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Analyze Your Own Golf Swing – How To Do It and What to Look For

Some golfers love to take a lesson and have a professional analyze their golf swing.

Is that not for you?

Analyzing your own golf swing is possible with the use of technology and a general understanding of the game of golf. I’ll show you some of the best techniques for analyzing your own golf swing and learning to become a better player.

How to Analyze Your Own Golf Swing (Key Takeaways)

  • Analyzing your golf swing takes a combination of the right equipment and technology and a general understanding of how to hit a golf ball straight.
  • Start with setup, alignment, grip, stance, and posture, and ensure that none of these things are setting you up for a problem with your golf shot.
  • The ability to use slow motion to analyze a golf swing is incredibly helpful; taking advantage of swing analysis apps and programs also helps you compare your swing side by side to that of a professional.

Why Record Your Own Golf Swing?

Recording your own golf swing is a way to look at the issues you may have and determine where your time is best spent fixing them. As a golfer, we can’t see what we are doing when we hit golf shots, so this visual of a golf swing video is incredibly helpful.

Even if you feel like you are hitting a golf shot with a poor weight transfer or incorrect wrist hinge, confirm with a video that the issue is what you think it is.

Take a 2-minute Quiz and Step Up Your Game!

1. What do you want to improve in your full swing?

How to Record and Collect Data on Your Own Golf Swing?

Before you can start analyzing your own golf swing, you have to know how to collect data. Trust me on this one; you will need data to be able to break down the issues you have in your game.

Apps

There are plenty of apps out there for golfers like you who are dedicated to finding the perfect golf swing. Not only will certain apps help you record your swing, but they can also be used to store videos and check on progress.

A few to try are:

  • V1 Golf
  • Swing Profile
  • Rapsodo Mobile

Video

You won’t need a high-end recording studio to get videos of your golf swing. Simply set your cell phone up to record with a timer, have a friend help you, or trim the videos after a practice session.

My most important tip of advice here is to always get down the line and face on videos. Be sure that you can see the clubhead (and its angle) in all parts of the video.

Place the camera far enough away that you can see your entire body. A video of impact or just the upper body doesn’t tell the whole story.

HackMotion

HackMotion is a feedback tool or wrist sensor that is worn on the lead wrist during a golf swing. HackMotion records data at setup, the top of the backswing, and impact. The data will give you valuable insight into the positioning of your wrists throughout the golf swing.

HackMotion data will help you to determine if your wrist position is causing your inconsistency at impact.

The wrists control the angle of the clubface throughout the swing. The angle of the clubface at impact controls the direction of the ball.

This data is very helpful!

HackMotion wrist sensor on golf player hand

How to Analyze Your Own Golf Swing?

Now that you have access to the data you have collected via video and the HackMotion, it’s time to break down exactly what to look for. There are a lot of individual and unique issues that you may run across when analyzing a golf swing.

I’ll give you the most glaring ones to look for so you can see where your best starting point is.

Posture

When posture is incorrect, you lose distance and the ability to strike the ball with a square clubface. Here are the most important things to look for with proper golf posture.

  • Check the spine angle to make sure you are not bending too far forward.
  • Are the shoulders slouched, or are they pushed back and stable?
  • Knees can be bent, but it is a slight knee bend, looking more like you are about to sit in a higher stool.
  • Arms should be allowed to hand down naturally with little obstruction from the body; don’t let the arms reach too far away.
  • The chin should be up with the head in line with the spine.

Stance

The stance in golf is something you can analyze with video, but you also have to use alignment sticks and your own feel to make sure it’s perfect. One of the biggest issues that golfers make with the stance is the ball’s position.

Look for the feet to be about shoulder width apart on most golf shots; in addition, the ball will be in the middle of your stance for most shots.

Weight distribution is where you will need to feel a little more as opposed to relying on the video. Make sure that your weight is 60/40 on the trail side for the longer clubs like driver and 3 wood and that it is 60/40 on the lead side for shorter irons and wedges.

You may see a slightly lower trail shoulder on the driver to ensure an upward angle of attack. With irons, the angle of attack is a bit more downward to promote hitting the ball and then the ground. Iron shots have a shoulder setup that is more square to start.

Grip

I’ve analyzed grips by looking at pictures and video, but you can also check your grip for yourself. The grip will not be exactly the same for each player.

For most golfers, finding a neutral grip with the left and right hand more towards the center of the club (as opposed to strong or weak grips) tends to be the most consistent.

