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Disc Review



PDGA
2001 World Disc Golf Championship

Posted: 01-06-02
By Blake Takkunen - the Webmaster - <blake@discgolfreview.com>
My Review:

Running Time: 94 Minutes
Tape Speed: SP
Location: St. Paul, MN
Featured Golfers:
  • Pro Open Men: Scott Martin, Steve Rico, Barry Schultz, Cameron Todd, Eric Tracy
  • Pro Open Women: Leslie Herndon, Elaine King, Juliana Korver, Birgitta Lagerholm
  • Pro Masters Men: Gregg Hosfeld, Joel Kelly, Stan McDaniel, Joe Mela
    Commentators:: John Houck, Dan Roddick

    Picture Quality: A
    Sound Quality: A
    Final Round Coverage: B
    Extra Footage: A
    Commenatry: B-
    Educational Value: B+
    Overall Rating: B

    The final round footage of this video includes the final 9's of the Pro Open Men's and Women's divisions as well as the Pro Masters Men. There are a variety of camera angles including some views from above on several holes as well as views from the basket and tee. The action is smooth with edits that seem focused at maintaining continuity from the throw to the disc flight. Unfortunately, the camera choices often sacrifice the perspective of the disc with regards to the terrain and basket as well as a few shots where the camera doesn't focus on the disc at all. This is contrasted by the occasional shot where the focus is solely on the disc flight perspective and there is no focus on the thrower. I am rather turned off by the choice of footage since the finals course was specially geared towards spectators and media. I don't know if it's too much to ask to have a camera shot from near the teebox focusing on the thrower until the disc has left their hand and then a view of the disc flight in the frame of reference of the course. A plus of this video are the golfers in the men's open. After many videos with Climo, Russell, and Stokely, it's nice to see some of the other players on film and their techniques. There is a slow motion breakdown of the players' drives on one hole, but unfortunately most of the camera angles aren't focused on their throwing motion and the editing often cuts away as soon as the disc has left their hand. There are a good mix of rollers, 360 drives, and jump putts to give a variety of shots that aren't as common on most videos and make good learning tools. I find the commentary to be somewhat lacking. On previous videos, it has been geared towards the general spectator. The commentary on this video seems rather exclusive often with remarks that only avid disc golfers familiar with the pro scene will grasp and appreciate. The bonus footage from the courses is excellent. Although there aren't too many camera shots from the wooded holes, the camera views keep the disc in perspective and have more of a genuine feel than the finals footage. Overall, I find this video to be somewhat disappointing when compared to previous efforts, the 2000 video in particular, but it is still a must for the disc golf fan's video rack. Hopefully, with the 2002 video they will get "back to the basics" and produce more viewer-friendly video.
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