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He simply loves golf. #Lefty #USKidsGolf #AthensGa @GeorgiaGolf @UGATeeoff

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So, a few weeks ago I signed up for WordPress and began my blog.  I shoulda woulda coulda done it years ago, only procrastination and excuses held it back.  As you probably know, I love taking video; my kids and family are my primary subjects.  They are always around and the kids seem to be eternally doing something that in my mind, justifies me hitting the record button.

Historically, I’ve gone on vacation, taken the video camera (iPhone mainly, but now I’m loving my GoPro) and shot footage.  Before you get to the editing part, you need to shoot footage.  Don’t be afraid to shoot too much footage, you might have fifty worthless shots, but that one awesome one will make up for it.

Update:  I had received many comments and questions about the type of GoPro camera I used for these shots.  For all of these I videos I used my: 

GoPro HERO3: Silver Edition

You should see the incredulous reactions that I receive…mainly from my buddies on the golf course when I show up with my iPhone set and ready on record and also a GoPro with the GoPro 3-Way Grip/Tripod.

I play golf to about a 22 handicap.

You golfers out there will understand that number.  Basically it means that I can hold my own and not embarrass myself, but I’m not studying putts that seriously and I am certainly not setting up for a fade or a cut on my tee shot.  I’m not trying to birdie every hole and can totally live with a triple bogey.  This mindset gives me the liberty and freedom to treat my round of golf like a movie set and I can be creative while on the golf course.

Some of these clips below have been edited to Instagram and others are just the raw feed and unedited.  Different perspectives can go along way with making your content more interesting.  I love utilizing cool camera angles, such as:

  • Right behind the cup when putting.

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  • A GoPro hidden in the cup shooting up.

  • A slow motion shot of someone driving the ball.

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  • Carefully positioning myself in front of a shot to capture the follow through.

My boys, which you saw in a few of the clips above, love the idea of daddy taking the video camera and filming their golf shots.  On the contrary, my other boys (i.e.. fraternity brothers) whom I’m filming on the golf course, their initial reaction borders on downright anger and annoyance.  There is a silver lining because on most occasions, by the end of the round, many of them will be asking me to film them using slow motion while they are hitting their next shot.  The abuse I receive from the older crew is only temporary and usually fades by the back nine, the love I receive from my 8 and 6 year old is constant excitement and I love seeing them develop a genuine love for the game…and filmmaking.

Key Point:  I pride myself in being subtle.  Basically, I create all of my camera shots while trying my best to not interrupt my playing partner’s focus on why they are out there.  Golf is a game of etiquette and if you become a distraction, well, there won’t be many friends or foes wanting to share a golf course with you.[/fusion_builder_column][/fusion_builder_row][/fusion_builder_container]