Talking Swing Tempo

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.

– Scratch

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3 thoughts on “Talking Swing Tempo

  • May 26, 2009 at 3:18 pm

    Taking a couple lessons also helps, took my first one last week, and it has worked wonders so far!

    *** Response From Scratch ***

    John, did your instructor give you a reading on your swing speed? I know from your account on your blog that your teacher had quite a few pointers for you, but curious to see how much importance your pro put on it. Thanks!

  • May 26, 2009 at 6:24 pm

    One word: MEDICUS

    *** Response From Scratch ***

    You know, I’ve always wanted to see how the pros would fare with a Medicus in their hands. There are some awfully “unique” swings (Jim Furyk, I’m lookin’ at you!) and quite a bit of variety from pro to pro. I’m not convinced it wouldn’t hinge on a handful of them.

  • May 27, 2009 at 1:56 pm

    Yes, swing speed right at 90-92, and ball speed at 125-128 on average. I just signed up for 3 more lessons, I want to play better and I really like how David Stacy, at the Virginia Beach Golf Galaxy, teaches. He’s very easy to work with, but understanding him is a snap. If you don’t understand the advice given in a lesson, it can’t help you.


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