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
If I answered this question here in this post, it may well grow to the length of a book. Instead, I want to give you two routes that you can go to learn the art of swing analysis.
Route #1: Take the Break 90 in 90 Days Course
If you’re currently shooting in the 100s, 90s, or even high 80s, then my Break 90 in 90 Days Course may be a great fit for you. Over 12 weeks, you will gain an adept understand of the golf swing and use this knowledge to lower your score. It is designed to be taken around a busy schedule, and I know you will find tremendous value even after week 1!
Route #2: Read my instructional series
Although this route is less guided and requires more self-discipline, it will get you to a point of understanding where you can look at any golf swing and identify the problem areas. By reading my instructional series, you will learn the biomechanical relationships in the golf swing and how they manifest themselves in real situations out on the course and on the range.
Whichever route you take, you will need to educate yourself about the golf swing. This education will not only allow you to analyze your own swing better but will also enable you to more knowledgeably choose an instructor if you ever decide to take lessons. But most importantly, being educated about the golf swing will allow you to enjoy this game more while simultaneously shooting lower scores!