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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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