September 29, 2021 at 11:31 AM
By Rick V., Team Titleist Staff
Rick V., Team Titleist StaffDuxbury, MA
Hey, Team Titleist!
Have you entered this month's Improve Your Game Sweepstakes, with Michael Breed? This is a great opportunity to have a world-renowned instructor evaluate your swing, address your trouble issues and prescribe a practice plan to get your game on the right track.
Over the last few years, the popularity of online golf instruction has exploded. Rapid advances in photography and digital technology have made video capture and analysis much easier and accessible. Filming your swing is now a great way to get personalized, remote instruction from experts like Michael, and it also allows you to monitor your own progress and self-coach as you train.
To get the most out of this visual tool, it pays to know your way around a camera – whether you're using a smart phone, tablet or even a high-end DSLR. You also have to be aware of some set-up keys, so that you capture a true, undistorted representation of how your body is moving and what the golf club is doing.
• Capture your swing from two different perspectives – Down-the-line (DTL), where the golfer is positioned in the middle ground of the frame and the target is visible in the distance, and Face-on, with the camera perpendicular to the target line.
• For both DTL and Face-on, the camera should be locked down on a tripod or similarly secured and positioned at the same height as the player's hands.
• For both shots, the golfer's hands should be in the center of the frame, left-to-right and top-to-bottom.
• Whenever possible, film in slow motion video mode. High speed filming – most mobile phones can now record in 120 and even 240 frames per second – allows you and instructors to clearly see how the club shaft is moving and how the club face is orientated throughout the swing – without the distortion of motion blur.
• Before recording, place an object (stake an alignment rod in the ground, for example) where the golfer's hands will be positioned and adjust the camera lens to establish crisp focus. Record a test shot and review to make sure your video is in focus.
• If you are using a camera with optical zoom (not digital), it is best to get as far away from the subject as possible and zoom in to a suitable framing with sharp focus. The reason for this is that as you get closer to the subject, the swing plane gets more and more distorted, appearing to swing more outside and inside than it really does.
• For mobile phones and tablets, it's probably best to not zoom in. Zoom out as far as possible and adjust the position of the camera to frame the shot properly.
• Good framing will show the full arc of the golf swing with lots of breathing room in the margins. Tighter cropping can be achieved after recording, if needed.
• It's important to use several alignment rods (or similar) to set up the shot. For Down-the-line, you want one rod ahead of the ball and one behind the ball, in line with the target. You also want to set up a parallel set of rods, directly under the player's hands. This will help you to set up the camera parallel to the target line. If the camera is left or right of this line, the club path will appear to swing inside or outside of the true swing plane that the club is traveling on.
• For face-on shots, use alignment rods perpendicular to the target line to position the camera opposite the hands and to give accurate perspective of ball position.
Good luck and happy filming!
Felipe PMelbourne, VIC
Thanks, M! Thanks, Speedy! Thanks, Felipe! Hope it helps. It is tricky and I've been fortunate to work with some top instructors in the industry. All credit for providing these keys goes to guys like Dave Phillips, Dr. Greg Rose, Dr. Rob Neal and Layne Savoie. Good luck filming!
Abdon MNorthern California
Rob_Roth1San Diego, CA
Haven't registered for Team Titleist yet?