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Get a Grip with Shane Bacon

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Hosted by broadcaster Shane Bacon, Get a Grip is a golf-centric podcast making light of a rather stuffy sport with legitimate insight into the game. It’s essentially the public golf course of podcasts. The show will offer a look into the PGA Tour week in and week out and have some fun at both the players' and golf fans’ expenses.

145 Episodes
Shane Bacon is joined by a Scotland-based Andrew Putnam as the PGA Tour season heads overseas for the Scottish Open this weekend! Shane and Andrew discuss the John Deere Classic before getting into Andrew's time in Scotland thus far, his round at North Berwick and how players are excited for the next two weeks of links golf. The conversation then touches on the difficulties of traveling and being alone while on Tour before wrapping up with a look ahead at the Scottish Open.
Shane and Andrew are back to break down a thrilling U.S. Open played last week at Pinehurst No. 2. The two dive into the duel between Rory McIlroy and Bryson DeChambeau and offer thoughts on how the course played before welcoming on the winning caddie, Greg Bodine. Greg, Shane and Andrew discuss Bryson's equipment changes on Sunday, his bunker shot to set up the winning putt and go behind-the-scenes of the week from the winner's perspective.
Shane and Andrew are back to break down Andrew's U.S. Open sectional qualifying experience plus his prep and thoughts on The Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village. The two dive into some personal updates including child birthdays, remodeling Andrew's house and coffee preferences. Finally, they round off the discussion with the age old question "Do short course hole-in-ones count?" plus Andrews thoughts on the PGA-Suadi PIF negotiations.
Shane and Andrew are back to recap the PGA Championship where Andrew finished T-53. He shares his thoughts about the conditions at Valhalla, low scores, and mudballs. The bizarre circumstances of Friday morning are also discussed from both Shane and Andrew's perspectives. Lastly, Andrew talks about makes Xander so good and offers some insight into Bryson's week before wrapping up the episode looking ahead to this week at Colonial.
The Get a Grip Podcast is back with a new format. PGA Tour Member, Andrew Putnam, co-hosts a 6 part series with Shane Bacon. Putnam shares an inside scoop into his lifestyle on tour on and off the golf course. The two dive into traveling with family and kids, growing up playing with Andrew's brother, Michael who played on the PGA Tour, and where his game is at right now. They round out the convo with discussion on Pinehurst and Valhalla plus some quick hitting get-to-know-you questions.
Get a Grip: Regripped

Get a Grip: Regripped


Get a Grip started as a collab between two golf people who live and consume golf in totally different ways. The idea was to have someone from the media (Shane Bacon) and someone on Tour (Max Homa) cohost a podcast together. We are getting back to exactly that with the reintroduction of Get a Grip! Partnered with Fried Egg Golf, Get a Grip will continue to match media and a pro together on the mic. The first mini-season of Get a Grip will star Shane and the clever Andrew Putnam wading into the podcast space, with the Pinehurst Resort as the title sponsor. A great return to how the podcast began!
Shane has his longtime buddy Ashdon Woods on the pod to unpack into their recent trip to Streamsong Golf Resort in Florida. They cover the highlights from the three courses and the Chain, a new short course on the property, before reviewing the surrounding amenities, like the stellar hotel and food scene. All great tips for those looking to plan a trip to the Florida resort in the future. They end the pod with some fun stories from their days on the mini tours, Ashdon's hole-in-one this year on his dad's 70th birthday and playing the Monday money game in Arizona during the pandemic with Max Homa. A special thanks to Ashdon for his time (what a podcast debut!) ____ Check out the brand new Ground Under Repair store:  The Golfer's Zoo: Listen to another very good golf podcast, the PING Proving Grounds Podcast, right here:   See for privacy information.
Meghan MacLaren

Meghan MacLaren


A great chat this week with LET Tour player Meghan MacLaren about her life as a professional golfer. Meghan talks about growing up in a golf family, her experiences playing on the Epson Tour in the States, and why writing has been such an amazing outlet for her while chasing her dream.  Meghan has an awesome series that dropped this year with Skratch that is definitely worth your time so give the first episode a watch right here: Also, her website that was mentioned a few times on the pod: The Golfer's Zoo: Listen to another very good golf podcast, the PING Proving Grounds Podcast, right here:   See for privacy information.
This week's guest is a great one as Patrick Koenig joins the show to talk about his RGV Tour. Patrick and Shane discuss his recent world record-breaking moment on the golf course, how much you still love golf when you've played nearly 500 courses in a year and plenty more!  Patrick is one of the good guys in golf so make sure to give him a follow (@pjkoenig) and check out his website for all the tales from the road!   See for privacy information.
Kate Smith

