There are always a number of swing related issues that I see on the range early in the season (and yes in the mirror too) but for now let’s talk about tempo. We all know that smooth, rhythmic and repetitive swings are the ones that deliver the best quality golf shots, and that a great swing requires ‘time’… time to turn, coil, hinge, shift weight and release the club, but just like baking bread there is a recipe for success. The very best swings and certainly those on the professional tours all have a common attribute in the time component. We can measure the time it takes from starting your backswing and getting to the top of the backswing as well as the time it takes to get from the top of the swing back down to the ball at impact and there is a very distinct ratio for success… three to one. We should all strive to find a swing that has three portions of time taking the club to the top of the backswing followed by one portion of time to get back down to the ball at impact. We all vary in what that time component will be as some of us have quick swings and some are certainly slower in comparison but the ratio of backswing to downswing should be as close to ‘three to one’ as possible. Most of the ‘untrained’ swings that I see are either too slow on the way back or far too fast on the way down, or in severe cases of poor tempo a combination of both. When you are on the range try counting to yourself during your backswing… ‘one, two, three’ on the way to the top and then deliver the club to the ball with the count of ‘one’ and see how close you can get to the ‘three to one ratio’. If you are having difficulty finding your tempo or just don’t know what to do to improve it, come and see us at the Academy and let us help you find the ‘music’ in your swing.
See you on the range, Dave Lengyel