The best golf stories have multiple layers to them. In each episode, Local Knowledge dives deep into a subject golfers want to know about, whether it’s about the game they play, the competition at the highest level, or the surprising ways golf factors into larger conversations throughout society. Hosts Daniel Rapaport and Alex Myers weave together original interviews, Golf Digest reporting, and additional elements to tell the type of compelling stories that have been a Golf Digest staple for decades.
“I’m such an idiot”: The hidden lessons in a collapse
Phil Mickelson’s collapse in the 2006 U.S. Open was about more than a popular golfer letting a major championship slip with a double-bogey finish. It was also a case study in what can go wrong under pressure. Host Keely Levins talks to experts and other golfers to learn what Phil did wrong, and how players of all levels can avoid being overtaken by the big moment on the golf course.
Funny Money On Tour: The lucrative life of a PGA Tour golfer
The FedEx Cup is set to award another $15 million first prize while scores of golfers who have never won a PGA Tour event have still made more money than Jack Nicklaus earned in his career. In this episode, host Daniel Rapaport revisits the series of events that made pro golf such a lucrative business, and explores whether it can continue.
The Golf Savant: The life and career of Moe Norman
Moe Norman was believed by many to be the greatest ball-striker who ever lived, but his unique nature, what would now likely be classified as autism, prevented him from greater success. In this episode, host Alex Myers talks to people who knew and studied the late golfer and saw firsthand what set him apart, and ponder the level of success he might have enjoyed had he been met with greater acceptance.
Bob May and the curse of the very good golfer
Twenty years after a journeyman golfer named Bob May took Tiger Woods to a playoff in the PGA Championship, he remains a prime example of a golfer who could hang at the highest level only temporarily. We examine the myriad elements that separate players at the height of the sport from those just one tier down, including the club professionals who will share the spotlight with tour pros this week in the PGA.
Swing Oil: Does alcohol really help your golf?
Golf's relationship with alcohol has always been layered, especially considering that some players profess drinking to have a positive impact on their performance. In consulting experts and everyday players, Local Knowledge sheds new light on the question of whether alcohol helps or hurts a golfer's score.
Golfing While Black
Five women joined a golf club outside of York, Pennsylvania, only to have the police summoned to the course by the owner midway through their first round. Their crime, they say, was “golfing while black.” The first episode of Local Knowledge, a new podcast by Golf Digest, tells the story of the Grandview Five, a group of African-American women whose inaugural round at their new club became a reminder of an area—and a game’s—uneven history with race.