Hit it Hard

Directed by Gabe Spitzer and David Terry Fine

Starring John Daly

John Daly didn't fit into the world of golf when he burst onto the scene in 1991, gripping it and ripping it all the way to the top. An immense natural talent, he’s had improbable highs on golf's biggest stages and brutal lows like suspensions, divorces, rehabs and relapses. Through it all, this "rockstar of golf” has remained loved by his loyal fans. HIT IT HARD is a journey into the early years of John’s tumultuous career while also observing him today, two decades after his glory days. The film explores why, despite his myriad mistakes, he’s still so universally loved for being John Daly.

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  • ★★★½ review by Jerry Downing on Letterboxd

    The thing I love about the 30 For 30 series, is that I am able to get into just any subject matter. I don't even like golf, but still enjoyed this one a lot. It's about John Daly, a golfer who was basically an overnight success, but his demons got the best of him. He was an entertaining character, though. Pretty solid documentary about a person I never heard of, playing a sport I don't even like.

  • ★★★½ review by Marisa Carpico on Letterboxd

    Don't usually care about golf, but this was strong as hell. So tragic, but also doesn't necessarily try to psychoanalyze Daly in a way some of these films do. Part of that might be because Daly's issues aren't exactly resolved.

  • ★★★½ review by Niall Blackie on Letterboxd

    I'm sure I'm not the first to say it but what I love about these ESPN documentaries is that you can get a film about a sport you don't have a great interest in and yet give you a story that you find interesting and compelling. My only criticism of this one about the rise and fall of golfer Jon Daly is that it was just too short, I could have done another half hour at least about the man and his story.

  • ★★★½ review by Stefan Griens on Letterboxd

    Sports documentary about John Daly, the most unlikely of all golf stars. This documents his rise, but mainly his steady decline afterwards, due to not being able to deal with fame and alcoholism. Daly is a huge part of this and he is brutally honest about his lifestyle. This is well directed, never staying on a topic too long, always keeping up the pace.

  • ★★★½ review by Isaac McKeithen on Letterboxd

    "Some people just never grow up, and I can say I'm probably one of 'em."

    Pretty effective at what it's going for even if it's unremarkable (except for a few excellent match cuts). I could have taken another half hour.

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