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Those Weekend Golf Guys are John Ashton (broadcast veteran and lousy golfer) and Jeff Smith, PGA (one of America's best golf teachers and coaches). Together they help amateur golfers everywhere have more fun playing the game. New equipment, new techniques, new places to play and simply more fun. A very entertaining hour of Golf Talk Radio.
 
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Levon Kirkland was a linebacker for the Pittsburgh Stealers. He was smaller than many others who played the position. He was faster than many too. In fact, it has been said that Levon Kirkland created what has become the modern Line Backer position. And after seeing what Levon did to Emmet Smith in the Super Bowl XXX you probably don’t want to argu…
 
This week Those Weekend Golf Guys share some more tips and tricks to make your very next round of golf more fun. We also have some ideas about how you can use the mental aspects of the game to your advantage. Next time you’re facing that guy you find hard to beat try this. Have his wife call him just before he tees off and say, “listen mister, I kn…
 
Jerry Reuss (born June 19, 1949)—pronounced "royce"—is a former left-handed pitcher in Major League Baseball, best known for his years with the Los Angeles Dodgers.Reuss played for eight teams in his major league career; along with the Dodgers (1979–87), he played for the St. Louis Cardinals (1969–71), Houston Astros (1972–73), and Pittsburgh Pirat…
 
What do you consider to be “practice”? Do you show up at the course 30 or so minutes before Tee time and hit a few balls and putt a bit? Do you ever go to the course just to hit some balls, take some chips and pitches, or putt? Have you ever gone to the course just to practice? Have you ever considered maybe playing 9 holes and then taking a few ho…
 
Jerry Reuss (born June 19, 1949)—pronounced "Royce"—is a former left-handed pitcher in Major League Baseball, best known for his years with the Los Angeles Dodgers. Reuss played for eight teams in his major league career; along with the Dodgers (1979–87), he played for the St. Louis Cardinals (1969–71), Houston Astros (1972–73), and Pittsburgh Pira…
 
There are 192 pages of rules for the game of golf in the USGA rule book. How many of them do you follow? Sure, purists will say “all of them” but no one will believe that. Most of us recreational golfers play something Jeff Smith calls “sort of golf”. We may take a Mulligan here and there. We may use that foot wedge a bit too often. We may forget t…
 
This week on The Approach Shot Podcast we are pleased to have author Michael Ortman is our guest. Michael has written a great book called “Opening Day 50-for50”. It’s a collection of stories of how one man attended 50 Opening Day baseball games in 50 years. Inside the book and on the podcast today you will hear some great stories of teams and playe…
 
Listen to this week’s show and you will quickly be 40% better. Putting comprises 40% of your golf game. Jeff suggests you look at the cup like you would a basketball hoop atop a pole with no backboard. This is the best wat to get you pace correct. Since there are 4 ways to miss a putt, we have four ways to improve your putting. Four ways to elimina…
 
This week on the Approach Shot Podcast we have Coach Lon Kruger on to talk about College Basketball, Coaches Against Cancer, and how easy it is to get 4 or 5 career aces on the golf course. You probably have never heard a more humble Hall of Famer talk. He learned early from his dad that there is no “I” only “we”. You will get a whole new appreciat…
 
When doing it right feels wrong. So many of us have played this game for years, making certain kinds of shots badly. Using bad technique; the wrong grip; the wrong ball position, etc. And then we find a coach like Top 100 Teacher, Jeff Smith who shows us a simple and effective change that makes our shots so much more successful. We love the results…
 
Brian Hammons spent over 29 years at the Golf Channel doing play by play and studio anchoring for live golf tournament coverage. Each time he was at a Solheim Cup, A President’s Cup, or a Ryder Cup he always thought it would be a lot of fun for regular golfers to have that style of competition. So he created it: The Country Club National Championsh…
 
Fix that slice once and for all! Yeah, we know you’ve tried everything. Well, you’ve tried everything but the right thing. This week, Jeff Smith will fix your slice. All you have to do is listen, maybe take a note or two. Jeff will tell you how to discern why you slice and the tell you, based on the why, the how to fix it. If you or someone you kno…
 
Andy Van Slyke is a former member of both the St. Louis Cardinals and the Pittsburgh Pirates where he won 5 gold gloves and made 3 All Star teams. He has some great stories about baseball, his golf game, and sports in general. His stories are indeed great, but even better one-liners. For instance, Andy told us: “they asked me to play 3rd base like …
 
This week on Those Weekend Golf Guys Radio Show we talk about rough. It’s late Spring. It’s been a rather wet Spring and a bit chilly too. That makes the grass on your local golf course thick and hard to get through with a lower lofted golf club. Jeff gives us all a quick lesson on how to effectively extricate ourselves from a thick rough lie. It’s…
 
This week on The Approach Shot Podcast our guest is former NHL Goalie, John Vanbiesbrouck. Vanbiesbrouck was a hybrid goaltender who combined the butterfly style and the more traditional stand-up style. He was strong at playing his angles and challenged shooters well. Small for a goaltender, standing only 5' 8", he relied on his quickness to regain…
 
