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State Of The Game

State of the Game was one of the first golf podcasts to hit the internet and remains one of the most respected. Hosted by Rod Morri and boasting two of the game's most important voices in co-hosts Mike Clayton and Geoff Shackelford, State of the Game is the go to podcast for untainted and unfiltered analysis of the game at every level. If you're looking for swing tips and gear reviews you've come to the wrong place but for thoughtful discussion about the big issues facing the game you'll find this a comfortable home.

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Episode 8: SOG Ep 8 - "What have they done to Merion?"

In this special combined episode of TalkinGolf and State of the Game Geoff Shackelford, Mike Clayton and John Huggan join host Rod Morri to talk US Masters, Augusta National politics and Mike Clayton's amazing golf odyssey taking in some of America's very best golf courses. 

1hr

18 Apr 2012

Rank #1

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Ep 104: What Will Become Of The European Tour?

With professional golf on hold for the foreseeable future only one thing is certain: the pay for play game will look very different on the other side of the Corona Virus pandemic. Can the European Tour survive the current crisis and if not will it be the PGA Tour or the Premier Golf League that becomes its saviour? Just one of the myriad questions pondered when Geoff Shackelford, Mike Clayton and Rod Morri are joined by sports business expert Richard Gillis on Episode 104 of State of the Game. Links mentioend on this episode: Geoff Shackelford on Twitter and his new Podcast The Shack Show Mike Clayton on Twitter Rod Morri on Twitter Richard Gillis on Twitter and the excellent Unofficial Partner Podcast

1hr 34mins

14 Apr 2020

Rank #2

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Episode 22: SOG Episode 22: "Anchoring will be hard to police..."

Geoff Shackelford and Mike Clayton join host Rod Morri to discuss the anchoring ban, racism in the game and how the Rio course is progressing as the clock ticks down to 2016....

51mins

28 May 2013

Rank #3

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Episode 39: SOG Ep 39 Ran Morrissett

Mike Clayton, Geoff Shackelford and Rod Morri are joined by co-founder of GolfClubAtlas, Ran Morrissett

1hr 15mins

21 May 2014

Rank #4

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Episode 40: SOG EP 40 "Pinehurst back to its best"

Geoff Shackelford, Mike Clayton and Rod Morri chat with auhtor Chris Buie about his intirguing book "The Early Days of Pinehurst"

1hr 14mins

3 Jun 2014

Rank #5

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Episode 50: SOG EP 50 Hank Haney

Geoff Shackelford, Mike Clayton and Rod Morri are joined by Hank Haney, former coach to Tiger Woods and host of his own satellite radio show.

1hr 1min

8 Dec 2014

Rank #6

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Episode 43: SOG Ep 43 - How golf clubs become Royal

Golf course architect Scott Macpherson from Scott Macpherson Golf Design chats about his fascinating new book on the world's 66 Royal golf clubs as well as discussing the controversial changes to the Old Course.

1hr 20mins

30 Jul 2014

Rank #7

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Episode 34: SOG Ep 34 - Author Curt Sampson

Mike Clayton, Geoff Shackelford and Rod Morri chat with best selling author Curt Sampson.

1hr 6mins

11 Feb 2014

Rank #8

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Ep 101: The Premier Golf League Bombshell

Not for the first time a World Golf Tour has been proposed with the noble intention of having 'the best play against the best more often'. Premier League Golf has been in the planning for several years and many of the world's top players have admitted to being interested. But can the PGA Tour put a stop to it and if not what would that mean for the Tour and the rest of world golf? Join Geoff Shackelford - the journalist who broke the story - Mike Clayton and Rod Morri as they ponder the potential fallout.

1hr 23mins

27 Jan 2020

Rank #9

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Episode 77: SOG Ep 77 Trinity Forest

2006 US Open winner Geoff Ogilvy joins Mike Clayton and Rod Morri to talk about the new and intriguing Byron Nelson host venue Trinity Forest. With the course dominating pre-tournament talk, Ogvily outlines some of the reasons Trinity Forest will be an entertaining and important test this week. We also get some thoughts on whether he will consider a career as a commentator once his playing days are over  and there's a bonus 10 minutes of 'fly on the wall' chat as Ogilvy and Clayton shoot the breeze about the professional game.

