TalkinGolf

Serious talk for serious golfers

About the show

The podcast network for serious golfers. TalkinGolf launched as an online audio show way back before podcasts (or even the iPhone) were a thing. We've been on an extended break since 2012 but now we're back and creating new and interesting content each week as well as a sprinkling of some of the best stuff from the archives.

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Episodes

  • TG History 15: From The Fringe - The Stolen Major

    July 17th, 2019  |  21 mins 58 secs

    We take the majors for granted in the modern era but things could have been much different after one of the most controversial incidents in the history of the game in 1871. This is the story of 'The Stolen Major'.

  • TG History 14: Dr Tony Parker and The Open

    July 12th, 2019  |  1 hr 19 mins

    With the 148th Open just around the corner who better to talk history than the man who was the first Curator of Golf Collections in the Special Collections Division of the University of St Andrews? Dr Tony Parker is regarded by his peers as one of the game's foremost historians and joins the podcast to talk all things Open (with a few rabbit holes along the way).

  • TG History 13: The Remarkable Moe Norman

    June 20th, 2019  |  1 hr 23 mins

    According to Tiger Woods only two players in history have 'owned' their golf swings: the great Ben Hogan and Canada's Moe Norman. Hogan is revered internationally as one of the game's greatest ever exponents and while Norman enjoys less celebrity, his feats of extraordinary hitting are equally legendary among golf aficionados. Moe Norman might be the most remarkable golfer that ever lived and his story is as fascinating as any of the game's celebrated legends. On episode 13 we meet Tim O'Connor, the man who wrote the first book about Moe in 1995 and remains committed to telling Moe's story to this day.

  • TG History 12: How The US Open Got Off To A False Start

    June 6th, 2019  |  1 hr 12 mins

    As the 119th US Open bears down on us TalkinGolf HIstory's Connor Lewis has the fascinating tale of the first US Open - and first TWO US Amateurs - that were erased from the history books. There is also a quick recap of last week's essay style narrative on Johnny McDermott plus listener questions about America's national championship.

  • TG History 11: From The Fringe - The Champ Who Lost His Mind

    May 31st, 2019  |  39 mins 26 secs

    In the first of a regular series from The Society Of Golf Historians founder Connor Lewis comes the story of two time US Open winner Johnny McDermott. McDermott is the subject of our first 'From The Fringe' segment where Connor will delve into some of the most interesting and important stories from the game's past. McDermott is and was one of American golf's most important figures and in this debut episode Connor dispels some myths - and gives listeners some insights into - a genuine American hero.

  • TG History 10: The Story Behind The Story Of The Lido

    May 18th, 2019  |  1 hr 10 mins

    TalkinGolf History co-host Connor Lewis moved up a media grade recently when he appeared on Golf Channel alongside respected architect Jim Urbina in a short feature about the lost great club of the 20th century, The Lido. Built by the legendary C.B Macdonald and Seth Raynor why input from Tom Simpson and Alister Mackenzie, The Lido was widely regarded the equal of Pine Valley when it opened in 1914 but by 1942 it was gone. The course and its amazing has intrigued golfers for decades and with interest reignited by the Golf Channel piece last week now seemed a good time to flesh the story out further.

  • TG History 09: Listener Episode

    May 11th, 2019  |  1 hr 3 mins

    Most of the time we get to talk about the things we want on the TalkinGolf History Podcast but every few weeks we turn things over to the listeners to find what you want to know about. On Episode 9 we answer questions about golfing Presidents, comparing players from different eras, our favourite periods of golf history and more.

  • TG History Ep 08: Keith Cutten

    April 26th, 2019  |  1 hr 32 mins

    Canadian golf course architect Keith Cutten originally started out to write a thesis for his University course but that project ultimately morphed into The Evolution Of Golf Course Design. Keith joins Episode 8 of the podcast to talk about the role of golf courses - and their architects - through time.

  • TG History Ep 07: Green Jacket Auctions

    April 12th, 2019  |  1 hr 58 mins

    One of the more fascinating corners of golf history is collecting, a multi million dollar business which spans the globe. The biggest and most influential auction house in golf is Green Jacket Auctions, started by Bob Zafian and Ryan Carey in 2006. Bob joins Epic 7 of the podcast to talk about how he got started in collecting, some of the best - and weirdest - items he's been offered for sale and some advice on how a beginner should approach getting started in the trade.

  • TG History Ep 06: Sid Matthew on Bob Jones

    March 29th, 2019  |  1 hr 57 mins

    Florida attorney Sid Matthew is regarded by most as the foremost expert on the life and times of Augusta National co-founder Bob Jones. Sid joins Episode 6 of the TG History podcast to talk about Jones and what made him special beyond just his extraordinary playing resume.

  • TG History 05: The Story Of Karsten Solheim and PING

    March 16th, 2019  |  1 hr 56 mins

    Karsten Solheim was the founder of PING Golf but his legacy in the game is far greater than the establishment of one manufacturing company. Solheim was a true visionary and one of golf's great innovators, his contribution to the development of modern putters and irons at least the equal of any in history. On Episode 5, we meet PING Historian Rob Griffin to get some insight into one of the game's best known and most respected figures.

  • TG History 04 - The Weird And Wonderful Rules Of Golf

    March 1st, 2019  |  1 hr 26 mins

    If you think some of golf's new rules don't make sense wait till you hear how the game used to be played. From drops that included throwing - yes throwing - the ball to free swings at your opponent's ball in matchplay there have been some weird and wonderful rules governing the game over time. Join hosts Rod Morri and Connor Lewis for Episode 4 as they break down some of the crazier laws golf has endured over time.

  • TG History 03: Major questions for the Major Championships

    February 19th, 2019  |  1 hr 18 mins

    We all know there are four Majors in golf but when did that happen? Was The Masters a Major in 1935 when Gene Sarazen struck 'the shot heard round the world'? Should Walter Hagen's five PGA titles between 1921 and 1927 be considered Grand Slam victories? And will Craig Perks retroactively become New Zealand's third men's Major champion if The Players is one day deemed a Major? All this and more when TalkinGolf History welcomes special guest historian Bill Williams to Episode Three for a lively discussion on golf's 'Big Four' Tournaments.

  • TG 02: John Huggan with Catriona Matthew

    February 8th, 2019  |  50 mins 14 secs
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    After a fantastic response to our first TalkinGolf History podcast last week we change gears this week as we welcome respected golf writer John Huggan to the fold with the first of an ongoing series of interviews. This week Huggy sits down with Solheim Cup Captain and friend Catriona Matthew.

  • TG History 01: The Why's Of Golf

    January 24th, 2019  |  1 hr 14 mins

    Have you ever wondered 'why?' in this game? Why do we play 18 holes? Why is the cup 4.25 inches in diameter? Why do we carry 14 clubs? These are just three of the big questions answered on the first episode of TalkinGolf History. Join hosts Rod Morri and Connor T Lewis as they launch the internet's first podcast devoted entirely to the history of the greatest game of all.