There are hundreds of different titles available to golfers searching for instructional videos or DVDs. Which ones are the best? Based on input from multiple instructors and our own opinions, below are titles we recommend. See links at the bottom for top picks in specific areas (e.g., top putting videos). Also note that you can add your reviews of golf instruction DVDs
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This series of tapes, based on the Golden Bear's famous instructional book of the same name, was selected in a Golf Magazine
poll of Top 100 instructors as the best golf instructional video of all-time. Hey, who are we to argue? It's a multi-volume series. If you can't find the full set, the volumes on "Hitting the Shots" and "Playing the Game" are considered the best.
Alas, the series is pretty old now, available only on VHS, and most likely to be found from resellers. Nicklaus has updated and reissued the book of the same name. Here's hoping he gets around to reissuing this title on DVD.
© Tom Watson Lessons of a Lifetime
This 2-disc DVD set includes anecdotes from Hall of Famer Tom Watson and a tribute to his late caddie Bruce Edwards, but it's Watson's advice on playing golf that you'll want to watch. At nearly three hours in runtime, and with exceptional production values, this set covers everything from grip and set-up, full-swing and short-game to faults and fixes.
This 80-minute video breaks down the golf swing into eight steps. Think of each step as a point to stop and check your swing - is your swing in the right position at each checkpoint? Although this is one tape, it's best treated as eight 10-minute tapes: Master Step 1, then advance the tape to Step 2, and so on.
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This 3-volume DVD set can be purchased invidually or as a group. The three titles in the series are More Power
, More Consistency
and More Up & Downs
. As you can probably guess from the title, instructors featured in each DVD are those who rank (or did rank at the time of taping) on Golf Magazine
's Top 100 Teachers in America list.
This multi-volume set of tapes came out in the late 80s and features the King going over fundamentals, the "scoring zone" (short game) and the right way to practice.
The video version of Penick's "Little Red Book" features his longtime pupils, Ben Crenshaw and Tom Kite, demonstrating the simple, straightforward tips found in the book.
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Instructor Jim McLean focuses on faults and fixes - on instructional drills - in this 2-disc DVD set. One disc focuses on the full swing, the other on the short game. You can sometimes find the discs sold separately, but we recommend buying the set. These are McLean's favorite drills for identifying problems and fixing them.
This is a 5-volume DVD series, four discs of which are golf instruction, with the fifth disc being interactive software. The software, if you choose to use it, analyzes your swing and then recommends specific drills included in the other four discs. Even without the software, it's a good collection of Leadbetter training.
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The previous entries on this list are general, all-around instructional titles, or focus on drills, on finding and fixing specific issues. Or both! But we'd be remiss not to include at least one title here on the short game. Mickelson is one of the modern short-game wizards, and he shows you all his tips and tricks here for improving around the green.
Not surprisingly, this title also is featured on our list of the best short game videos and DVDs
In the 1930s, Bobby Jones created the first golf instructional tapes. They were short films that were shown in theaters. They had been long neglected when The Golf Channel began late-night airings, and now they are being rediscovered by golfers of all skill levels. Sure, golf teaching has advanced quite a ways since the 1930s, but you can't go wrong learning from Bobby Jones. You can buy the tapes individually, but also look for gift packs.