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, Alex Myers, and Keely Levins 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.
The ‘Oh sh!t’ moment: The mystery of the golf slump
How did Jordan Spieth go from almost winning the Grand Slam to struggling to make cuts a few years later? Why do some of the world’s best players see their games slip so dramatically? In this episode of Local Knowledge, Dan Rapaport looks at the various forms of a golf slump, what causes them, and how great players and average players alike can do to escape them.
'Lucky bastards': What it's like as a guest at Augusta National
On virtually every golfer's bucket list, a chance to play Augusta National is right at the top. Yet very few actually get the chance to cross it off. In this episode, Alex Myers describes how a handful of fortunate souls landed an invite to Augusta National, and what it was like once they got there.
Golf and the gambling revolution
It wasn’t long ago when betting on professional golf was confined to the fringes — from off-shore websites to off-the-books betting pools. Now golf gambling has gone decidedly mainstream, with even the PGA Tour embracing it as an avenue to grow the game’s popularity. In this episode of Local Knowledge, Dan Rapaport looks at why legalized gambling is such an opportunity for golf, how it’s evolved as a pursuit, and where there could be a downside.
The greatest round in Players history—and why we know it is
When journeyman tour pro Ken Duke shot 65 on an exceedingly difficult scoring day at the 2016 Players, he beat the day's scoring average by more than 10 shots. But only when diving further into his round using advanced strokes-gained metrics was it apparent that the round was truly historic. In this episode of Local Knowledge, Alex Myers uses Duke’s unlikely round as an example of the sophisticated ways we've come to measure performance in golf, and how it's altered the conversation around the game.
The Sugar Daddies of the PGA Tour
Only a handful of aspiring tour professionals land the type of lucrative endorsement contracts that allow them to just focus on golf when first starting out. For others, it takes a wealthy individual to cover the significant up-front costs of life on tour. In this episode, Daniel Rapaport examines the unique arrangements between tour players and their golf “sugar daddies."
When the LPGA bet big on sex appeal: The wild career of Jan Stephenson
Jan Stephenson carved out a Hall of Fame career on the LPGA, but more than her 16 wins, she was known for the tour’s aggressive plan to market her appearance. In this episode, Keely Levins looks at the extraordinary attention Stephenson received in her career, the problems it caused her, and how many of the challenges she faced then still permeate through women’s sports today.
Oh Sh..t the mystery of a golf slump
Know yourself while playing golf to eliminate doubt. As mid handicapper have gone through slumps, this episode sheds light on what some pros go through and their recovery. Enjoyed it and it encouraged me!
Best golf podcast
Really enjoy this podcast. There are over 100 golf podcasts and personally I am not too interested in who is going to win on tour or some bros talking about golf like barstool. The team that does this podcast discovers great topics, does the research and actually makes you think about unique perspectives in the game. My favorite episode was the one about sandbaggers. I have never won a net golf tournament and sandbaggers drive me nuts. Keep up the great work!
Love golf but hard to find a quality golf podcast. This podcast does it right. Good topics, quality interviews.