Month: June 2023

How to Improve a Golf Swing Tempo – 5 Tips for Beginners

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When it comes to the wonderful world of golf, this is a topic that is not mentioned as often as it should be. The reason it should be mentioned more often is, it can make a huge difference in your game. Here I am talking primarily about consistency. Knowing how to improve a golf swing tempo can be something that is going to bring your game to the next level.

Now, like everything related to golf, there is no magic wand that is going to transform you into a low handicapper overnight. A bit of work is still required, but the results can be rewarding.

If you have a look at professional players on both PGA Tour and LPGA Tour, there is one thing you will notice. Their swing tempo is always the same, with no exception.

Granted, it is different from player to player but consistent on an individual basis. That is one of the reasons they can play at such a high level.

The swing tempo helps you with a lot of things. It does not just help with consistency, but also with ball striking.

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Image by Matt Ayward on Unsplash

A good tempo will lead to a better swing execution which then affects how you strike the ball. Additionally, it helps you to stay relaxed during the swing and at the same time helps you to keep too many swing thoughts away.

1. Focus on Breathing

I am sure you found yourself in a situation where you just rushed to the tee box and hit the ball before calming down. If that was the case, I can assume that did not turn out well. In fact, if you are still agitated from something that happened moments ago, you will probably execute your swing poorly.

Breathing is very important in the moments before you swing your club. Allowing yourself to take deep breaths and calm down will help you hit the ball in a better way. First of all, it is a very good method against rushing your swing. Personally, I do not remember I hit one good shot ever when rushing my swing.

Furthermore, at the same time breathing will help your golf swing tempo. It will help you to get into a tempo that will allow for a better swing flow. Next time when you go to the driving range, try focusing only on breathing a few shots. You might be surprised how much it can actually do for your game.

2. Do a Swing Count

As I have already mentioned above, sometimes it is difficult to synchronize all your swing motions. When your swing tempo is off, the outcome is almost always going to be bad. That is mostly due to something that all of us have more or less often. I am talking about swing thoughts, and they can come in numbers.

We have all been in a situation to try to correct multiple things on the next tee box. That is a recipe for disaster. Therefore, fixing things in your swing should be left for the driving range session. Forget about the swing correcting process while playing. Something that can help your swing motions and tempo is doing a count in your head instead.

There are different types of counting you can do, but all have the same purpose. Their purpose is to get your thoughts off excessive thinking about what to do before you hit the ball. With that, you will also be able to have a better swing tempo. It will calm you down as well, and ultimately help you with a more consistent swing.

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3. Have a Pre-Shot Routine

This is another thing that a lot of professional golfers have in common. It is something they do each and every time before they wack the ball down the fairway. For them, the pre-shot routine is as important as anything else they do during a round. In the same way, it should be something that is present in your game as well.

You might be asking yourself what the connection between this and the swing tempo is. Fair enough. Let’s put it this way. If you develop a pre-shot routine, it will become something that prepares you for every shot you take. In a way it relaxes you, keeps you calm, and helps you focus at the same time.

With a routine you will not rush your shots, to start with. Equally important, you can integrate breathing and counting into your routine. All that will result in your swing tempo becoming better which will lead to more consistency. After all, we are all looking for some consistency on the golf course, right?

4. Warm Up Before the Round

Honestly, I do not see a ton of golfers warming up before they start their rounds. By this, I mean actual warm-up like stretching, and not hitting balls into the net or putting on the putting green. The consequences could be bad, like back injuries or any kind of discomfort while playing.

Besides that, when your muscles are not warmed up, there is a good chance you will feel tense when hitting the ball. That tension will not do anything good to your swing tempo. It is hard to have a good tempo when your body is not relaxed. Therefore, if you fall into the no warm-up category, rethink it before you start your next round.

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Image by Mick Haupt on Unsplash

5. Keep It Simple

To tell a golfer to keep it simple is definitely easier said than done. I know from my experience that simplicity and golf often collide in a golfer’s brain. That comes as no surprise due to the complexity of the game. However, keeping it simple can help you more than you think.

Again, we come to the relationship between simplicity and swing tempo. If you overcomplicate every shot you take, all the commotion in your head will lead to rushing swings or taking shots you are not entirely sure about. When in doubt, take the shot you are most comfortable with.

