Must-See Video: "The Short Game" Trailer
By Torleif Sorenson on 9/4/13

How important is director Josh Greenbaum's new documentary on seven-year-old golfers? Pop star Justin Timberlake is the executive producer.

Here's the official synopsis:
"THE SHORT GAME follows the lives of eight of the best 7-year-old golfers in the world as they train for and compete in the World Championships of Junior Golf. The annual tournament held at golfing mecca Pinehurst, North Carolina, brings in 1500 young golfers from 54 different countries and determines who will be crowned golf’s next phenom. In its course, the eight stories entwine to form a fascinating and often funny portrait of a group of very young athletes and their families, in which the narrow-focused, peculiar and highly competitive junior golf subculture becomes both a window into contemporary global society and an inspiring reflection of the human condition."
The Short Game is scheduled to hit theaters beginning September 20; the Samuiel Goldwyn Films web site has a list of theaters where the film will open.

Back in May, we told you about Allan Kournikova, the six-year-old brother of tennis star Anna Kournikova, who is part of the documentary. Having now seen the rest of the trailer, this writer — who hasn't set foot in a movie theater since 1999 — will be keeping an eye out for the film being shown here in the State of Hockey.

And I want to take my son to see it, too.

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H/T Pete Madden

[ comments ]
legitimatebeef says:
IMO seven seems a little young for that intense of a competition. Does the world really need to find out who the best seven year old golfer in the world is. Sorry Tor, but this reminds me of the world of kiddie pageants, with all the overzealous parenting and excessively professional-behaving kids. I say "feh".
GolfSmith7 says:
I agree with beef, seem like exploitation... doesn't fee right. Whatever happened to just let them grow up as kids?
cph2133 says:
I really wish Kentucky wasn't backwoods USA, because that isn't showing anywhere near me.
BK Smith says:
Sorry - I can't accept the obvious highlighting of bad attitude and poor sportsmanship ... starting with the putter being slammed down on the green.
bkuehn1952 says:
When my grand daughter was 7 we probably had more mock sword fights with golf clubs than actual hitting golf balls. The big events of any 9 hole round were allowing her to drive the cart and having a picnic lunch on hole 5. These kids seem to come from another planet.
Brutus says:
Blame Earl Woods.
deepinthewoods says:
The honest truth is that these are the kids that grow up to be best player on every team they join, and therefore, get the most attention from coaches and eventually become some of the best in the world.
e_c_poirier says:
I have a 3 year old boy, he watches golf with me on tv, he practices chipping with me in the backyard, he joins me on the driving range once in a while, but there is NO WAY that I would support signing him up for a Tournament at 7 years old. Why would anyone want to place that much pressure on someone who has NO TOOLS, NO EXPERIENCE, NO IDEA on how to deal with failing to meet expectations?
Sure - I don't agree that everyone should get a ribbon for competing in an event, nor should everyone make the highschool soccer team because we don't want to hurt anyone's feelings, but 7 years old is far too young for CHILDREN to be placed in such an environment with an expectation to perform.
My new motto - "let them play, not compete"
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