Watch Out This Spring!
Warren Kelly | Southern Ohio | 01/12/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Each year, Golf Magazine rates the top teaching pros in America and lists the top 100. This has become a huge deal for golf pros, and Golf Magazine is inundated with calls from teaching pros wondering how to get on that list. The list includes instructors from some of the top resorts in the country, but also some from par 3 courses and even driving ranges. They are the best at what they do.
Lessons with these people can cost a small fortune, and are out of reach of the average golfer. Fortunately, Golf Magazine has compiled an assortment of tips from the top instructors on this three DVD set.
The DVDs are broken down into three aspects of the golf game -- power, consistency, and the short game. It's easy to get to the exact lesson you're looking for, to get just the help that you need. I, of course, need so much help with my game that I just let the videos play, and absorbed as much as I could.
On "The Power" DVD, you get help with every aspect of the swing that relates to increasing distance. Timing, coil, proper setup, even tee shot planning are all covered. The most valuable lessons for me were "Powerful Exercise" from Mike Malaska and "Bust Your Drive" from Paul Trittler.
"The Consistency" DVD was the one I wanted to watch the most. I can hit the ball a long way, but it doesn't always go where I was planning. A 280-yard 3-wood isn't really valuable if it's 30 yards off line to the right -- especially when there's water there. Gale Peterson's lesson on "The Push," Paul Trittler on "The Hook," and Todd Sones on "The Pull" helped me out a lot, but this entire DVD will help anyone develop a more consistent game.
"The Up and Down" DVD has a lot of valuable lessons on pitching, chipping, sand shots, and putting. Putting is probably the only part of my game that is consistent, but I learned a lot from Paul Trittler's lesson "Reading Greens" -- sounds like I need to take a trip to Grayhawk GC in Scottsdale and get some lessons from him! I also learned a lot about sand shots (unfortunately, I end up in the sand frequently) from Gail Peterson, John Elliott Jr., and Mike LaBauve.
The most valuable thing about this collection, in my personal opinion, is the warm up that Mike Malaska does at the beginning of each DVD. While I don't see myself doing this at the golf course, I plan on doing it before I leave for the course.
My only complaint with this video set is that, to get many of the shots they needed (especially on the "Consistency" video), the camera angles made the shot look washed out -- there's too much sunlight going into the camera. Some of the menus looked out of focus on my computer, but were better on TV. But for overall value, this DVD set is outstanding. I plan on watching it all winter, getting some practice time in at the driving range, and trimming 5-7 strokes off my score this spring."
These Guys are Good!
Geoffrey M. Solomon | Boca Raton, FL USA | 12/24/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"About ten years ago I produced my own golf television show. And watching this terrific dvd set reminded me of something I learned back then: If you want to see out-of-this-world golf, watch the touring pros--but if you want to learn how to do it and be taught by pros who can communicate and really help you get from Point A to Point B then it's the Club Pros and Teaching Pros you need to consult. Not that these folks can't play...they can! But they have dedicated their lives to teaching the game and to steal the tour's understated line, "These (teaching pros) are good!" I read everything I can in the golf magazines, but to have these teaching pros come from my dvd player and into my living room is a real treat. I'll use this as a reference anytime I feel my game in need of a tune-up. Job well done, Top 100 Teachers!"
Best golf instruction DVD ever
CTgolfer | 12/08/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This boxed set of 3 DVDs includes more than 50 tips from a variety of the game's best teachers from GOLF Magazine's renowned list of Top 100 Teachers. The tips are organized in an easy to search format and cover every part of the game. The production values are superb. I've seen an awful lot of golf tapes over the years and i can say that this is the most ambitious compilation of instruction from the game's best teachers I've ever seen."
TONS of useful instruction - I love it!
Devin A. Jinks | Florida | 12/22/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I'm the kind of guy who takes out large clumps of grass with every swing no matter what club I use. It's so bad that my "so called" friends wouldn't even go to the range with me anymore because I embarrassed them too much. I was the butt of all the jokes at the office too.
I already had a closet full of VHS tapes and a few DVDs, I've spend hundreds on my local "golf pro" and I've been reading magazines for years, but I just never could figure out the what, where and whys of my game. A friend recommended this set so I got one and it's been GREAT. I could easily understand and follow alone with the tips so well that I must have watched all the tips in one weekend. And after only a few rounds I could finally start to understand what's going on with each drive, approach and putt I hit and that's helped me improve enough that my friends are playing with me again.
In my opinion anyone would find these DVDs helpful. Even my local "golf pro" would benefit from this collection. However, I'm not sure I'll give away my new edge to all my "friends". At least until I can cut a few more strokes and they have to play catch up.