Kate Smith


It's been long overdue to have Kate Smith on the podcast so we are happy to report she is in fact this week's guest! Kate talks about her great season Epson Tour, what flipped from her rookie year to this level of consistent play, and what she will do to prep for Q-School later this year. Then, Kate and Shane talk about how they got into business together and started Ground Under Repair. Kate talks about the balance between owning a business and playing high-level professional golf and how fun it is to get to do both.  They get into Kate's golf upbringing and growing up in a golf family and what it was like leading the Augusta National Women's Amateur after the opening round in 2021.  Kate is the best and we were so pumped to have her on. ____ Ground Under Repair Design: The new PING Proving Grounds Podcast:   See for privacy information.
Shad Tuten

Shad Tuten


If you missed the Korn Ferry Tour Championship earlier this month, you missed one of the most gutting moments in the history of professional golf. Shad Tuten was right around the top-30 number on Sunday needing to finish strong to get his PGA Tour card for 2024. Shad got penalized on the 15th hole and that two-shot penalty cost him his PGA Tour card, eventually finishing 32nd on the points list. After a couple of months to reflect, Shad joined Shane on the pod to talk about that Sunday, the ruling, when he was initially told that something might be afoot and the fallout after. A huge thanks to Shad for taking the time to chat about this brutal situation and here is to a great December at Q-School and a storybook ending to this unfortunate situation. ____ The Golfer's Zoo: The new PING Proving Grounds Podcast:   See for privacy information.
If you live in the northeast you know that we are getting closer and closer to simulator szn. It's basically here for us cold-weathered people and that means the attention turns to indoor golf options so I thought it made sense to chat a little with a man who started a company to make simulator work easier for the consumer. Carl (The Carl behind Carl's Place) chatted about the business, the Covid boom for his business, and what makes a good simulator room. A huge thanks to Carl for the time!  _____ Check out Carl's Place ( and use promo code "GetAGrip" at checkout for 10% off any Carl's Place branded products See for privacy information.
Max Homa returns to the podcast after his first Ryder Cup experience to break the whole week down.  The two open the podcast talking about the Dodgers run in the playoffs and what a real offseason will look like for Max before diving into the Ryder Cup that wrapped on Sunday. Max talks about playing with Brian Harman, the vibe of the event, and how word spread internally about the whole Cantlay/Rory/LaCava situation. Max and Shane also talked about the state of American alternate shot and what can be done (or if there is anything that can be done?) to try and figure out a way to improve that part of Team USA. Max gives out his best shot of the week before the two decide which PGA Tour player would make the most sense for Taylor Swift if it doesn’t work out with Travis Kelce. A big, big thanks to Max for taking the time!  ____ The new PING Proving Grounds Podcast: The Golfer's Zoo: The Loop Life Caddies Series with Skratch:   Korn Ferry Tour Championship TV Schedule (Golf Channel): Thursday (10/5): 2:00 – 4:00 PM ET Friday (10/6): 12:00 – 4:00 PM ET Saturday (10/7): 12:00 – 4:00 PM ET Sunday (10/8): 1:00 – 4:00 PM ET See for privacy information.
One of the best events of the entire year in golf is upon us, and who better to have than Golf Digest's Joel Beall on the show to break it all down? Joel is live from the media center at Marco Simone to give us his initial thoughts on the golf course, who he thinks it favors, why it'll be an awesome match play course and plenty more. The two then dive into which player on each side must have a good week for their team to win, the Rory struggles as of late in Ryder Cups and who is likely to go out with Ludvig Aberg this week on the European side. Plenty more is discussed including media dining, the shuttle situation and where this event ranks in terms of the greatest events in all of golf. A big shoutout to Joel for taking the time to jump on. Make sure you're following him at @joelmbeall and reading all his work this week (and always) at Golf Digest. Loop Life Episode 1 (from Whistling Straits) - Loop Life Episode 2 (From Blue Mound CC) - See for privacy information.
Stewart Hagestad

