Is Your Camera Lying To You?

Guidelines for camera placements and what you should see from those placements

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With the camera positioned properly at waist high and midway between the toes and the ball, you're ready to go. If a neutral position is your goal, and it should be, here are a couple of points of interest in the takeaway. The clubhead, when it's parallel to the ground, should hide your hands. When coupled with the proper connection between the left arm and chest from address, the clubface should be parallel to the left arm and spine angle. While this isn't mandatory for good ball-striking, eliminating all things bizarre will really help solving problems on the fly. By the time you get to this picture going back, you should see more left leg than right if the pivot is working correctly.

Here we go again. When looking at the takeaway from down the line, if the lens isn't situated right, you're in for a world of hurt.

Obviously, the image on the upper left is the correct one. The camera is waist high, the clubhead is close to covering the hands, and the body is making a correct pivot away from the golf ball.

If you only had the middle photo to work with, which is shot with the camera too far to the left along the toe line, you'd not only see the club look as though it's moving outside the line going back. If the camera is lined up properly and you see this takeaway, it's likely the downswing will be steep, and the path well left through impact.

Finally, if the camera is too far to the right and along the target line, it will look as though the golfer is taking the club back to the inside too much. If you're seeing these pictures from a good camera location, the club will likely be across and have all the problems usually associated with that mistake.

While the DTL camera angle gives you great feedback about your geometry, the face on view helps you see your physics. The pivot is best viewed from this camera angle as it gives you a chance to monitor rotation, lateral motion and explosiveness through impact. Their appears to be an enormous difference in the two backswing positions in the above photos. Once again, this is only due to a change in camera location. The picture on the left is taken from the proper angle with the camera in line with the sternum, the photo on the right is shown with the camera outside the back foot. Not only does this make the ball appear to be too far forward in the stance, but makes it look like the upper body hasn't turned at all. Now that I have beaten the horse completely dead about camera angles you can see how screwed up any player not knowing how important this issue is can become by not being precise.


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