PGA LIVE - The Podcast
By The PGA
A podcast series for PGA Members and the wider golf industry, discussing timely topics and analysing trends.
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Episode 37 - How a Lesson With a PGA Pro Improved my Game
To coincide with the launch of The PGA’s new Find a Golf Lesson platform, we’re back with another special episode of PGA LIVE – The Podcast. Host Alex Perry (National Club Golfer) speaks to three keen golfers - Sinead (36 handicap), Karl (7 handicap) and Hanna (+3 handicap) to talk about their experience of having a golf lesson with a PGA Professional.
December 20, 2021
Episode 36 - Sean Foley - Coaching one of golf's all-time greats
We are joined by one of the biggest names in golf instruction - Sean Foley, who coached Tiger Woods for four years between 2010 and 2014. Born and raised outside of Toronto, Foley set out to be a teacher of elite players after watching David Leadbetter work with Nick Faldo on the range at the RBC Canadian Open in 1988. He played college golf at Tennessee State University and went on to begin his teaching career at Glen Abbey GC. Foley boasts a hugely impressive CV and his current stable of stars includes Olympic Champion Justin Rose, fellow Englishman and former Masters winner Danny Willett, and two-time PGA Tour winner Cameron Champ.
December 07, 2021
Episode 35 - Why have a lesson with a PGA Professional?
To celebrate the launch of The PGA’s Find a Golf Lesson platform, Alex Perry (Editor – National Club Golfer) asks three PGA Professionals why people should invest in a golf lesson. Alex is joined by PGA Captain Elect and Head Teaching Professional at Three Rivers Golf Club, Sarah Bennett, Chris Ryan, who is currently based at the Marriott Forest of Arden, and Joe Feather, Academy Manager at Leeds Golf Centre. All three PGA Members talk through the process of having a golf lesson and explain how PGA Professionals can improve your game, whether you are new to golf or want to improve your game.
November 18, 2021
Episode 34 - My Admiration for golf and PGA Professionals with Sir Clive Woodward
In this very special PGA LIVE – The Podcast episode, we are joined by England's Rugby World Cup-winning coach and Team GB's former Director of Sport, Sir Clive Woodward (OBE). As a rugby union player, Woodward won 21 caps for England before going on to coach the national team between 1997 and 2004, the highlight of which was leading England to the Rugby World Cup title in 2003. Woodward also went on to coach the British & Irish Lions on their tour to New Zealand in 2005. More recently, Woodward has acted as Director of Elite Performance and Director of Sport for the British Olympic Association (BOA). As a huge golf fan and keen player, Woodward speaks to PGA LIVE - The Podcast on a number of interesting topics, including: golf at the Olympics, improving female participation, the importance of great coaching and making the game more accessible.
November 09, 2021
Episode 33 - 'Find a Golf Lesson' - All you need to know!
Alex Perry (National Club Golfer) is joined by Richard Barker (PGA Executive Director - Business Development) to talk about the Association's brand new digital platform - Find a Golf Lesson. Designed for novices and seasoned players alike, Find a Golf Lesson enables you to search for and connect with a trusted PGA Professional in just a few clicks. Each Pro has a dedicated profile, outlining their expertise and coaching services, as well as location and contact details. CLICK HERE to find out more about Find a Golf Lesson.
October 25, 2021
Episode 32 - Letters to a Future Champion with Dottie Pepper
We speak to former LPGA Tour star and six-time Solheim Cup player, Dottie Pepper about her career in golf. Pepper excelled as a golfer as a junior and went on to play on the LPGA Tour for 17 years, winning 17 times and claiming two Major championships. She represented the United States six times in the Solheim Cup matches, compiling a 13-5-2 record, before retiring from competitive golf in 2004. Since then, Pepper covers all levels of televised golf for ESPN, the Golf Channel, NBC, and CBS. She was the recipient of the 2016 William D. Richardson Award, presented by the Golf Writers Association of America, for her consistently outstanding contributions to golf, and in 2018 she was inducted to the New York State Golf Association Hall of Fame.
October 05, 2021
Episode 31 - Coaching at the Ryder Cup with Stuart Morgan
Ahead of the eagerly anticipated 2020 Ryder Cup, we are joined by high performance coach Stuart Morgan, a PGA Member who works with elite golfers and tour players to improve their performance on the golf course. Stuart is currently coaching Bernd Wiesberger, who will become the first Austrian golfer to represent Austria at the Ryder Cup this week. Stuart talks about his role with eight-time European Tour winner Wiesberger and how he will be supporting the 35-year-old at Whistling Straits.
