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A Look Inside the Titleist Golf Ball

Tom Coyne is joined by Jeremy Stone, VP of Golf Ball Marketing, and Matt Hogge, Director of Product Development, for an in-depth look at the # 1 ball in golf.

BTS Live: Jon Sherman from Practical Golf

Fresh off the publication of a new book, "The Four Foundations of Golf," Practical Golf founder Jon Sherman sits down with Tom Coyne for a refreshingly direct and hopeful game-improvement discussion. You won't find any swing tips here, but what you will find is a collection of Jon's hard-won keys to playing better, happier, more fulfilling golf.

Christy Longfield and TC on World-Class Golf

BTS member and Spanish Oaks teaching pro Christy Longfield joined Tom Coyne fresh off a top-100 binge for the ages. After knocking off Cypress, Pine Valley, and Merion among many others, Christy did not hold back in sharing her unvarnished opinions. Tune in to hear her thoughts on the world's best back nine, why Pebble Beach is overrated, and which world-class course's menu consists of nothing more than "average dude food."

Destination Dive: St Andrews

Tom Coyne and Robbie Vogel welcome two bona fide Scots (and BTS Members) to the Main Stage for a discussion on all things St Andrews. Ian Birrell joins us from his home near Mammoth, CA, where he works as a golf and ski instructor, while Edinburgh's Michael Bracewell checks in from the Old Country. We dive into the golf, the town, and the atmosphere of St Andrews, offering heaps of local knowledge and insights you won't find anywhere else.

Inside the Issue w/ Contributor Dan Riley: Beames and the Vineyard

TGJ contributor and GQ correspondent Dan Riley joins us for a look inside two of his recent features: The Man Riding Clouds and Glories of the Island. A former features editor with an eye for a great story, Dan offers some terrific color and behind-the-scenes intel on Peter Beames, Martha's Vineyard, and more. 

“Biannual Humiliation” to Blowout: Shane Ryan on the Ryder Cup

With the release of The Cup They Couldn't Lose, his comprehensive and compelling Ryder Cup history overview, author Shane Ryan visits the Main Stage to talk all things team golf. We discuss Tony Jacklin's role in saving the event, the moment when Pete Dye and Herb Kohler nearly came to blows, and the looming specter of Covid on the 2021 event, among many other topics. Enjoy, and don't forget to pick up a copy of Shane's book.

Broken Tee Society Town Hall: 5/4/22

Presenting our second Broken Tee Society Town Hall, recorded live on the Main Stage in our BTS Discord server. Tune in for a variety of BTS updates, including an official announcement that should stir the soul of every adventure-loving golfer. 

Member Spotlight: Michael Davies

Executive Producer of Jeopardy! Creator of Who Wants to be a Millionaire? Co-host of Men in Blazers, and Broken Tee Society Member. Michael Davies sits down with us for an all-inclusive look at his life, career, and the way that golf fits into the cracks. If you're a fan of soccer, golf, tennis, game shows, or global sporting conspiracy theories, we recommend tuning in.

Inside No. 19: Mike & Eli from Chasing Scratch

You read about them in No. 19, now hear them in their natural environment. Mike Shade and Eli Strait, the hosts of the wildly popular Chasing Scratch podcast, join TGJ Senior Editor Tom Coyne to discuss their years-long golfing quest, their newfound celebrity, and their distaste for that term.

Masters Friday Recap

Tom Coyne is back again for his final dispatch from the ANGC media center. We chat Tiger's improbable (or perhaps inevitable?) made cut, Scheffler's feel-based game, and Augusta's under-the-radar history museum that every golf junkie needs to put on their bucket list.

Masters Thursday Recap

TC and (eventually) Travis are back on the Main Stage to break down a momentous Thursday at Augusta. Tom details his eyewitness account of Tiger's finish on 18, speculates about the technology inherent in Augusta's press credentials, and illuminates the closeness of the golf world after run-ins with Bamberger, Robert Trent Jones Jr., and others. Plus, Travis hops in to discuss the CAA party, and Tom offers a few scoops for upcoming TGJ pieces.

TC Live from Augusta – Wednesday

Join Tom Coyne and TGJ Editor Travis Hill for a Wednesday dispatch from Augusta National. Tom debriefs on his interactions with Tiger and Hideki, tests the limits of a Masters press credential, and sets the scene from the dining lawn to the crowded slopes of the Par-3 course.

ANWA and ANGC with Phoebe Brinker

Fresh off her first appearance in the Augusta National Women’s Amateur, Duke sophomore Phoebe Brinker joined Tom Coyne to discuss her experience. She unveiled a host of fascinating details, including the (sensational) contents of an ANWA tee gift bag, how it feels to play Augusta with no patrons, and the story of the event's founding direct from Fred Ridley himself. 

Storytelling 101 with Tom Coyne

Tom Coyne has lived a life full of stories, from the caddie yards of his youth, to the swamps of Florida, to the shores of the British Isles. He joins TGJ Associate Editor Casey Bannon for a foundational discussion on the ancient art of spinning a yarn.

Bracketology with BTS Member Wes Durham, ACC Network

ACC Network broadcaster and BTS member Wes Durham joins us to preview the NCAA tournament. Along with bracket picks, we also touch on which college coaches can play stick, how the broadcasting schedule shakes out during the Big Dance, and how Wes fits golf into a three-sport broadcasting existence. 

Photography 101 with Christian Hafer

A chat with the man behind the lens. TGJ’s Director of Visuals (or @hafe_life, as you might know him) fields our photography questions on everything from aperture to freelance rates, and offers an exclusive instruction session on the art, science, and magic of great photography.

Catching up with Shane Bacon

Golf Channel's Shane Bacon brings that buttery Texas twang to the Broken Tee Society for a wide-ranging discussion with old pal Tom Coyne. Talking points include Shane's Bandon course ranking, a breakdown of his career arc (including a neatly circular Keith Jackson anecdote), calling Big Air at the Beijing Olympics, golf (and winter) in the Northeast, and how to fix the NBA Dunk Contest. 

Zac Blair on Building a Modern Golf Club

Zac Blair wears a number of hats: PGA Tour player, GCA lover, founder of the borderless Buck Club, golf course developer. Now, after years of grinding both in and out of the social media spotlight, all of his hard work is finally coming to fruition. With his Tree Farm project nearing completion in Aiken, South Carolina, Zac joins Tom Coyne and Robbie Vogel to discuss his efforts to build a modern golf club.

Sustainability 101 with Driving the Green

As part of our Foundations season in the Broken Tee Society, we welcomed the experts from Driving the Green in for a far-reaching discussion on sustainability. Our guests boast strong and diverse backgrounds in this space, with experience leading green initiatives for National Links Trust and several PGA Tour events. But sustainability goes far beyond saving the environment. Tune in, and you might come away with a few ideas to implement at your home club.

Wright Thompson on “Pappyland”, Tiger, Augusta, and More

Celebrated sportswriter Wright Thompson joins Tom Coyne and Robbie Vogel on the Main Stage for a can't-miss conversation. We touch on Wright's wonderful "Pappyland", a recent pick in our BTS Book Club, then dive into his career as a whole. Topics include Rory's level-headedness, the two great unwritten Tiger Woods stories, and the only happy pro athlete Wright has ever met.

Coffee 101 with Ross Evans, Carrier Roasting

As part of our Foundations series, we welcome Vermont's Ross Evans, BTS member and founder of Carrier Roasting Company. Ross provides a wonderfully detailed yet approachable look at the coffee industry, highlighting the challenges and goals of the production side while also offering insight and numerous tips for coffee consumers. Whether you're a newbie or a coffee vet, this discussion is for you.