The 18STRONG Podcast is a golf show that has its roots in fitness but has grown to include much more than just talking about exercise for golfers.
Whether you’re looking to win a club championship, trying to break 90, or just excited about an epic golf trip with your buddies, each episode contains powerful information you can immediately put into action, on and off the course, that will have a massive impact on your game.
Join Jeff Pelizzaro, Golf Digest Top 50 Golf Fitness Professional, Physical Therapist, and co-founder of 18STRONG, as he interviews and trades epic stories with the biggest names in golf (players, coaches, trainers, and other unique personalities) about what it means to be “18STRONG”.
324: Frank & Mike Fasano of Golficity; Behind the Scenes of Building a Golf Entertainment Platform.
Today I am especially excited to bring on our special guests, Frank and Mike Fasano from Golficity.
Frank and Mike Fasano, two cousins that, nearly a decade ago, decided they wanted to make golf more fun and enjoyable through exciting and entertaining content. Thus, Golficity and The Golf Podcast were born!
Today, the guys share their journey from the corporate world to living in the world of golf creating content. We go behind the scenes on what it looks like managing their podcast, shooting videos, and what impact that has had on their own personal games, now that they have branched out to so many different avenues of media. They are exploring how to get better at the game of golf themselves, but invite guys just like yourself to join them on their journey through their podcast episodes, articles, and youtube channel.
We talk about everything from golf trips and lessons learned to fitness habits and the virtual golf event they have been doing for the last couple of years that has grown to 2,000 entrants.
We’re not professionals, but rather amateurs who are always looking to improve and seek out some of the most epic courses and equipment.Mike Fasano
* Frank and Mike Fasano are two cousins who started Golficity, LLC almost a decade ago. * Their goal was simple, to make golf more fun and enjoyable through exciting and entertaining content. * They are not professionals, but rather amateurs who are always looking to improve and seek out some of the most epic courses and equipment. * Their office is located in Bergen County, New Jersey and their podcast, The Golf Podcast has been running for 7 years with almost 400 episodes!
Highlights From This Episode
* How these two cousins started Golficity from a need for golf content that is relatable to the hobby and amateur golfer. They also talk on how it evolved from a blog to a podcast to the multi-faceted platform they have now from articles to podcast episodes and video content.* Their virtual tournament and how it brings together 2,000+ golfers together to play rounds of golf around the world. We also dive into the logistics of making an event like this happen like using the Peioria handicap system.* They both answer one lesson they’ve learned from their many interviews and shows that has directly impacted their personal games.* Their experience playing The Old Course and St. Andrews and how they played 10 rounds in 6 days and also their Jersey Shore Tour playing the great courses around the state of New Jersey.* What their fitness routines look like and how they are focusing on fitness as a key to longevity in the game.* What team USA is looking like for the Ryder Cup and other PGA hot topics.
Favorite Golf Movie?
Mike – Happy Gilmore
Frank – Happy Gilmore
What’s your walk-up song to the first tee box?
Mike – Thunderstruck AC/DC
Frank – Anything to keep me relaxed
What book would you recommend?
Mike – N/A
Frank – Zen Golf by Dr. Joseph Parent
What’s your dream foursome?
Mike – Michael Jordan, Derek Jeter, Tiger Woods
Frank – Tiger, Arnold, and Ben Hogan
What’s your bucket list course?
Frank- The Ocean Course
Where to Find Golficity:
323: Ronnie Doss: Are you committed to getting the results you want?
Today I am especially excited to bring on our special guest, Ronnie Doss.
It is good to be back! We took a bit of a break here at the 18STRONG Podcast getting our new facility up and operational, but we are back and have some awesome guests and content in the pipeline!
I don’t even know how to describe Ronnie Doss. He has been executing leadership training for the last decade in more than 10 countries working with leaders at the highest level, including global organizations like American Express, AT&T, the US Military, and NASA.
His mission ultimately is very clear regardless of the organization he is working with, we don’t get what we want, we get what we are committed to.
We don’t get what we want, we get what we are COMMITTED to.Ronnie Doss
Ronnie has authored two books: Leading Lions and Dig. He is also the host of The Emerge Podcast.
We are all on this journey: whether that be your health, fitness, golf, or weight loss. There is something that keeps you up at night and this podcast, this episode, is going to challenge you to get better and to be better (even if it may feel like a punch in the mouth.)
