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Next on the Tee, hear PGA & LPGA legends, players & top instructors sharing their stories, insights and playing lessons to help lower your scores.

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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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On this edition of Next on the Tee my guests are: 1988 US Amateur Champion Eric Meeks and Actor turned ESPN Radio Host Matthew Laurance.

Eric Meeks - Eric shared stories from his time playing college golf at the University of Arizona, the wins he had there plus their rivalry with Oklahoma State. He also took us through the gantlet of competition he went through on his way to winning the 1988 US Amateur Championship. He also talked about playing the 1989 Masters and the school he runs now out in Las Vegas.

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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On this edition of Next on the Tee my guests are: former PGA Tour Pro Dave Stockton Jr.; the author of "Yoga for Golfers" and one of Golf Magazine's Most Beautiful Women in Golf, Katherine Roberts; and The Golf Channel's, Golf Academy Instructor Brian Jacobs.

Dave Stockton Jr. - Dave and I talked about the great he's doing now designing unique greens for Back 9 Greens; luxury greens for people's back yards. We also his recent visit with Ben Crenshaw, that status of Rory McIlroy's putting, and the mental side of putting.

Katherine Roberts - Katherine took us through how yoga can help us gain flexibility, develop strength, improve our posture and our focus...in 15-20 minutes a day.

Brian Jacobs - Brians shared some tips for how to improve our short game from 50 yards in. He also talked about how to get more spin on the ball, improve our lag putting and consistently make those 3-4 footers.

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On this episode of Next on the Tee my guests are USGTF Teaching Pro Scott Lehaman and Champions Tour Player Donnie Hammond.

Scott Lehman - Scott shared his life changing story about how he went from losing his dream job, racking up a huge amount of debt, going back to school to learn how to be a Teaching Pro and founding "In His Grip Golf". He also shared a swing thought and how to "bag up" and put a poor shot in the rearview mirror and move on.

Donnie Hammond - Donnie shared his insights on what we saw from Jordan Spieth at the Open Championship. Was Jordan's use of the driving range for his unplayable lie on the 13th hole genius or would that have occurred to other players? Where does his 5 hole stretch from holes 14-18 fit in the history of golf? Donnie was in the 2nd to last group at the Masters in 1986, a couple of groups behind Jack Nicklaus, so he was right in the middle of hearing that charge. Does Jordan Spieth's finishing stretch compare to Nicklaus'? Hear Donnie's thoughts. We also looked ahead to the PGA Championship and got Donnie's thoughts on Quail Hollow.

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On this edition of Next on the Tee my guests are: 2013 Senior Open Champion Mark Wiebe, Golf Course Architect Jay Blasi, and "The Voice of Golf" Peter Kessler. 

Mark Wiebe - Mark took us through his win at the 2013 Senior Open Championship at Royal Birkdale. He also shared his insights of course and what we saw from Jordan Spieth during the final round of his win there at this year's Open Championship. Mark is now helping others with their golf games as an Instructor. He shared his teaching philosphy plus tips on how to improve your mental approach. Check him out online at www.markwiebegolf.com.

Jay Blasi - Jay is an up and coming golf course architect. He spent several years working for Robert Trent Jones, Jr. before starting his own company. Jay was heavily involved in the design of Chambers Bay and he talked at length about that project and the feedback the players gave around the 2015 US Open played there. Jay is currently working to save and then restore Sharp Park Golf Club just outside of San Francisco. It's a public golf course designed by Alister MacKenzie of Augusta National and Cypress Point fame. He shared that story and much more...

Peter Kessler - Peter shared his insights about the Open Championship and Jordan Spieth's win. He talked about why Jordan Spieth should have preferred going head to head against Matt Kuchar versus any other Top 10 player, the genius Jordan displayed following his wayward tee shot on 13 and his place in history now.

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On this edition of Next on the Tee hear my conversations with Champions Tour Player Bob Friend, Jr., and Dr. Dan Parkinson, the Director of Sales for Tagmarshal, a software company with a program made to improve the pace of play.

