Fin­ish Strong

Swing it like The Big Easy

Golf Digest (South Africa) - - Play -

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.

ADavid Leadbetter

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.

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