Ronnie Doss’ Background
* Ronnie has trained teams for over 10 years in the realm of human behavior and personal development. His understanding of why people think, feel and behave gives him phenomenal insights into what may be holding an individual back.* Ronnie believes the key to building successful organizations begins with building empowered individuals.* Over the past decade, Ronnie has led leadership training in countries around the world including Australia, New Zealand, and the Netherlands.* Whether for Fortune 100 or Fortune 500 companies, top-universities, the US military, or non-profit organizations, his message rings very clear; Ronnie is author of the books, “Leading Lions” and “Dig,” as well as host of the EMERGE weekly leadership podcast.* He and his wife Jennifer have been married for 13 years and currently live in Scottsdale, AZ with their two daughters, Addison and Kennedy.
Highlights From This Episode
* He gives us a glimpse into how he got into this realm of self-improvement and how he has found himself working with the best of the best from all these different arenas of life for the last decade.* How he helps navigate the roads of staying on track with personal goals and not seeing failure as the absolute that we sometimes do. He also goes into how we don’t ever find balance, we just create it.* Why he has an emphasis on exercise with all clients he works with and how self betterment has to happen in both the mind and the body. * He also touches on “No Mans Land:” the mentality of being between really wanting/needing change but not wanting to sacrifice or change their status quo.* The concept of motivation and commitment and how if you don’t make time you don’t find time. * We also talk about “competing commitments” and how to assess your time to make sure you are getting done what you actually need to do and what is most important to you.
Caddy Shack or Happy Gilmore?
If you could play 18 holes with anyone, who would it be?
Mom, My Step-dad, and Alan Watts
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322: James Sieckmann [Revisited]: The Modern Short Game Solution
As we continue to finish up construction and moving into our new 18STRONG HQ, we are doing one more “revisited” episode from the archives. This interview is one of my favorites on the short game with one of the top instructors in the world: James Seickman.
James not only teaches at Shadow Ridge Golf Club in Omaha, Nebraska, but he is also recognized as one of the top Golf instructors in the world working with PGA tour players, Web.com players, LPGA players and many more. He was named the 2018 Teacher of the Year through the PGA and has authored two books, Your Short-game Solution and Your Putting Solution.
In this episode we cover not only how James came about in his golf career going from playing golf to being an instructor, but how he figured out the intricacies of the golf swing through recording golf swings from tour players.
He shares 3 pivotal components about the short game that were completely opposite of what he had initially been taught and breaks down the process that he teaches his players, how they can learn from their mistakes, and how they can become more intelligent to taking the feedback from their practices and using that out on the course.
James Sieckmann’s Background
* Director of Instruction at The Golf Academy at Shadow Ridge Country Club in Omaha, Nebraska.* A nine-time recipient of the Nebraska PGA Section Teacher of the year.* Recognized by GOLF Magazine as a Top 100 Teacher in AmericaGolf Digest 16th Best Teacher in America, but 1st among all short game coaches* Author ofYour Short Game Solution: Mastering The Finesse Game from 120 Yards and InYour Putting Solution: A Tour Proven Approach to Mastering the Greens.* He is the current Short Game Coach to Tour players including Stewart Cink, I.K. Kim, Smylie Kaufman, Ben Crane and Tom Pernice.* 2018 PGA Teacher of the Year.
Highlights From This Episode
* He initially talks about how he played professional golf for 5 years and how he worked with improper information to improve his skill.* After caddying for his older brother, he started videoing all these great players because he wanted to understand what they were doing. Some of these players included greats like Seve Ballesteros, Greg Norman, etc.* James shares 3 pivotal components that he learned about the short game that were completely opposite of what he had initially been taught.* He breaks down the process that he teaches his players to learn from their mistakes and be more intelligent about taking in the feedback from their practice.* Mechanics on how to set up for a finesse shot, which is what propels you how to hit well. He talks about how set-up is critical.* Post shot routine and why it’s important.* James stresses that you have to “let the ball be your teacher.” Learn from your failures.
Caddy Shack or Happy Gilmore?
What would be your walk-up song?
Low Rider – War
If you could play 18 holes with anyone, who would it be and where would you play?
Bobby Jones, Seve Ballesteros, and his older brother Tom at Cypress.
Do you have any parting advice for the 18 Strong Community?
If you’re competitive, go out with a smart approach. If you’re not, go have some fun.
Find James Sieckmann:
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321: Gary Nicol & Karl Morris [Revisited]: The Lost Art of Putting
This week we are revisiting one of my favorite episodes on The Lost Art of Putting, with two of the world’s leading experts when it comes to the flat stick and the mental game.
