Everybody’s swing is different, and that includes tempo. Your swing speed can have a huge impact on your game, but it’s easy to overlook and very difficult to perfect. Remember that how fast or slow you swing can influence what clubs and shafts you buy, what ball you play and even how you practice.
The first step is to figure out your swing speed. Some pro shops have launch monitors, or you can buy your own swing analyzer for $60 or so. Depending on factors like your age and fitness level, your swing speed could be anywhere from under 80 mph to as much as 120 mph!
Swinging too fast or too slow can lead to all kinds of problems in your mechanics, so the next step is to control your rhythm and become consistent. Taking a metronome with you to the driving range & the putting green is a great way to work on a smooth, controlled swing that’s the same every time.
Also, try a slow motion swing. Slowing down and trying to keep an unnatural pace through the entire swing forces your mind and your muscles to work together. Try to smooth out any jerky motions, and concentrate on your follow through – the lack of momentum means more effort than normal will be required.
Once you’ve developed a sense of speed and control, you can always work to gradually increase your tempo to improve distance.