Peter Jacobsen

Remembering Carl Welty, 'genius' who revolutionized golf instruction with video

Remembering Carl Welty, 'genius' who revolutionized golf instruction with video

In the days since his father’s death, Craig Welty has received dozens of calls and emails from prominent people in golf.

Carl Welty Jr. did not grace the cover of magazines or host his own instructional show on Golf Channel. In truth, the native San Diegan didn’t put much stock in those supposed measures of success.

But for those players who rose in a generation when using film and video to analyze golf swings came into vogue, Welty was their Orson Welles.

The pros of today take their 3D swing analyzers and Trackman data for granted, but Welty was among the first in the 1960s to splice up 8mm film so golfers could see their swings and devise ways to improve.

“I...

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