new breed of golf, siriusxm, startup

    “I don’t care what it is you do with your life as long as you try to be the very best you can be”. At 17 years old, Michael Breed received this sage advice from his uncle, who is one of the many influential people that help set the course for his entrepreneurial journey. Michael shares with us the key moments and character traits that have shaped the person he is and the work he so passionately loves.

  • Building a Culture That Gives Back - Rhett Evans / The Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (045)

    Episode  |  July 26th, 2018  |  Season 4  |  35 mins 7 secs
    #growgolf, blue ocean strategy, entrepreneurship, future of golf, gcsaa, golf course superintendents, golf podcast, innovation, modgolf, modgolfpodcast, national golf day, rhett evans, startup, we are golf

    “In any business, to be able to form those alliances and add strength to your portfolio were you may not have them really bodes well for creating a recipe for success”. The Golf Course Superintendents Association of America CEO Rhett Evans joins us to share how The GCSAA embraces the power of partnerships to advocate for innovation in the golf industry and much more.