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New documentary explores world of child golfers

March 12, 2013

A brand new documentary exploring child golfing, which debuted at the South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Festival on March 8 th , this week released its trailer ahead of the showing.

The Short Game, directed by Emmy award winning director, Josh Greenbaum, follows eight pint-sized golfers as they prepare, train and partake in the Junior World Golf Championships.

In their quest to become the world's next top golfer, the documentary explores the determination of both the children and their parents, as they make huge sacrifices in order to become the next champion.

Every year, no less than 1500 youngsters partake in the Championships, and past winners have included Ernie Els, Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods.

Interestingly, the vintage year of the competition has been described as 1984 when David Toms won the 15-17 event, Ernie Els winning the 13-14s category and Tiger woods winning the 9-10 category, despite being only 8 years old.

Speaking about the documentary, Geenbaum says that:

"I chose to follow the youngest golfers on the circuit specifically because I have always been fascinated, and perhaps more importantly, incredibly entertained by seven year olds.

"I find their unabashed confidence coupled with their innocent naiveté makes for a very funny combination of inspiration and unexpected wisdom; and ultimately, for a film that appears to be about kid golfers, it quickly becomes about much more."

If you're a fan of tennis, or in fact modelling, you may also be interested to know that the film also features the brother of Anna Kournikova, Allan.

Describing Allan, Greenbaum says:

"Never shy for words, Allan is equally comfortable discussing US China relations as he is who in his class indeed has cooties."

Up against the film is a number of documentaries which includes works from Elise Salomon and AJ Schnack.

But is golfing good for children?

Though the film explores the world of young golfers, the media has recently taken up the issue of children being forced into sports and adult worlds; so is golf good for your children?

The truth is that in moderation, golf can be one of the most worthy sports that a child can be introduced. Although football often stirs controversy, both on and off the field, golf is of course a game of patience, respect, honesty and integrity.

Not only that however, but when children are learning about the sport, they are also learning life lessons that can take them past school and into the working world; after all, there's nothing worse than being a football fan in an office full of avid golfers.

Of course, health is another great benefit of the sport and according to one study , if a golfer plays throughout his life, on average, he could expect to live a further five years more than a non-golfer.

After all, with the summer of 2013 approaching, it is time to start planning for the year ahead. If you're looking to save money on Junior equipment for your son or daughter, make sure to check out online stores such as Direct Golf UK , to make sure that you get the best possible prices.

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