September 20, 2021
Episode 30 - Walking Tall with Alison Nicholas
For this Solheim Cup special episode of PGA LIVE - The Podcast, we are joined by former European Tour and American Tour player Alison Nicholas, who now coaches as a PGA Professional at Redditch Golf Club and The Midlands Indoor Golf Performance Centre in Cannock. Nicholas' playing career in golf spanned from 1980 to 2004 and saw her win 18 professional titles, including the 1997 US Open, establishing herself as one of Europe's most successful players. Alison’s career has been in entwined with the Solheim Cup. She represented Europe in the inaugural Solheim Cup in 1990 and went on to play in six matches, with memorable victories in 1992, 2000 and 2003. Alison has also been heavily involved in role of Vice Captain (2003 & 2005) and Captain (2009 & 2011).
September 08, 2021
Episode 29 - Coaching on the Sunshine Coast with Grant Field
In this podcast, Gareth Shaw (PGA Member Education/Training Coordinator) speaks to Australian PGA Professional and short game expert, Grant Field. Field is one of the leading golf coaches in the world and is a Director and Head of Coaching at Grant Field Golf, based at Pelican Waters Golf Club. He is also the Head Coach for Golf Queensland, the current Men's State Coach, and is the Head Coach of the Queensland Academy of Sport. Field is the long-time coach to PGA Tour star Cameron Smith, winner of the 2017 Zurich Classic, the 2020 Sony Open and two time winner of the Australian PGA Championship. He is one of only a handful of coaches to be accredited with the AimPoint Green Reading Certification in Australia and in 2018 Field was named the Australian Team Coach for the Eisenhower Cup in Ireland.
September 01, 2021
Episode 28 - Women & Girls in Golf Week Special!
PGA LIVE - The Podcast returns for a very special episode to kick-off this year's Women and Girls’ Golf Week. We are joined by some very special guests to talk about #WhyIGolf - an online campaign promoting female participation at all levels and challenging negative perceptions about the game. England Golf trio Toni Zverblis (Participation & Development Campaigns Manager), Lauren Spray (Women and Girls in Golf Manager) and Helen Searle (PGA Professional and England Golf Club Support Officer) talk about their love for the game and how this year's Women and Girls’ Golf Week is expected to be bigger and better than ever before. Jackie Davidson, Assistant Director Golf Development at The R&A, provides an insightful perspective from The R&A, while Sally Hinton, Senior PGA Teaching Professional at Close House Golf Club, talks about her career in golf. We are also joined by Emma Ballard, Editor - Women and Golf, to explain why Women and Girls' Golf Week is such an important initiative.
August 16, 2021
Episode 27 - Tackling Climate Change in Golf
David Adams, Head of Commercial Partnerships at The PGA, is joined by Liam Greasley, Chief Executive of GreenClub, and Andy Brown, Global Business Development and Relationships at The Toro Company. The trio look at the hugely important topic of climate change and the need for golf to address its impact on the environment. Liam and Andy both explain what GreenClub and Toro are doing to tackle climate change and look at the long-term sustainability measures golf clubs can make now that will deliver enhanced profitability and efficiency in the future.
August 10, 2021
Episode 26 - In Conversation With Claude Harmon III
In another special episode of PGA LIVE - The Podcast, Gareth Shaw (PGA Member Education/Training Coordinator), is joined by Claude Harmon III - one of the best golf instructors in the world. Steeped in tradition both his grandfather, Claude Harmon, and father Claude “Butch” Harmon Jr., have been the dominant teachers of their generation. The Harmon family pedigree has been the perfect foundation for Claude to build his knowledge of golf instruction. Claude’s teaching philosophy and methods have delivered lower scores and better, more repeatable swings for seasoned tour players, celebrities, and amateurs of all abilities and he is now ranked sixth on Golf Digest's 2019-2020 Best Teachers in America List and he is also a Golf Magazine Top 100 Instructor. His past and present students include Dustin Johnson, Brooks Koepka, Rickie Fowler, Ernie Els, Adam Scott and Darren Clarke. He is a regulator contributor to Sky Sports Golf and the Golf Channel.
August 01, 2021
Episode 25 - CBD - One of the best kept secrets in golf
David Adams, Head of Commercial Partnerships at The PGA, is joined by Cannaray's Chief Science Officer, Gregor Zorn, to Discuss the health trend in golf around CBD. Golfers at all levels, from Tiger Woods to Phil Mickelson and down to the grassroots players, are increasingly seeing the performance recovery benefits of CBD products. Experts believe there is a strong relationship between CBD and some of the causes of poor concentration, including bad sleep and anxiety – two key factors that make it hard to keep your eye on the ball. Gregor Zorn, explains what CBD is, how it can positively affect how we react to all types of events and stresses in our everyday lives, and why it is becoming increasingly popular with golfers.
