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:

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Denis Pugh’s 0 great golf tips

denispugh100tipsNo neither did I miss anything, nor has my keyboard a problem with numbers. It was on pure purpose that the heading reads 0 instead of 100 great golf tips—because that’s what it is: a pretty useless collection of advice, put together on 3 DVDs: one for the long game, one for the short game and one for putting.

Don’t get me wrong, I would appreciate a good educational golf DVD even if I might not need it anymore, but nothing of this was helpful at all. Poor beginners who need to rely on such piece of… lousy work.

Denis Pugh is a nice guy, he really is, and I came across some of his work earlier when I discovered some interesting videos together with Luke Donald, but this here is different.

One of the annoying things is that Denis constantly refers to Mizuno products and how important it is to get to the pro shop, buy the newest sticks, get fitted and that’s more or less all you can do, a bit of practice, good mental strength, always Mizuno rain gear in the bag and nothing could go wrong eventually.

That’s the simple world of Denis Pugh’s 100 great golf tips. One waits for advice on how to strike the ball, how to curve the ball, how to adjust and improve swing planes and weight transitions, how to read putts properly and how to tackle difficult bunker shots. All this is somehow covered in the videos but not at all as convincing that someone could argue they’d do it better after watching Denis Pugh talk about it.

When I bought the DVD box, I ordered ‘Tom Watson’s Lessons Of A Lifetime’ as well. And I’m not yet through that one, but that’s what I call an educational golf instruction video. A review will follow shortly.

Denis, please watch Tom’s videos and then try harder next time…