Have you ever watched a PGA Tour event on T.V.? If you have, you’ve surely noticed how the announcers love to analyze swings. There’s something exhilarating about seeing a PGA Tour pro’s swing in slow motion on a high speed camera. But what about the rest of us? What about the average weekend player who wants to see his swing on video? In this post, I will be going through the process of setting up your camera angle, uploading your swing, and analyzing it in the V1 Software.
Nowadays, finding a camera to use is as easy as pulling your smartphone out of your pocket. Smartphones work great for analyzing your golf swing, although a standard video camera is suitable as well. Note that when using a standard video camera, you will have to take an extra step to upload the video to V1 Golf Software before analyzing.
Many golfers will have a friend record their golf swing, but to properly analyze a golf swing you need some sort of tripod to keep the camera still. This allows you to draw lines on the video without them moving around throughout. I use this Amazon Basics Tripod most of the time, but also keep this cheap and simple tripod in the bag when I can’t carry around the big one. This small tripod can attach to just about anything.
To setup for this camera angle, follow these steps:
- Place an alignment stick on the ground pointing at the target line.
- Place the ball on this target line
- Align another alignment stick “parallel left” of the first alignment stick, directly under your hands.
- Adjust the tripod so that the camera is at waist level, and then point it directly down the line of the second alignment stick, making sure it is far enough away to view the entire golf swing.
It is crucial to get this setup correct, otherwise the lines you will be drawing on the video will create an illusion, and you may attempt to change something in your swing which is not wrong in the first place; the camera angle was wrong.
Face-On View (FO)
To setup the FO view, follow the following steps:
- Adjust the tripod so the camera is at waist level
- Align the camera so that it is perpendicular to your target line
I use V1 Coaching System, which is $4.99 in the app store, and free to use on your desktop (only for Windows unfortunately). If you are using it on your desktop, you will most likely have to download the encoder that is offered when you first install, otherwise your smartphone videos won’t upload into the program.
I prefer to use the desktop version for doing longer analyses, and the smartphone app for doing quick checks for positions in my swing. The app is slightly harder to use, but once you learn a few tricks it’s a very useful tool.
V-1 App: Tips and Tricks
- To draw straight lines, go to the line function, and place two fingers together in the middle of the screen. Now, still holding your fingers on the screen, drag them apart. You should have a line drawn. While still holding your fingers on the screen, you can now rotate them to adjust the angle of the line.
- To undo a line, just double tap the screen of your phone
- To zoom in on the video, and adjust the positioning of your body, use the hand function in the top right corner of the screen. To zoom, perform the motion described in tip #1
What to Look for In your Swing
Obviously, this topic can get quite complicated, and is not something that can be covered in one blog post. For those who are ready to take their game to the next level, I have created an entire instructional series that walks you through each part of the golf swing. Although it is not targeted specifically towards video analysis, you should have a pretty good idea of what to look for after reading it.
For those who need a bit more assistance, I have a created an hour long presentation that walks you through an entire system for analyzing your swing, practicing, and improving your golf game in general. Anyone who is either new to the game, struggling, or just looking for a more strategic way to approach golf will benefit from this presentation.