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

  • 013: "It Only Takes One" - The Innovative Evolution of World Long Drive

    Episode  |  September 12th, 2017  |  Season 2  |  1 hr 7 mins
    #growgolf, future of golf, golf, golf channel, golf innovation, justin james, lisa longball, maurice allen, modgolf, modgolf podcast, sandra carlborg, topgolf, volvik, volvik usa, winstar, winstar world resort and casino, world long drive

    We open Season Two as host Colin Weston travels to Oklahoma to cover the Volvik World Long Drive Championship. There Colin speaks with the players, fans, creators, owners and sponsors to reveal how Golf Channel plans to transform what was a niche golf novelty event into a mainstream sport entertainment property.

  • BONUS: Season One Wrap Up / Season Two Preview

    Episode  |  September 8th, 2017  |  1 min 26 secs
    #growgolf, european tour, future of golf, golf, golf innovation, golfboard, jeff dowell, keith pelley, kelley james, lean startup, modgolf, modgolf podcast, steve mona, topgolf

    While we're hard at work putting together Season Two of The ModGolf Podcast for you, we decided to give you a quick recap of Season One and to get you ready for the next 12 episodes we'll be releasing starting September 12.

  • 012: Steve Mona / CEO, World Golf Foundation - Promoting Diversity And Inclusion To Make Golf Look More Like America

    Episode  |  July 25th, 2017  |  Season 1  |  44 mins 9 secs
    #growgolf, future of golf, golf, golf 20/20, golf disruption, golf innovation, modgolf, modgolfpodcast, national golf day, steve mona, the first tee, we are golf, wearegolf, world golf foundation, world golf hall of fame

    World Golf Foundation CEO Steve Mona has a clear vision for growing the popularity of and participation in golf: "We want golf to look like America looks and be reflective of society, from a gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity and age perspective". Steve and the WGF are putting their words to action by creating various initiatives and task forces to empower individuals, groups and startups with the resources and support they need in order to grow and make an impact. We learn on this episode how The World Golf Foundation has become the hub that connects all the golf innovation spokes together to help create a healthy future for the game.

  • 011: Klaus Eldrup-Jørgensen / CEO and Co-founder of TrackMan - Creating Innovative Products That Find Their Customers First

    Episode  |  July 18th, 2017  |  Season 1  |  33 mins 17 secs
    #growgolf, blue ocean strategy, future of golf, golf, golf disruption, golf innovation, klaus eldrup-jørgensen, lean startup, major league baseball, mlb, modgolf, modgolfpodcast, statcast, trackman, trackman golf

    TrackMan began in 2003 with a vision of making practice sessions more efficient and fun by introducing radical innovation to the golf industry. On this episode of the ModGolf Podcast, Trackman co-founder and CEO Klaus Eldrup-Jørgensen tells his entrepreneurial journey which started as a trained medical doctor and ex-Danish National Golf Team member who believed Doppler radar could accurately track a golf ball. Fourteen years later, TrackMan is the industry leader with five golf-based ball tracking products, along with developing the StatCast visual tracking for Major League Baseball.

  • 010: Jeff Monday / Myrtle Beach World Amateur - Growing The Game By Hosting The World's Biggest Golf Tournament

    Episode  |  July 11th, 2017  |  Season 1  |  38 mins 21 secs
    #growgolf, 19th hole, future of golf, golf, golf innovation, golf tournament, jeff monday, modgolf, modgolfpodcast, myrtle beach golf, myrtle beach world amateur, world am

    How do you help grow the popularity of golf? By hosting the world's biggest golf tournament and after-party! Going into the 34th year, The Myrtle Beach World Amateur annually hosts players from the 50 United States and over 30 countries. 3,100 players teed it up in the 2016 tournament, and participation is expected to grow yet again. The event boasts 72 holes of net, stroke play on over 60 championship golf courses, followed every night by their massive "19th Hole" golf party. Players are placed in flights based on gender, age and handicap to keep the competition fun, fair and equitable.

  • 009: Jeff Dowell / GolfBoard - "Surf The Earth" To Make Golf More Fast, Fun and Popular

    Episode  |  July 4th, 2017  |  Season 1  |  34 mins 56 secs
    #growgolf, blue ocean strategy, crossing the chasm, future of golf, golf, golf disruption, golf innovation, golfboard, jeff dowell, laird hamilton, lean startup, modgolf, modgolfpodcast, surf the earth

    This week host Colin Weston speaks with Jeff Dowell, President of GolfBoard. Since their launch at the 2014 PGA Merchandise Show, GolfBoard is steadily changing how golfers get around the course as a fun, fast and exhilarating alternative to the traditional golf cart. Jeff explains how GolfBoard is poised for rapid growth as they prepare to "Cross The Chasm" on the Product Adoption Curve from their community of passionate early adopters and into the Early Majority phase where the real business opportunity to scale lies.

  • 008: Kelley James - Harnessing The Power Of Music To Reach A New Golf Audience

    Episode  |  June 27th, 2017  |  Season 1  |  34 mins 50 secs
    charlie hoffman, golf, golf digest, golf disruption, golf innovation, golfstream, kelley james, kellyjamesmusic, modgolf, modgolfpodcast, oakley #growgolf, phoenix open, playgolfstream, red bull, rickie fowler, ryan sheckler

    On this episode of the ModGolf Podcast, we speak with musician, singer and songwriter Kelley James. Kelley shares how his Californian surf-inspired freestyle music has entertained audiences at PGA Tour events like the WM Phoenix Open. We learn how expanding the on-site fan and player tournament experience is a critical component needed to attract younger, new audiences to golf.

