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Next on the Tee, Where PGA & LPGA Legends, Players & Top Instructors Share Their Stories, Insights from the Tour and Playing Lessons to Help You Play Better Golf.

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On this edition of Next on the Tee I am joined by Bobby Nichols, 12 time winner on the PGA Tour including the 1964 PGA Championship plus PGA & LPGA Class A Teaching Professional Rhonda Ferguson.

Mr. Nichols talked about starting out as a caddy at age 9 and being the personal caddy for Pee Wee Reese. He recounted his victory in the 1964 PGA Championship over Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and Ben Hogan. We also talked about the influence Dr. Cary Middlecoff had on him, his victories at the 1962 St. Petersburg Open, the 1973 Westchester Classic and getting a second life in golf when the Senior Tour started.

Rhonda shared her amazing story of not picking up a golf club until she was a freshman in high school and 4 years later making the golf team at the University of Florida which was the 2 time defending national champions. She talked about learning the game from Kevin Maris, Roger Maris' son. We also talked about her teaching style and how she keeps junior players engaged by making golf practice fun, and the golf course she now owns in Jacksonvile, River Bend Golf Links, which has a motto "No Tee Times, No Dress Code, Just Come Have Fun.

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On this episode of Next on the Tee my guests are Class A PGA Teaching Professional Mike Landry and 3 time winner on the PGA Tour Kenny Knox. We'll get some lessons from Mike on how to read the greens better, plus some short game tips from his Short Game Master series. We'll get tips from Kenny about proper putting stance plus how to hit better lag and short putts. We'll also get some tips on how to hit better bunker shots particularly if you're dealing with hard pan sand. Check out Kenny's video tips plus his line of wedges and putters available online at www.kennyknoxgolf.com.

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Hear my conversations with 2 of the best caddies of all-time in Dennis Caddie Cone & Russ Holden on this edition of Next on the Tee. We talked about the great work Dennis is doing leading the Professional Caddies Association and bringing caddy programs back to local courses. Russ talked about being on the bag for Bernhard Langer and what it was like being in the lead going to the back 9 at Augusta in 2004. He also talked about the great they're doing at Caddy For A Cure for our wounded service veterans.

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On this episode I am joined by former Golf Channel & current Milwaukee Brewers Broadcaster Brian Anderson, TaylorMade Golf CEO David Abeles, and legendary Broadcaster Ben Wright.

Brian Anderson - Brian shared how he went from being a Catcher for St. Mary's University to being one of the youngest broadcasters in professional baseball at age 22. He talked about the cramped bus rides going from town to town but how all that experience helped him transition over to The Golf Channel. He also talked about what it was like broadcasting tournaments in the early days of The Golf Channel plus some stories about his off season job broadcasting the NBA on TNT.

David Abeles - David walked us through their catalog of equipment including what makes their TP5, TP5x, and Project (a) golf calls unique in the market. We also talked about the great success that TaylorMade players like Justin Rose, Dustin Johnson and Tiger Woods have had over the last few months. David also gave us a sneak preview into what they will be revealing at the PGA Merchandise show in January. He says it will forever change how metal woods are made.

Ben Wright - Mr. Wright told the story of how he went AWOL from his military unit so he could watch Ben Hogan play in the 1953 Open Championship at Carnoustie. He also talked about why Jack Nicklaus' 1 iron shot on the 17th hole at the 1972 US Open at Pebble Beach is the greatest shot he ever saw. He also shared his affinity for what he's seeing from the young guns out on Tour now.

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On this edition of Next on the Tee I'm joined by PGA Tour Pro Bob Estes and Golf Channel Broadcast Analyst Frank Nobilo.

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On this edition of Next on the Tee my guests are: Ben Hogan Golf Company CEO Scott White and Dr. Bob Jones IV, Grandson of Bobby Jones.

Scott White - Scott took us through how the brand has emerged from bankruptcy and their new factory to the consumer business model which has cut cost out of their business and results in huge savings for consumers. We talked about the construction and technology in their PTx and Fort Worth irons, their TK wedges as well as ther hybrids. He also gave us peak into what they are developing for 2018.

Dr. Bob Jones IV - Doc talked about his recent trip to St. Andrews including a walking tour of the Old Course. He talked about the legend that his Grandfather once tore up his scorecard after visiting the Hill Bunker on the 11th hole. We talked about how incredibly deep the Hell Bunker is on 17, as well as what it feels like as you walk a course that every legend of the has played. Doc is a Sports Psychologist so we discussed tips for dealing with pressure during a tournament and how we can help our junior golfers deal with playing in front of a crowd for the first time.

