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Tom Watson: Lessons of a Lifetime [2010] [DVD]


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  • Actors: Tom Watson
  • Directors: Terry Jastrow
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Dolby, PAL, Widescreen, Colour
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Good Guys Media
  • DVD Release Date: 5 July 2010
  • Run Time: 163 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003QTQ1JG
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 14,067 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Please note: Tom Watson's Lessons of a Lifetime has been updated. A new version is now available with 20 new lessons for the advanced golfer. The new 3 disc set can be found by searching Amazon for "Tom Watson Lessons of a Lifetime Updated". The new advanced lessons are available as a single DVD and can be found by searching for "Tom Watson More Lessons of a Lifetime"

Lessons Of A Lifetime DVD Set... Instruction From One Of Golf's Greats! Your step-by-step guide to a better game in 44 lessons.

Lessons of a Lifetime is just that, lessons Tom Watson learned from childhood through competition, gifts from great teachers he encountered, from grip to chip shots to confident putting and effortless-looking drives, Watson's winning ways are interpreted for you by the man himself.

Tom Watson - Lessons of a Lifetime DVD Set features: Consistency, contact, alignment, grip, pivot points, release and rhythm - it's all covered in two comprehensive DVDs. It delivers a series of 'I get it !'; moments that can only improve your game by concentrating on the positives. From playing in the wind, to fearless putting, Watson breaks it down for any golfer. These are lessons that you can begin to apply the next time you stand on the first tee with your friends. Lessons learned by Tom Watson in a legendary career, taught as though you were there with him.

Includes a 16 page booklet, 44 chapters, plus - behind the scenes bonus.

Produced by 7 time Emmy winner Terry Jastrow.

Total Running Time: 2 hours and 43 minutes.

DVD Chapter Titles - Disc One
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
-Disc One Running Time: 1:17:33

DVD Chapter Titles - Disc Two
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.
-Disc Two Running Time: 1:26:16

A portion of the proceeds from all sales will be contributed to the Bruce Edwards Foundation for ALS Research which raises funds to help find a cure for motor neurone disease.

Review

Tom Watson is like the E.F. Hutton of golf. When he speaks, people listen. Or at least they should. After all, the dude nearly won the British Open at the age of 59, and he just made the cut at the brutal 2010 U.S. Open in Pebble Beach, which sent numerous young guns like Rory McIlroy packing for the weekend. Nuff said. Well, now Watson is speaking like never before in his new Lessons of A Lifetime instructional DVD set, which spans two discs and nearly three hours of rock-solid advice on everything from playing uphill bunker shots to hitting with hybrids. How often do you get to spend time with a golfing legend who is sharing the tips and tricks that make his game tick? Exactly. So listen up... Under The Hood Watson says, 'It's very important that golfers whether they are beginners or have played for 50 years learn and understand the fundamentals. These are the building blocks every golfer needs to have in order to play up to their potential but, more importantly, to have fun' -Two disc DVD set totaling two hours and 43 minutes -Included booklet features 44 lessons -A portion of the proceeds from all sales will be contributed to the Bruce Edwards Foundation for ALS Research. Why It Rocks Who couldn t watch Watson s miracle chip on the 17th hole at Pebble Beach again and again...and again? Well, happily, here is that highlight, leading off the second disc, after which Watson shares exactly what he did on the shot that essentially clinched the 1982 U.S. Open title. Not surprisingly, the ensuing segments on chipping are brilliant, with practical tips clearly explained in Watson s homespun cadence. Each segment such as basic chip shot, chipping out of heavy rough, chipping out of uneven lies, etc. wraps with a review of the fundamentals discussed in that segment, making it easy to take notes on what you just watched. The same goes for all of the lessons in the set. There's a bit of a retro vibe to the presentation, right down to the occasional background disco music. But it s retro in a good way. It's called Lessons of A Lifetime, after all. It's not about some newfangled swing fad. It's about teaching the timeless fundamentals in a way that the average recreational golfer will be able to understand and apply. The segments on putting are solid, but, as with all things related to putting, they should be viewed with an open mind. For example, Watson, like many top instructors and professionals, says to get your eyes directly over the line of the putt. The conundrum is that other top instructors and professionals say that your eyes should be slightly inside the line. Ahh, such is the wonderful world of putting. At $49, this DVD set is not cheap, but it's worth the investment if you really want to apply yourself and consume the nearly three hours of content. By comparison, Phil Mickelson's DVD set carries the same price tag for just 105 minutes of content. The Final Word Tom Watson's 'Lessons of A Lifetime' is an immediate instructional classic, offering timeless insights that will raise your game. --Putterzone Sincere Lessons From Watson By BILL PENNINGTON. It has been an eventful 12 months for Tom Watson, from his near victory at last year's British Open to his emotional exit at last week's United States Open. Now is a good time for Watson to give his fans a glimpse into his thinking, his technique and his golf wisdom, and that is the principal ambition of Watson s new, two-disc DVD, Lessons of a Lifetime. Watson has stored up a lot of instructional advice over the decades, much of it culled from the golfing greats he has known. But this is no quick-fix highlight reel of golf tricks worth trying. That is obviously not Watson s way of doing things. His DVD starts with fundamentals like grip, setup and alignment and takes you through just about everything else you might encounter on the golf course. --amazon.com