1hr 8mins

16 May 2018

Rank #10

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SOG Ep 090: Old Course Rough and Rules, Rules, Rules

Is golf going into meltdown or are we just having a rough patch because of the new rules? Geoff Shackelford, Mike Clayton and Rod Morri delve into the seemingly weekly rules snafus in the professional game while also touching on the 'enhanced' rough we can expect at the 2021 Open at St Andrews and what might happen if the pro game made its own rules. Links mentioned in this episode: John Huggan talks to R&A Chief Martin Slumbers Watson and Seve at St Andrews (19.03 is the start of the drama at the 17th): Information and booking form for the Barnbougle Dunes Course Study Tour

1hr 22mins

2 Mar 2019

Rank #11

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Episode 82: SOG Ep 82 Ran Morrissett

Last month Ran Morrissett published a list of 147 courses he nominated as 'Custodians of the Game'. The venues all promote the simplest and most joyful elements of the game, from width and playing angles to walking and simple green keeping practises. But the pre-amble to the list was at least as - if not more interesting than - the list itself and Ran joins Mike Clayton and host Rod Morri to discuss his thinking when putting together his list.

1hr 35mins

13 Sep 2018

Rank #12

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SOG Ep 097: The Open Washup And Is Something Happening With The Ball?

The success of Royal Portrush, Xander Schauffele and the driver controversy, are the authorities planning to do something about the ball in the autumn and why you can't say anything bad about Memphis. All that and more in episode 97 of State of the Game. Links mentioend on this episode: Geoff's story on the Distance Report Mark Giannotto's passionate defence of the Memphis tournament Kyle Porter's Tweet that started the controversy

1hr 33mins

26 Jul 2019

Rank #13

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Episode 26: SOG Ep 26 "We don't need more beer drinking cart driving golfers..."

Mike Clayton and Geoff Shackelford join host Rod Morri to discuss all things golf from The Open Championship and US PGA to the new USGA TV deal with FOX in the US.

1hr 8mins

25 Aug 2013

Rank #14

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SOG Ep 093: Bob Denney on AW Tillinghast

With the PGA Championship set to return to the Bethpage Black course in New York next week there will be plenty of discussion about course design AW Tillinghast. While known mostly as a course architect, Tillinghast had many more strings to his bow including a well known - though little understood - tour of the US during the depression years to advise courses on more financially sustainable management practises. What is less known is the extensive records he kept of that period and PGA Historian Bob Denney joins Geoff Shackelford, Mike Clayton and Rod Morri on Episode 93 to delve into the life and times of one of the game's great contributors. Links: Geoff Shackelford on Twitter Mike Clayton on Twitter Rod Morri on TwitterSpecial Guest: Bob Denney.

1hr 34mins

8 May 2019

Rank #15

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SOG Ep 091 The Masters Big Picture

Tiger Woods winning his fifth green jacket was something special but The Masters is about so much more than just the 72 holes each year. Join Geoff Shackelford, Mike Clayton and Rod Morri as they break down what the 2019 Masters means in the bigger picture, from changes to the course (in particular the fifth hole) to media, technology and the role of the Augusta National Women's Amateur. Oh, and there's a brief mention of the possibility that distance might be an issue as well.

1hr 22mins

22 Apr 2019

Rank #16

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Episode 75: SOG Ep 75 - The Ball Debate

Geoff Shackelford and Mike Clayton join host Rod Morri to break down the ball debate which has broken out in the recent weeks.

1hr 20mins

7 Mar 2018

Rank #17

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Episode 73: SOG Episode 73

It's been a while but Episode 73 is worth the wait as Geoff Shackelford, Mike Clayton and Rod Morri are joined by Geoff Ogilvy to talk Presidents Cup, players not marking on the green before opponents hit their shot, where the best crowds in the world are to be found (this one was a surprise) and plenty more. 

1hr 12mins

10 Oct 2017

Rank #18

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Episode 79: SOG Ep 79 US Open fallout - the big picture

It's been a couple of weeks but the controversy from the US Open continues to bubble with many believing the USGA has lost a significant amount of credibility after happenings at Shinnecock Hills. Geoff Shackelford and Mike Clayton join Rod Morri to discuss the long term fallout from the 118th US Open as well as some Ryder Cup chat and more memories of Peter Thomson. For the reprint of Thomson's book mentioned, https://www.slatterymedia.com

1hr 16mins

28 Jun 2018

Rank #19

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Episode 17: SOG Ep 17: "I hope the end game is the ball..."

On today's episode Mike Clayton, Geoff Shackelford and John Huggan join host Rod Morri to discuss the surprise announement by Tim Finchem that the US PGA Tour would oppose the proposed ban on anchored putters. The team also discusses Rory McIlroy's poor play since switching to Nike and the Australian PGA's move to a golf course not in the country's top 100

54mins

3 Mar 2013

Rank #20