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Video Your Swing

Updated: Mar 27, 2023

Filming your golf swing can be a valuable tool for improving your game, but it also presents some challenges. In this blog post, we'll explore the pros and cons of filming your swing, and provide some tips for getting the most out of your footage. It’s important to ask yourself why you are videoing your swing as it can be quite damaging in doing so when not taking some advice from an expert. What you can often see is generally not the problem and we often have to rewind the swing back a few frames to see the real route cause to the position and then prescribe the best option to help improve that and its relationship to impact. I’ve also worked with many players who have used video analysis in their practice sessions to really fast track their progress to great effect. It provides a point of reference and allows players to compare and see progress to further encourage improvement.

Are positions everything? No, be careful that you don’t go searching for perfect or textbook positions. What works for a friend may not work for you. Having some expert advice allows you to know what you are monitoring to improve your game.

Benefits of filming your swing:

  • Allows you to analyse your swing in slow motion, which can help you potentially identify and correct issues

  • Can provide feedback from a coach or professional, who can give you specific recommendations for improvement

  • Can help you track your progress over time, as you can compare your current swing to footage from earlier sessions and gives a point of reference perhaps linked to your best golf

Problems with filming your swing:

  • Can become obsessive and you start to focus more on the positions of the movement rather than the effects on impact.

  • Can be difficult to position the camera properly and can cause misleading information, as camera angles slightly different will give a completely different view of shaft angles.

  • May require additional equipment, such as a tripod or stabilizer, which can be costly but worth it for the consistency

Tips for filming your swing:

  • Film from multiple angles, such as face-on and down-the-line, to get a complete view of your swing, when filming from down the line try to align the camera along the target line (from ball to target) at hand height. From face on hand height again and at 90 degrees to your target line in the middle of your stance

  • Many apps are available to help you slow the movement down and drawing tools to help highlight areas and set plane lines

  • Consult with your coach to ensure you stay on the right track and have a blueprint to work toward

In conclusion, filming your golf swing can be a valuable tool for improving your game, but it does present some challenges. By following these tips and being mindful of the potential problems, you can get the most out of your footage and take your golf game to the next level.

Get in touch if you would like more information around how I support golfers away from the course with our 24/7 online coaching programmes.

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