The ModGolf Podcast talks with golf's top influencers, entrepreneurs, innovators and disruptors about their vision and solutions to re-imagine, transform and grow the game.
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Creating The "LinkedIn for Golfers" - Lydia Davies, Founder and CEO of TeeMates
"I get ideas in my head all the time for different things I could create. My husband traveled a lot and is a social butterfly, always playing golf with random people. So he kept sending me pictures of himself on the golf course and I was like, "why are you playing alone?" I thought this was so sad because he loves talking with and hanging out with people."
"So I told him "Wouldn't it be cool if while you were in Mexico City you could go on an app and it would show you all the other guys in your area that are available to play golf. Then you could click on them and invite them to come and play with you. You'd meet all these awesome new people and have this great experience. He thought it was a good idea so I put my head down and started doing all the framework for it, researching how to make it. And once I start something, I am going to see it through to the end, no matter what!"
Click on the image below to check out our extended conversation with Lydia on our Youtube Channel!
Want to learn more about Lydia and TeeMates Golf? Visit their website to see how TeeMates allows you to connect with people who share the same passion for golf.
You can learn more about Lydia on her bio page.
We want to thank our sponsor partner Golf Genius Software for helping support The ModGolf Podcast
Golf Genius powers tournament management at over 10,000 private clubs, public courses, resorts, golf associations, and tours in over 60 countries. So if you’re a golf professional or course operator who wants to save time, deliver exceptional golfer experiences, and generate more revenue, check them out online at golfgenius.com.
Special Guest: Lydia Davies - Founder and CEO of TeeMates Golf.
The 2022 Golf App Review Episode - with Jeremy "The App Man" Callahan
Looking to improve your swing without taking a lesson? Want to track your on-course shot-by-shot performance? How can Virtual Reality and The Metaverse enhance your golf experience? Jeremy "The App Man" Callahan joins us to provide his insights and top picks in three different golf app categories.
Jeremy breaks down his Best Golf Aps picks into three categories:
• Teaching / Game Improvement
• On-Course Shot Tracking
• Virtual and Augmented Reality / The Metaverse
Click on the image below to check out our extended conversation with The App Man on our Youtube Channel!
Want to learn more about Jeremy and Golf BPM? Visit their website to learn how picking the genre of music you practice to finds the beat and time that best suits your personal swing goals.
You can learn more about Jeremy on his bio page.
Special Guest: Jeremy Callahan - a.k.a. The App Man.
Foster Innovation and Growth by Listening To Customer Needs - Chris Kallmeyer, Co-CEO at Golf Genius Software
Chris Kallmeyer, Co-CEO at Golf Genius Software joins us to share how the company continues to expand their product offerings through a simple success formula: earn the trust of existing customers by observing how they operate, asking what their biggest pain points are and serving their unmet needs.
Chris provides valuable insights to how they "future proof" the business, such as diversifying their revenue model by "white-labelling" software products to larger organizations, aquire companies that strategically compliment their product portfolio and building partnerships with industry players like The USGA and Golf Canada to help amplify their reach. He also shares how Golf Genius Software's culture of innovation allows them to simultaneously enhance existing products while bringing new enterprise products to the golf marketplace.
Click on the image below to check out our extended conversation with Chris on our Youtube Channel!
Want to learn more about Chris and Golf Genius Software? Visit their website to see how Golf Genius powers tournament management at over 10,000 private clubs, public courses, resorts, golf associations, and tours in over 60 countries.
You can learn more about Chris on his bio page.
Show Notes and Chris Quotes
"We believe that it's never been more important for golf professionals to have tools that save them time and help them deliver great experiences to golfers. That's where we come in to the picture. So that's really the growth part of it. Of the pandemic the question then becomes retention. How do you keep these folks engaged? That really comes down to what type of experience is the golf course delivering. You get folks out there for a league or for nine holes or a practice session. What brings the back, what's going to turn them into golfers for life? What's going to turn them into folks that are going to play say 10, 15, 20 or more rounds of golf a year because that's really the name of the game."
