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Golf Magazine Top 100 Teachers: The More Series

Shout! Factory // 2005 // 192 Minutes // Not Rated
Reviewed by Judge Ryan Keefer (Retired) // March 16th, 2006

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All Rise...

Judge Ryan Keefer has tales about not washing his balls, gripping his shaft wrong, and various other double entendres, but for the sake of all involved, that's all we're letting him say.

The Charge

Play better golf with help from the Golf Magazine Top 100 Teachers!

The Case

Despite all the jokes for and against golf as a hobby, passion or sport, one cannot deny the amount of money that gets poured into tutorial and instructional videos so that Joe Q. Sixpack can hit longer, straighter and more consistently, thereby enabling him to believe, even just for a second, that he's the next Tiger Woods or Phil Mickelson. But the alluring thing about golf, much like another predominantly white-collar obsession (the stock market), is that it's the chase for something that's seldom obtainable. Just like there is no simple way to beat the market, there's no way to beat a course. In large part, this is because there's no known swing or style of play perfect enough to change conventional thinking. By comparing each genre's respective publications, usually the largest articles (or the ones that stick out most of all when looking to buy) are the ones that make things easiest, with the goal of mastery. One of the countless definitions of irony has to be when a husband laughs at his wife's latest diet strategy while he's looking at a magazine article that discusses seven steps to reducing his golf handicap.

Far be it for me to indict some of those fine publications, because they do provide a good deal of information within their respective fields. Several years ago, Golf Magazine put together a list of the top 50 golf instructors in the country, which they subsequently revised and extended to include the top 100. Some of the group's students include PGA tour veterans such as David Duval, Hal Sutton, Tom Kite and Peter Jacobsen. Notable non-golf students have included athletes like Troy Aikman and actors/golf enthusiasts like Bill Murray and Clint Eastwood. The top 100 have come together for a series of instructional videos designed to improve the average golf player's power and consistency.

The first disc focuses on enhancing the power of the driving tee. It breaks down every component of driving a ball; even where to place your ball in the tee box, and the type of driver that may be best suited for you. From there, the instructions shift over to how crucial foot position is, along with proper club grip and body movement. Some of the teachers use props, like basketballs, tent stakes or even rubber bands, to emphasize the importance of shifting your body weight or ensuring that your wrist hinges and unhinges properly, along with when you should do all of these things.

>From there, the second disc looks at getting more consistency from your play. It shows what can happen when you set up poorly, or if your swing has substantial imperfections. It looks at the causes of slices (when the ball goes right when you hit it) and hooks (when the ball goes left), along with pushes and pulls in your swing. They also show some quick pointers to remedy those who get a case of the "yips."

The third and final disc addresses what was not covered within the first two discs, specifically the shots that don't require a driver. A look at a golfer's short game ensues, with advice on club selection for shots, as well as making the most from pitch and chip shots, in order to optimize your game. The last fourth of this disc looks at putting, specifically how to aim and hit, along with how to properly read a green to reduce multiple unnecessary putts.

The tips are pretty straightforward and easy to follow, with an almost split screen look at the action with some text points to remember. There are also some instant quick tips from some of the teachers. Much of the advice is better suited to those that are just past the beginning stages, though some of the material can be seen in other more remedial forms of instruction (notably Gary McCord's Golf for Dummies book). With some scarce extras, The More Series is worth it for those who do a little bit more than "grip it and rip it."

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Scales of Justice

Judgment: 62

Perp Profile

Studio: Shout! Factory
Video Formats:
• Full Frame
Audio Formats:
• Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo (English)
• None
Running Time: 192 Minutes
Release Year: 2005
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
• Instructional
• Sports

Distinguishing Marks

• Instant Tips
• Warm-Up Sessions
• Making of Featurette
• "About the Top 100 Teachers" Featurette

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