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Where the Light Air of Childhood Meets Sports Professionalism in The Short Game

17 September 2013 9:00 PM, PDT | Village Voice | See recent Village Voice news »

The U.S. Golf Kids World Championship Tournament at Pinehurst, America's largest course, invites players up to age 12. It was a canny choice, though, for Josh Greenbaum's The Short Game to follow only seven- and eight-year-old competitors. It's the "give me the child, I'll give you the man" age, when kids are steeped in childhood yet emerging as whomever they'll become. This calls to mind the Michael Apted project that began with 7 Up in 1964, following 14 English children of different classes throughout their lives. If The Short Game has any such ambitions, they're not evident. The film follows eight young golfers and their families from varied socioeconomic, cultural, and international backgrounds, adding heft to the kiddo-sports charm but no real focus. At worst »

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