Connect with us

Opinion & Analysis

Golf swing videos: What you absolutely need to know

Published

on

Let’s start with a game. Below are 5 different swing videos. I want you to study them and decide which of them is the best swing. Take your time, this is important…

Please, write your answer down. Which one was it?

Now, I am going to tell you a little secret; they are all the exact same swing filmed simultaneously from 5 various positions. JM1 is on the hand line but higher, JM2 is on the hand line but lower, JM3 is on the foot line, JM4 is on the hand line and JM5 is on the target line. Same swing, very different results!

So, what did we learn? Camera angle has an enormous impact on the way the swing looks.

“If you really want to see what is going on with video, it is crucial to have the camera in the right position,” said Bishops Gate Director of Instruction and Top 100 teacher Kevin Smeltz. “As you can see, if it is off just a little it makes a significant difference.”

According to PGA Tour Coach Dan Carraher: “Proper camera angles are extremely important, but almost more important is consistent camera angles. If you’re going to compare swings they need to be shot from the same camera angles to make sure you’re not trying to fix something that isn’t really a problem. Set the camera up at the same height and distance from the target line and player every time. The more exact the better.”

For high school players who are sending golf swing videos to college coaches, the content of the swing video is also very important. You have 5-15 seconds to impress the coach, so make sure you showcase the most impressive part of your game. For example, if you bomb it, show some drivers and make sure the frame is tight to demonstrate your speed/athleticism. Likewise, if you have a great swing but not a whole lot of power, start the video with a 5 or 6 iron swing to showcase your move. Either way, show coaches your strengths, and make sure to intrigue them!

Now that you have something that represents your skills, you need to consider how to format it so coaches are most likely to open it. I would recommend uploading the swings to YouTube and including a link in the email; a link allows the coach to simply click to see the video, rather than having to mess with opening any specific program or unknown file.

When formatting the email, always lead with your best information. For example, if you want a high-end academic school and have 1550 on the SAT lead with that. Likewise, if you have a powerful swing, lead with the YouTube link.

Although these tips do not guarantee responses, they will increase your odds!

Your Reaction?
  • 39
  • LEGIT17
  • WOW3
  • LOL0
  • IDHT0
  • FLOP3
  • OB1
  • SHANK54

Brendan is the owner of Golf Placement Services, a boutique business which aims to apply his background in golf and higher education to help educate players, their families and coaches about the process! Website - www.golfplacementservices.com Insta - golf.placement.sevices Twitter @BMRGolf

9 Comments

9 Comments

  1. TeeBone

    May 21, 2018 at 3:03 pm

    When recording video, make sure club doesn’t travel outside of the frame. And when presenting videos, trim off excess. Great swing, though.

  2. Leftshot

    May 21, 2018 at 12:56 pm

    I’m sure this is good information for high school seniors sending videos to golf coaches at universities. But it doesn’t do much for the rest of us. This article was all over the map. The headline suggested I was going to learn something about golf swing videos in general. The first half of the article built a case for there being a proper and improper setup for shooting a swing video for diagnosis purposes, then abandoned that topic without providing anything useful other than (be consistent). Then there was this abrupt switch to talking about how to compose a golf video when you are a high schooler pitching for a spot on a college team. That was right out of the blue.

    How about sticking to a topic and seeing it through.

  3. Dave Tutelman

    May 21, 2018 at 11:35 am

    Very good article! Several people I’m going to send a link, either who need to know this or who know it and should be reinforced that others do as well.

  4. Rpryor

    May 21, 2018 at 1:50 am

    This is the worst article u numnuts have ever written.

  5. MW

    May 20, 2018 at 8:13 pm

    Several of them could have been about 20 seconds shorter as well.

  6. jnotrom

    May 20, 2018 at 4:54 pm

    I get your point, but they aren’t the same swing filmed simultaneously, possibly 1&2 are, and possibly 3,4,5 are, but thats doubtful also, based on looking at the divot pattern, as well as a different amount of balls in his stack, on the ground, and on the range…

    so unless the divot and balls are photo shopped each time to trick people they aren’t the same swing. period.

  7. josé

    May 20, 2018 at 1:53 pm

    Okay, watched JM1 video and I believe you the other views are the same swing. It’s a robotic cookie cutter swing but it doesn’t ensure a well managed course strategy. Brawn plus brains beats brawn versus brains.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Podcasts

TG2: Knudson’s new driver and boutique vs. big manufacturer clubs

Published

on

New SIM Max driver is finally here and Knudson tosses an old faithful shaft in it. New irons should show up this week and talk about how clubs from “boutique” companies stack up against the big manufacturers.

Check out the full podcast on SoundCloud below, or click here to listen on iTunes or here to listen on Spotify.

Want more GolfWRX Radio? Check out our other shows (and the full archives for this show) below. 

Your Reaction?
  • 1
  • LEGIT0
  • WOW0
  • LOL0
  • IDHT1
  • FLOP0
  • OB0
  • SHANK0

Continue Reading

Podcasts

The Gear Dive: TrackMan’s Tour Operations Manager Lance Vinson Part 1 of 2

Published

on

In this episode of The Gear Dive brought to you by Titleist, Johnny chats with TrackMans Lance Vinson on an all things TrackMan and its presence on Tour. It’s such a deep dive that they needed two shows to cover it all.

Check out the full podcast on SoundCloud below, or click here to listen on iTunes or here to listen on Spotify.

Want more GolfWRX Radio? Check out our other shows (and the full archives for this show) below. 

Your Reaction?
  • 3
  • LEGIT0
  • WOW0
  • LOL0
  • IDHT0
  • FLOP0
  • OB0
  • SHANK2

Continue Reading

Opinion & Analysis

An open letter to golf

Published

on

Dear golf,

I know it has been some time since we last spoke, but I need you to know I miss you, and I can’t wait to see you again.

It was just a few months ago I walked crowded isles, stood shoulder to shoulder, and talked endlessly with likeminded individuals about you and your promising future in 2020 at the PGA Show. At that time, the biggest concern in my life was whether I had packed the perfect dress-to-casual pant ratio and enough polos to get through the mayhem of six days in Orlando. Oh, how the times have changed.

On a professional level, what started with the LPGA Tour a few weeks prior progressed quickly at The Players Championship, when you ground to a complete halt within days. As much as it was a tough decision, it was the right decision, and I admire the judgment made by your leaders. Soon after, outside of the professional ranks followed suit and courses everywhere began shutting doors and asked golfers to keep away.

This is the right decision. For now and for the foreseeable future, as much as I don’t like it, I understand how important it is we let experienced health medical professionals make choices and craft policies for the wellbeing of people everywhere. Although, judging by the indoor short game trickery I have witnessed over the last 10 days, handicaps could be dropping when you finally return.

As a game, you are over 200 years old. You have survived pandemics, wars, depression, drought, and everything else that has been thrown at you. Much like the human spirit, you will continue on thanks to the stories and experiences others passed down and enjoyed.

I know you will survive because I also plan on surviving. As long as there are people willing to tend to your grounds and maintain your existence, I will also exist ready to take on your challenge.

When you are able to return in full, I will be here.

Sincerely,

Ryan Barath (on behalf of golfers everywhere)

 

Your Reaction?
  • 12
  • LEGIT1
  • WOW1
  • LOL3
  • IDHT0
  • FLOP1
  • OB1
  • SHANK8

Continue Reading

WITB

Facebook

Trending