What parents need to know

Parents need to know that The Short Game is a documentary about the world's best golfers ... ages 8 and under. The filmmakers followed eight 7- and 8-year-old golfers from around the globe who gather yearly at the U.S. Kids Golf World Championship in Pinehurst, North Carolina. The elite young golfers include a range of kids -- crossing cultural, racial, and class lines -- and they're all presented as worthy role models with supportive parents. The documentary is extremely kid/family-friendly overall, though one dad does say "goddamn it!" and another says "kick ass." The Short Game will teach kids both the basics of golf and what it takes to be a world-class athlete at such a young age.
  • Families can talk about why sports documentaries are so popular. Do you need to know anything about (or even like) golf to enjoy The Short Game? Why or why not?
  • What did you think about the interviews with the professional golfers? What do they have to say about "making it" in the game of golf -- or any sport?
  • The movie subtly deals with class issues. Do you think it's easier to become a renowned athlete if your family has more money? Does The Short Game explain how money factors into the sport?
  • Which young golfer did you root for the most? Which families had the healthiest attitude about their kids' performance?
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