Episodes
What a week it was at Oak Hill, and Shane opens the show talking about how impressed he was with Brooks Koepka and the Michael Block phenomenon. After that, Shane chats with his new podcast co-host, Marty Jertson, about their new venture with the PING Proving Grounds Podcast (subscribe to it!). The two chat about Marty's journey through golf and how he became one of the most influential figures in club design.  A big thanks to Marty for his time and make sure to subscribe to the new PING...
Published 05/26/23
In the first episode of the PING Proving Grounds podcast, our hosts, golf broadcaster Shane Bacon and Marty Jertson, PING’s Vice President of Fitting and Performance, give us a brief overview of their backgrounds before diving into the history, culture, and importance of the PING Proving Grounds. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Published 05/25/23
It's easy to view the PGA Championship as the "other" major championship. The Masters is The Masters, the U.S. Open is the toughest test in golf and typically humbles the best in the world and the Open is the lone international major with a ton of history and a unique rota of courses.  But the PGA? The PGA Championship produces drama. A ton of drama. CBS Sports' Kyle Porter jumps on the pod to discuss this, ranks his five favorite majors of the last 13 years and plenty more (prepare for a...
Published 05/16/23
On the latest Get a Grip, Shane welcomes Golf.com's Claire Rogers (@kclairerogers) back to the pod for a fun conversation about the 5 things they'd each like to see changed in golf. Their lists are not specific to professional golf, or their own personal experiences, but just 5 things they'd like to see changed in the sport. A good chat and a big thanks to Claire for joining once again.    A reminder on some of the links that Shane shared in the opening of the podcast: The Golfer's...
Published 05/05/23
It has been quite the start to the Korn Ferry Tour season for Sam Saunders, who stopped by the program today to discuss his 2023. Sam and Shane catch up on the year, Sam explains why this season is his make-or-break year, the mentality of being the "old guy" in a sea of youngsters, and plenty more.  Shane and Sam discuss how broadcasting the Zozo Championship helped Sam see things from a slightly different perspective, what his grandfather shared with him when he was grinding his way through...
Published 04/20/23
We all know the tradition unlike any other is the actual Masters Tournament, but in terms of a podcast tradition that never stops, it's ESPN's Scott Van Pelt joining Shane to preview the Masters. Scott and Shane discuss the special week for the both of them, what it was like last year prepping for a potential Tiger Woods return to Augusta National and the week that followed, the pressures of winning at the Masters, and plenty more.  Scott also gets into the ESPN approach to golf...
Published 04/04/23
The golf world's attention has turned to Augusta, Georgia, with Rose Zhang doing her thing at the Augusta National Women's Amateur, and the Masters just a few days away. Three-time Masters champion Sir Nick Faldo joins the program to chat with Shane about his wins, the changes to 13, and what he expects at the much-anticipated Champions Dinner. Nick and Shane go back over each of the three Faldo wins at the Masters, talking about the crazy 77-65 he shot over the weekend in '89, what clicked...
Published 03/31/23
You may be asking, what is a flusher? In terms of golf, it's near the top in terms of a compliment, meaning you can do things to a golf ball that even your peers aren't capable of doing. A flusher is someone that makes that whizz sound with their irons and can move a 3-wood in any direction with any trajectory.  The Fried Egg's Andy Johnson joined Shane to rank the top 10 best flushers of the last 23 years in men's golf, and while the lists have some overlap, there are some names that you...
Published 03/24/23
Sneakers have never been more popular and we are seeing more and more style sneak into the golf shoe world. Jacques Slade (@kustoo) joins Shane to talk about the growing popularity of golf shoes, the changing style, the most important golf shoe ever made, and plenty more.  A big thanks to Jacques for the time and insight. His YouTube channel is absolutely worth your time so give it a follow: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZ9l_6_f0PWRYXN5Y7Lcl2A See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy...
Published 03/08/23
We conclude our "Full Swing" recap series with Rory McIlroy at St. Andrews and Episode 8 of the Netflix show. Shane and Golf.com's Claire Rogers talk about the incredible history that comes with winning at the Old Course and just how short the window is for someone like Rory to actually get it done. They discuss the awkward Cam Smith interview after he took home the Claret Jug that included a LIV question he dodged before eventually joining the renegade tour. They then discuss the incredible...
Published 03/03/23
The penultimate episode of "Full Swing" is one of our favorites, as Netflix follows Sahith Theegala and Mito Pereira for a wild ride through the ups and downs of a professional golf week. Shane and Golf.com's Claire Rogers speak on Sahith's laundry basket, the amazing families and friends that both have around them, and go through their usual segments including the winner and loser from the episode.  All "Full Swing Tonight" episodes will also be on YouTube, so make sure to check the Skratch...
Published 03/02/23
We continue our recap run of "Full Swing" with Episode 6, which focuses on two stars in the game of golf with very different resumes and at very different points in their respective lives. Shane and Golf.com's Claire Rogers dive into the episode and immediately fall in love with the Finau family. Claire and Shane discuss their winners and losers of the episode, what they learned about Tony and Collin Morikawa, and plenty more about episode 6.  All "Full Swing Tonight" episodes will also be...
