“The Short Game” Documents Intense World of Seven Year Olds

by Jeff Skinner

Anytime I see a few kids on the golf course I always lament the fact that I never played while I was a youngster.  Now, coming to theaters soon is a film that features some of the best young gofers that didn’t wait until they got older to play the game.

“The Short Game” is an independent film that “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 golfs’ 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.”

From the trailer it looks pretty interesting and avid golfer Justin Timberlake served as an executive producer (his wife Jessica Biel was also one) so that may give it some legit golfing chops.

Click here for “The Short Game” website and here for a complete review from John Strege of Golf Digest.


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