2006 Great Lakes Open DVD
Submitted by Blake Takkunen The Webmaster firstname.lastname@example.org
A player in the disc golf video market that has remained somewhat under the radar but has grown in popularity over the past few years is Channel Z. Bart at Channel Z was nice enough to send me a copy of their 2006 Great Lakes Open DVD giving final round coverage from the lead card of that PDGA national tour event.
The 2006 GLO DVD is presented in a very different manner than the majority of the DVD's on the market. While Marshall Street's videos provide a fast paced bombardment of action and the PDGA and USDGC videos give a slow "televised golf" type feel, the GLO DVD gives a very organic and personal atmosphere. The action is presented in a manner that gives the viewer a feeling as if they were actually watching the event. You can often see each player's setup and pre-routine as they evaluate their shot and search for each line.
The majority of the DVD's action covers the lead card with Al Schack, Dave Feldberg, Josh Anthon, and Scott Martin with some bonus footage of the second card (Matt Orum, Nate Doss, Steve Rico, and Chris Heeren). The footage overall is very solid although, at times, the limitations of a single camera trying to capture everything at a live event bleeds through a little bit.
During most of the action there is instrumental background music that sets a nice tone, as it never detracts from what you are watching. One of the stronger points of the video is the commentary. While its mostly delivered in a play by play manner with some extra descriptions of the holes as well as occasional color commentary, it's never overbearing nor does it ever try to create a false sense of tension. Overall, it does enough to add to the video's presentation quality but is benign enough to let the action speak for itself.
The round footage itself captures a huge variety of shots. From an educational standpoint, the difficulty of the Monster Course that the video was filmed at is definitely a plus. Not only will you see some big throws, but you also get to see a lot of saving shots performed by some of the top pros in the world. It's rare to get a chance to see some of the sport's best throwing a sidearm roller from their knees while crouching on the edge of the schule, but this video has plenty of it.
Overall, the video has a nice relaxing vibe to it and if you are a disc golf enthusiast it's the type of video you can plop down on the couch and enjoy without feeling like if you blink you'll miss something or having to tune out commentary trying to bring excitement to a tournament whose result has already been decided months before. With a run-time at just over 60 minutes and a selling price under $15, it should be an appealing addition to most serious disc golfer's video library.
You can find out more info on the DVD at www.discgolfflymart.com
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