How to Film Your Golf Swing & Improve Your Game
You can easily film your golf swing using your smartphone, the SelfieGolf Phone Holder and a free app such as ‘swing profile’. Use alignment aids to get the camera in the correct postion and then you’re ready to start filming your swing.
Sounds easy but many people still get it wrong. So in today’s article I’m going to take you through the best way I have found to film your golf swing.
If you are serious about improving your practice sessions, then please check out my other realted articles below;
- The Ultimate Guide to 50 of the Best Golf Training Aids – ‘Click Here’
- How to Practice Golf More effectively – ‘Click Here’
- How to build a Golf Practice Station – ‘Click Here’
No more excuses
The most common question I hear is will filming my golf swing make any difference? I know that I asked the same question when I started down this road.
At that time I was a 21 handicap. So I wasn’t totally convinced that taking the time to film my golf swing, would make any difference to me at all.
Add the fact that I was sure I’d look like an absolute idiot on the range, and I just never got around to doing it.
Then one day I decided to take my passion for golf more seriously. After all, if I was going to play more often, then why not try my best to get better at it? Plus I had set a goal to get down to a single figure handicap.
It was time to see what my swing was really like. After all, sticking my head in the sand isn’t going to cut it if I want to improve and reach my goal.
So recently I started to film my golf swing and boy, was I in for a shock!
Why film your golf swing?
I have played golf for over 28 years. Sure I have had a few breaks in between, who hasn’t, but for the most part it has been a solid affair with the game. Yet all through this time, I have never taken the time to film my golf swing.
With my goal to lower my handicap set, I knew that I had to change the way I practiced and make more use of the tools available to me.
Now I’m not wealthy so dozens of lessons were out of the question. After all, at nearly £40 a half hour, who on earth can reasonably afford to have a consistent coach telling them what to do, especially if you want to learn at your own pace?
I do have an excellent Golf Professional at my club. He has an awful lot of knowledge and experience, both as a coach, a tour player and as a caddy on the LPGA circuit.
And one thing that got me straight away when we met for the first time, was how much he filmed the golf swing of his students.
He then used these videos to help educate his students in the good, the bad, and the just damn ugliness of their golf swings.
Why filming your swing is so important.
I always felt like I had a really fluid golf swing. But once I started to film my golf swing, the reality was completely different.
My shoulders were all hunched up. I took the club back so far inside the plane, that it almost dragged along the floor behind me.
I came down ‘over the top’ and had a great ‘chicken wing’ left arm as I hit the ball.
Iit wasn’t so much a fluid swing, but a jerky stab at the impact zone, followed by, well nothing.
I had no follow through other than losing my posture along with my balance. So much so at times I would almost fall over backwards.
I had a tendancy to ‘early extended’ so much that I looked like I was humping the proverbial goat.
It wasn’t a pretty sight!
Filming my swing saved me time and money
After an initial lesson I decided to film my golf swing to save me time and money.
Having a varied practice schedule means that I am often on the course or range, when the club professional isn’t.
So by filming and reviewing the footage, helps me to keep track of what I am working on.
When I get stuck, I can always send my coach a short video and he can comment back with a quick hint or tip to help me.
Time is very precious to me. So I have found that filiming my swing and practicing at my pace is very effective.
Golf lessons should be used to work on the next step of your swing and not for re-visiting areas that you touched on weeks before.
So I would fim my golf swing to ensure that i got good at the task in hand. And then I would book a lesson to learn what my next step was.
Filming my golf swing gives me immediate feedback during my practice sessions.
As a result, I can repeat swing corrections more consistently than if I was relying on pure feel.
The overall result is that I ingrain these swing corrections quicker than if I wasn’t using the camera!
This ultimately translates into a quicker progression towards my goal.
How I integrated filming my golf swing with my practice sessions
It’s increadibly easy to work the filming of your golf swing into your practice regime.
My basic method has evolved as I have become more used to the process.
It doesn’t matter if I’m on the practice range, at home in the garden or in the house practicing putting drills.
My method and equipment is the same. And I am convinced that the fact it is easy, is key to my success.
What camera and app to use to film your golf swing?
Almost everyone nowadays has a smartphone. And recent surveys tell us that these new phones, have some of the best processors for taking great photographs and video. So it’s no shock that I use my smartphone to film my golf swing.
As I’m an old git, my eyes are not as good as they used to be. So I have the a smartphone with a lrge screen. It’s a great phone but you do have to manage storage when taking photos and videos.
By using the phones microphone to detect a ball strike, Swing Profile will automatically record the golf swing and then I can simply watch it back immediately by clicking a small thumbnail on the screen.
If the thumbnail isn’t clicked, it simply disappears after a few seconds. Leaving you to carry on hitting balls and performing the drill, until you want to review your progress.
This is great when you’re working on your takeaway, transition or any other specific element of your swing.
