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Since 2005, these weekly in-depth expert interviews provide valuable advice on how to become a better golfer. Entertaining conversations on the mental game, course management, putting, mechanics, equipment, fitness and more. Over 350 episodes of valuable insights for golfers of all skill levels, including weekend hackers like host Fred Greene. #1 golf podcast in iTunes and Google. All the experts agree, you play better and enjoy it more when you GOLF SMARTER.




Get Solid, Consistent, Predictable Contact, and Improve Your Wedge Play from 50 Yards and In with Tim Yelverton

603: We heard about Tim Yelverton in episode 599 with Brendon DeVore. Tim is Brendon’s favorite coach in his quest to be a better golfer, so it makes sense to hear what he has to say since we’re all on the same quest. Our focus on the conversation is short game and putting. Don’t miss any part of this conversation because Tim provides some great warm up drills and short game tips throughout. The full video interview is available on our YouTube channel at Here...

Duration: 00:44:46

4 Skills of Putting: Reading / Aiming / Stroke / Distance with Founder Geoff Mangum

Putting frustrates every golfer, no matter their skill level. If you’ve ever seen a Pro on the Tour miss a 2 foot putt, you know that everyone is susceptible and just as frustrated. founder Geoff Mangum is convinced that whatever method of reading putts your using won’t help because all you’re doing is guessing. But after decades of research into the science of dropping the ball in the cup, he has concluded that there are four elements to successful putting, and he’s...

Duration: 00:43:00

Holy S#%t! I’m Playing in the US Seniors Men’s Open Championship! with Larry Salk

Larry Salk played Tour Golf professionally in his 20's. It didn't work out the way he hoped and created a career in the tech industry. But he still loved to play a lot, and he played well. Well enough that at 55 he qualified as an Amateur to play in the 2017 US Senior Open Championship at Salem Country Club in MA. Even though he didn't make the cut, he had a great time and has great stories about the adventure. This is a story you won't find anywhere else. Here are two other podcasts from...

Duration: 00:41:10

The Internet is Killing Golf Instruction...and Probably Your Game!

600: Jim Waldron of the Balance Point Golf Schools has witnessed a huge shift in golf performance and instruction since the overwhelming amount of information that has been offered by high speed internet. We call it instant gratification, Jim refers to it as Instant Contamination. There’s an intellectual exercise that should be incorporated into your practice and rounds, but because we have so much information to digest, it disappears in players who can’t understand why they’re not...

Duration: 00:42:45

A Personal Quest to Be A Better Golfer with YouTube Sensation Brendon DeVore

599: Brendon DeVore is a good golfer and started a YouTube channel that was similar to Golf Smarter in that he interviewed golf instructors on ways to be a Better Golfer. Brendon was brought to us by a suggestion from a listener who knew that we’d all appreciate his insight and story. It’s a fun conversation that I hope you’ll enjoy. If you're also a fan of baseball, especially baseball history and how it relates to today's game, please check out RADIO BASEBALL CARDS...

Duration: 00:42:25

How to Determine Which Tee Box is Best for Your Game Using Rating/Slope/Yardage with Jim Cowan; Director of Course Rating & Handicap for the NCGA

598: Are you a 15hcp playing from the Tips? Knock it off, and lose the ego, you’re not that good! Here's a solution to shoot lower scores and have more fun doing it...Play from a different, closer set of tees! Jim Cowan, Director of Course Rating & Handicap for the Northern California Golf Assoc (NCGA) joins us to discuss what Rating/Slope means, what total yardage means in relation to Rating/Slope, comparing courses and and how to combine that information with total course yardage,...

Duration: 00:47:46

What It Takes to Run and Host a USGA Amateur Championship with Dean Knuth

597: Dean Knuth, creator of the Rating/Slope system for handicapping golfers (he's known as the 'Pope of Slope'), and founder of Knuth Golf returns to talk about the 2017 US Women’s Amateur Championship which takes place at the San Diego Country Club August 7-13, 2017. Dean is Chairman of the organizing committee and knows that you’d be amazed and what’s involved in logistics and budgets to run a USGA sanctioned event. This conversation is accompanied by a complete PowerPoint slide set...

Duration: 00:34:00

US Open Golf Fantasy Draft with the Tour Junkies

596: The 2017 US Open is this weekend and we’ve invited the Tour Junkies back to help us with our fantasy draft picks and betting lines. This episode is brought to you by Use promo code GOLFSMARTER to enter the FREE $100,000 Fantasy golf contest! DraftKings: The game inside the game. Eligibility restrictions may apply. See DraftKings dot com for details. If you're also a fan of baseball, especially baseball history and how it relates to today's game, please check out...

Duration: 00:49:26

Pt2: Taking Your Golf Game to a New Level, One Club at a Time with Tony Manzoni

595: In part 2 of our conversation with Tony Manzoni, in addition to talking about Frank Sinatra, Steph Curry, and Tiger Woods, we complete Tony’s suggestions on taking your game to new levels with wedges, long irons, hybrids (or rescue clubs), fairway “woods”, and your Driver. This episode is brought to you by RADIO BASEBALL CARDS, the newest podcast from

Duration: 01:01:16

Play Golf at the Next Level! One Club at a Time with Tony Manzoni

594: Tony Manzoni returns to discuss tips, insights, and strategies on how to be more consistent with each golf club in your bag. In this episode we explore improvements with your putter, 8 iron, and lob wedge. We’ve scheduled to have him come back next week to discuss more wedges, long irons, hybrids, fairway metals, and drivers. This episode is brought to you by RADIO BASEBALL CARDS, the newest podcast from

Duration: 00:50:54

Keep Perspective. Be Humble. Make Birdies! with Jim Venetos

593: Jim Venetos returns to discuss why we should stop watching the Tour Pros or listening to TV announcers telling us why we should swing like the best in the world. We don’t get to practice like them, so why should we emulate something we can’t repeat. If you just focus your practice with bump’n’run shots, pitching and making 3 foot putts, you’ll get much better, much faster. As in the title, just keep your perspective on who you are, and don’t have unreal expectations, you’ll be amazed...

