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Recording a Swing - Part I - Device Placement & Camera Angle

Today, we are going to start a series of posts walking you through how to record a swing. First, step is where to place your phone for each of the three camera angles. Each fundamental works for specific camera angles.

The goal is always to have your entire body in the camera view during the entire swing. Early tip, before you actually smile-to-record, take some light practice swings to make sure you hands are always in view throughout the swing, and don't disappear off screen.

Because watching videos are more fun, here is a video of how recording a Face-On swing would look. Then we will dive into how to get there, starting with the different camera angles.

Device Placement for 3 Different Camera Angles

Joy Motion uses three camera angles, Face On, Down-The-Line, and Angled, depending on the Fundamental. Below are diagrams and example pictures of where to place the camera for each.

Each Fundamental works for specific Camera Angles. Below is a list of the which fundamentals work for each camera angle

Face On:

  • Set Up

  • Stable Spine

  • Hip Movement


  • Set Up

  • Stable Spine

  • Swing Plane


  • Tempo

Face On

For Face On, the phone/camera is positioned directly in front of you, so your face, shoulders, hips, etc. can be seen directly. You’ll occasionally see swings from the Face On camera angle when watching golf on TV, especially when they do slow motion swing analysis


For Down-the-Line, the phone/camera is positioned directly behind your, so your face and body is seen in profile and the target, the direction you are hitting the ball is in the background. You usually see the down-the-line view when watching full shots on TV.


For the Angled view, the phone/camera is placed at an angle to the right from Face On, in the direction of the Down-the-Line placement.

The goal is for the hands to always be seen during the swing and avoid the hands disappearing behind the head. This camera view is used solely for the Tempo Fundamental. The accuracy of the Tempo Fundamental increases significantly if the hands are always visible.

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