For the last four months I have been working my takeaway and my impact position. And each element has been made much easier for me to get right, due to filming my golf swing.
On the range I can spend an hour and get specific results in areas I want. Whereas before, it was very much hit and miss. Mainly miss.
How to mount the phone when filming your golf swing?
To hold the phone I have the SelfieGolf Training System. No fancy film crew. No one stood behind me, just me, my phone and this fantastically easy to use product. Check out my review of this product here.
I simply turn up on the range, set up the SelfieGolf Training System, pop in my phone and away I go. It’s great and I can use it at home too.
It’s the same method on the practice chipping area or putting green. I use an alignment stick that’s pushed into the ground, or the bag clip. Slip in the phone, and I’m good to go.
The key is not to make filming your golf swing too difficult that it becomes a pain in the backside to practice.
You need to make sure it all flows effortlessly.
Position is everything when filming your swing
Once I had the phone and the app sorted, I had to understand how to position it to best film my golf swing.
Getting your camera in the right position is everything. It is as important as where your club face is at impact. If your camera position is wrong then your perspective of your swing will be wrong too.
There are just two basic positions to film your golf swing from. These are;
- Down the Hand Line looking towards the target.
- Face On (Full view from in front of you and perpendicular to the Target Line)
Down the Hand Line
This is the best way to film your body and club path throughout your swing.
This is where you place the camera parallel to the target line, but directly behind the hands.
Be sure also, set the camera at the same height as your hands.
From this position you can clearly record all the elements of your swing. Including hand path/plane, club path/plane, club head position, body alignment, body rotation and feet positions.
It is truly the best position to capture everything and get the right perspective.
Face On View
As it states, this camera view is looking directly at you, square to your body.
Using this angle to record your swing is best for viewing head movement, hip sway, ‘sliding’ through impact.
Your trail arm movement and shaft lean at impact.
As well as viewing your follow through covering your lead arm.
Analysing your golf swing
Once you have the recordings of your golf swing, what do you do with them?
For me, reviewing my golf swing was probably the hardest part of the practice sessions.
The best advice I can give is to keep it focused on the specific element you are working on.
You should be clear on what you are expecting to see when you get the move right.
But more importantly, you should also know what the ‘feeling’ is when you get it right.
As you change things you will start to get worse before getting better, so expect that and don’t let it bother you.
Work with your coach on each element of the swing change that you are working on.
Make sure you understand what it is you are looking for and what to do when you need to tweak it.
Failure to take this part seriously will render all the time and effort capturing the footage, useless and wasted!
Once you understand how to evaluate your swing and make the necessary changes. Your practice sessions will become more fun and go a lot quicker.
So the next point is very important.
Structure your golf practice
Remember that you can’t just hit balls without any specific intention behind it. You tried that and that’s why you’re here reading this article.
Have a plan and a purpose to your practice.
In my articles here about recording playing statistics. I broke down the strokes per round in each of the course areas. So plan your practice around your weak areas on the course.
Yes everyone likes hitting long drives, but if you’re 3 putting on every green, that is going to kill your scores.
Filming your putting lesson and then your practice, can and will, reduce your handicap by a huge amount.
Trust me, this yielded a 6 shot cut for me alone!
If you struggle with 200 yard approaches because of fat shots, then take a lesson and film your practice.
Concentrate on just these elements and you will get better. Then your scores will come down.
For me I am currently working on my shoulder line through impact. This one fault causes me so many issues.
By filming my golf swing, I am able to focus on this one area and translate these changes to the course.
I don’t get involved with anything else except the element I am working on at the time.
Having this discipline is crucial to success. Its strange at times but believe me when I say it yields results.
If you want to read more about how to practice golf more effectively, then read my article ‘here’. It will help you get more from your time on the range.
Get a lesson and identify the single biggest fault you have. Film the lesson and ask for practice drills to work on. Film these practice drills too during the lesson. Remember you have paid for the coaches time and they like it when a student takes their sessions seriously.
Be focused. Don’t get distracted by trying to fix anything other than what you are working on from your lesson. Remember that you don’t know what you’re doing otherwise you would be the coach and not the student. It’s OK to be humble.
This may take days, a week or a month. Persevere with it! Changes will come. It’s OK to suck at things when you first try them. Even experts had to learn!
Don’t listen to your mates or the local range pro that shoots scores equal or high than you. It’s natural for everyone to help other golfers, but generally they are just doing it to make them feel like they are improving themselves. Listen to the person you have handed your money too.
Keep it simple. Try and make your filming easy by using your phone and a simple product such as SelfieGolf.
Consistently review your progress through your videos. Grab a few minutes with your coach to ensure you’re on target. They won’t mind as you will be demonstrating that you are taking it seriously.
And finally. Set goals and targets to aim for. Decide what it is you want to achieve and then set a pathway of goals in order to help you get there.
If you don’t know where you are going, any road will get you there!
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