Special Guest: Chris Kallmeyer, Co-CEO at Golf Genius Software.
Empowering People With Disabilities Through Adaptive Golf -Deborah Smith, Prosthetics Entrepreneur and Adaptive Athlete
"I work as an entrepreneur with my own business, focusing on thought leaders in the prosthetic industry, specifically small startups who are bringing new technologies to the forefront to help people like myself with limb difference. I am one of two million people in the United States who lives with limb difference - in my case it's a below the knee amputation that I had six years ago. For me, using a prosthesis has empowered my life and I want to bring that same opportunity to others like myself."
"I survived a fatal accident when I was 19, which changed my life in the blink of an eye. I went from running every day, dancing and golfing to fighting in order to ever walk again. Looking back, the understanding that I needed to put the time and work in and I wasn't going to see any results right away certainly helped me as I was recovering from my accident because I was disabled and disfigured from it."
Click on the image below to check out our extended conversation with Deborah on our Youtube Channel!
"In the United States alone there are 61 million adults living with some form of physical disability that impacts their daily activities and the majority of them are women. There are two million people in the US who have limb difference, for example an amputation like myself. Those numbers grow by 500 amputations that are performed in the United States every day. "
Deborah is a mentor with the amputee Coalition of America and with Shirley Ryan Ability Lab in Chicago, the top rehab facility in the country for the last 30 years. Visit their website to see how the first-ever “translational” research hospital where clinicians, scientists, innovators and technologists work together in the same space, applying research in real time to physical medicine and rehabilitation.
You can learn more about Deborah on her bio page.
Deborah is currently involved in several entrepreneurial endeavours and one that she discusses is her work with PSYONIC, creators of the world's first touch sensing bionic hand. Learn more at the Psyonic website.
"The beauty of golf is that it is available to us from a young age through an older age, through ability and disability. I am a perfect example of the opportunities that golf provides."
To connect with Deborah...
Special Guest: Deborah Smith - Adaptive Athlete and Prosthetic Resources Consultant.
SEASON 10 WRAP-UP / SEASON 11 PREVIEW
That's a wrap for Season 10 of The ModGolf Podcast! Our team is currently working on your next twelve episodes for Season 11, which launches early January 2022. We heard some amazing stories from a diverse group of guests who discussed how inclusion, technology, entertainment, music, celebrity, hospitality and community building intersect to shape the future of golf.
If you didn’t get the chance to listen to all of our twelve Season 10 episodes, this bonus show gives you a recap of the great conversations I had with some of the golf industry's top influencers, innovators and entrepreneurs. Hopefullly this will inspire you to listen to a couple of the episodes listed below. Let us know which one you enjoyed the most and why you liked them!
