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Harold Edgerton’s Golf Swing

Written by: George Chittenden : 27 Dec 2019

This rather brilliant image was captured in 1938 by photographer Harold Edgerton. Using multiple flash stroboscopic photography Edgerton answered an important golf related question, what actually happens during that all important moment when the club strikes the ball and transfers all of the players skill and energy? It is actually one image, but the flash fired around 61 times during the split second it was taken, making it appear like a time-lapse photo.

The player in this particular shot was Bobby Jones and his swing as you can clearly see is perfect. If he had hesitated at any stage during the swing it would be clearly visible in the photo, however his swing is compact and rhythmic. Nowadays ultra-high-speed photography is often used for sports training, but when Edgerton photographed Jones and other golfers back in 1938 it was a world first.

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