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Sincere Lessons From Watson By BILL PENNINGTON. It has been an eventful 12 months for Tom Watson, from his near victory at last year's British Open to his emotional exit at last week's United States Open. Now is a good time for Watson to give his fans a glimpse into his thinking, his technique and his golf wisdom, and that is the principal ambition of Watson s new, two-disc DVD, Lessons of a Lifetime. Watson has stored up a lot of instructional advice over the decades, much of it culled from the golfing greats he has known. But this is no quick-fix highlight reel of golf tricks worth trying. That is obviously not Watson s way of doing things. His DVD starts with fundamentals like grip, setup and alignment and takes you through just about everything else you might encounter on the golf course, including a downhill buried lie in a bunker. Some of us might just throw up our hands and declare that ball unplayable, but that obviously is not Watson's way of doing things either. So this is a DVD that is thorough in the thorough Midwestern way that Watson brings to most matters. It is about three hours, but moves quickly as it covers 46 chapters geared to full swing and short game shots. They are definitely lessons and would not be cal --The New York Times

Golfer of a Lifetime: TW, the original, is one of the all-time great golfing legends. And the legend continues to grow, as we all witnessed at Turnberry and even this year at the Masters. That a champion golfer would be asked to produce an instruction video is no surprise and traces its history all the way back to Bobby Jones' Hollywood golf instruction videos produced in the 1930's. 'Lessons of a Lifetime' was obviously made by very intelligent man who has spent a lot of time thinking about the golf swing. And it takes a certain amount of introspection and humility to admit that despite having won 8 majors, he didn't completely understand the golf swing until 1994 when he says he discovered 'the secret'. There is a grainy video on YOUTUBE where while at an exhibition obviously conducted for an outing or pro-am, TW tells the audience that he didn't know how to swing a golf club until 1994. The audience is heard laughing. This guy's won 8 majors, ha ha, they were thinking. It wasn't until a few moments later when he elaborated further that they suddenly understood he was quite serious. Let me just say this as an avid golfer used to paying an hourly rate of $100-120 for golf tune-ups: this is the best instruction I have received, probably ever. I didn't say best video, I said instruction, period, live or on tape. Take a look at the simplicity of his swing. Compare it to the many videos you can find on the web of Ben Hogan. While they differ in plane--Tom is more upright--both are exemplars of simplicity and efficiency. I have Hogan's book, Five Lessons. I used to refer to it often. It was trail blazing in its analysis, the new benchmark for golf instruction. I would put TW's CD's in the same camp, except his instruction is far far easier to understand. There's something cryptic about Hogan's supination and pronation thesis-- gives me a headache frankly, and I've been a single digit handicapper for close to 40 years! These are fantastic golf lessons set in a bucolic setting at the Greenbrier. I could go on about how TW's approach is so much simpler and useful compared to today's back breaking contortions advocated by the guru's. But I will stop here: Tom Watson is 60 and his golf swing still works effectively at the highest levels of golf. Most former golf champions his age, spend their mornings in traction to relieve back pain before going off to do a few small appearances here and there. Tom Watson's lessons are well worth half the price of one lesson with your local pro. Hogan's 'Five Lessons' is back on the book shelf. I don't think I'll be needing it anytime soon. --amazon.com