Stewart Hagestad


Fresh off his third U.S. Mid-Am title, Stewart Hagestad swings by to chat with Shane about the win at Sleepy Hollow. The two discuss the difference between his first mid-am to the most recent one, what he still has left to accomplish in his amateur career, and how cool it will be for Hagestad to play in a U.S. Open (in 2024 at Pinehurst thanks to his mid-am win) where he played his first ever USGA event (2008 U.S. Amateur). They cover a variety of topics like the recent Walker Cup experience at St. Andrews, the stigma that surrounds successful mid-ams and their jobs, and plenty more. A huge thanks to Stew for his time and a big congrats on an incredible run. Hagestad has been the best mid-am golfer in the world for the last few years and it's impressive to watch.  The new PING Proving Grounds Podcast: Order a copy of The Golfer's Zoo today! See for privacy information.
One of the most fun pods of the year is here with Joel Dahmen and Geno Bonnalie, who were gracious enough to have a little fun at their own expense. Geno, who has looped for Joel for nine years, presents his top-five list of the worst shots and/or worst caddie calls of the two's partnership. It's an amazing conversation between two of the nicest guys in golf and a fun offseason reminder that even the best in the world can hit awful, awful golf shots at times (and pro-level caddies can occasionally add when they're supposed to subtract).  An enormous thanks to Joel and Geno for taking a bit of time to have some fun with Shane. Order a copy of The Golfer's Zoo today! See for privacy information.
A fun change to this week's podcast, as Shane traveled to Scotland last month to check out a true links course that is getting a makeover. The Links Golf Club recently purchased Spey Bay and hired the DeVries Designs team to do a full renovation of the property. Mike DeVries, Michael Clayton, and Frank Pont join Shane from Spey Bay to chat about the job, the architectural excitement of getting a chance to work on a true piece of links land in Scotland, and plenty more. Plus, Jim Daily and Adam Besvinick from Links Golf Club talk about how you, ya know, buy a freakin' golf course in Scotland.  You'll enjoy the Q&A plus the audience participation. A big, big thanks to the Links Golf Club for the opportunity to be a part of this, and a huge thanks to Fyfe Golf for helping capture the audio from the Q&A. They did the hard work so that could be turned into a podcast!  Links Golf Club: Spey Bay: Shane's Children's Book, The Golfer Zoo: The PING Proving Grounds Podcast: See for privacy information.
The pod is flipped today with Claire Rogers of fame taking hosting duties to ask Shane questions about his U.S. Amateur experience. Shane chats about the week, how tough Cherry Hills played and the difficulty of competing at a championships level. The two then dive into the comeback season for Bryson DeChambeau, what's left the rest of the year for both in terms of golf travel and plenty more! A big thanks to Claire for her time - make sure you're following her on all social platforms at @kclairerogers and you're reading all her content at  The new PING Proving Grounds Podcast: Bacon's Breakfast Blend with Good Walk Coffee Company: The Golfer's Zoo: Ground Under Repair: See for privacy information.
Before Shane departs for Denver to compete in his first-ever U.S. Amateur he catches up with the 2016 champion, Curtis Luck. Curtis and Shane talk about the 2023 Korn Ferry Tour season and what has worked as of late for Curtis before reminiscing about his win at Oakland Hills. Curtis talks about a fairway bunker shot he hit in the stroke play that got him really going that week, how the two previous U.S. Ams he played in helped in terms of a conservative approach to stroke play, and then gives Shane some advice on how to approach the first two days and then some fun tricks to toss in if he makes it to match play. Curtis is one of the truly good dudes in professional golf so a big thanks for him taking some time during a tournament week to jump on the pod and dish some amateur golf advice to our host. ___________ The new PING Proving Grounds Podcast: Bacon's Breakfast Blend with Good Walk Coffee Company: The Golfer's Zoo: Ground Under Repair: See for privacy information.
On this week's Get a Grip, Shane chats with Golf Digest's Joel Beall about the Justin Thomas debate surrounding the upcoming Ryder Cup. Should JT's incredible Ryder Cup record (and ability to get under the skin of the Europeans) be enough to earn him a spot even with the very spot season he's having?  Joel and Shane discuss JT on the team, then move to what this American team might actually look like considering how many guys from Whistling Straits won't be a part of the 12. A reminder to follow everything Joel writes/tweets/thinks at @joelmbeall and a big thanks to Mr. Beall for jumping on!  Ground Under Repair Design: Subscribe to the PING Proving Grounds Podcast: The Golfer’s Zoo (Shane's Children's Golf Book):   See for privacy information.
Comments (2)


5 Star episode Shane. Being a rank amateur at the game, but one who really enjoys watching and appreciates Pro Golfers I find your Podcast to be an enjoyable and informative listen. You seem to have a natural rapport with the folks you talk to and interview. I’ve heard some of the podcasts you have done with Max Homa (congrats to him on his Fortinet title defense btw) which were really good. The recent episode with Aaron Beverly and Kamaiu Johnson and giving the APGA Tour a little light was great. You seem to always bring an enthusiasm to the conversations with your guests, and also to be able to display the right amount of “relatability” to them. Very kind and gracious of Justin to give as much as he did to me in that interview. Keep up the good work Shane.

Sep 24th

Joshua Reddick

Great episode! love this behind the curtain look and Max is Awesome!

Feb 17th