The category of Sports Photography is one that doesn't get much respect in the world of serious photographers. That's a shame because sports photography is one of the most difficult to master. The moment happens and it is gone. You either have the shot or you do not. There is no instant replay here.
At its best, great sports photography captures not only the tremendous skills and abilities of the world's greatest athletes in action, but also the passions and emotions of those involved in the game.
The use of the photograph in golf to capture a golf swing can be first found in Walter Simpson`s classic book the art of golf, printed in 1896. It created a precedent which continues to this day involving the study of an individual players movement with the camera lens set so that all movement that escapes the naked eye is revealed to its scrutinizer.
By the time the swing study, which was of Tom Morris, was published the detailed study of movement using camera had been long pioneered. Eadweard Muybridge had first used the idea of multiple cameras to study high speed movement in 1872.
Over the following years camera equipment improved along with the techniques to acquire the final images. It became common to study the swing in detail with many books capturing the best players of the day.
In the thirties the development of strobe photography by Harold Edgergton led to some detailed studies of movements shown in unison. Along with the study of a golf ball a fantastic image of the great Bobby Jones swing was made.
Today we are suffocated with high speed captures of all movement, yet we still remain fascinated by our dynamics when slowed down to recognizable speeds.