This week Those Weekend Golf Guys are live from the French Lick Resort’s Pete Dye Golf Course. We were there for the BiG10 Men’s Golf Championship. While we were there we, of course, saw some great golf and got to play, maybe not great golf but on great golf courses! We also spent some quality time talking to the new Head Pro at the Donald Ross Cou…
 
From Al Borland on "Home Improvement" to hosting "Family Feud" to teaming up with Tim Allen again on the History Channel's "Assembly Required", Richard Karn has had a storied career. He also plays a mean game of golf. Join us for an hour of stories of acting, Broadway, Hollywood and golf courses all over the world. Richard Karn this week on The App…
 
There are some golf courses that scare the bejeezus out of you just by looking at them. There are golf holes that you have never been able to play well. This week Those Weekend Golf Guys examine the visual intimidation of golf courses. How do aesthetics screw with the perception of the average golfer and how badly are they affected? John and Jeff d…
 
It’s baseball season and this week on The Approach Shot Podcast we talk to a baseball great, Jim Leyritz. Jim played for the Padres, the Res Sox and made his reputation with some team from NY. Yes, even though Jim made his reputation as a Bronx Bomber he still is considered one of the best guests we’ve had. Even John Ashton, the die-hard Red Sox fa…
 
Do I need new clubs? What clubs should I buy? What works best for me? How do I know? These were the questions that our guest, Connie Willis, asked us in an email. We thought it might be a good idea to get her on the show and talk about it. If she has those questions, then we know most of us also have those questions. Do we buy based on test results…
 
What good is having an accurate range finder on the golf course if you don’t know how far you hit each of your clubs? The answer is “no good”. In fact, it’s a waste. Whether you are using GPS or Lazer it doesn’t matter if you’re exactly 157 from the pin if you don’t know specifically what to hit to get 157. Jeff Smith explains exactly how to figure…
 
What can you say about Ed Marinaro? He finished 2nd in the Heisman trophy voting in 1971. He was drafted and played in Minnesota. He went on to play professional football for six seasons with the Minnesota Vikings, New York Jets and Seattle Seahawks, appearing in Super Bowl VIII and Super Bowl IX with the Vikings. He scored 13 touchdowns over his c…
 
It’s Masters Week. You watch the best golfers in the world playing and you can do nothing but admire their form, their abilities, the way they can manage great scores on a tough course in tough conditions. You study their form and think if you could just look like they do, then you could score like they do. WRONG! Can you imagine if we showed a sti…
 
John Mahaffey is our guest this week on The Approach Shot Podcast as we begin Master's week. John tells some fantastic stories about his time on the PGA Tour. Many of them are about his mentor, Ben Hogan. John tells golf stories, golf channel stories, and talks about his new passion, writing mystery books. Another great episode of The Approach Shot…
 
Meet our guest, Stephanie Simoes. She is an expert in fundraising with a company called One Hope Wine. If you are raising money for an organization with a golf scramble, you need to hear this episode. Jeff is traveling out west and threatens to hit a ball off the rim of the Grand Canyon. We also talk a little bit about the perfect putting stoke.…
 
This week on The Approach Shot Podcast we’re just kickin’ back with place kicker, Luis Zendejas. Luis has stories on not only all the points after and field goals he kicked, but the best stories are about the 2 he missed! Yeah, 2 misses in a career. Not too shabby. Luis also has lots of stories about his golf game, and he seems to have many more mi…
 
This week Those Weekend Golf Guys bring Janis Thornnton onto the show. Janis is a Golf Fitness expert out in Scottsdale Arizona. You want to play this year without injury? Want to get in better shape in general? Janis has advice for all whether you want a routine to get in total shape for the season or just some ideas of ways to warm up prior to yo…
 
This week on The Approach Shot we go “inside baseball” with Phil Bradley, the outstanding left fielder for the Seattle Mariners, the Phillies and Neal’s beloved Oh-Ree-os of Baltimore. Phil played and made his mark back in the 80’s so there are lots of stories about many of our all-time favorite players. Another great athlete who is challenged by t…
 
Not enough sense to come in out of the rain! ‘Tis the season for wet. April showers bring May flowers, right? So, do you play in the rain or just head to the 19th hole and wait for it to stop? What shots are most affected by wet grass. What adjustments do you need to make when putting in wet conditions? Jeff Smith, Top 100 Teacher, answers these qu…
 
Dale Murphy has stories from a Major League Career that is phenomenal. Playing for the Atlanta Braves and setting so many records while there, he has lots to talk about. Why Dale isn’t yet in the Hall of Fame is a mystery. Dale share stories about Ted Turner, Bobby Cox, and so many of his teammates. He will keep you entranced for over an hour, just…
 
This week on Those Weekend Golf Guys Podcast, Jeff Smith, A Golf Magazine Top 100 Teacher, explains how to play this coming season with getting hurt! And it requires more than just stretching and warming up. There should be no static parts to your body. None at all. Everything should be moving together and in concert. Specifics on when and how to p…
 