July 27, 2021
Episode 24 - Seve Forever with Javier Ballesteros
PGA LIVE - The Podcast is back for a very special episode during Open Championship week. Gareth Shaw (PGA Member Education/Training Coordinator) is joined by Javier Ballesteros, the son of the late and great Seve Ballesteros. Javier is a tour professional and he talks about his career and his amazing memories of his father Seve, a pioneer in golf and one of the game's leading figures from the mid-1970s to the mid-1990s.
July 16, 2021
Episode 23 - Behinds the scenes at The Open
In this special episode in Open Championship week, Gareth Shaw (Member Education/Training Coordinator) is joined by Justen Fiddler (Head Professional - Royal St. George's) and Paul Larsen (Course Manager - Royal St. George's). Justen Fiddler joined Royal St. George’s in 1997 after moving to the south east from East Lothian, Scotland A year later than planned due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Fiddler is preparing for his first Open Championship as the venue’s head professional. Paul Larsen and his greenkeeping team have had the difficult and challenging job of getting Royal St George's ready to welcome the best golfers in the world for this week's eagerly anticipated Open Championship.
July 12, 2021
Episode 22 - Bringing golf to life with Iain Carter
In this very special episode of PGA LIVE - The Podcast, Gareth Shaw, PGA Member Education/Training Coordinator, is joined by hugely popular BBC golf correspondent Iain Carter. Iain Carter has been BBC Radio's golf correspondent since 2003 and has been a regular lead commentator for BBC Radio Five Live at all of the major golf championships around the world, including The Open, the Masters and the Ryder Cup. In the five years prior to covering golf, Iain was the BBC's tennis correspondent and he continues to commentate at Wimbledon. In this episode of PGA LIVE - The Podcast, Iain speaks about his fascinating career in golf.
July 06, 2021
Episode 21 - Rebuilding the Roque
In the latest episode of PGA LIVE - The Podcast, Gareth Shaw, Member Education/Training Coordinator, speaks to PGA Professionals Jason Floyd and Stephen Dundas from The San Roque Club. Between Jerez and Marbella, almost at the tip of the Iberian peninsula, lies one of Europe’s most exclusive golfing country clubs - The San Roque Club. Here, in the foothills of the Sierra Bermeja, the peace and natural beauty of Andalucia is complemented by a stylish retreat and an 18-hole championship golf course are enhanced by a friendly atmosphere. Stephen, the 1992 Amateur Champion, talks about his exciting new role as President at The San Roque Golf Club, while Jason speaks about the success of The Jason Floyd Golf Academy, which he set up at the facility 10 years ago.
June 29, 2021
Episode 20 - The Evolution of Sports Nutrition
David Adams, Head of Commercial Partnerships at The PGA, is joined by Tom Oliver, Founder and CEO of Tom Oliver Nutrition, to discuss the evolution of sports nutrition. They are also joined on the podcast by Stephen Banks, a PGA Member who recently joined Tom Oliver Nutrition to help support fellow PGA Members from an education and sales perspective. PGA Trainee Josh Evans, who is based at Mill Ride Golf Club also joins the conversation to speak about how PGA Members are benefiting from advice in this field.
June 16, 2021
Episode 19 - What is Great Coaching?
Gareth Shaw (Member Education/Training Coordinator) hosts a very special edition of PGA LIVE - The Podcast as part of UK Coaching Week 2021. Gareth is joined by David Colclough (Head of Coaching & Sports Science at The PGA), David Ellis (Coach Education Developer at The PGA), PGA Members Martin Heys and Alice Hiluta, as well as Marianne Davies (Senior Coach Developer at UK Coaching) to discuss what they think great coaching looks like.
June 07, 2021
Episode 18 - The Importance of Data with Crossover Technologies
David Adams, Head of Commercial Partnerships at The PGA, is joined by Phil Barnard, Founder of PGA Partner Crossover Technologies (XPOS) and PGA Member Martin Balfour (Head Professional at Donnington Valley Golf Club in Newbury, Berkshire) to discuss and simplify the topic of data. The panel explain the importance of data for golf retailers and PGA Professionals and how data can make their retail business more efficient and profitable. Phil Barnard has been working in the golf industry for more than 20 years. He began by developing his own point-of-sale system, which he sold to a small number of pro shops. Over the next two decades this business expanded to support over 20 employees who now provide software and services to over a thousand retailers. Martin Balfour has been Head Professional at Donnington Valley Golf Club since 2001 and the award winning shop prides itself on being the best stocked, at the best price with the best service for miles around.