Bob Friend, Jr. - Bob and I talked about his experience playing in the Senior Open Championship last year at Carnoustie, which is the site of the 2018 Open Championship. We also talked about the importance of having a plan for your practice sessions, teaching junior golfers to have patience and the right attitude on the course, and who he things will win this year's Open Championship.

Dr. Dan Parkinson - Dr. Parkinson talked about his college playing days at BYU, the success his son Joe had at BYU and now out on the Web.com Tour plus his daughter Stacey had captaiing the boys golf team in high school. We also talked about his role as the Director of Sales for Tagmarshal which offers a software package that helps courses manage pace of play and player efficiency.

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On this edition of Next on the Tee my guests are: Top 100 Instructor Eric Johnson; former PGA Tour Pro and now Founder & CEO of Golf Value Commerce the world's largest pre-owned golf equipment dealer, Ed Byman; Bob Jones IV, grandson of Bobby Jones; plus Actor and Host of Talking Golf Getaways, Mitchell Laurance.

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Hear my conversation with Top Instructor Tom Patri. Tom shares his insights on the US Open and Erin Hills. We looked ahead to the Open Championship and Royal Birkdale. He also shared his thoughts on Jordan Spieth, Tiger Woods, why Asian players are dominatin the LPGA, how he helps junior golfers prepare for tournaments, plus a few playing lessons to help us shave some strokes off our scores.

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On this episode of Next on the Tee my guests are: Top 40 Under 40 Instructor and frequent co-host of The Morning Drive show on the Golf Channel, Travis Fulton; 8 time winner on Tour including the 2013 Senior Open Championship, Mark Wiebe; The Wedge Guy, Terry Koehler; and the Founder of Golf Positive and the author of the new book, "Golf Positive, Live Positive", Debbie O'Connell.

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On this edition of Next on the Tee my guests are: Champion Tour Player Guy Boros; legendary broadcaster Ben Wright; Director of Marketing for Bionic Golf, Cheryl Fink; and the Voice of Golf, Peter Kessler.

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On this edition of Next on the Tee my guests are: the author of Zen Golf, Zen Putting, How to Make Every Putt, and the Best Diet Book Ever, Dr. Joe Parent; Drew Dunn, Head Golf Pro at East Lake Golf Club, the home of Bobby Jones and the Tour Championship; the Founder and Inventor of Pine Valley Orthotics, Stuart Sackowitz.

Dr. Joe Parent - Doc started out talking about diets and what causes us to gain weight. He calls them the 3 Too's: we eat too much, too fast for too long. To remedy that we need the 3 S's: east smaller portions, more slowly, and stopping earlier. We transitioned over to talking about how to make more putts and the difference between making a putt and holing a putt. We talked about the mental side of the game and all the negative talk we do to ourselves. He said we could play better if we'd just get out of our own way. "You can't hit it straight if you're bent out of shape."

Drew Dunn - Drew took us through the rich history of the land that East Lake is built on. Even though it's 5 miles outside of Atlanta, back in the early 1900s it was considered to be a vacation getaway spot for Atlantans. He talked about feeling the history of the people who once walked their fairways and what it's like hosting the Tour Championship there every year.

Stuart Sackowitz - Stuart talked about what make his new orthotics so much better than any others on the market. They are designed to help golfers get a more full turn and weight transfer because of a 2 degree pitch he built into them. Their energy return system in the heels push back as you step to help you walk and feel less fatigued. They are perfect for not only golfers but anyone on their feet all day. They can also help if you're dealing with specific things like: heel spurs, plantar fasciitis, archilles issues, flat feet and pronation. Check them out at www.pinevalleyorthotics.com

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On this edition of Next on the Tee hear my conversations with: Golf Course Architect & former PGA Tour Pro Bill Bergin; the Founder and CEO of Caddy for a Cure Russ Holden and the recipient of the mortgage free house former Marine Lyndon Ortiz; and Golf Club Designer and former CEO of the Ben Hogan Golf Company, Terry Koehler.

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