This episode was one of the ones that really changed my view on, not only what the short game should look like, but also who I am as a golfer and a putter.
Gary Nicol and Karl Morris are some of the best in the game, working with players from all over the world. They authored the book The Lost Art of Putting (as well as The Lost Art of Playing Golf) which is one of my go-to recommendations for every golfer.
And if you’re thinking this is going to be all about technique and what you’re doing with the putter, you are going to be in for a bit of a surprise because these guys tackle the old debate of technique vs. creating shots or creating your putt.
Karl Morris’ Background
* Karl has worked as a performance coach to some of the world’s best golfers with over 100 PGA Tour, European Tour, LPGA Tour and Ladies European Tour players including six major winners such as Louis Oosthuizen, Graeme McDowell, and Darren Clarke.* He is the co-author of the recently released book ‘The Lost Art of Putting’ as well as ‘Attention –the secret to YOU playing great golf’ and ‘Golf –The Mind Factor’ with Ryder Cup captain Darren Clarke.* He has personally trained over 1000 certified Mind Factor coaches worldwide.
Gary Nicol’s Background
* Born in Scotland, Gary Nicol turned professional in 1988.* Since then, he has traveled the world coaching golfers of all standards from weekend players to tour pros including Ryder Cup players, Olympians, and winners of major championships.* Gary is a certified TrackMan Master and Mind Factor coach and is based at the stunning Archerfield Links on Scotland’s Golf Coast.
Highlights From This Episode
* We kick off the episode diving into Karl and Gary’s book “The Lost Art of Putting,” and how the book approaches the technical aspect of putting in a different way than you might expect. * Karl and Gary talk about the common questions and mistakes they see from their readers and students.* Gary speaks to one of the six principles of putting they bring up in the book: Attention. It’s so easy for us to know what we should be doing, and yet our mind wonders and we whiff the putt (even though we nailed the same or harder putts earlier in the same game.) * Karl takes that and explains the different tactics to hone your attention in when going in for that crucial putt.* How their paths as teachers and coaches from two different areas of expertise crossed to culminate into their book.* They talk about what each has brought to the book and what they have discovered from each other/together, like the idea of the after-image when putting, and the difference between thinking positively and positive questions.
Caddy Shack or Happy Gilmore?
What’s you’re walk up song to the tee box?
Both: On Day’s Like These by Matt Monroe
If you could pick one person to play 18 holes of golf with, who would it be and where would you play?
Karl: Jack Nicklaus at Royal Lytham & St Annes
Gary: My Late Father, Seve Ballesteros, and Arnold Palmer at Anywhere.
Any last piece of advice for the 18Strong audience?
Karl: Be grateful for every opportunity you have to golf.
320: Ed MyLett [Revisited]: How to Build Confidence and Max Out Your Game
We like to say that the 18Strong show is more than a golf and fitness podcast, and you’re going to feel that exactly in this episode with Ed Mylett. Today, we are revisiting what I consider to be one of the most powerful interviews that we have ever done over the 300+ episodes of the 18STRONG Podcast.
For this week and possibly the next few weeks, I’m going to share a few of my personal favorite episodes. The ones that I tend to recommend over and over when I meet someone new.
Whether you’re a new listener or have been with us for a long time, these are episodes that I personally go back to on a regular basis because there is simply so much gold in them. And this one in particular has probably had the biggest impact on me out of all of the interviews I have done.
Ed Mylett is one of the top performance, personal development, and business coaches in the world right now and this episode is simply a master class on building your self-confidence in everything that you do. From the golf course to the gym, to the rest of your life; Ed breaks it all down to one very simple concept that has literally changed how I view any new goal or challenge. People literally pay thousands of dollars to be able to get this much time with Ed and you get to hear him speak and coach for free here on the 18STRONG Podcast. Enjoy!