Published 02/24/23
The recaps continue of the Netflix series "Full Swing," and Episode 5 is when we really get into the LIV vs. PGA Tour narrative that dominated the second half of 2022.  Shane and Golf.com's Claire Rogers dive into the episode, how pumped Claire was to get some Paulina Gretzky in her life, the totally different approaches of Matt Fitzpatrick and Dustin Johnson, and how adorable the Fitzpatrick family was during the episode and after Fitzy won his first major at the U.S. Open.  All "Full...
Published 02/23/23
A jolt to the system in today's "Full Swing" recap, as the focus of the episode, Joel Dahmen, joins Shane and Golf.com's Claire Rogers to talk about the episode, how he initially said no to "Netflix" when they came asking if he'd be a part of the series, how the whole stroller thing worked out and a lot more. After Joel departs, Claire and Shane break down the episode and dive into segments, giving out the winner and loser of the episode plus plenty more. A big thanks to Joel for taking the...
Published 02/17/23
With Netflix's "Full Swing" officially out, Shane and Golf.com's Claire Rogers take on the start of the LIV discussion with the series. Ian Poulter is the focus of this episode, so the two break down their thoughts on Poulter, him as a dad, the moment it appeared he would be joining LIV, and plenty more. After that, Claire and Shane dive into segments, giving out the winner and loser of the episode. All "Full Swing Tonight" episodes will also be on YouTube, so make sure to check the Skratch...
Published 02/17/23
With Netflix's "Full Swing" officially out, Shane and Golf.com's Claire Rogers dive deep into the second episode that focuses on Brooks Koepka and Scottie Scheffler. The two talk about their constant struggle with Koepka, some of the eye-opening moments from the four-time major winner and the juxtaposition between the Koepkas and the Schefflers.  They then dive into segments, with winner of the episode, loser of the episode and much more.  All "Full Swing Tonight" episodes will also be on...
Published 02/15/23
The much-anticipated Netflix "Full Swing" series is out, and we are here to recap every episode! Along with our pals at Skratch, Shane and Golf.com's Claire Rogers (@kclairerogers) dive into the opening episode, talk about the unique friendship of Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas while looking back on the epic PGA Championship a year ago in Tulsa. After initial reactions, Shane and Claire dive into their recurring segments that includes winner of the episode, loser, what we learned and what we...
Published 02/15/23
In honor of Waste Management Phoenix Open week, Shane recounts three of his favorite memories from the tournament in years past, including his first trip as a college kid, his first time with a media credential, and the 2020 tournament with Max Homa that fed the very first episode of this podcast. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Published 02/08/23
After a weekend that belonged to the Nice Guys with Max Homa and Rory McIlroy winning around the globe, Shane has PGA Tour player turned commentator, James Nitties, on to discuss the golf villain. With LIV vs. the PGA Tour taking over the golfing stratosphere over the last year, are all the villains now grouped together, and if so, is that good for the sport? After that, the two talk short spurts of domination in the current state of golf before diving into James' T-4 introduction to the...
Published 02/02/23
On the latest Get a Grip, Golf.com's Claire Rogers (@kclairerogers) stops by and takes over hosting duties, asking Shane questions about him getting into golf and how all that happened. The two discuss plenty of early career moments, talk about the highest and lowest moments of their 2022s and touch on things to do at the upcoming WM Phoenix Open. A good chat and a big thanks to Claire for joining once again.  See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Published 01/18/23
Shane is back from his annual January buddies golf trip and catching up with two-time LPGA winner Marina Alex. The two talk about the weird phenomenon that is getting older, Marina's ombudsman approach to golf Twitter, what men tend to get wrong in terms of women's golf, and plenty more. After the chat with Marina, Shane welcomes his best buddy in the world, Rusty Reynolds, to talk about the 6th annual Tubac trip that the two do with 14 other buddies in January.  A reminder, if you haven't...
Published 01/13/23
With just a few days left of a lengthy and exhausting 2022 in the golf world, Shane chats with Amanda Rose  about the five moments that we’ll remember most from 2022. Not the most important, not the most combative, just the five that seemed to stick with us.  See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Published 12/28/22
This week's episode is an interesting one; Shane welcomes back the always-entertaining Claire Rogers of Golf.com (@kclairerogers on Twitter/Instagram) to talk about things that we can't stop thinking about. Maybe it's a golf shot, maybe it's an outfit, maybe it's a "what if" in the golf world, but golfers think about golf a lot and we are no different.    As a reminder, Shane's new children's golf book, The Golfer's Zoo, is available to order at back9press.com/bacon, so grab a copy for...
Published 12/09/22
On this week's Get a Grip, Shane welcomes a friend of the program Brendan Porath (of Shotgun Start and Fried Egg fame) to the show to discuss something that is a big part of a golfer's life; scrambles. We discuss the good and the bad of the format, we try to fix the cheating that seems to follow each and every scramble around and we end with some questions and comments from listeners. This is a fun chat about one of the most unique formats in the game that we hope you enjoy and a big thanks...
Published 12/02/22
The pod is back this week with Claude Harmon, who is fresh off a flight from Dubai to discuss a wild year in his life. From reuniting with Brooks Koepka to traversing the globe working a LIV-heavy schedule, Claude gives great insight into what makes the best in the world the BEST in the world. Claude also tells us how much the iPhone has changed his business, how students let him know they're splitting up, and much more. A big thanks to Claude for his time.  See omnystudio.com/listener for...
Published 11/23/22