Archive for the ‘Slow Motion’ Category

Secret to Lagging the Golf Club!

Thursday, March 17th, 2011

Want to “lag” your golf club so you can hit the ball straighter and further?

The secret lies in your ability to “slow down” just before impact and “lagging” your clubhead.

In the above video, Ben Hogan hints at how to “lag” your golf club, that is by slowing down a bit just before impact.

Too many amateurs swing the golf club too fast on the downswing.

If you are one of those (and even pros do this all the time), the next time you are on the practice range, try really “slowing down” right before impact and keeping that 90 degree angle between your hands and the club.

This is the “secret” to lagging the golf club. Of course, don’t forget to speed up right after that, as you can clearly see in Hogan’s video.

How to Take Slow Motion Golf Swing Videos!

Wednesday, November 11th, 2009

I’ve actually noticed bunch of YouTube videos online of these awesome slow motion golf swing videos and noticed that everyone was using selective Casio Exilim series, which can do like up to 6,000 frames per second.

I found that these cameras below will let you take super slow motion golf swing videos:

  • Casio Exilim EX-FC100 – These go for about $219.95 on Amazon, really good deal for capturing up to 1000 frames per second, which beats most other digital cameras for the price and purpose of taking slow motion golf swing videos.
  • Casio Exilim FH20 – This is the higher end version that can cost about $550.  If you want to use it more than a slow-motion golf swing camera, this might be a good way to invest more and get more out of it.

Here’s some videos showing the capabilities of these Casio Exlim digital cameras:

Slow-motion golf swing with Casio Exilim EX-FC100:

Click Here to View in Full Screen Mode

Slow-motion golf swing with Casio Exilim FH20:

Click Here to View in Full Screen Mode

Of course, I don’t really advice to you analyze your own swing unless you are at least an 8 handicap and have some experience tinkering with your own swing.   Otherwise, you might be better off getting a real golf pro to look at your swing.

Also, you can use V1 swing software to analyze your swing.

I should be getting the cheaper EX-FC100 to test it out soon, I need one really bad, technology has gotten so good, it’s unbelievable!

UPDATE: I also found that Casio Exilim EX-FS10 does slow motion golf swing videos too, the cheapest of all at $179.

Swing Tip – How to Swing with Your Body!

Thursday, October 22nd, 2009

Last time I mentioned how you should be starting your downswing with the lower body.  Well, the next step is to learning to swing with your body.

To do this, when you swing, you want to feel like every part of your body is moving “together”.

For example, when I swing my best, I feel that my belly button, legs, shoulders, arms, and hands are all moving together.  This will feel together but in reality, your upper body will always be moving faster because they are on the most outer side of your centrifugal force.

There’s a very simple exercise you can do with a ball, perhaps a basketball or a medicine ball. (or even a basket)

Simply hold a basketball and turn the basketball to the right using your body, meaning your belly, shoulders, arms, and hands.  You should be able to turn the basketball using the large muscles in your body.  Your hands actually do nothing in the process except hold the ball.

Then turn the ball to the left using your body.

This is actually a great exercise also to build golf muscles if you use a medicine ball or a ball with some weight to it.  (I used to use a bowling ball to do this too.)

Here’s some screenshots of how to do it right:
(Please don’t mind my outfit, this is my daily casual wear while I blog at home so…)

swing-body-1

(At address)

swing-body-2

(Turn to the right, if you use your body to turn to the right, both of your hands would be facing 90 degrees away from your starting position.  Now, this is crucial that you get it right.  If you don’t do it right, you are not using your body to turn so hence beats the point of this exercise.)

swing-body-3

(Turn back to the left like you are shaking hands with someone on the left.)

Doing this exercise 10 minutes daily can help you swing the golf club more with your body.  The “feel” of this exercise is exactly how you should swing the golf club with your body, not with your hands or arms only.

By the way, you don’t have to do a full swing with this exercise, just focus on the body turn and really feeling BOTH of your shoulders turning.  A lot of hackers and amateurs don’t turn BOTH of their shoulder, causing all kinds of havoc like banana slices and hooks.  Plus, you LOSE a lot of your power if you don’t turn both of your shoulders.

Also try to really feel that your “belly button” is controlling the turn of your body.  When you use heavier weight, that will also help build the correct abdominal golf muscles.

And lastly but not least, GO SLOW, the point of this exercise is to use your body, if you go fast, you will inevitably end up using your arms or hands, something we don’t want in our golf swings.

Also if you don’t have a ball to do it, you can use an imaginary ball.  Perhaps you are at work and you want to practice swinging with your body.  :)

Lucas Glover Golf Swing Analysis!

Friday, July 10th, 2009

As you probably well know, Lucas Glover edged out my former junior golf colleague Ricky Barnes during this year’s U.S. Open 2009, beating numerous great golfers like Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, and David Duval.

Needless to say, let’s go over Lucas Glover’s swing to see what makes him a “major” champion.

