Many golf instructors can often get too wrapped up in the mechanics of a golf swing. Yes, it is true that the mechanics are highly important, but if the golf swing doesn’t move in a proper sequence relative to an unbalanced tempo, the golfer may find it difficult to perform good mechanics.
When a qualified PGA Teaching Professional looks at a golf swing for the first time, they may draw a visual image of a perfect swing for that particular student. However, the instructor must take a realistic view of the swing and determine the most important thing to work on first. From my own personal experience, it’s my job to give an appropriate diagnosis and help the student work on the proper part of the swing at the right point in time. In order to make a good swing change, the student’s tempo must not be too fast or out of control at the wrong place in time. If the tempo is out of balance, it can throw the mechanics of the swing out of position.
Sometimes, a good first lesson will relate to developing better tempo and will include one main mechanical swing thought. Keep in mind that the golfer or student should only focus on a couple of things at one time. If an instructor over loads the student with too much information, the lesson may become more harmful instead of helpful.
Utilizing good drills pertaining to tempo will improve the mechanics. Generally speaking, the golfer will need to swing at a slower pace to improve a drill and exaggerate the feelings of swinging the club in proper sequence. One specific drill I have found very useful is the sound of a constant hum. When you hum to yourself, the rhythm is constant and doesn’t fluctuate. This would be the ideal scenario of the back swing. The smoothness of the back swing must stay constant and in perfect rhythm. As you would transition into the down swing, ideally the rhythm would start at the same pace and then gradually accelerate until maximum speed is reached at the moment of impact. That would then be similar to a tennis player expelling air with a small scream at the moment the ball strikes the tennis racket. Another example would be a karate practitioner giving a scream at the moment of striking an opponent with a punch.
In summary, try humming a constant and consistent hum to the top of your swing. As you transition into your down swing, keep the tone of the hum the same as your back swing. However, as your arms and hands lower, gradually accelerate the tone of the hum until you’ve reached the impact position with a strong downward compression. You will find that you’ll improve your tempo and rhythm and will therefore improve your technique.
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