TRY TO GET IN SYNC BY MARTIN HALL
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