At address, Lucas Glover really gets his head behind the ball, his upper spine and head both tilted slightly towards the target.  This slight move helps you to hit the driver on the upswing and also makes sure your head stays behind the ball during the swing.

Lucas has a very strong grip which also goes well with this type of setup.  His feet are about 10 degrees open each.

*Notice that his head is almost over his right foot, not something you’d teach someone but it works for Lucas Glover.

lucas-glover-golf-swing-1

On the takeaway, Lucas Glover takes away very very wide, sorta like Tiger, I bet he tried to copy Tiger’s move here.

lucas-glover-golf-swing-2

About half-way, Lucas is still very “wide”.  The way Lucas Glover swing the golf club reminds me almost of a slingshot.  Don’t get me wrong though, I’ve seen a handful of great players who have a “slingshot” golf swing.  This isn’t a bad thing so if you do this, keep doing it.

lucas-glover-golf-swing-3

At the top of Lucas Glover’s swing (or transition since his hips are already moving down now), Lucas doesn’t overswing, he actually has a pretty compact backswing although it’s hard to notice when you see it in full speed.  Watch carefully as this is when Lucas does the “slingshot” move, he will practically drop his shoulders, arms, and hands straight down.

lucas-glover-golf-swing-4

I don’t know if you notice here but, Lucas Glover is coming on a very steep angle in contrast to his takeaway and backswing.  This isn’t my favorite way to swing the golf club as your shoulders and hands must compensate for the difference.

lucas-glover-golf-swing-5

At impact, Lucas Glover drops his body a bit (like everyone) but his feet are still on the ground and his left shoulder to the clubhead forms a perfectly straight line, probably his key to consistency.

lucas-glover-golf-swing-6

After impact, watch how straight both Lucas Glover’s arms are, that is really good stuff.  And also note his feet are still on the ground!!!  (and yes that is awesome.)

lucas-glover-golf-swing-7

Lucas Glover’s finish is what I like most about his swing.  See how straight his body is?  This isn’t just good for consistent golf, it’s also great for your back.

lucas-glover-golf-swing-8

Overall, I’d give Lucas Glover’s swing 8 out of 10.  Lucas didn’t win the U.S. Open with his swing, he also had some good luck with the weather and pairings.  Of course, Lucas has a really good short game and mentally “tougher” than the others.

Here’s Lucas Glover’s Golf Swing in Slow-motion video:

Click Here to View in Full Screen Mode

The stuff you need to learn from Lucas Glover’s Swing:

1. Wide takeaway - Wide takeaway isn’t just for hitting the ball, it also let you swing more free as you can “feel” the centripetal force as you swing back.

If you want to learn to do a wide takeaway, simply put only your right hand on the club and try to swing back like you are holding a slingshot.  If you can feel that, apply it on your real swing.

2. Stable Impact - You want to learn to hit the golf ball without losing your balance.  Next time you are on the range, try to develop a stable impact position by “staying up” through impact.  You will almost feel like you are standing up at impact if you do this right.  In fact, you want to feel like you are standing up during your whole swing.

3. Great Finish – Great finish usually result in great balance and that you end up standing tall like Lucas Glover.  Next time you are at the range, finish your golf swing and stand “tall” afterwards and hold your finish for 3 seconds.  If you can do that, that means you have kept your balance through the swing.

More cool balancing exercises – Take a golf pencil, bite it with your mouth and try to hit full shots without losing your golf pencil.  If you can master this, your body will automatically learn to balance and swing better.

Well, that’s about it for today folks, I will try to have more golf swing analysis later this week so I hope you get better at golf!

Go practice now, don’t just sit there and read golf blogs.

Phil Mickelson Front View Swing Analysis

Saturday, May 24th, 2008

Phil Mickelson is doing great today over at the Crown Plaza Invitational.  Let’s look at his swing and see what kind of great things Phil is doing these days.

At address position, you can clearly see the triangle formed by Phil and the angle he is setting up to the iron shot.  The angle is not as important but it does help him set his right arm and the club very very straight.

At takeaway, check out how well he keeps his triangle in tact.

On the downswing, you can also see the triangle.  Triangles are the key to a good golf swing.  Pros might translate triangles into different words but the secret is in the 3 pointed shape.

Check out how well formed the triangle is at impact.

On the followthrough, Phil has great extension of both arms and his left arm and the club are almost completely straight.

Let’s hope good ol’ Phil wins tomorrow.

Here’s Phil in video:

Click Here to View in Full Screen Mode

Adam Scott Swing Slow Motion – Back View

Tuesday, May 20th, 2008

Click Here to View in Full Screen Mode

I remember seeing Adam Scott for the first time. This is as exact replica of Tiger’s swing as you can get.

Golf Video – Phil Mickelson Swing in Slow Motion

Thursday, October 4th, 2007

Click Here to View in Full Screen Mode

Check out Phil Mickelson’s swing in slow motion. Great swing!