Online coaching is proving to be an extremely effective method for advancing your game to the next level. The flexibility to train when and where is convenient to you, along with the increased feedback loop are some of the reasons why it is becoming the go-to option for players to improve.

One of the first steps before I begin working with a player online is going over an easy system they can use to record their swing from the right positions consistently and cover some of the key questions to think about before getting started.

In this article I am going to highlight some of those steps so you can make sure you are getting the best experience and best results possible from your online coaching.

Positioning the Camera

The main two angles you will need is a Face on Angle and a Down the Line Angle.


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Face On

  • Camera 10ft away from player
  • Hands in the middle of the camera
  • Camera Hand height

From this angle we’re generally looking for swing characteristics that will influence your ability to create power, a consistent strike and trajectory control.


Down the Line

  • Camera 10ft away from player
  • Hands in the middle of the camera
  • Camera Hand Height

When looking from this angle we can highlight characteristics that influence your start direction and curvature.


Think hands in the middle of the screen for both


Common Pit Falls

Two of the main pitfalls is either videoing the swing from too close a range and positioning the camera too far right of the player (for a right handed player). Why are the angles so important you might be thinking?

Camera to close

When a camera is to close you’re unable to track the full movement of the club and club face. You want to record the video from about 10ft away. This ensures you capture the full movement of the club and club head from start to finish.

Camera position too far right of the player

Both positions in the images below are the same, however due to the camera angle they both appear different.

Good Camera Angle

Notice the club head is just above the swing plane line I’ve drawn.


Incorrect Camera Angle

I am in the same takeaway position here. However it appears that my takeaway is under the plane line due to the poor position of the camera.


By viewing these two take away positions its easy to highlight the importance of getting the camera positioning right. I’ve often had players video their own swing and ask me about fixing certain positions. When they show me the swing video its often the case that they’re not in the positions they think they are at all! Its so easy to start working on things you don’t need to be and to get results we have to hit the right areas.


Bonus Angle- Rear View

This angle is not necessary however if you manage to record it the swing evaluation can be enhanced.

Set up

This angle gives a great look at the spine and pelvis. Poor symmetry at set up can often times be the root cause to many ball flights.


Transition

We can get a great look at the motion of the pelvis and spine in transition from here too. Getting the body pivot moving efficiently is key for consistency and power.


Ball flight and Strike Tendencies

The key before embarking on any swing work is to identify your ball flight and strike tendencies. For example, what is your ball flight when you’re playing well and what is the ball flight that gets you into trouble, your miss. What is your tendencies when it comes to strike quality? Is it normally good or for example do you tend to hit it too clean or too heavy? These are the questions you want to ask yourself.

By identifying and having student’s asses this information it means players can avoid working on parts of their technique that they may not need to.


I’m sure you may recognise one or all of these players. Each one of them with very different swing characteristics however each one of them extremely successful.


When we evaluate the golf swing we must prioritise function over aesthetics if our goal is to shoot the lowest score. Without any context of ball flight it may cause you to make a change that’s not needed. The ball flight is a key factor that determines the difference between a Swing Fault and a Swing Characteristic.

By providing details on your start direction, curvature, shape and strike your coach will be able to determine the impact factors that need work and the swing principles that will get you there the quickest way possible.


3 Extra Tips

Tripod

Buying a tripod will be one of the best things you can do to get the most out of your coaching online. It makes it easy to set up your practice station consistently without having to rely on someone to get the right angle. By having the camera in a fixed position your feedback analysis will be as accurate as possible.

Consistency

There are slight variables to camera angles and some coaches may have their own preferences. What’s important though is to be consistent with them on every video.

More Information the Better

You will be asked this starting out, but if not make sure you share information about any injuries you may have or if pain occurs when playing or practising. By sharing any limiting factors you have, your coach may be able to tie in a relationship between your swing and body. This again can get to the root cause and see you improve the most efficient and pain free way possible.


Closing Words

There is no doubt that learning online can provide powerful results and by following the steps in this article you will maximise its potential! With many golfers in off season mode now it is a great opportunity to iron out some swing patterns and get to the bottom of missed ball flights so you can get back to a game with confidence! Remember you don’t always need to be hitting golf balls to get better.


Speak soon,

Coach



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