The Tournament Code

by Cooper Collins & Daniel Hamrin

The Tournament Code breaks down what it takes to play elite tournament golf. Our guests include players on the PGA Tour, Champions Tour, Korn Ferry Tour, Latin America Tour, Forme Tour, and other various mini-tours, as well as college golf coaches, swing coaches, strategists, and sports psychologists.

Podcast episodes

  • 082: VJ Trolio – Coaching World-Class Players and Developing Elite Culture

    082: VJ Trolio – Coaching World-Class Players and Developing Elite Culture

    In this episode, we are joined by VJ Trolio. VJ (@VTROLIO) has been teaching and coaching the game of golf for over two decades. He coaches every part of the game to his clients; preferring to build the mindset and the athlete as the swing evolves. VJ also is the co-inventor of The Putting Arc. --- Follow us:  Twitter - @TournamentCode  Instagram - @thetournamentcode  YouTube - The Tournament Code  Hosted by: Cooper Collins (@coopercollins99) and Daniel Hamrin (@DanielHamrin) --- (01:09) - childhood memories and golf (06:05) - college golf and time management (08:43) - transitioning into coaching (13:06) - balancing teaching and playing (17:03) - easiest way to lower scores (20:16) - the inspiration behind it (24:11) - balancing PGA Tour and junior development (29:07) - ball speed in golf pitching (33:12) - improving short game skills (39:00) - I will commit to this (41:26) - state of mind in golf

  • 081: Neal Shipley – From Harrisonburg to Augusta

    081: Neal Shipley – From Harrisonburg to Augusta

    In this episode, we are joined by Neal Shipley. Neal (@neal_shipley19) is a college golfer at Ohio State and runner-up in the 2023 US Am. Neal played his first three years of college golf at James Madison. Here is his shot in the semi-final match https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PjBYZ95_vHA. --- Follow us: Twitter - @TournamentCode Instagram - @thetournamentcode YouTube - The Tournament Code Hosted by: Cooper Collins (@coopercollins99) and Daniel Hamrin (@DanielHamrin) --- (07:04) - finding the right college fit (08:47) - balancing classes and golf (13:38) - learning from tournament fatigue (16:43) - competing in the Dogwood (21:20) - targeting the pin (24:34) - great shots and intentions (28:30) - college golf and confidence (33:46) - rankings in junior golf (36:00) - one of the hardest tournaments (41:20) - detaching from tournament results (43:51) - practicing different shot ranges (49:41) - Stick with things and keep going

  • 2023 The Tournament Code Recap – We Tell You What You Should’ve Learned

    2023 The Tournament Code Recap – We Tell You What You Should’ve Learned

    In this episode, we go through what we learned this year and what we should be up to in the next year. --- Follow us: Twitter - @TournamentCode Instagram - @thetournamentcode YouTube - The Tournament Code Hosted by: Cooper Collins (@coopercollins99) and Daniel Hamrin (@DanielHamrin) --- (03:22) - chipping technique revelation (05:18) - curving the ball both ways (08:20) - striker's curve and technique (13:10) - ground reaction forces with chair (18:09) - a testament to preparation (21:10) - the benefits of a negative angle of attack (26:22) - coaches and their strategies (34:15) - polenta and Spanish grits (40:02) - putting as a carnival game (45:26) - eating at Chipotle after workouts

  • 080: Jim Gallagher, Jr. – Enjoying Golf and Life and Winning the Ryder Cup

    080: Jim Gallagher, Jr. – Enjoying Golf and Life and Winning the Ryder Cup

    In this episode, we are joined by Jim Gallagher, Jr. Jim (@GallagherJrGC) is a former professional golfer and current sportscaster. Jim turned pro in 1983 and joined the PGA Tour in 1984. He won five events on the PGA Tour. Jim also was a member of the 1993 Ryder Cup team which was the last team to win in Europe. Jim hosts the Only One Shot Podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/only-one-shot-golf/id1493142877. --- Follow us: Twitter - @TournamentCode Instagram - @thetournamentcode YouTube - The Tournament Code Hosted by: Cooper Collins (@coopercollins99) and Daniel Hamrin (@DanielHamrin) --- (02:04) - playing competitively and evolving (03:47) - finding tournaments in the 70s (05:23) - childhood golf games and influences (08:52) - college and junior golf circuits (09:16) - college golf and recruiting process (13:01) - turning pro and college career (15:00) - financial backing and golf journey (21:32) - Monday qualifiers and mental approach (25:05) - catalysts for golf success (25:26) - winning and building confidence (32:31) - Ryder Cup experience (33:05) - the Ryder Cup experience (44:26) - European chants and creativity (45:53) - the Ryder cup experience (49:55) - the pressure of retirement (50:31) - transitioning from playing to broadcasting (01:00:21) - commentary and sharing opinions (01:00:44) - the game's difficulty and misconceptions (01:06:36) - advice for junior golfers

  • 079: Stuart Morgan – Evolution of Coaching and Motor Learning

    079: Stuart Morgan – Evolution of Coaching and Motor Learning

    In this episode, we are joined by Stuart Morgan. Stuart (@StuartMcoaching) is a golf instructor and a PhD candidate at the University of Limerick. Stuart was formerly the director of instruction at the International Junior Golf Academy. Stuart has worked with several top players, including a current Ryder Cupper. --- Follow us: Twitter - @TournamentCode Instagram - @thetournamentcode YouTube - The Tournament Code Hosted by: Cooper Collins (@coopercollins99) and Daniel Hamrin (@DanielHamrin) --- (02:41) - golf handicaps and progression (06:24) - working with Leadbetter and learning (07:17) - disillusionment in golf instruction (11:13) - the effectiveness of golf swings (14:39) - constraints of golf swing drills (16:08) - coaching cues and transferability (20:26) - comparing positions in golf (22:13) - the process of improvement in golf (28:57) - developing skills through constraints (29:24) - slow motion drills in learning (34:02) - neural adaptation in sports (41:47) - an adaptable system (42:25) - block first random practice (44:56) - scheduling of practice methods (49:01) - variability in practice and training (53:09) - golf practice and performance (57:49) - the week of a tournament (01:00:53) - development over time in golf