How to use a video camera/cell phone camera

(…or for that matter, launch monitor and Trackman info)

Almost all people use videos of their swing to nitpick the position of the club at every point in the swing and micromanage every body part and how it is working. I was no different.

I don’t think knowing that your club is an inch off plane at P3 and you right elbow is bent 3* too much at P5 is helpful information.

From my own experience, that is a disaster. That is why I think things like GolfTec analysis and drawing lines on stills can do more harm than help.

Do you need to know your swing path is 4* inside/out instead of the proper 3.54* to insure the perfect push draw?


The golf ball does not lie, all you have to do is listen to it. Plus, the naked eye of a layman can see if a path is too far off…or just look at the divot…or the tee mark on the bottom of the driver…DUH!!!!!!

However, I find video (and computer generated stats) EXTREMELY helpful for one reason and one reason only. Since feel is definitely not real, video gives you a chance to see what your feel produces…or conversely what it feels like when you make a small change during a lesson with an instructor who knows what he is doing…or by yourself.

In other words, it’s all a tool to help you understand your feels, not to perfect your swing.




  1. Wally

    As I remember your dad was a pretty good ball player without the use of all these gadgets that have today. We should spend more time doing and less time analizing

  2. Christian

    I love video and definitely agree on how to best use it. When I first started using it I was guilty of nitpicking (“my right arm is straightening to soon, I should send it toward the ball and hold it bent as long as i can”… slice, shank… :-). Now I find myself taking video every so often when I feel something new. It has helped me reject some feels and confirm others. To me the hard part of making a change is knowing how the swing should feel when the change is successful. Once you know what it feels like it is easy to make the change. Video helps a lot with that.

  3. s.

    I suppose that the hardest thing about being a coach is interpreting video. It’s not as easy as just reversing the effects.

    If someone is off-plane, the fix is not to try to swing on-plane. If someone isn’t turning their shoulders enough, the fix isn’t to turn their shoulders more.

    Tough job…but someone’s gotta do it.

    • Birdman506

      Elaborate please.?

      • s.

        There was about written about Ernest Jones (he was a top teacher in the 1920’s, and a top player before WW I, when he lost a leg below the knee. In that book, the author says:

        “…if the golfer tried to make his movements correspond with those indicated by an action photograph, he would be tempted to give undue attention to the accommodating movements…”

        The accommodating movements of hips & shoulders get a lot of attention today. But, you probably can’t reverse-engineer a swing from hips & shoulders.

        To fix the problems that those positions might indicate, it’s probably necessary to change the overall concept of what the golfer is trying to do.

  4. captainho0k

    Sorry, this was auto-posted. I was referring to your blog

  5. Andy Preston

    I find video useful so that I can compare a stock ‘good swing’ of mine to whatever seems to be afflicting me at the moment. It certainly ain’t anyone else’s idea of a good swing, but when I’m doing it properly I can at least repeat it, and make my weak kneed fade work for me.

    • Monte Scheinblum

      That’s as perfect example of exactly what I am talking about.



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