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Review: Butch Harmon About Golf DVD

Written by: Tony Korologos | Date: Wednesday, August 8th, 2012
Categories: GolfGolf FitnessGolf InstructionInstructionReviews

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Today I’m reviewing a great instructional DVD.  I’ve now watched the entire two disc set “About Golf” by Butch Harmon three times.  I’ve watched the short game section (4) at least five times, the area I need the most work in.  Let’s take a look at the product and what it covers.

About Golf DVD Overview

This DVD set covers literally every aspect of the golf swing and the game imaginable.  There’s even a section on anger management.

Sections

The discs are broken down into sections as follows:

DVD ONESECTION 1: Ball Striking, Basic Fundamentals

1. Set Up
2. Grip
3. Grip Pressure
4. Stance
5. Ball Position
6. Pre-swing Posture
7. Waggle
8. Takeaway
9. Backswing
10. Head Position
11. Downswing
12. Impact
13. Follow Through
14. Pretty Swing vs. Efficient Swing

SECTION 2: Faults, Cures & Drills

1. Swing Too Fast
2. Topped Shot
3. Hitting it Fat
4. Dreaded Hook
5. Slice
6. Hook & Slice Drill
7. The Shank
8. Hitting from the Top
9. Reverse Pivot
10. Taking a Divot
11. Anger Management

SECTION 3: Specialty Shots

1. Long Drive
2. Draw / Hook Shot
3. Fade / Slice Shot
4. Low / Punch Shot
5. High Shot
6. Ball Above Feet
7. Ball Below Feet
8. Uphill Lie
9. Downhill Lie
10. The Stinger
11. Fairway Bunkers
12. Hitting O! Hard Pan

SECTION 4: Short Game

1. Basic Wedge Shot
2. Pitching
3. Chipping

SECTION 5: Sand Play

1. Short Bunker Shot
2. Long Bunker Shot
3. Buried Lie
4. Uphill Lie
5. Downhill Lie

DVD TWOSECTION 6: Putting

1. Putting Fundamentals
2. Reading the Break
3. Putting Drills
4. Practice Routine

SECTION 7: From Good to Great
(in alphabetical order)

1. Fred Couples
2. Ernie Els
3. Natalie Gulbis
4. Dustin Johnson
5. Phil Mickelson
6. Greg Norman
7. Adam Scott
8. Nick Watney
9. Tiger Woods

SECTION 8: Selecting Correct Clubs

1. Irons
2. Drivers
3. Grips

SECTION 9: Fitness in Golf

SECTION 10: Kids/Women/Seniors

 

Quality Content

The lessons Butch gives in this two disc set are very well done and very educational.  Butch covers everything from the very basics that all golfers need, to the fine details of shot making and dealing with trouble on the course.  Harmon is very clear and descriptive in his concepts, setup and execution.  He really stresses the basics, which are so obvious but so often overlooked.

Quality Production

Before turning golf web geek, I worked as an engineer in the audio/video field for 25 years.  I know good and bad production.  This DVD is produced, filmed, edited and packaged with the highest quality and attention to detail.  The audio is great, the video quality is fantastic and so are the supporting graphics and materials.  This is a top notch production.

Star Power

My favorite section other than the short game section is “From Good To Great.”  In that section big name stars like Ernie Els, Fred Couples, Dustin Johnson etc., talk about their game and how Butch helped them.  Very interesting to know that even Ernie Els was aligning some 15 yards right of target with a 7-iron and had to make all sorts of other manipulations in his swing to compensate.  Once again, going back to the basics and checking alignment, helped Ernie.

Putting It Together

There’s so much material in this DVD.  I’ve developed a couple of ideas on how to best take advantage.  First I might pick one lesson inside a section, like hitting the stinger for instance, and work on that for a range session.  I’ll pick another section or subject for the next range session.

Butch Harmon DVD

Butch’s DVD in my computer this morning…

The other way I use the DVD is running a section over and over on my home computer, like pitching or chipping, to pound the concepts into my cranium.

Conclusion

This DVD is fantastic for golfers of all ability levels.   At $89 retail, this program costs as much as one or two lessons, but there are 100’s of lessons and tips one could learn from.  Whether you are a pro, low single digit like me, or a beginner, this DVD is a great resource for learning and improving your golf game.

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