There are so many different aspects to a
golf swing, most of which have already been
discussed indepth. However, an often neglected factor to
consider is your tempo!
Improve Your Golf Swing By Improving
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
Tempo in the Golf Swing
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.
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
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?
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.
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
§ 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
§ Implementing of golf fitness program to develop your body
around the golf swing.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
About The Author
Sean Cochran is one of the most recognized golf fitness
instructors in the world today. He travels the PGA Tour regularly
with 2005 PGA & 2004 Masters Champion Phil Mickelson. He has
made many of his golf tips, golf instruction and golf swing
improvement techniques available to amateur golfers on the website
http://www.bioforcegolf.com. To contact
Sean, you can email him at [email protected].
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