The shots that you are familiar with will relax you and help you stay focused. All that will help you with your swing tempo. Why complicate something when you can keep it simple to your benefit?

Find Your Golf Swing Tempo

The thing with golf is, there is no right or wrong when it comes to the golf swing. Each and every individual will do things in a way that works best for them. The only important thing is that it leads to a wanted outcome. In golf wanted outcome means something you can work with for your next shot.

There are many resources out there that will tell you how to find that perfect golf swing tempo. Again, at the end of the day, there will always be slight differences among players and their tempos. What that translates into is finding a tempo that suits your style of swing. After all, we golfers just want to enjoy a good round of golf.

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Golf Swing Follow-Through Tips – How to Finish Like a Pro

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From time to time I hear one thing related to the golf swing follow-through. When you are swinging your club think about where you want to be. In other words, execute your swing well so you can finish in the right position. There are things you can do to get there starting from checking a few golf swing follow-through tips in this article.

You should think of your follow-through as the reflection of what you do in your golf swing. There is a good chance a good swing will lead to a good follow-through.

It also goes the other way around. A poorly executed swing leads to a poor follow-through. That means your follow-through is more important than you might think.

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Image by Courtney Cook on Unsplash

You can look at your follow-through as a shortcut to see what might be wrong with your swing. If something does not look right, it means one or more other swing components are a bit off. For it to work properly all the previous parts of your swing have to work fine. It might be the last part of your swing, but it is far from the least important one.

Straighten Your Arms After Impact

If your golf swing is solid, your lead arm stays straight from the takeaway until the very last phase of the follow-through. At the same time, your trail arm is bent until your clubhead is a few feet after impact. Now, once your trail arm does straighten a few feet after impact, it should stay straight until the last moments of the follow-through.

That means your both arms are straight in your swing just after impact until just before you finish your swing. It is important you do it that way because that means you did all the previous elements correctly. Some coaches recommend thinking about the follow-through being executed correctly which can help all the other parts of your swing.

One of the major things straightening your arms after impact will help you with is club release. Knowing that your both arms should be straight a few feet after impact can basically tell you when to release your club. Doing that correctly will mean that you hear that swoosh sound just around impact as you should and not too early or too late.

Finish the Rotation

This is very important especially when it comes to more power in the swing and solid impact. If you do not finish the rotation in your swing means you most likely finished your swing too early. That will bring a lot of inconsistency to your swing and will rob you of both solid contact and distance.

Finishing the rotation looks the way you are facing the target at the end of the follow-through. Facing the target at the end of your swing is a good checkpoint for completed rotation. That means your upper body and your hips both facing the target. If that is not the case, it is time to make some adjustments.

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Image by Brandon Williams on Unsplash

Weight on Lead Leg

This is absolutely essential if you want to become a solid ball striker. There are other swing components that lead to this outcome. It is a good checkpoint to know if you are executing your swing properly. In case your weight is more to the trail side during the follow-through and at the end of the swing, that needs to be addressed.

Having the weight more to the trail side will lead to different types of poor hits. That includes fat shots and thin shots. You can run a quick test to see where you are at. Next time you go to the range hit a ball and see where you feel your weight after you finish your swing. If you feel your lead leg supporting your body, all is good.

Finishing Position Based on the Shot

In this case, the finishing position will tell you if you did what you intended to do. Let’s put it this way, for a shorter shot your swing should finish sooner than for a longer shot. That is going to be reflected mostly in your arms’ finishing position. The same goes for the type of shot you were trying to hit.

For example, if you wanted to hit a higher ball your arms and club should finish higher up. If you were looking for a lower flight, your arms, and club should finish a bit lower. This is also a good thing to envision when you are trying to execute a certain shot. You think about the finishing position and then get there by doing that shot.

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Image by Erik Brolin on Unsplash

Reverse It to Check Your Swing

Here is one suggestion I have heard in the past. You can set yourself up in the swing finish position and reverse engineer it to figure things out. That way you can work your swing starting from the follow-through first. It gives you the opportunity to see what things lead to a certain position from the end to the beginning of the swing.

With that deeper understanding of your swing, you can find out what to fix from a different perspective. It might not work for everyone, but it is an idea of an unusual approach that could help you. Finally, I like to repeat how basics are crucial in a golf swing. Work on your follow-through basics as much as you can. It will bring more happiness to your golf game.

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