Duration: 00:44:57

A More Consistent Golf Swing is Simple! Focus on the Club, NOT Your Body with Ed LeBeau

592: Want to play golf more consistently? Stop thinking about all the moving parts of your body and focus on the CLUB! Ed LeBeau of the Heartland Golf Schools was a disciple of Manuel de la Torre (featured on episode 564 which was a replay of #187 in honor of his passing) who learned from his father Angel de la Torre, who worked with Ernest Jones. These names may not mean a lot to you, but if you want to be a more consistent golfer, then you should learn about these teachings on focusing...

Duration: 00:50:36

Want to Play College Golf? Get the Inside Scoop on How to be a Student Athlete

591: If playing golf in college is a goal for you, or someone you know, then you want to hear this conversation with Nick Tannahill, the Golf Head Recruiting Coach for Whether you're just looking for free recruiting advice or are seriously interested in how to get college scholarships, they make sure you get expert advice, completely personalized to you, to help you get recruited. Nick and other scouts at NCSA Sports often hear the question, "Do I really need a recruiting...

Duration: 00:35:24

590: 21 Days to Golfing Freedom! Cure Your Slice and Frustration without Technical Overwhelm featuring David DePula

590: David DePula is one of the lucky people who left a job he didn’t love to pursue something he did. Golf. He was a frustrated golfer and understands the lack of consistency we all desire. Then he developed a simple and direct method to better contact. “Cut The Grass!” I was introduced to David through a friend who is in his 70s and still breaks 80 regularly, but has been blown away by his work with David. David’s website is getting the final touches and...

Duration: 00:37:23

589: How to Play Golf with Your Wife (husband) or Child without Spoiling Your Relationship

589: Elana King of Experience Golf has earned a long list of accolades for her work with women golfers, young golfers, as a mental game coach, and as LPGA Central Section Teacher of the Year, and more. In this episode Elana talks about strategies to employ that will ensure you continue to play for a lifetime with your wife (husband) and/or child without having it get in the way of your valuable relationship. This episode is also available on video at This...

Duration: 00:39:45

588: Athletic vs Analytic Golf - It's Hard to be a Analytic Golfer with Mike Weingartner

588: Mike Weingartner is the Head Golf Professional at The Ridge (formerly known as The Ridge at Castle Pines North) just outside of Denver. In our conversation Mike talks about how he gets the most efficient golf swing out of everyone of his students. We also talk about the importance of lag in your swing, why it's important to focus on your athletic ability to improve your game, and his favorite par3, 4, and par5 holes at The Ridge. This episode is brought to you by RADIO BASEBALL...

Duration: 00:40:13

The Ghosts of Augusta - A Masters Recap with Our Old Friend, Comedian Matty Blake

587: The 2017 Masters offered a spectacular ending that finally put a Major victory in the overdue hands of Sergio Garcia. But it wasn't clear sailing for him, or his fans who were on the edge of their seats waiting for the predictable disaster that has haunted his entire career. Host Fred Greene is joined by comedian/TV & Radio Host Matty "MattyB" Blake to laugh through various moments, players, opportunities missed, the exciting conclusion, and who was watching from above. This episode...

Duration: 00:45:09

586: Phil Mickleson's Coach, Dave Pelz, says "If You Practice What You're Terrible At, You'll Get a Lot Better, Quicker!"

586 Dave Pelz could be the most sought after and successful short game golf coach on the planet. But he’s so much more! Dave’s a scientist, researcher, author, entrepreneur, club designer, short game guru, and a dedicated family man. In our conversation that goes longer than an hour, Dave gives us a glimpse into his personal history that starts with being a frustrated college golfer at Indiana University who was repeatedly beat by Jack Nicklaus. He then moved on to NASA working as a...

Duration: 01:14:47

The Masters: Making Your Picks with PGA Tour Fantasy Golf Pros - the Tour Junkies

585: The Masters starts next week and to help with your Fantasy Draft picks on, we've invited the Tour Junkies. These two guys from Augusta, GA are "Fantasy Golf Aces" and they're here to break down the tournament and provide the most attractive picks for your Draft. David Barnett and Pat Perry aren't brothers but sometimes they sound like it, which can be a lot of fun. This episode is brought to you by Get FREE entry into the Masters draft with the coupon...

Duration: 00:48:09

Getting Out of Difficult Lies - On Course Playing Lesson with Jamie Zimron

584: Uphill/Downhill lies. Chipping from below the green. Awkward stances in the rough. This week host Fred Greene goes out on the course with the Golf Sensei, Jamie Zimron to Indian Valley Golf Course to get some tips and a playing lesson on getting out of tough situations on the course. This episode is also available as a video on the homepage of, @GOLF SMARTER on Facebook, or on at Find more on Jamie at...

Duration: 00:30:54

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