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On this edition of Next on the Tee I'm joined by 2010 LPGA Teach of the Year Cindy Miller and Golf Magazine Top 100 Instructor Eric Johnson.

Cindy Miller - Cindy and I discussed her program, "Pursuing Your It" which helps develop what you're passionate about. We also discussed the importance of matching your personality type to the personality type of the teacher you're working with. She also shared a great tip on how to practice indoors over the winter using marshmallows instead of golf balls.

Eric Johnson - Eric and I discussed the future of Tiger Woods and how it's not even close that Jack Nicklaus is by far the greatest player of all-time. We also talked about Bernhard Langer's longevity and dominance on the Champions Tour plus how to keep the ball in the fairway and out of the leaves this Fall/Winter.

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On this edition of Next on the Tee I'm joined by renowned Golf Course Architect Bill Bergin and PGA Tour legend Gary Player.

Bill talked about his design philosophy, what makes sets his bunkers apart from other designers, what he is doing to keep more players in the game and engaged, the 6 hole pitch and putt courses that are getting great reviews, why he was named by Golf Inc. Magazine as one of the Top 10 Most Innovative People in Golf and the work he's doing with the Long Leaf Tee Initiative.

I also replayed my conversation with Gary Player from earlier this year, prior to Master's week. We discuss his 60 year love affair with Augusta National, the Masters Tournament and its patrons. We also discussed his longevity in the game, fitness, and a whole lot more.

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On this episode of Next on the Tee my guests are Actor turned Host of Talking Golf Getaways Mitchell Laurance and Golf Magazine Top 100 Instructor Brady Riggs.

Mitch shared his story about why he left acting and Hollywood in favor of braodcasting. We talked about his recent trip over to Tobacco Road Golf Club and staying in the new Stewart Cabin. He also talked his interview with Adam Rolston of The Longest Hole and his walk across Mongolia hitting golf shots. Mitch exclusively plays hickory shafted clubs now and he shared his emotional connection when he's playing some of the most historic golf courses around the world.

Top 100 Instructor Brady Riggs shared great tips for how to hit better chips shots from just off the green plus ways to better control the ball from 50 yards in and also how to correct that slice.

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On this edition of Next on the Tee my guests are: 2013 Sr. Open Champion Mark Wiebe and Actor turned ESPN Radio Host Matthew Laurance join me. 

Mark is a wonderful instructor now, I'll talk with him about his coaching style, is he a Trackman coaching by the number guy or is he old school looking at a player's swing path and ball flight? I'll also get his thoughts on coaching junior players and how he keeps them engaged in a world of short attention spans and the need for instant gratification. We'll also talk about what it was like for him to compete against some of the greatest players of all-time like Jack Nicklaus, Tom Watson and guys who were in the primes back in the 80's & 90's and if he ever had a "welcome to the PGA Tour kid" moment.

Matthew is a fantastic actor who starred in movies like Eddie & The Cruisers and Steets of Fire plus TV shows like Saturday Night Live, Beverly Hills 90210, Duet, and 30 Something. We'll talk a little bit about some of the roles he played plus if there's a chance that there will be an Eddie & The Cruisers 3. I'll get Matthew's thoughts about the 2018 Barbasol Championship being moved to Lexington, Kentucky where he lives now. We'll also talk about his home course, Kearney Hill and the Pete Dye course up at the French Lick Resort....plus a whole lot more.

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On this edition of Next on the Tee I'm joined by LPGA Class A Instructor and Author of the book, "A Girl's On Course Survival Guid to Golf", Christina Ricci plus PGA Professional and author of the book: "Golf is My Life, Glorifying God Through the Game", Jon Decker.

Christina Ricci - Christina talked about how she was able to go from just learning the game in 2000 to a 5 handicap in 2005. She also talked about how she put her books together with step by step pictures so you can take it out on the course to the driving range and easily follow the process to hit better shots. We got a couple of tips about how to make sure our takeaways remain on plain plus why picking out a specific target is so important on each shot. You can check Christina's teaching videos out on her YouTube Channel and at www.christinariccigolf.com.

Jon Decker - Jon has a wonderful series of teaching videos available at www.golfswing.com/jondecker. We talked about how to hit better chip and pitch shots, why it's important to fully commit to a shot and the influence that Phil Rodgers and Bill Stines have had on Jon's career.

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On this edition of Next on the Tee my guests are LPGA Pro & Legend Gail Graham and Illinois PGA Teacher of the Year Bill Abrams.

