A huge box of Tourstage demos arrived over the weekend for photos, testing and reviewing but the terrible weather kept me from getting anything done. The sun broke through the clouds for a very short period of time today so I popped on the course and hit a few with the new X-Blade 707 Forged and then headed to my back yard to do a quick preview. All these years of watching Chris (Tourspecgolfer) make his great videos inspired me to give one a shot. In the past I had done a couple of low end video reviews as well as sound at impact at the driving range but today I decided to try and make something nicer.
Its hard filming oneself when one is alone so I had to set up a tripod. I used my Nikon D5100 which is quite capable for video and has reasonable manual control over the video settings. It was a bit overcast with the risk of rain any minute so I worked quickly to prepare and set the camera in manual mode at f2.8 with a 1/60 shutter speed, exposure is auto in the video mode which is fine with me, and I also set the white balance as cloudy. A tripod is a must when filming clubs alone as you already lose one hand to holding the club. For sound I took my steel series PC microphone and clipped it to my jacket as a lapel mic to keep out unwanted sounds (dogs barking, kids screaming etc).
I proceeded to take the video below in 3 straight takes, one with me in front of the camera, one with the club only in front of the camera and and one with the club at address with a ball (no tripod for this one). I took each take only one and spoke off the top of my head. I'm pretty happy with the way it turned out but there is definitely a lot of room for improvement in all areas including filming, speaking and what I cover. Please take this preview as my first experiment and hopefully it can only get better as I learn to edit and actually organize my thoughts rather that blurting out what ever comes to mind. (^_^)
So without further delay here is my first attempt at a preview!