May 27, 2021
Episode 17 - Elite Golf Coaching with Denis Pugh
In this special episode of PGA LIVE – The Podcast, BBC sports pundit, Mark Clemmit, speaks to PGA Master Professional Denis Pugh about his 50-year career in golf. Pugh provides a fascinating insight into coaching some of the top golfers in the world, he shares some of his Ryder Cup experiences and takes questions from listeners as part of a PGA LIVE webinar in collaboration with the University College Football Business and their Global Institute of Sport.
May 18, 2021
Episode 16 - Working internationally as a PGA Member
Mathew Davies, PGA Regional Manager (International) is joined by Jamie McConnell (Claude Harmon Performance Golf Academy, UAE) and Jonathan Garratt (Gallagher’s Canyon GC, Canada) to talk about what it is like working as a PGA Members overseas. Jamie McConnell is a 'High Performance' coach based at the Claude Harmon Performance Academy in Dubai and Head Coach to the Saudi Arabian National Team. Jamie’s expertise include swing instruction, performance coaching and practice planning and he has helped professionals on the European Tour, Challenge Tour and Ladies European Tour. Jonathan Garratt is the Academy Director and Elite Golf Coach at Gallaghers Canyon Golf Resort in Kelowna, Canada. He has extensive experience of starting, building and developing golf academies in China and Vietnam. He recently opened JSQUARED Golf, a small indoor golf business to service the needs of Kelowna’s golf addicts during the winter golf season.
May 07, 2021
Episode 15 - The Impact of COVID-19 on Custom Fitting
David Adams, Head of Commercial Partnerships at The PGA, and Richard Barker, PGA Executive Director - Business Development, are joined by Chris Beaumont, Titleist Golf Club Marketing Manager and Ben Welch, Titleist Golf Club Category Manager for another instalment for PGA LIVE - The Podcast. Chris and Ben look at how the COVID-19 lockdowns impacted custom fitting, they discuss new technologies and methods that may remain once restrictions are fully lifted across the UK and Ireland, and they also talk about how Titleist approach custom fitting not only men, but women and juniors and how that's evolved.
April 23, 2021
Episode 14 - Masters memories and more with ken Brown
PGA Chief Executive Robert Maxfield and Richard Barker, PGA Executive Director - Business Development are joined by a very special guest - Ken Brown. After a successful playing career which saw him win multiple times on both the PGA and European Tour and represent Europe in no fewer than five Ryder Cup matches, Ken went on to become a hugely successful commentator, course designer, putting guru, and of course, creator of the iconic Ken on the Course hole guides at The Masters. In this podcast, Ken talks all things Augusta as well as his early experiences as an assistant pro and greenkeeper, playing in an era packed with legendary figures, helping start the golden age of the European Ryder Cup team, his approach to teaching putting and plenty more besides.
April 06, 2021
Episode 13 - Footwear and Performance with FootJoy
David Adams (PGA Head of Commercial Partnerships) and Richard Barker (PGA Executive Director - Business Development) are joined by FootJoy duo Ryan Hunt (Leadership Promotion Manager – Europe) and Guy Smith (Product Manager (EMEA) – Footwear & Gloves). Ryan and Guy discuss FootJoy's brand new and exciting Premiere Series range and provide feedback from pros wearing the new shoes on the PGA Tour. They also offer some helpful advice on the importance of shoe fitting, the pitfalls of wearing the wrong size shoe and the secret behind FootJoy's success in creating the #1 shoe on the PGA Tour for more than 75 years.
March 23, 2021
Episode 12 - Events and Entertainment With Trick-Shot Legend Jeremy Dale
Richard Barker, PGA Executive Director - Business Development, is joined by trick-show legend Jeremy Dale to discuss the events and entertainment industry, which has been impacted enormously by the COVID-19 pandemic. Jeremy has become one of the best trick shot artists around, performing at tour events and golf days all over the world. He talks about his career in golf, which includes re-learning the game left handed, and how PGA Members can use entertainment to help their business and support their club members.
March 12, 2021
Episode 11 - Making the most of Fitting with PING
Richard Barker, PGA Executive Director - Business Development, is joined by Dave Fanning (PING Marketing Director), Marty Jertson (PING Vice President – Fitting and Performance) and The PGA’s new Head of Commercial Partnership David Adams. The group discuss PING’s approach to driver fitting as well as the hot topic of distance. PGA Principal Partners PING also provide listeners with some interesting takeways to help them sell more PING drivers.
