Golf Tip of the Week: Create a Good Tempo | News, Sports, Jobs

PHOTO PROVIDED Divide the total swing time by two. If you have a two second swing, the backswing would be one second and the downswing would be one second.

Many golfers try to create a good tempo with a slow backswing. A slow backswing actually destroys a good tempo. Therefore, I teach my students to divide the total swing time by two.

For example, if you have a swing of two seconds, the backswing would be one second and the downswing would be one second.

The speed of the backswing should match the speed at which the golfer is swinging during the downswing. The faster you swing on the downswing, the faster you should swing on the backswing.

Imagine pushing a child on a swing. To increase the swaying motion, more and more speed must be applied as the sway returns.

A good tempo is nothing more than a smooth transition between the backswing and the downswing. A small percentage of golfers can come back slowly and pick up speed on the downswing. However, I have taught thousands of lessons and have proven that a faster backswing using the core works best for most golfers.

Don’t forget to enjoy this great game called golf.

Rick Musselman, author and golf professional, owns Musselman’s Golf in Williamsport.

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