Chipping Golf Tips Video Wins Golf Industry’s Version of the 'Razzies’ for Worst Instructional Video of 2011

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Just as The Golden Raspberry (Razzie) Awards annually honors Hollywood for its Worst Achievements in Film, http://golfersadvice.com/, a popular golfing news and website, has announced its version of the “razzies” for a golf instructional videos called “Golf Chipping tips.”

Chipping Golf Tips

The video makes the case that you can practice chipping anywhere, even in your back yard. It says that ‘even if you break a few windows, that’s a small price to pay for becoming a better golfer.

Just as The Golden Raspberry (Razzie) Awards annually honors Hollywood for its Worst Achievements in Film, golfersadvice.com, a popular golfing news and website, has announced its version of the “razzies” for a golf instructional videos called “Golf Chipping tips.”

“Hey, we’ve made our share of videos deserving of award ourselves,” said Joe Brown, senior golf writer at golfersadvice.com, and one of the judges for this year’s golf instructional video razzies. “But this particular golf chipping tips video stood out among a list of 30 contending videos ranging from a video called ‘Putting for Idiots’ to ‘Golf Meditation Made Easy.’”

Brown says the criteria for the golf video razzies boils down to three basic factors. “Does the video fail miserably at conveying its message, is it a tip that golfers can’t stand, and finally, the production value has to be almost non-existent,” he said. “Sometimes, the audio or quality is so poor, that even if the content is valuable, it’s painful to watch.”

In the case of the chipping golf tips video, Brown says the video succeeds beautifully on all three counts.

“The video makes the case that you can practice chipping anywhere, even in your back yard. It says that ‘even if you break a few windows, that’s a small price to pay for becoming a better golfer’” he said. “The video also talks going to the driving range to practice chipping twice as much as your other clubs in the bag. The video’s reasoning is that chipping requires the least amount of exertion, so you can practice for longer durations of time.”

While Brown thinks the premise for Chipping Golf Tips contains a few sound tips, the so-called professional instructor can’t seem to hit a descent chip “to save his life.” In fact, he says, “The guy hits one lousy chip after another… sometimes popping up the ball, and at other times, taking a divot so large it’s laughable… and he doesn’t even replace them.”

According to Brown, chipping golf tips does make a few good points about subject, such as providing a few good drills to practice. “No question, better chipping techniques can lower a players golf scores dramatically,” he said. “A good short game can set up a player for more birdies, or rescue a bad shot with a chance to save par. But the instructor in Chipping Golf Tips never seems to get a ball within 20 feet of the hole, and I’m talking about straight-forward chips from a perfect lye with acres of green to work with.”

As for the production value of Chipping Golf Tips, Brown says the audio is sounds distorted and fades in and out during narration. “They try to save the production with cheesy voice over commentary, but the sound is as bad as the shot making. So bad, in fact, we thought it might be a parody on golf for the first few minutes.”

Brown isn’t worried about drawing more attention to the Chipping Golf Tips video, since doing a search will also produce dozens of other well made golfing videos with excellent content. “Thankfully, most golf companies do their best to make very good instructional videos. Chipping Golf Tips, however, may just become a golf instructional cult classic… or at the very least, a You Tube sensation.

If you’ve seen a golf instruction video that you believe might qualify for next year’s golf razzies top honors, go to http://golfersadvice.com/347/your-questions-about-golf-tips.html to register your nomination.

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