  • Place your lead hand (left hand for right handed golfer) on the golf club so that it is mostly in the fingers and only two knuckles on that hand are visible when looking down.
  • Place your trail hand (right hand for right handed golfer) in such a way that it interlocks or overlaps with the left hand; ensure the trail hand is not too far under or over the top of the golf club.
  • Minimal grip pressure is ideal; have just enough tension on the golf club that you can control it, but don’t restrict the motion in any way.

Takeaway

The first part of the golf swing called the takeaway, can make or break the rest of your golf swing. When taking the club back, keep the club lower to the ground, ensuring that you are getting enough extension and width in the backswing.

Most golfers who struggle with the takeaway will lift the club up, bring it back entirely with their hands or wrists, or start the takeaway too fast, causing the club to go off plane.

Top of Backswing

At the top of the backswing, you will want to analyze the total distance you have taken the club back (i.e., is it past parallel) as well as the wrist angles.

Your video will show you how far back you took the club; nothing past parallel is really necessary.

Your lead wrist should be flat at the top. Check your HackMotion data to ensure that you did not increase the amount of extension in the lead wrist from the setup to the top of the backswing.

wrist position at the top of the backswing and hackmotion app

Downswing

With the downswing, make sure you are using a tool to check the plane of your swing. In addition, you want to ensure that your lower body is turning and rotating and that you are not just swinging the arms.

The HackMotion data can tell you whether or not you are decreasing the amount of extension in your lead wrist on the way down. By the time you get to impact, there needs to be no extension and maybe even a little flexion in the wrist to get the most out of your golf shot.

On the downswing, look for proper weight transfer moving from the trail side to the lead side in your swing. One of the most glaring issues players can see for the downswing is hanging back and not rotating the lower body through the ball.

correct golf swing sequence

Impact

The best possible way to analyze impact position is to look at the impact position of a professional golfer. There are some key takeaways here that will change slightly from a driver to an iron, but you can learn a lot.

  • Make sure the lead wrist is flexed and not cupped at impact (HackMotion data will give you real numbers you can work with).
  • Look for a head position that is behind the ball; if your head has moved ahead of the ball, you are going to lose distance and power.
  • Weight should be transferred mostly to the lead side.
  • Left arm (for right handed players) should be extended and in a powerful position.
  • Spine angle should not have.
  • Balance and stability are paramount; you must be in a stable and balanced position to maximize power.
too much extension at impact position using HackMotion app

Follow Through

A proper follow through is a result of a great golf swing. It’s hard to have a poor swing and finish it with a great follow through.

The biggest mistake you will come across when analyzing your golf swing is slowing down or even stopping at the golf ball.

You want to ensure that your club is continually moving through the impact position, your body continues to rotate, and you finish with a balanced and fully completed follow through.

If you notice issues with hanging back or losing balance, check your HackMotion data. The results could be from having to do too much work at impact to square of the face of your golf shot.

Take a 2-minute Quiz and Step Up Your Game!

1. What do you want to improve in your full swing?

Additional Tips and Advice

Although I’ve addressed every area of the golf swing and given you some of the most glaring things to look out for, there are lots of smaller issues that you can run into.

Here are some tips for combatting those and taking your golf swing analysis to the next level.

  • If you have access to a launch monitor or a golf simulator, use these to record more data and get additional insight into how you are striking the ball and how it could improve.
  • Start at the setup and work your way from there if you are trying to do a complete analysis. So many issues happen with setup, grip, and posture, and you may waste time if you don’t zero in on these from the start.
  • When you see an issue in the golf swing, don’t immediately try to work on it; work backward first to see what could be causing it. The HackMotion makes this easier to do by analyzing data at set up, at the top of the backswing, and at impact.
  • Track your golf stats when you play and keep some video recordings of your swing when you first start working on it; having this information to tap into to develop practice routines and set further goals will make your analysis that much more effective.

Final Thoughts

At this point, you should feel like you have the basics of what it takes to analyze your own golf swing and become a better golfer without the help of a professional.

I can tell you that the combination of video and the data from HackMotion is enough to keep you busy for quite some time.

The HackMotion is like having a golf teaching professional with you at all times, making it considerably easier to stay on track regardless of your handicap level.

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Brittany Olizarowicz
written by Britt Olizarowicz

Britt Olizarowicz is a golf professional who has played the game for more than 30 years. In addition to loving the game of golf, Britt has a degree in math education and loves analyzing data and using it to improve her game and the games of those around her. If you want actionable tips on how to improve your golf swing and become a better player, read her guides.