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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful By John Mayhew on 7 July 2010
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This is a worthwhile value for money purchase on several grounds. 1) its a good tutorial on the fundamentals and the swing with quality demonstrations.. the right mixture of talk and action; and this guy can really do the demonstrations... 2) it's a brilliant tutorial on the 'short game' and it would be well worth the money alone to watch him around the green and in the bunker.. Absolutely wonderful chipping and bunker work. 3) He comes over as a real gentleman and part of the profits are donated to research into ALS (a form of motor neuron disease that killed his caddy and friend Bruce Edwards).
For absolute beginners I would also recommend John Jacobs DVD set to fill in some of the basic details.. (there are some cheap deals) AND definitely buy this if only for the pleasure of watching a master at work explaining how he does it.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Queen of the South on 15 Sep 2011
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As a female who has just taken up Golf at 58yrs of age only 2 months ago on the advice of my Doctor. I have to admit to being somewhat apprehensive! I booked a lesson with my local Golf Pro and enjoyed it tremendously, and have had several more lessons since then. Yet although I really enjoyed my weekly lessons, I found that by the time it came around to the next one, I was finding it difficult to remember what I'd already been taught? So with this in mind I decided to invest in a dvd of instruction to teach me the fundamentals, but which dvd to choose? as there were an absolute myriad to choose from.

After a long and extensive search I chose "Tom Watson's: Golf Lessons of a Lifetime". Prior to this I didn't even know who Tom Watson was? My goodness though was that research, time and effort worth it with this dvd. I could not help but be both impressed and amazed with the knowledge that Tom was able to impart on this two disc instructional dvd. He explains everything, in a concise and articulate manner so simply that even an absolute beginner like myself can understand it. If I can understand it, then anyone can! What I also liked about this dvd was the fact that it wasn't hard work, rather it was a most enjoyable experience from beginning to end.

In conclusion I would have no hesitation whatsoever in recommending this dvd to anyone, who wants to play Golf, and gain the rewards and satisfaction from the game of Golf opened up by the truly amazing talent of Mr Tom Watson, who is rightly regarded as one of the true greats of the game. The word legend can sometimes be used somewhat too easily at times, but in Tom Watson he truly is a Golfing Legend. Thank you so much Tom, I and everyone else who is interested in the game of Golf owe you so very much for producing this masterpice of a dvd.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By jamiesd on 5 July 2010
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I purchased this in the US as it has been out there since the start of June.
Tom explains everything so absolutely anyone can pick up and understand his lessons and thoughts on the golf swing.
A true legend of the game!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By coveabz on 13 Oct 2011
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This is the second DVD of the same title one for my son (although I think i have used it more than he has) and also one for a good friend who was heading off on a golf holiday and was in need of some inspiration. The DVD is full of good habits and tips to help you play better and would recommend it for golfers of any ability.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By RR Waller TOP 500 REVIEWER on 20 Aug 2011
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Very enjoyable DVDs in which Watson explains all that his years on the tour have taught him. With a swing which looks no different now, he illustrates the range of shots needed to become a good golfer, not just the simple straight ones, he shows how to shape the ball or hit the ball high or low.
From tee to green, he goes through every shot explaining what to do and how to do it; he then does it. A natural in front of the camera, he is just what any golfer needs to reduce a handicap.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Petesk on 16 July 2011
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There are a number of products of this type on the market and compared with others I have viewed and reviewed this is the most professional of the lot. Even among other sports type DVD's I have seen the quality and information provided on this DVD for the price will provide a beginner and amateur with enough practical information to improve your game. This should be the measure by which other sports type tuition programs should be judged.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Haggis Trap on 19 May 2011
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A great DVD. All golfers will learn from this especially novices or those struggling with their game. Tom Watson is tp notch in skill & presentation.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By JD on 2 Sep 2011
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this dvd deals with every aspect of the game you need. explained and depicted well and has added a few new shots to my locker. Worth every penny.
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