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

Tom Watson , Terry Jastrow    Exempt   DVD
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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

About the Actor

Tom is ranked 6th on the list of total major championship victories. One of only fourteen players to have won at least three of the four major golfing titles. He has 39 PGA Tour victories, five Open wins, two masters and on U.S. Open. Only the second player in history to post a top twenty finish in at least on major in five different decades.

In 2009 missed out on becoming the oldest player in history to win the Open. His 71st hole birdie chip shot at Pebble Beach is considered by many as the Shot Of The Century.

Tom's victory over Jack Nicklaus in the 1977 Open at Turnberry was nicknamed the The Duel In The Sun and was considered the greatest tournament in the last 50 years.

On December 13, 2012, Watson was announced as the captain for the 2014 Ryder Cup.

About the Director

Terry Jastrow has been the executive producer, producer and/or director of some of television's most prestigious and important programs over the last 25 years. A partial list of Mr. Jastrow's accomplishments are as follows: started working for ABC Sports at age 21 and became the youngest network television sports producer at age 23; producer/director for ABC Sports, 22 years; winner of 7 Emmy Awards, having been nominated 17 times; Nominated for the Directors Guild of American Lifetime Achievement Award; produced or directed The Super Bowl (Super Bowl XIX - January 1985), Indy 500 (early 70s), Kentucky Derby (early 70s), numerous college football Bowl Games, 68 of golf's major championships (US Open, British Open, PGA Championship, every event from 1974 through 1995), etc.; producer/director of 6 Olympic Games (Summer - Munich '72, Montreal '76, Los Angeles '84. Winter - Lake Placid '80, Sarajavo '84, Calgary '88; produced or directed 6 Olympic Opening and Closing ceremonies including 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles; producer/director of ABC Sports golf series - 22 years, and President of Jack Nicklaus Productions for 12 years - re-launched Shell's Wonderful World of Golf (coordinated and produced 48 matches) and created Wendy's 3-Tour Challenge, Michael Douglas & Friends, Tommy Bahama Challenge, etc. Source IMDB.
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