The 19th Hole Golf Show is a golf podcast featuring in-depth intelligent discussion of the most important topics in golf. Each week, host Ryan Ballengee tackles topics ranging from professional tournament news to issues facing the amateur, everyday golfer.
Tiger's back, baby, and golf is counter-cultural now
On this edition of The 19th Hole, Ryan Ballengee is back from his golf trip and winning the Old Greensburg Cup, and Tiger Woods is back, too!
We talk about Tiger Woods' tremendous run at the Valspar Championship and reflect on how amazing his rise to nearly winning in just four 2018 starts really is. What's next for Woods? Can he win at Bay Hill? (Of course he can.)
Ryan also kicks off the show by talking about his great week in Orlando at Reunion Resort for one of the best weeks of his year, and he comes back reflecting on just how spectacular golf is for getting away from the hustle and bustle of daily life.
On JT's fan incident and Tiger Woods' great performance at The Honda Classic
This episode is all about two big stories coming out of The Honda Classic. First, we talk about Justin Thomas' win and the preceding ejection of a surly fan on the 16th hole on Sunday. Was JT thin-skinned or did he do the right thing? We talk about why golf tournaments are thought different than other sporting events, and why that might be wrong.
We also look at Tiger Woods' 12th-place finish at PGA National, perhaps somewhat unexpected. Given what we've seen from Woods in three starts in 2018, it might not be that crazy to think he can win again, even at the Masters.
Are golf crowds too rowdy, and why the ball rollback might not work
On this episode of the show, Ryan starts by talking about the latest developments in a potential golf ball rollback. Reading the tea leaves, is what Mike Davis of the USGA and Jack Nicklaus considering a reasonable, practical solution? You'll be surprised why Ryan takes the manufacturers' side on this.
Also, we talk about the 17th hole at The Honda Classic's host PGA National. Is it getting out of control? Why are PGA Tour pros more frequently talking about a bad experience with fans?
Talking putters with Vikash Sanyal, and discussing Paige Spiranac in SI
On this episode, Ryan welcomes Brainstorm Golf founder Vikash Sanyal to discuss his company's Happy Putter Eye Align series and why it'll help you make more putts. We also discuss putter innovation, as Vikash's career has seen him lead Odyssey Golf and Never Compromise -- and now Brainstorm Golf -- as innovators in the game.
Ryan also starts the show by talking about Paige Spiranac's appearance in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue.
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Finest 9-hole courses with Anthony Pioppi, and the West Coast's comeback
On this episode, Ryan Ballengee is joined by author Anthony Pioppi to discuss his new book, ["The Finest Nines: The Best Nine-Hole Golf Courses in North America."](http://amzn.to/2soKfua) We talk the history of nine-hole courses in the U.S. and Canada, why they became rarer over the years and how they could be the foundation for the future expansion of golf.
Ryan also gets into the resurgence of the West Coast swing, and he wonders what is helping two tournaments like Phoenix and Pebble Beach, which are so different, both surge in field strength.
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