Swinging the club too slowly is another misconception of the golf swing. Every player has their own tempo. Swinging the club slower than your natural tempo will affect shot shape, distance and direction.
Comparing past tour players Nick Price and Steve Elkington gives you a great indication of each man’s natural tempo. Price had a quick swing and a brisk walking pace, whereas Elkington had a slow, methodical swing and a more leisurely walking pace.
To show my students their individual tempo, I use the Tour Tempo app. Using a video of your swing, you can discover your individual swing tempo. Ideally you should have a 3:1 ratio, e.g. 27 counts on the backswing and nine counts on the downswing. (Tiger Woods, for example, is 27/9; Price is 21/7.)
I find this app provides my students with a better understanding of their personal tempo and results in improved shot shape, distance and direction.
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• Jason Laws is the NSW PGA Teaching Professional of the Year