Golf Digest (South Africa) - - Play Your Best -

on­trary to pop­u­lar be­lief, a swing with a quick tempo is not dis­as­trous, as long as you have good rhythm. Con­fused? Let’s take a closer look.

Mu­si­cians will tell you there’s a dif­fer­ence be­tween tempo and rhythm – and know­ing how to tell them apart is cru­cial.Tempo is time-based. It comes from the Latin tem­pus. You might have heard the say­ing tem­pus fugit, which trans­lates to “time flies.”

CTempo is speed, and it can be fast, medium or slow. Rhythm, on the other hand, is de­fined by a re­cur­ring pat­tern or syn­chro­ni­sa­tion. It’s not speed but how things flow to­gether. In golf terms, think of a choppy or smooth swing from start to fin­ish.That’s rhythm.

The truth is, I don’t care how fast or slow you swing. There have been great play­ers whose swings took very lit­tle time from take­away to im­pact. Tom Wat­son and Nick Price are great ex­am­ples.To­day on tour, Billy Horschel, Zach John­son and Brandt Snedeker have fast swings.Vi­jay Singh,An­gel Cabr­era and Phil Mick­el­son have swings that take longer. In­bee Park on the LPGA Tour has a very slow tempo. Her swing is like tak­ing a 78 rpm record and play­ing it at 33 rpms! So the speed of the swing is not a ma­jor is­sue, de­spite how of­ten you hear peo­ple com­ment­ing on it.You should be con­cerned with the rhythm.Your full-swing rhythm should be the same from swing to swing and from club to club, whether you’re hit­ting a driver or an 8-iron, which our model, mini­tour player Michael Kartrude, is demon­strat­ing in these pho­tos. Us­ing the same rhythm through the bag is how you make solid con­tact with a square club­face and de­velop a pre­dictable shot pat­tern.This is the tour pro’s

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