Tom’s lessons of a lifetime

91Yey12Bw5L._SL1500_It’s a bit weird and psychologists would have a say but always when I see Tom Watson on TV I immediately feel sort of connected to that person. He’s a charming old chap, very experienced and successful, always smiling and being nice to other people. He’s like the grand dad everybody wants but nobody has. And he’s still very good at golf. Seeing him in contention at the 2009 Open Championship at Turnberry was the first time it really got me thinking about him.

We all know the issue with the 2014 Ryder Cup captaincy but this doesn’t belong here. In short: he’s a classy guy, very keen golfer with a tremendous experience on the course.

Couple of years ago he created a video series: Lessons of a lifetime, which I had on my Amazon list for quite a while. Then last September, on my honeymoon, I was sitting with my wife in the Business Class of an Emirates Airbus A380 upper deck in our comfy chairs (after we had our cocktails in the sky bar) on our way to Mauritius. We enjoyed the cosiness and the relaxed atmosphere, had another wine, a superb dinner and as always I wanted to check out the entertainment system. Usually before watching one or two movies I go through the comedy and sports section and look for interesting stuff. And there it was: Tom Watson’s Lessons of a lifetime. And I felt connected again.

No question that I watched Tom explain all nitty-gritty details about swing planes, target lines, postures, and so forth. I watched what later turned out to be the first DVD and once back at home after the trip I ordered the complete box to learn more about the swing. It worked I have to say. In total Tom has so many great advice in this DVD series, that I might watch them again some time soon.

He touches on swing characteristics, bending and shaping the ball, about timing, putting, green reading, bunker shots, chip shots, pitches etc. Simply the whole repertoire. Even putting in cross winds!…

If you want to learn more about the swing how it should be and in case you struggle with a special thing in your game then the DVD can possibly help you diagnose or even heal the problem. Obviously it’s not easy to self-teach in such a difficult thing as the golf swing, but it provides valuable information for beginners and detail knowledge for all keen golfers who are willing and able to adjust nuances in their own swing patterns.

To find out more about it please follow this link.

And FYI this is the full list of contents of all three DVDs:

1. Definition of Terms
2. The Grip
3. Grip Pressure
4. The Setup
5. Aim & Alignment
6. Two Methods of Aiming
7. Ball Position
8. “The Secret”
9. Find Your Waggle
10. The Takeaway
11. The Back Swing
12. The Back Swing, A Closer Look
13. Transition & Down Swing
14. Impact
15. Follow Through to Finish
16. Rhythm
17. The Hook
18. The Slice
19. Low (or Punch) Shot
20. High Shot
21. Uneven Lies
22. Adding Distance
23. Recreating “The Shot”
24. Basic Chip Shot
25. Spot Method Drill
26. More About Chipping
27. The High/Soft Lob
28. Chipping Out of Heavy Rough
29. Chipping: Uneven Lies
30. The Basic Bunker Shot
31. Bunker Play: Buried Lie
32. Uphill Bunker Shot
33. Downhill Bunker Shot
34. Long Bunker Shot
35. Fairway Bunker Shot
36. Playing With Hybrids
37. Full Swing in Review
38. Putting
39. Putting Drill
40. How to Putt Under Pressure
41. Playing in the Wind: Putting
42. Playing in the Wind: Full Shots
43. How Can I Stop Slicing the Ball?
44. How Can I Stop Hooking the Ball?
45. Bruce Edwards Tribute
46. Behind the Scenes
47. “The Secret” #2: Keeping the Hip “Crease” at Impact 48 Pre-Shot Routine
49. Bottom of the Arc
50. Head Movement
51. More on Grip Pressure
52. Practice Tee
53. First Tee
54. Handling Pressure
55. 40 Yard Wedge
56. Controlling Trajectory
57. Chipping with a Putting Grip Setup
58. Chipping with a Hybrid
59. Fundamentals of Putting
60. Speed Control
61. Spot Putting 2
62. Center of Hole
63. Missing on the Low Side
64. Walk the Line
65. Head Position
66. More Putting Drills
67. Teaching Kids
68. Tip from Tiger’s Dad
69. Teaching Seniors

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