Swing it like The Big Easy
fter all these years, Ernie Els still swings the club like he’s out for a Sunday stroll. There’s real power and e ort behind his tee shots, but you’d never know that if you judged his swing only by its tempo. On the ip side, many amateurs take a wild hack at the ball, like it just insulted a family member. If you want a smooth-looking swing like The Big Easy’s, follow these steps to better tempo.
Tension breeds poor tempo. It starts with a tight grip. To feel how lightly you should hold the club, squeeze the handle as hard as you can, then relax. Sense the lightness, especially in your forearms.
Quick test: Take a deep breath and hold it. Do you feel some of your muscles tightening? This is the opposite of your goal when you swing. Exhale to relax the muscles before starting the club back.
Instead of standing still, waggling the club by moving your wrists back and forth is a great ignition for your swing. But it also helps you feel the weight of the clubhead – important for a fluid motion.