Video Analysis in Golf: What to Look for
Video analysis is a useful way to help you analyse your golf swing, spot any weaknesses in your technique and improve your performance. It’s a fantastic teaching tool for coaches, as well as being instructive for individuals keen on self-improvement. Here we’ll explain what you should look for, to get the best out of your golf swing video analysis.
Many of us like to play by ‘feel’ – but feel alone can’t always tell us what’s really happening. If you really want to improve your technical skills, video analysis is an objective way to gain insight into strengths and weaknesses in your technique.
That said, what you see on video can vary widely depending on the camera angle, so it can be surprisingly subjective! For this reason, it’s vital to set the camera up correctly before you begin video analysis, or you could get misleading results.
A down-the-line angle (where the camera points towards the target) is usually the most revealing, but it’s important to make sure your camera is set up at the same height as your hands, or your analysis could be deceptive. Face-on shots should be set up at hand height, perpendicular to the target line. For best results, always use a tripod to fix the camera in place, and ensure that both you and your camera are in the same position every time you practise.
Posture and alignment
Video analysis can be extremely useful for ensuring that your posture is correct. Here are some basic things to check when analysing your golfing stance, based on a right-handed swing (it will be the opposite if you are left handed):
- Sloping shoulders. When viewed face on, your right shoulder should be lower than your left, if you are holding your club correctly.
- Invisible elbow. In a down-the-line view, only the nearest elbow (and knee) should be visible. That’s because they should be perfectly parallel with each other, so one covers the other completely when viewed from the side.
- Straight spine. Are you leaning correctly? From a down-the-line camera angle, your spine should be completely straight, and you should be able to draw a vertical line from the balls of your feet up through your knees to the backs of your arms.
Now that you’ve perfected your position, it’s time to analyse your swing! Video analysis can really help you to monitor your progress, especially when you compare one swing with another (the following is based on a right-handed swing).
- Triangle formation. At the very top of your swing, your right forearm should be exactly parallel with your spine. Meanwhile, your left wrist should be flat, and your forearms and elbows should form a triangle shape.
- Straight line. At the moment of impact, your left arm and shoulder should form a perfect straight line with your golf club.
- Slow motion replay. Things can happen pretty quickly, so slow motion replay is a great way to help you focus on what’s happening when you take your swing.
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