Picks and Pans Review: Pga Tour Golf

updated 05/16/1988 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 05/16/1988 AT 01:00 AM EDT

This tape covers much the same territory as Nicklaus' but isn't quite up to his pace. The three hour-long videos (covering the full swing, the short game and course strategy) feature five of the current tour's top pros: Tom Kite, Craig Stadler, Payne Stewart, Hal Sutton and Lanny Wadkins. Each handles the area of the game that's considered his strongest. Kite, for example, talks about the short irons and putting, while Sutton talks about the drive and sand shots. But none of them, except for Stadler, is as articulate or enthusiastic as Nicklaus. Another problem is that the pros needlessly duplicate each other's instruction. For instance, Stewart explains exactly what Stadler had talked about moments before on how to fade or draw the ball—hit it high or low with an iron. And most of the time the tape offers only one or two camera angles—rear and side. The volume on course strategy, which Nicklaus doesn't cover, is the best of the three. Playing the first nine holes at the PGA West course in La Quinta, Calif., each pro is again called on to discuss his strength. It's great to hear their thought processes as they set up for a shot-something you see players do week after week on TV without knowing what they're thinking or discussing with their caddy. At one point, for example, Kite says to his caddy, "I'm between a wedge and a nine iron"; when the caddy tells him he has room behind the pin if he overhits, he takes the nine. The players also lighten up a little on this tape and have some fun, a quality sorely missing in most golf videos. (International Video Entertainment, three volumes at $59.95 each)

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