How to Control Tempo in Your Golf Swing

By George N Root III

Developing a good tempo and being able to maintain that tempo is critical to an effective golf swing. Without good tempo control, the rest of your swing begins to fall apart. To control your tempo you must understand what it means to have good tempo and how it can improve your swing.

Instructions

Difficulty: Moderately Easy
Step 1
I have found this exercise to be the most effective way to teach tempo control to my students. These are exercises you can do in your backyard if you desire privacy. Set up the CD player so you can hear it and easily control it but not hit it with your club. I suggest a waltz by Johann Strauss as his music had a pronounced rhythm. Turn on the waltz music and assume your stance with club in hand.
Step 2
Take a deep breath. While in your stance, allow the tempo of the music to start to sink in. Try to synchronize your breathing to the upbeats and the downbeats of the music. Once you feel that you have the tempo of the music, begin to slowly swing the club to that tempo. Do this for several minutes until you are swinging in perfect synchronization with the music and your breathing.
Step 3
After a few minutes of swinging the club with the music, turn the music off and put in your ear plugs. You will notice that you can hear yourself breathing easier while wearing ear plugs. You may need to exaggerate your breathing in order to hear it, but be careful to maintain a steady breathing pace that keeps up with the pace set earlier by the music. While in your stance, allow yourself time to feel the rhythm of your breathing and then begin swinging the club to your breathing pace. The one-two-three motion that you had with the music should be easy to replicate with your breathing.
Step 4
Swing with the ear plugs in, using your breathing as a tempo meter, for at least ten minutes. Some people find it helpful to continuously swing the club in tempo with their breathing. After 10 minutes, take out the ear plugs and place a practice ball in front of you. Focus on your breathing and follow the tempo of your breathing to hit the ball. Continue hitting balls while maintaining the tempo.
Step 5
Practice this for at least 30 minutes each day, following the same routine, and you will soon find yourself able to maintain a tempo with your breathing without needing the music. Always listen to your breathing and you will always be able to control your tempo.

Tips & Warnings

Put your CD player on repeat and use the same song for this exercise. Some people find a blindfold helps them focus on their breathing along with music. Just make sure no one is within striking distance as you swing your club.
Put your CD player on repeat and use the same song for this exercise.
Some people find a blindfold helps them focus on their breathing along with music. Just make sure no one is within striking distance as you swing your club.
Do not get frustrated with this exercise. It takes about two weeks before it really starts to take effect, so be patient.

About The Author

George N Root III is a writer that is located in Lockport, NY. Publishing credits include a weekly column in the Lockport Union Sun and Journal along with published articles at BrightHub.com, the SUNY at Buffalo Spectrum, Niagara Falls Gazette, Tonawanda News, Watertown Daily News and the Buffalo News. He has a degree in English from SUNY at Buffalo.

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