Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Swing The Handle Golf Video Collectio 5 DVD Box Set|
Actor: Eddie Merrins
Director: Eddie Merrins
Affectionately known as the "Little Pro," Eddie Merrins has long been revered as a golf guru. For nearly 40 years Eddie has lived and breathed the game and the way of life of golf as Head Professional at the Bel-Air Countr... more »
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The little pro is wordy
K-man | Marysville, OH United States | 12/28/2009
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I am glad I didn't pay infomercial prices for this set. When I saw the commercial endorsed by the Shark, Byron Nelson, Fred Couples, etc... I was sure I wanted this DVD set. Now that I have it, I cannot easily get through the whole set like I can with Leadbetter's, McCord's or Mickelson's DVDs. The pro host, E Merrins, is waaaaay too verbal and ends up being downright boring. In summary, what he is saying is very simple and could be edited and covered much more quickly. The section in which he's tutoring Robert Wagner (he calls him RJ), he completely and rudely talks over Wagner to the point that Wagner is visibly frustrated and losing his patience. My wife and I laughed throughout this section. Wagner actually shrugs and grabs his forehead as he sulks while looking at the ground in one scene.
If the concept of "swinging the handle" sounds like something you've heard of before, it is. This seemingly unoriginal philosophy is a direct relative of the original by Ernest Jones' "swing the clubhead" method. By the way, Jones' book is extremely verbal and I read it just before I watched Merrins' video series. I think the little pro (Merrins) is trying to make his modern mark as the new Jones. If you want a lesson on how educated people may have spoken two or three generations ago, you should buy this video. This series is way too wordy and teaches very few concepts for the amount of time invested in watching it.
Interesting key point: If you want to learn how to golf with longevity, you might gain a little bit out of this set when it comes to taking stress off of your lower back. Wagner does make a statement that there is no stress on his back using the little pro's swing method.
Bottom line: It was cheap. There are better but more expensive dvd series out there. David Leadbetter's is the best I've seen. Golf for Dummies with Gary McCord is an excellent single dvd. I personally think this Swing the Handle series is just OK. For $24, it may make a decent gift for a golf fan.
Pros: Nice dvd layout visually. A few key tips can be pulled out of an extensive session of invested time.
Cons: You have to sit through a lot of talk to get the each simple concept. The banter ends up losing your attention.
Some good nuggets of golf instruction
emrussi | 08/03/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"After viewing the "Swing the Handle" video collection, I found the main concept of swinging the handle fairly interesting and valuable. While it's not "wall to wall" full of original golf information, it does contain a number of good "nuggets" of golf instruction. They include keeping your body behind the golf shaft during the entire swing, tips on developing the right rhythm, tempo, and timing in the swing, and keeping a positive but realistic attitude about your golf game. I think that the video series was a little long for the amount of actual instruction that is included, but with a little patience, you can get through it and benefit from Mr. Merrins' golf tips. I would say that I would have been disappointed if I had paid the original price for the videos when they first came out, but at the current price of about $25, it's well worth it and the information may help your golf game."
I found my golf coach!
L. David Eaves | Inola, OK | 12/15/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Wether you're new to the game or just wanting to improve, Swing the Handle series works! Eddie Merrins keeps it simple. Have you ever had a golf lesson stressing back swing positions, move this, now move that and you end up with a swing like Charles Barkley? Well this isn't the way the little pro teaches. He concentrates on the target and how to get there! As he instructs different celebreties and pros you feel like he's talking to you. And it's not all chopped up like so many videos. He keeps your attention because you're learning.
Plus it works! And he's consistent throughout the entire series, from the short game to drives, he makes it simple. And if you have trouble getting out of the sand, he has a sure-fire way to help you. It really just makes sense. If you've done like so many of us have and read all the articles trying to improve only to find out you have conflicting information, then you will love this series. You will have the same golf coach all the way through. He will answer those questions you have and clarify your game. That reminds me, his discussion with David Feherty about playing the game really helped me with the "right" thinking as you play.
Simple and effective. It is already making my game more consistent. I shot a easy 79 (I didn't make any birdie putts) on Dec. 12th in Tulsa, just by swinging the handle. Looking forward to next year.
Hope this helps you too!
The best and most simple instruction for a great swing
Brian B. | Michigan | 09/15/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The title says it all. Eddie makes it very simple just like everyone tells you it should be. Pay attention to the grip and the position of the handle at the address or set up. This is well worth your money.