Butch Harmon - About Golf
By John Ehle
Butch Harmon's 2 DVD instructional videos is a comprehensive program that covers every aspect of the game, including a segment on anger management. Harmon's suggestion is to limit your anger to however long it takes you to walk 10 yards. Good advice.
The instruction is direct, simple, and the teaching is excellent. Harmon's delivery is never abstract or jargon-laced and the videography is sophisticated. The use of close-up shots is employed in every segment and picture-within-picture is used to vary angles which inform the concept being offered. Harmon has scripted these videos for every level of golfer with special sections which are directed at kids, women and seniors.
While this form of direct instruction is sometimes criticized because it precludes interaction between teacher and pupil, Harmon's style is clearly delivered with the anticipation of student questions in mind. This is a rich, vibrant program which is best taken in small doses as the intent is to use the program as a tutorial and punctuated by practice sessions to ground the concepts. I found it to be very helpful to take my laptop to the range and pause the video as I practiced the concepts. A little geeky, I admit, but keep in mind Ben Hogan's reflection on the benefits of hard work; "The more I practice, the luckier I get".
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About: John Ehle
John Ehle writes for GolfWisconsin.com, GolfTrips,com and other golf-related sites in the US. He has attended 6 Open Championships in the British Isles and many men's and women's US Opens and PGA Championships as well as Ryder Cups and President's Cups.
His primary international writing is golf course reviews and travel articles. He also writes about golf equipment and other golf-related products. Most recently he traveled to Cuba and will be in SE Asia for 6 weeks in February and March, 2012.
He writes a weekly column for a metropolitan newspaper in the Milwaukee, Wisconsin area. He is a 10 handicap golfer and has competed in many Wisconsin State Golf Association events.