A Nice Day for Golf
Sennheiser MKH 60
Boom pole array
Today I got some help from the lovely people at Noosa Springs Country Club. Not only did they allow me to come and record some sounds, but they even allowed one of their touring Pros to hit some balls for me. This is definitely the best way to record gold sounds, having someone who really knows how to play hitting the ball for you. Its been probably 15 years since I hit a golf ball, and I was never any good at it, by comparison Dan was hitting like a champ and the resulting sounds were great. The course itself was nice and it was a fantastic day to be outdoors. I managed to get most of what I think you’d expect from a golf course. Hitting balls with irons and woods both off the ground and off tees, as well as miss hits, practice swings, chips and putting. Dan even suggested recording the sound of a golf ball hitting a palm tree. So that’s another sport with some representation in the catalogue. Several hundred sports still to go.
Noosa Springs Golf Club
The Sounds themselves were fairly straight forward to capture. A drive with a golf ball is pretty loud so I placed the mics back a bit. The new metal drivers have a very distinctive high frequency ping to them when they make contact with the ball.
For less powerful shots and putting I got in nice and close to get as clear a sound as possible. Golf courses are often pretty quiet which makes it easier to get clean samples. I wish all my sports recordings would be this easy.
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Stephan Schütze has been recording sounds for over twenty years. This journal logs his thoughts and experiences