This week on The Approach Shot Podcast our guest is Jim Jeffcoat, Two-time Super Bowl champion defensive player for the Dallas Cowboys and Buffalo Bills. Jim talks about his time in the NFL and the fun he had sacking QB's. Oh sure, there were a lot of QB's he sacked but none, according to Jim, as satisfying as Joe Theismann. The Approach Shot Podca…
 
Don’t nobody have time for that! Not good English but an important element to take to heart. The downswing happens, from start to contact, in about a quarter of a second. That is not enough time to realize your alignment may be off, or the swing path not right or any problem. Not enough time to notice a problem and definitely not enough time to fix…
 
This week on the Approach Shot Podcast we talk to Cincinnati Reds great, Chris Sabo. Pete Rose gave him the nickname, Spuds. Now there’s a story you will want to hear. Pete handed out many other nicknames to players that played with Chris, and we get those stories too. And golf stories…man, Chris, who has played golf since Middle School, has a ton …
 
What the hell did I just do wrong? You think maybe you lifted your head up, but that’s not it really. You say “I pulled it”. But your club head was in the wrong position at contact. We don’t know what we don’t know. You can’t fix your mistakes until you know what mistakes you are making. Jeff explains the most usual mistakes we amateurs make and wh…
 
Don Slaught was given a cool nickname: Sluggo. And he lived up to it! 16 years in the Major Leagues, most of them with the Pittsburgh Pirates. Don was a catcher a very good catcher. He is now retired (from baseball) he has developed some hitting instruction methods and helps coach the UCLA Women’s softball team. Don has stories. Some great stories …
 
Want to get better this year? No, really. Is this the year you are going to break whatever your number is? Here’s how: FORGET ABOUT THE NUMBER! During your rounds this season, don’t keep score. Instead keep track of the quality of your shots. Write down all your terrible shots, bad shots, OK shots, good shots, and great shots. Use the number of hig…
 
Mitchell Laurance and his identical twin brother Matthew Laurance appear occasionally together, beginning when they were children in a margarine TV commercial which featured identical twins, and later in an episode of the TV series Cop Rock. Although Matthew was a performer on Saturday Night Live for its sixth season, Mitchell also appeared in uncr…
 
This week on Those Weekend Golf Guys Jeff Smith talks about his trip out to Phoenix. One of his long time students, Tyler Duncan, was playing in the WM tournament at TPC Scottsdale and wanted a few last minute coaching tips from Jeff. So we talk about that and then the conversation turns to how different is it coaching a PGA Tour player as opposed …
 
This week on The Approach Shot Podcast, Marques Ogden is our guest. Marques played 6 years in the NFL and then a few years later found himself down and out barely getting by in a janitorial job he hated. That is when he realized he, and only he, needed to be accountable for his situation and only he could fix it. And fix it he has! Marques is now a…
 
Is it time for your own golf simulator? Jeff has returned from the PGA Merchandise Show and regales us with the tales of all the cool stuff he saw. Some of which he bought! But, it seems technology has has progressed to the point where you can buy a golf simulator that could fit in your back yard or garage. And the cost makes it affordable finally …
 
Richmond Webb had 9 Pro Bowl seasons with the Miami Dolphins. He had many a memorable meeting with Bruce Smith. He kept Dan Marino safe from guys like Bruce Smith for 9 Pro Bowl seasons. Yet, Richmond Webb is not in the Football Hall of Fame. Let’s fix that! Start a campaign to get Richmond elected to The Hall of Fame as he so truly deserves to be.…
 
Dr. Greta Anderson is a former Tennis Coach who decided she wanted to be a Golf Coach too. When into her 30’s she decided to pursue a course that would get her to her goal of becoming a golf professional, she found a coach that believed in her and she worked hard until she had attained her goal and is now a certified PGA Professional Golf Instructo…
 
Get better using simple things you already have lying around the house! If you have 9 cents (nine pennies specifically) you can groove your swing. Have some ribbon? Have a smart phone? Then you can record your swing path in slow motion! And the things you can do with some rope will astound you. Jeff has some very cheap, very effective ways to impro…
 
Tony Jacklin loves the Ryder Cup competition. He has played in a few, captained a few, won some and lost some. Some say Tony is responsible for making the Ryder Cup as popular as it is today. He has a new book called, “My Ryder Cup Journey” which is a must read for anyone who enjoys the history of the game of golf, or anyone who just plain enjoys s…
 
Should you get fitted for clubs before you start a series of lessons? It’s like which came first, the chicken or the egg type of thing. If you are using clubs that do not fit you, a teacher like Jeff could still improve your game but it might seem uncomfortable for you to produce some of the swings, grips, stances, etc. that would be necessary. If …
 
He's a 5x All Pro, a 3x Pro Bowler, inducted into the KC Chiefs Hall of Fame, was the most accurate kicker in NFL history through 1998, has worked for 3 Presidents, is a speaker, poet and champion for the homeless. NFL great turned renaissance man Nick Lowery (www.nicklowery.com) is our guest on this week's episode of The Approach Shot.…
 
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