How to Control a Fast Golf Swing

By Jim McLean

Swing like 8-Time Major Winner Tom Watson

One of the greatest players, and one of the most aggressive players, in the history of golf was Tom Watson. He had a little faster paced swing, so if you have a faster swing he is a great model. Watson did everything quick. He had a quick waggle, he did not stand over the ball long so he hit the ball quick, and he had a fairly fast golf swing. He had good tempo but it was a little bit faster tempo, sort of like a Nick Price.

Coil Early

So what he did so well in his swing is he got coiled real early in his backswing. People that get fast tend to have the club run away. Watson never did that. He had the shoulders and arms connected, but that was with a quick turning motion and he lifted his heel on the backswing, he got the club very high. As he started down he replanted that left heel on the ground to start the downswing. That is a great little tip for a lot of people to start from the ground up. He was very, very fast through the golf swing. Right through, and the club went down his back, a little more like Jack Nicklaus. I love that aggressiveness through the golf ball, he never steered a shot, he never let go, and with that kind of tempo he really struck great golf shots. And again, for people with a faster tempo Tom Watson is a great swing to study.

About the Instructor

Jim McLean
Jim McLean
Jim McLean Golf School
Doral Golf Resort and Spa
4400 NW 87th Avenue
Miami, FL 33178
Tel: 800-72-DORAL