Golf Lessons: Tempo Warner Robins GA

Without question, two of the most important factors that affect the golf swing are balance and tempo. If you don’t have balance, then you won’t have consistency. And if you lack a consistent tempo, you can kiss control goodbye.

1 and 2

1 And 2

Swing with a tempo like the pros and you'll learn to make solid contact every time

1 And 2 Right Arm Drill

This is a great drill for ingraining the feel of the 1-AND-2 swing and one that you can do just about anywhere. Simply grip an iron with only your right hand (left hand for lefties) and assume your normal setup position. Because it’s difficult to gather enough strength with only one arm to swing the club all the way through impact, you’ll be forced to power the club with the shift or pivot of the lower body rather than with the muscles in your hands and arms.

There are several things you want to feel here, but probably the most important thing is the bending of the right arm and wrist becoming greater (increasing) as the lower body rotates. Many people refer to this phenomenon as “lag” and you can see why. Notice in the picture (above, right) how the angle between my right forearm and upper arm as well as that between my wrist and the clubshaft actually become more severe as I move into the downswing. This is the “AND” in the swing you need to learn if you want to become a solid ballstriker.

Step Drill

If you’ve been making a 1-2 swing for a long time, learning the feel of the 1-AND-2 swing can be a bit of a challenge. The key is to try and forget what you normally do and concentrate on the drill. To practice the Step Drill, set up to the ball normally and move your left foot so it’s almost touching your right foot. Start swinging the club back until your left arm passes parallel to the ground, and then lift your left foot off the ground and start stepping toward the target. You should feel your left foot land on the ground before you finish your backswing, which will force your lower body to initiate the downswing. Go ahead and swing all the way through the ball and into the finish. Remember that hitting the ground with your left foot before you finish the backswing is the “AND” in the swing.

The toughest part of learning the 1-AND-2 swing is getting the feel of it at first. the step drill will allow you to get the proper sensation while also hitting the ball.


Pivot Drill

At one time or another we’ve all probably seen a player on the range making swings with a club across his or her chest. What that particular person was trying to achieve we can’t be sure, but I highly recommend using a very similar technique to work on your pivot. Begin by simply placing a club across your chest and assuming your normal address position. Turn your upper body away as if starting your backswing. Before you complete your backswing, shift your lower body onto your left foot and continue rotating to the finish. Make sure you begin rotating your lower body before you allow your shoulders to move into the downswing. If possible, try to begin shifting your lower body onto your left foot while your shoulders are still moving toward the top of your backswing. Do the drill slowly, a...

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Tempo is Tops

Tempo Is Tops

Tempo Is tops Without question, two of the most important factors that affect the golf swing are balance and tempo. If you don’t have balance, then you won’t have consistency. And if you lack a consistent tempo, you can kiss control goodbye.

In my own practice, I take the development of consistent tempo and rhythm as seriously as I do actual swing mechanics. One drill I use to get a feel for better balance and tempo is to make swings with a club lying across my toes. While most golfers find this to be a helpful tool to correct aim, I use the clubs for strictly timing purposes and it really helps. Here’s why.

First, without a ball and with a club on the ground near my toes pointing parallel to the target, I can get a sense of what direction I need to swing the club without getting distracted by the lie or the golf ball itself. Second, having a club along my toes helps me get a better feel for keeping my balance. As I take back the club, I concentrate on not taking it too far to the inside or outside of the target line, which can lead to an off-balance position at the top of the swing. If I’m off balance, it’s very difficult to get my swing back on plane and usually forces undue compensations that wreak havoc on my control. Although it’s physically impossible to swing a club completely straight back and through, it’s possible to straighten your swing path through the relatively small part of your swing arc that passes through the impact zone. As I initiate my downswing, the shaft reminds me to turn as opposed to lean or sway either toward the ball or toward my intended target.

The club also keeps me at a comfortable distance from the ball, providing my arms with all the room they need to release and roll through impact. The shaft along my toes keeps my feet in check, too. If your feet move too much during the swing, so does your center of gravity, which in most cases leads to the gamut of poorly struck shots. The shaft also reminds me to keep my feet still and not over-rotate my lower body, especially at the top of my backswing. A stable base is critical to any swing, whether it be with a driver, iron, wedge or putter.

Tempo Is Tops Try this drill the next time you head out to the practice tee. With a club at your toes, use a tee without a ball and practice clipping it while making smooth and balanced swings. Most amateurs fault by trying to “hit” the ball as opposed to “swinging through it.” To get the feel for swinging and not hitting, start with a few 3⁄4 practice swings and work your way into full swings. You’ll quickly ingrain better balance into your motion as well as a “swinging” feel for improved tempo.

Sometimes all it takes is a simple practice drill like this one to make the most of your warm-up time before you head to the first tee. When it comes time to play a tournament, the simpler the swing thought, the less you’ll be worried about swing mechanics and the more you’ll be able to concentrate on shooting lower scores. ...

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