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

se­cret to hit­ting fair­ways and greens and knock­ing the ball close on short shots. What should your rhythm be? My friend Rob Neal, PhD, an ex­pert in golf biome­chan­ics, has stud­ied the swings of hun­dreds of tour play­ers, past and present. He has de­ter­mined that the best play­ers, no mat­ter their tem­pos, swing with a ra­tio of 3-to-1 from start to im­pact on their full shots. In other words, they take three counts to get to the top of the back­swing and one count to the ball.Think: Onetwo-three – one.The ca­dence of the count­ing doesn’t mat­ter. It’s the re­la­tion­ship among the con­nected parts that makes or breaks the swing.

Even for the short game, the rhythm should be con­sis­tent. In putting, the ra­tio should be 2-to-1: One-two-one. Pitch­ing, chip­ping and sand shots are some­where in be­tween. To prac­tice this, just feel the same re­cur­ring beat when you hit these shots. By all means, fo­cus on it if your ball­strik­ing slips. And when your bud­dies say you’re swing­ing too fast, don’t just tune them out. What they’re prob­a­bly see­ing is that your rhythm is off.That’s worth lis­ten­ing to. - with roger schiff­man martin hall

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