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THE SHORT GAME 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 golf’s 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.
On a cuteness scale -- where 10 is a fuzzy kitten yawning in a hammock -- the chattily uninhibited 7- and 8-year-old golfers of The Short Game score high.Nicolas Rapold, New York Times, 09.26.2013
Like its half-pint stars, The Short Game stands on the cusp of brilliance.Scott Bowles, USA Today, 09.19.2013
[The Short Game] finds the most entertaining angle on one of the world's dullest sports.Peter Debruge, Variety, 09.25.2013
This less-than-illuminating work resembles the spelling-bee doc "Spellbound," only with a promise of high-end endorsements and far more pampering.Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News, 09.19.2013