February 24, 2021
Episode 10 - Golf Travel with Golfbreaks
Richard Barker, PGA Executive Director - Business Development, is joined by members of the team at golf travel experts and PGA Principal Partner Golfbreaks.com. Sam Barker (Sales Director), Ben Foster (Head of Pro Travel) and Tim Coxon, head PGA Professional at Mickleover Golf Club and Golfbreaks.com Pro Travel Partner, discuss the travel industry, which has been one of the major industries affected by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. We get an update from the experts and learn how they have been managing during this extremely challenging period.
February 16, 2021
Episode 9 - Optimising Performance with Dr Nicky Lumb
David Colclough, Head of Coaching & Sports Science at The PGA, is joined by special guest and PGA Member, Dr Nicky Lumb, Nicky specialises in golf practice and how it can optimise performance. She provides a fascinating insight into her area of expertise, including effective practice and the psychology of challenging golfers during practice sessions. Nicky's first book 'Better Practice Better Golf', written with Dr Dave Alred (MBE), has recently been published and is now available on Amazon. It is the ultimate guide to golf practice and playing your best golf on the course.
February 03, 2021
Episode 8 - The importance of ball fitting with Titleist
Richard Barker, PGA Executive Director - Business Development, is joined by special guests, Titleist duo Jan Diprose - Head of Golf Ball Category (UK) - and Joe Smith - Golf ball Product Specialist. Jan and Joe speak exclusively to The PGA about the launch of Titleist's brand new Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf balls. They also explain what's involved with a product launch, what goes into researching and developing a well established product, and they discuss the concept of ball fitting and why it's so important to golfers and PGA Members.
January 25, 2021
Episode 7 - Putting Masterclass with PGA Master Professional Phil Kenyon
Richard Barker, PGA Executive Director - Business Development, is joined by co-host David Colclough, Head of Coaching & Sports Science at The PGA and PGA Master Professional Phil Kenyon. Kenyon is Principal Owner of Harold Swash Putting Ltd and is one of the most sought-after putting coaches in the game, having worked with many of the world's leading players. Before developing a career as a coach, Kenyon was a professional golfer that competed worldwide as a tournament professional. Prior to his career in professional golf, he completed a Masters Degree in Sport Science. Phil's background in sports science brings a cutting edge to the putting school which combined with his experiences as both player and coach means that on any visit to the putting school you are in safe hand
December 02, 2020
Episode 6 - Bringing the Golf Industry Together with Doug Poole
Richard Barker, PGA Executive Director - Business Development, is joined by Doug Poole, CEO of the UK Golf Federation. Doug explains why he believes The PGA’s new Business Management Group can help bring the golf industry together.
November 25, 2020
Episode 5 - Coping with COVID-19 with BIGGA CEO Jim Croxton
Richard Barker, PGA Executive Director - Business Development, is joined by Jim Croxton, CEO of BIGGA (The British and International Golf Greenkeepers Association). Jim provides an insight into how the current COVID-19 situation has impacted BIGGA, how the organisation has supported its members throughout the pandemic, and BIGGA is supporting The PGA's new 2020 Vision initiative.
November 18, 2020
Episode 4 - Financial Supporting During COVID-19
Shona Malcolm, The PGA’s resident financial expert, explains what COVID-19 financial packages are available to PGA Members in the UK and Ireland.
November 06, 2020
Episode 3 - Changes to The PGA's Membership Structure
In the latest instalment of PGA LIVE - The Podcast, Richard Barker - PGA Executive Director - Business Development, is joined by Tristan Crew, PGA Executive Director - Member Services. Tristan has been heavily involved with The PGA's 2020 Vision initiative and he explains more about the changes to the Association's Membership structure and what it means for Members and the wider golf industry.
October 27, 2020
Episode 2 - PGA Learn - A new CPD Platform for PGA Members
In the latest episode of PGA LIVE The Podcast, Richard Barker - PGA Executive Director - Business Development, is joined by Paul Wiseman - PGA Executive Director - Education. They discuss The PGA’s new digital CPD platform, which represents a fundamental change to how the education department delivers learning and education to meet the changing personal and professional development needs of Members.
October 16, 2020
Episode 1 - 2020 Vision Special with PGA Chief Executive Robert Maxfield
In the first episode of PGA LIVE The Podcast, Richard Barker - PGA Executive Director - Business Development, is joined by PGA Chief Executive Robert Maxfield and PGA Chairman Alan White at The PGA's headquarters located at The Belfry. Robert and Alan speak more about the Association's new initiative - 2020 Vision - which launched last month. They discuss the reasons for changes, expand further on specialisation for PGA Professionals, plus share more information around the new membership opportunities for all who work in the golf industry – including business professionals and club volunteers.
October 14, 2020