Ed Mylett’s Background
* Ed Mylett grew up in Diamond Bar, CA. as the only boy in the family with three younger sisters. His father was his first example of what it takes to succeed in life.* Ed decided from a very young age that since he would have to work in life, he might as well work for himself and call his own shots. He realized right away that he was not going to spend his life working for someone else and building his or her dreams.* His wife Kristianna, who had been his sweetheart since they were teenagers, shared that same vision of life. Her father was an engineer who worked hard so her mother could stay home with her six children.* Mylett graduated from high school in Diamond Bar, California and attended the University of the Pacific in Stockton where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications. As a university student, Mylett balanced his studies in Communications with playing baseball for the NCAA Division 1 Pacific Tigers. He graduated from Pacific as a three-time All-American and the NCAA leader in stolen bases.* After graduating from college, he worked as a youth counselor for underprivileged boys.* In 2016, Mylett founded ED MYLETT SHOW, a Management Consulting Showbiz company located in Laguna Beach, California.* Mylett has been a business leader, peak performance expert, and a well-known keynote speaker in the business world. He coaches and mentors people in the business field. He has shared the stage and has very close personal relationships with other business legends such as Tony Robbins, John C. Maxwell, Phil Knight and many others.* In 2018, published the book #MAX OUT Your Life, A book on strategies for becoming an elite performer.
Highlights From This Episode:
* His background growing up, his business venture, how he started speaking to crowds, and his introduction to personal development at a young age that sparked his career.* They dynamic between him and his golfer son when they are out on the course: father to son, couch to athlete, and the major lesson he learned on the greens that revolutionized how he coached his son.* The idea of putting together little commitments, and utilizing fitness to both build your confidence and carry you to your goals. How being honest with yourself and setting physical goals that you can attain daily, weekly,
319: Drew “Sleezy” Stoltz: Taking Down Tour Pros, Talking Trash, and GOLF’s Subpar Podcast
Today we have Drew “Sleezy” Stoltz from GOLF’s Subpar Podcast. If you haven’t had a chance to listen to their show, they interview some of the most well-known names in the world of golf (Rickie Fowler, Gary Woodland, Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas, just to name a few).
We had a blast talking with Drew about his background in golf, growing up playing the “Jicky Jacks” as he likes to call them, his pivot into the radio/media world and how he and Colt started their radio show and their massively popular podcast, GOLF’s SubPar pod.
Drew also sheds some insider light on living and playing in Scottsdale at Whisper Rock, a home to many tour pros, celebs, and athletes, along with some hilarious stories of taking down tour pros on the course and how talking trash is a secret weapon of his. Let’s just say we had a lot of fun on this episode.
Drew Stoltz’s Background
* Drew “Sleezy” Stoltz is a former semi-professional golfer turned radio/podcast host on the GOLF’s Subpar Podcast and Gravy and the Sleaze Show with his co-host Colt Knost.* Drew played collegiate golf at TCU and spent many years on the mini tours (aka Jicky Jacks)* Drew spends his days in Scottsdale Arizona with his wife and daughter, but frequents Whisper Rock Golf club where he, on occasion, takes money from PGA Tour players.
Highlights From This Episode:
* His history in the sport of golf and how he went from his semi-pro golf career to hosting one of the most popular golf radio shows and now podcasts with Colt Knost.* How he met and got to know Colt and the history of their radio show and podcast from it’s beginning to what it is now 2 hours a day 3 days a week. * He also talks about not only where his nickname comes from but how he likes to hand out nicknames that stick to tour players he plays with and his dream guest on his show.* He talks about why Scottsdale and more specifically Whisper Rock so special for not only its Upper course designed by Tom Fazio and Lower Course designed by Phil Mickelson, but for its mantra of leaving the ego at the door and treating all players as equals.* I ask my Drew vs. Colt questions to get a better idea for them as golf enthusiasts, players, and hosts like who would be a better host of Scottsdale, who is the bigger trashtalker, and what fitness/practice looks like to them.* The time he accidentally sent a trash-talking text to Jordan Spieth mid-round and he elaborates on his hit rap song “Scorpion Queen.”
Favorite Golf Movie? Tin Cup
Favorite Book? With Winning In Mind by Dr. Lanny Bassham
Walk-up song? What a man by Salt N Peppa
Bucket list course? Any where on the east coast of AustraliaOne course for the rest of your life? Pine ValleyWho is in your Dream Celebrity Foursome?
Ricky Gervais, Bill Burr, Larry David or Dave Chappelle
Who is in your Dream Athlete Foursome?
Nick Van Exel, Jason Williams, and Ladainian Tomlinson
Last Piece of Advice?
Get uncomfortable and love to compete
Where to Find Drew Stoltz:
TwitterGOLF’s Subpar Podcast
James S / Short Game
Great episode. So glad you replayed it.
Greatness invites Greatness
Jeff is the most humble of the top 50 golf fitness instructors. He invites the best and learns from them (allowing us listeners to learn even more)
Found this podcast. Right time and right place. Help gave me the motivation to start a journey in fixing my body