Improve Your Golf Swing By Improving Your Tempo
We have all heard the word tempo in relation to the golf swing. Announcers on television speak of the “great” tempo Ernie Els has in his golf swing. What does tempo mean to the amateur and their golf swing?
Tempo in the Golf Swing
Tip: To get the most from your equipment, you should learn to tell the difference between each type of club. Knowing when to use woods, irons, wedges, and other clubs will help you to always get the ball up the course where it needs to go.
Tempo in the golf swing is a combination of many parts. Tempo is part timing in all aspects of the golf swing. It is part sequencing of each position within the golf swing, and it is part “feel”. Putting all these golf swing parts together creates tempo in your own golf swing.
Tip: To really get a powerful swing going, you need to utilize the muscles in your whole body, especially the legs and trunk. Simulate the cracking of a whip while you swing your torso around and push your feet firmly against the ground.
Interconnecting each phase of the golf swing; address, take-away, backswing, transition, downswing, impact, and follow through is one part of tempo, Performing each of these phases with the correct timing is also tempo. And finally “feel” for the clubhead is part of tempo.
Tip: When you hit a shot that lands on the green, make sure you check for any divots, and repair it if necessary. Balls that fly into the green often leave large dents which can harm the grass of the green and prove frustrating to the next golfers on the green.
We can probably say tempo is the end goal of all our practice and time spent on our golf swing. Once we have developed tempo in the golf swing, there is definitely a level of mastery within it.
How Do We Develop Tempo in the Golf Swing?
Tip: Always take a stance approximately 3-5 feet behind the ball and look forward to the destination where you want it to land. Keep in mind the wind and any other weather conditions that might affect your stroke.
A great question that does not have a simple answer: Developing tempo in the golf swing is a task that requires patience, practice, and time. There really are no short cuts to developing it within your golf swing. One practice session at the driving range will not do it. The use of a single training aide will not get you there. The implementation of a golf fitness program will not achieve this task on its own.
Tip: Footwork is essential to a golf swing, so make sure that you have your feet properly lined up. Doing this is perhaps the best way to improve your swing.
I say this because developing a PGA Tour type golf swing requires a “basket of tools” in your arsenal. Developing tempo and a silky smooth golf swing requires you to:
§ Receive proper instruction on the fundamentals of the golf swing
§ Maintain a consistent practice schedule with your golf swing
§ Use swing drills to develop every as of your golf swing
§ The possible implementation of training aides into your practice sessions
§ Implementing of golf fitness program to develop your body around the golf swing.
Tip: You should put all of your attention on the next shot. Don’t think about your past shots or the water hazard you’re going to have to face; don’t get distracted from the very next shot that’s up.
The “basket of tools” listed above put together can lead you to developing great tempo in your golf swing. It requires a comprehensive approach in which no short cuts can be made. Let’s take a look at the bullet points above to get a better understanding of how to go about this process.
Proper Instruction in the Mechanics of the Golf Swing
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Learning the fundamentals of the golf swing is key to developing tempo. This can be achieved through quality instruction. This will allow your body to learn the nuances of the swing. This is the first step in developing tempo.
Consistent Practice of the Golf Swing
Tip: Practice, practice, practice will lead you to avoid slicing the ball. Slicing is caused by a clubface hitting a ball in a way it shouldn’t, which causes the ball to curve towards the right.
As they say practice makes perfect. In order for your body to learn and be able to repeat to proper mechanics of the golf swing, you must practice on a consistent basis. The body learns biomechanical movements through repetition. The golf swing is no different. Repetition through proper practice session is the second key to developing tempo.
Swing Drills to Develop the Golf Swing
Tip: Make sure that your entire party keeps track of who’s ball is who’s by reading off the number and brand name found on each ball. Now you will know which one is yours when they are hit close to one another.
The golf swing as a whole is one of the most intricate athletic movements to perform. In its entirety, it is a very difficult movement to perform and master. It is best when learning the golf swing to break it down into parts. Breaking the golf swing down into segments allows you more easily to master each phase of the swing. This is accomplished through the implementation of golf swing drills. Swing drills break the swing down into manageable parts.
Training Aides in Association with Your Golf Swing Drills
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Training aides assist the body in developing the golf swing. Think of training aides as “training wheels” on a bicycle. They simply help your body learn certain movements and positions associated with the golf swing.
Implementing a Golf Fitness Program
Tip: Being mentally prepared is just as important as being physically prepared when it comes to a game of golf. Dismiss your other mental problems so you can keep your mind on your game.
Your body swings the golf club and performs the biomechanics of the golf swing. In order to perform the biomechanics of the golf swing correctly. It is necessary for your body to have certain levels of flexibility, balance, endurance, strength, and power. If your body is lacking any of this aforementioned list learning the biomechanics of the golf swing correctly will be very difficult. A golf fitness program is the final key to developing tempo in your golf swing.
Tip: If you’re losing your grip on the club when swinging, there might be more to it than just an old, worn glove. Your actual club might be worn.
To summarize the development of tempo in your golf swing requires a “basket of tools”. Tempo requires; proper instruction on the golf swing, consistent practice of your golf swing mechanics, the utilization of swing drills, training aides, and a golf fitness program. Put all of these aspects together and a golf swing with tempo will be yours.