State of the Game: the podcast tackling golf's issues

There are quite a few golf podcasts, but few of them boast the knowledge of State of the Game.

This frustratingly sporadic podcast lines up journo Rod Morri, former pro turned architect Mike Clayton and lauded writer Geoff Shackleford. They’re golfing royalty, anointed by amateurs rather than the mega brands.

They are so loved by golfers, and us, because they tell the truth. They are not pushing products with one hand while the other digs around inside TaylorMade’s pocket.

They aren’t talking about the latest Tour stop (boring) or the newest Callaway driver (even more boring), they are looking past the glinting front door and at the sinking foundations.

They touch on big subjects, tough subjects, and rather than simply throw their hands in the air, they provide solutions. From the ball debate, set ups for the US Open, modern professionals and the state of the European Tour, they touch on a wide range of significant topics, occasionally joined by guests such as Paul McGinley or Denis Pugh.

There are no concrete answers to the issues raised, but at least we have a group of people willing to go there with a relatively open mind, without having their minds bent by cash from Titleist or the others.

State of the Game is a tonic for the soul for frustrated golfers, ringing their hands at the state of the golf industry. All the frustration that bubbles up when you watch the PGA Tour can somewhat simmer when you tune in. At the very least, you know you’re not alone.

If you think there aren’t monumental issues with golf in its current state, or regard Bryson as the future, we suggest you don’t listen. Or do, and move away from the dark side.

The podcast can be found on most providers.

Click here to go to their website.

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