  • 007: Kris Hart / Nextgengolf: Inclusive Team Experiences That Connect Young Adult Golfers

    Episode  |  June 20th, 2017  |  Season 1  |  36 mins 19 secs

    This week's guest is Kris Hart, co-founder and CEO of Nextgengolf. "Focusing on the rest, not the best young golfers", has created a massive target market for Nextgengolf, as 95% of the 220,000 high school golfers have few options for maintaining their love for the game once they go to college. Between their golf event properties NCCGA and City Tour, Nextgengolf is the leading entity for golfers in their 20’s and 30’s in the US.

  • 006: Guillaume Béland / MSOP: A 'Blue Ocean Strategy' For Golf

    Episode  |  June 13th, 2017  |  Season 1  |  31 mins 14 secs
    #growgolf, cirque du soleil, future of golf, golf, golf disruption, golf innovation, guillaume béland, guy laliberté, jack nicklaus, las vegas, lune rouge, major series of putting, modgolf, modgolf podcast, msop, nicklaus design, populous, putting, skills based gaming

    This week's guest is Guillaume Béland, President of Lune Rouge and the new golf tournament event series called The Major Series of Putting. In the business world a "Blue Ocean Strategy" occurs when a company succeeds not by battling competitors, but by systematically creating "blue oceans" of uncontested market space that are ripe for growth. The Major Series of Putting (MSOP) is creating just that in the $70 billion per year golf industry by turning putting greens into blue oceans.

  • 005: Peter Kratsios/GolfMatch: Creating The Social Community Around Golf

    Episode  |  June 5th, 2017  |  Season 1  |  36 mins 40 secs
    #growgolf, future of golf, golf, golf disruption, golf innovation, golfmatch, lean startup, modgolf, modgolf podcast, peter kratsios, social network

    GolfMatch has been referred to as "The ultimate social network for golfers where, like a dating app, users can find the best matches to play a round of golf with and then share their experiences with groups and friends". On this episode of the ModGolf Podcast, founder and CEO Peter Kratsios talks about his entrepreneurial journey from a "golf nut looking for more like-minded people to play with" to the creation, launch and continued growth of GolfMatch.

  • 004: Elisa Gaudet and #WomensGolfDay - An Answer to The 35 Billion Dollar Golf Question

    Episode  |  May 30th, 2017  |  Season 1  |  32 mins 25 secs
    #golf, #growgolf, #womensgolfday, @womensgolfday, community building, diversity and inclusion, elisa gaudet, entrepreneurship, golf channel, lpga, modgolf, pga tour, startup, women's golf day

    This week's guest is Elisa Gaudet, the Founder of Women's Golf Day, which is a four hour experience happening globally where women and girls can experience golf for the first time or where current players can play and engage with women interested in golf. It is being hosted at golf courses and retail locations all around the world on the same day Tuesday June 6, 2017.

  • 003: Darren Dummit/GolfStream - The Future of Golf is a Dial, Not a Switch

    Episode  |  May 23rd, 2017  |  Season 1  |  38 mins 3 secs
    #growgolf, ar, augmented reality, darren dummit, golf, golf disruption, golf innovation, golfstream, lasers, lean startup, modgolf, modgolfpodcast, msop, virtual reality, vr

    On this episode of the ModGolf Podcast, CEO and co-founder Darren Dummit explains how GolfStream takes the best elements of golf, then inspired a bunch of coders, user experience designers and rocket scientists to create an engaging indoor entertainment platform that appeals to a younger audience.

  • 002: Keith Pelley - Innovating Golf Like a Lean Startup

    Episode  |  May 15th, 2017  |  Season 1  |  33 mins 27 secs
    #growgolf, europen tour, golf, golf disruption, golf innovation, golfsixes, lean startup, modgolf, modgolfpodcast, rolex series

    Today's guest is Keith Pelley, CEO of the European Tour. In less than two years from taking the helm, Keith has transformed the culture and vision of the European Tour from its traditional role to become an innovative, entrepreneurial-minded "entertainment content company where golf is our platform" that looks to boldly move golf forward.

  • 001: Ron Powers / Topgolf - Getting Out Of Your Comfort Zone To Create Amazing Experiences

    Episode  |  May 8th, 2017  |  Season 1  |  34 mins 24 secs
    golf, golf channel, golf digest, golf innovation, lpga, modgolf, pga, pga tour, ron powers, topgolf, topgolf crush, topgolf media, topgolf swing suites, topgolf tour

    Our guest is Ron Powers, the President of Topgolf Swing Suite. Ron discusses how Topgolf, which started over 15 years ago as a fun way for a couple of brothers to practice their golf game, has emerged as the major force in golf innovation that helps drive the increasing participation numbers in the game.

  • Welcome to The ModGolf Podcast

    Episode  |  April 26th, 2017  |  2 mins 50 secs
    #growgolf, disruptors, entrepreneur, entrepreneurism, future of golf, golf, golf channel, golf digest, golf disruptors, golf innovation, golf innovators, innovation, modgolf, pga, pga tour, sports, startup

    Hello World! This is the ModGolf Podcast. Here's our 3 minute show trailer to give you a taste for what we have planned starting with Episode One in early May 2017.