It is often said that your tempo dictates how well you swing a golf club. It does indeed. However, the malnutrition of this advice is found in the myth that your tempo must be like that of Fred Couples or Ernie Els to be effective. It simply does not!
All one needs to do to see that a quick, uneasy tempo can sometimes be a good thing is to look at the swings of Sergio Garcia or Nick Price. You can realistically watch Nick swing two to three times in the same amount of time it would take to watch Els. Who is the better golfer for it? Well, the big easy is ranked 3rd in the world, but the speedy South African does pretty well!
So how to establish your premium tempo is the question on the floor of the house then!
Here are five tips to determine the best swing tempo for your game:
- Swing ten times both fast and slow. Watch what happens to your shots and also pay close attention to how it feels.
- Practice with a weighted club to slow your tempo down. If this feels incredibly uncomfortable then lose the weight and swing fast.
- Play five rounds of golf alone. Concentrate solely on your game and how it feels. If you must step up and hit quickly to achieve a quality score, then so be it. If you feel more comfortable with analyzing and keeping things slow then you should stick to this format for your game.
- Try not to emulate swings or tempos. Imagine yourself hitting a good golf shot in your mind. See it from the set-up to the finish and emulate that tempo.
- Pay attention to your chipping practice. When you are hitting chip shots and hitting them well pay close attention to the tempo of your swing. This tempo is what you should use in your full swing.
Focus and self-observation are the two cornerstones of tempo in your swing. And just like a human fingerprint, each golf swing belongs to the individual who possesses it and no one else. The unexamined swing is not worth taking — or something like that.