Our Season 10 guests were:
Kelly Hunt - Founder of GolfHers (with guest host Dr. Greta Anderson)
INSPIRING WOMEN TO BUILD A CAREER IN THE GOLF INDUSTRY
Matt Fisher - Creator of the Mr. Short Game YouTube Channel
EMBRACING A “GIVE FIRST” ATTITUDE TO BUILD A SUCCESSFUL BUSINESS
Bryan Crawford - RBC Canadian Open Tournament Director
THE COURAGE TO INNOVATE DURING TUMULTUOUS TIMES
Tom Cox - Co-Founder and DEO of Golfballs.com
HOW TO TURN YOUR "AHA MOMENT" INTO A SCALEABLE BUSINESS VENTURE
Lisa O'Hurley - CEO and Founder of LOHLA SPORT
LOOKING OUTSIDE THE GOLF BOX TO BUILD A PREMIUM GOLF BRAND
Tommy Southworth - President and COO of Southworth Development
PIVOTING YOUR BUSINESS MODEL TO UNLOCK NEW CUSTOMER VALUE
Ron Powers - Head of Swing Suite Division at Full Swing Simulators
MASTERING THE ART OF "NIMBLE AMNESIA"
Chris Noble - PGA of America Manager for Nextgengolf's National High School Golf Association
SWING YOUR SWING AND PLAY YOUR GAME
Marc Simon - Event Vice President at PGA Golf Exhibitions
TRANSFORMING THE GOLF EVENT BUSINESS DURING TUMULTUOUS TIMES
Jeehae Lee - Co-Founder and CEO of Sportsbox.ai
THE JOURNEY FROM PRO ATHLETE TO SPORT TECH ENTREPRENEUR
Agustín Pizá - Founder and Architect at Pizá Golf Design
HARNESSING THE POWER OF DESIGN TO REINVENT GOLF EXPERIENCES
Arjun Chowdri - Chief Innovation Officer with The PGA of America
LOOKING OUTSIDE GOLF TO INNOVATE THE INDUSTRY AND GAME
We're proud to have Golf Genius Software ruturn as one of our Season 11show sponsor partners and look forward to telling you more about the elegant solutions they create to simplify running golf tournaments. Go to https://www.golfgenius.com/ to learn more!
Special Guests: Agustín Pizá - Founder and Architect with Pizá Golf Design, Arjun Chowdri - Chief Innovation & Administrative Officer at The PGA of America, Bryan Crawford - RBC Canadian Open Tournament Director with Golf Canada, Chris Noble - Nextgengolf’s National High School Golf Association Manager, Jeehae Lee - Co-Founder and CEO at Sportsbox.ai, Kelly Hunt - Founder of GolfHers, Lisa O'Hurley - Founder and CEO of LOHLA SPORT, Marc Simon - Event Vice President for PGA Golf Exhibitions / RX Reed Exhibitions, Matt Fisher, Creator of The Mr. Short Game YouTube channel, Ron Powers - Head of Swing Suite Division at Full Swing Simulators, Tom Cox - Founder & CEO of Golfballs.com, and Tommy Southworth - President and COO of Southworth Development.
Looking Outside Golf To Innovate The Industry And Game - Arjun Chowdri, Chief Innovation Officer with The PGA of America
On our final Season 10 episode, Arjun Chowdri joins us to share where the PGA of America is and where they are going. We learn about the design process and status of their new headquarters in Frisco Texas, the future of enhanced golf fan engagement through sport wagering, how his work with the IPL professional cricket Indian Premier League has helped shape the opportunities he sees in the golf industry and much more!
Click on the image below to check out our extended conversation with Arjun on our Youtube Channel!
Want to learn more about the innovative initiatives The PGA of America is spearheading? Visit their websites to find a coach and see how they are fostering change in how the game is perceived and the access under-represented communities are receiving to participate in this $84 billion/year industry.
The PGA of America: https://www.pga.com
PGA REACH: https://www.pgareach.org
PGA WORKS: https://www.pgareach.org/pgaworks
PGA HOPE: https://www.pgareach.org/services/military
PGA Jr. League: https://www.pgajrleague.com
You can learn more about Arjun on his bio page.
Show Notes and Arjun Quotes
"My role is everything that's growth-oriented for the organization. So that includes International, technology Investments and acquisitions. We do have this effort and Innovation fund and the idea goes central to our mission: Grow the game and serve our members."
"There are a lot of technologies and services and Innovations in other industries that can really help the golf industry. They tend not to come either because they just don't think about us or they tend to come ten years late. So we're out there, knocking on their doors and saying, "think about us, there is a business to be had and we're going to help you knock down some of the walls of complexity."
Special Guest: Arjun Chowdri - Chief Innovation & Administrative Officer at The PGA of America.
Great interviews and topics that are covered, that is why golf is so interesting, but this podcast really shows how deep you can get into it. I highly recommend listening to this.
If you follow golf and are interested in how it is evolving this is a must listen. Enjoy
Enjoyable + Informative
There's something to be had for all golf lovers here