SWINGING TOO FAST? PROBABLY NOT.
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