It's funny to think that Facebook is developing artificial intelligence robots, Tesla is creating self-driving cars and the craze sweeping the media world is ... the podcast? And for a radio-style media channel, it's not just the older population that's listening, actually, quite the contrary. In a recent survey conducted by LinkedIn, 42% of their millennial users are listening to podcasts. So how does this relate to golf? Well, golf is often criticized for being out of touch with younger generation, it's encouraging to see that industry leaders are evolving and providing content through golf podcasts.
In hopes to try and spread some awareness for these great golf media sources, we did a lot of listening to provide you with our list of the top 5 golf podcasts and our favorite episodes. Will you get hooked?
1. Foreplay Podcast (Explicit)
The two hosts Trent and Riggs are self proclaimed "golf guys" and we think they fit the bill pretty well. These two are seemingly indecipherable from un-tucked, Bud-Light-slinging, Wednesday night crew at your local course; but they can button-it-up well and provide really cool insights from their guests. Their shtick is really everything golf for the average Joe. From pondering if they'd pay $1000 dollars for a hole-in-one to interview (and making videos) with Brandel Chamblee, they cover a wide variety of topics. Definitely worth a listen especially for the younger generation. | Our favorite episode: Wells Fargo Championship w/ Willy Wilcox and George Brett. Listen here
2. No Laying Up (Explicit)
We'd say this golf podcast is for the more traditional golf guy. The hosts have some fun with their interviewees but also get into some more serious golf questions especially with top golfers such as Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy. Between the quality guests and blend of light and serious discussion, it's a great podcast to listen to. | Our favorite episode: Episode 79 with Harold Varner III. Listen here
3. The Shack House
This is an interesting one. It took me a couple of listens to really jive with hosts Joe House and Geoff Shackelford. I'm not sure if this was due to the particular episodes I was listening to, or just getting used to rapport the hosts have together. In the end, I really started to like what these guys had to say. They take a broad brush to golf's current events which is great for anyone that doesn't have time to be reading golf sites throughout the work week. | Our favorite episode: August 1st, 2017 episode. Fast forward to minute 34:30 where the guys discuss how to fix Olympic Golf.
4. The David Feherty Podcast
What do Stephen Curry, Tony Romo, Samuel L Jackson, George Bush, and Tom Watson all have in common? They've all been guests on the Feherty Podcast (and they love the game of golf). Many golfers know who Feherty is and his podcast is no different than the commentary you get on TV. You can tell he loves the game and does a great job of bringing a comedic flavor to everything he does without crossing the line. Give this golf podcast a listen if you've never tuned in. | Our favorite episode: Interview with Patrick Reed. Listen here
5. The Clubhouse with Shane Bacon
Although there is a lot of overlap in guests from podcast to podcast, Shane might have come up with the most impressive line up of past and present PGA players. Interviews from legends such as Gary Player and young guns like Rickie Fowler create a great mix of perspective and tone from episode to episode. I think there is a podcast episode for someone of all ages and interests in golf on The Clubhouse Podcast. This podcast has been removed, but now Shane Bacon has a podcast with Max Homa called Get a Grip.
Bonus Feature: ModGolf Podcast
A newer podcast by Colin Weston talking with golf's top influencers, entrepreneurs, innovators and disruptors about their vision and solutions to re-imagine, transform and grow the game. Our favorite episode: Nextgengolf's CEO, Kris Hart joins the program Listen Here. We are a little bias with this favorite...