Rolling shutter

I am confounded and befuddled how much common sense escapes people’s brains when it comes to golf. I see threads on the net and get emails from people talking about a swing fault where they get reverse shaft bend before impact.

Come on people!!!!!

There is no amount of incorrect shaft fit or casting that could produce the affect you see in the picture below (It’s Tiger, BTW).

The reason why you sense so much vitriol, is the same people who comment about the incorrect shaft angle in the picture, are the same ones doling out swing advice on the range and net.

Not just in this case, but in all cases with your golf game….use some (expletive deleted) common sense.

I always feel the need to apologize when I get this angry and seem to look down at everyone. The anger is directed at myself for lacking common sense in my own case…but in my defense, I was never this dense…LOL.

It’s called a rolling shutter affect. There’s a guy on GolfWqrx doling out advice in every thread who told a guy that the wrong shaft flex was his problem after showing a still like the one below from the posted video.





  1. allen

    Would you please explain 1.shaft flex , 2 shaft droop 3 shaft oscillation which might sort out this photo. Thanks really love your KISS explanations of the swing ( and how to )
    Allen -Australia.

  2. Robert Johansson

    That is his backswing flex. 😉
    an unsung pro soft flext shafts secrets to long distance.

  3. Christian

    Yeah. That shaft is kicking way too early :-). LOL.

  4. Calvin

    Why not add that to the list of guru fundamentals. It’s only
    one more distortion to try to create. How hard can it be?

  5. Calvin

    Hold the angle and create the curve.

    • HoldTheLag

      All day every day

  6. Todd

    One of the golf mags had a swing sequence of bubba. They had a picture with his shaft distorted like this picture. In the description it talked about how his swing had so much power it created this bowed effect! Jeebus you think someone on the staff would have pointed out what s really going on.

  7. woody

    That pic of Tiger was taken when he was working with S.F. He tried to hold the lag, and it wouldn’t hold.

    Seriously, the photographic equipment of 1947 wasn’t to good, and all the action drawings in Hogan’s “Power Golf” were made from photos showing this effect.

    The book was good, but the silliness of the drawings was distracting.

  8. Rex

    That photo of Tiger is really extreme, but I’ve wondered about this rolling shutter thing for awhile. Why is it that if it really is just a rolling shutter issue that only the golf shaft is distorted, but never the golfer’s arms? Wouldn’t a rolling shutter distort everything from the golf club head to the shoulders? In every photo that has this I’ve only seen the golf shaft distorted, but never the arms. Curious, isn’t it?

    • Dan

      It’s related to how a digital camera writes a picture after the light hits the CCD. Basically, it scans from left to right, row by row (top to bottom). So when a fast moving object (i.e. the club below a horizontal position and moving down and towards the ball) is being filmed, you have the image being scanned left to right, top to bottom, and this method captures the butt end first and the clubhead last. So the delay of scanning in the clubhead, due to the top to bottom scanning, delays where the clubhead shows up and the shaft too.

      Also, from this, we can see the body clearly in all its position because it never moves at 100-125+ mph.

      To fix this issue, turn your camera 90 degrees. The scanning process now will give you the most distortion at the horizontal shaft positions, but should have much less distortion at impact.

  9. Mike Divot

    Compared to the speed of the “shutter”, the clubhead is moving pretty fast; but the hands aren’t. If you could blow up the picture you might see that the hands and arms are blurred ever so slightly.

    Do a google image search for rolling shutter and you will see some pretty wild things.


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