Gail Graham - Gail shared her stories about how she learned the game, what got a Western Canadian girl to play her college golf at Lamar University in Texas, playing alongside Dawn Coe-Jones, the pressures of Q-School, winning her first tournament on the LPGA Tour and winning the 1997 Australian Ladies Masters.

Bill Abrams - Bill talked about his days as a Junior golfer and how the prepared him to play at the college level. We also talked about how the teaches Junior golfers today to be patient and have fun on the course. He also shared tips about having a good routine, how to hit better chip shots and have the correct posture.

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On this episode of Next on the Tee my guests are: Teaching Professional Rich O'Brien and Top 100 Club Fitter Scott Felix. 

Rich O'Brien - Rich talked about the golf cart accident from his caddy days that resulted in days in a coma and nearly cost him his life. He shared the story about waking up from his coma and being totally paralyzed but fortunately his spinal cord was only bruised and severed. He also talked about the role acupuncture had in his recovery, the work he's doing now with the PGA Hope Program assisting wounded veterans and the Para Long Drive contest. 

Scott Felix - Scott talked about the clubs causing a lot of buzz around the industry like the Callaway Epic Driver, Titleist new hybrids and some of the new iron sets as well. We talked about understanding your launch angles, the apex of your of the shots you hit and spin rate. He explained what smash factor is and how to know if your swing is off or your equipment isn't fit for your swing.

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On this edition of Next on the Tee my guests are: former TV Producer for ESPN, ESPN 2, and The Golf Channel and Author of the books "Cover Me Boys Im Going In, Tales of the Tube from a Broadcast Brat" and "Big Flies", Keith Hirshland. I was also joined by Champions Tour Pro and 2011 US Senior Open Champion Olin Browne. 

Keith shared stories from when they first launch ESPN 2 and the young talent he got to work with including Stuart Scott, Suzy Kolber and Kenny Mayne. He also talked about being there when they launched The Golf Channel and what it was like the very first day they went live and the unique things they did broadcasting their first few golf tournaments. We also talked about his book, "Cover Me Boys Im Going In, Tales of the Tube from a Broadcast Brat", which is by far the best book I've read in years.

Olin share his memories from being an Assistant Captain on the 2008 Ryder Cup team. He said it was the best experience of his career. We also talked about what it was like when he received his first inviation to play in The Masters and that drive up Magnolia Lane. We also talked about his 2011 US Senior Open victory at Inverness, the 59 he shot at the qualifying tournament for the 2005 US Open and his thoughts on the camaraderie among the young players on the PGA Tour now.

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On this edition of Next on the Tee I'm joined by BBC and Sirius/XM PGA Tour Channel on course broadcaster, top instructor and former British Ladies Amateur Champion Maureen Madill. Maureen shared stories from her time at the University of St. Andrews and Lamar University in Texas. She was one of the first 2 women to ever get recruited to come over and play college golf on a scholarship. We also talked about the young guns taking over both the PGA and European Tours, her reaction on the Solheim Cup and what happened at the Ladies Evian Masters over in France. Maureen also shared a tip help us play better shots out of a fairway bunker.

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On this edition of Next on the Tee I was joined by Top Instructors Chris Czaja and Allen Miller. Chris shared some great tips on how to improve your short game, from club selection to ball position. Allen talked about his time playing for the University of Georgia and out on Tour during the 1970s. We talked in depth about his win at the 1974 Tallahassee Open and his 15th place finish at the 1975 Masters. He shared a chipping lesson he was taught by Lee Trevino and what it was like playing alongside and against Jack Nicklaus, Lee Trevino, Gary Player and the legends from that era. Hear all that and much more...

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On this edition of Next on the Tee I'm joined by former Minnesota Vikings LB turned PGA Tour Rules Official Mark Dusbabek; world renowned Golf Course Architect Rees Jones; and Actor turned host of Talking Golf Getaways, Mitchell Laurance.

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On this episode of Next on the Tee I'm joined by former NHL Star, PGA Tour Caddy and multiple time winner on the Celebrity Tour, Dan Quinn plus the CEO of SmartBallGolf Rick Marcy.

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This week on Next on the Tee my guests are: 2003 PGA Champion Shaun Micheel, the Golf Channel's Golf Academy Instructor Rob Strano, and Author of the book, "Cover Me Boy I'm Going In", Keith Hirshland.

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Matthew Laurance - Matthew and I talked about his show Back Spin Golf that airs on ESPN Radio WLXG AM 1300 up in Lexington, Kentucky. We also looked back at the PGA Championship, discussed the new golden era on the PGA Tour with all the young guys who have emerged, and who is on his bucket list of guests that he'd like to interview.

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