The need for speed

New find­ings sug­gest you need to swing a lit­tle sooner.

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Count­less in­struc­tion books have ham­mered home the im­por­tance of tim­ing in the golf swing – very few have fo­cused on the is­sue of time. As in, how long does it take you to play each shot? The chances are, it takes longer than you re­alise and longer than it should – and the con­se­quences of that are likely to be hav­ing a neg­a­tive im­pact on your game.

A new study by RSM has re­vealed that greater speed can im­prove per­for­mance. In con­junc­tion with the Euro­pean Tour, re­searchers an­a­lysed 20 play­ers over 304 rounds of golf, play­ing 22,579 holes, look­ing at the point at which a player ad­dresses the ball un­til im­pact in tee shots, ap­proach shots and putts. By record­ing each shot, statis­ti­cians found that be­ing quicker over the ball for tee shots gave a 12 per cent like­li­hood of a player play­ing a bet­ter shot and gain­ing strokes. It also found that when play­ers spent less time over the ball at ad­dress, for putts in­side five feet, the like­li­hood of hol­ing the putt was dou­bled. And a shorter time spent over the ball for all putts re­sulted in a 90 per cent in­crease in the like­li­hood of strokes be­ing gained.

It also found that play­ers who were con­sis­tent in the time they spent over the ball in rounds one and two were 50 per cent more likely to make the cut than those whose time over the ball var­ied. Greater tee shot con­sis­tency made mak­ing the cut 70 per cent more likely. Greater ap­proach shot con­sis­tency made mak­ing the cut 90 per cent more likely. And greater putt con­sis­tency made mak­ing the cut 80 per cent more likely.

They are Tour pros and we are not, but as the four point­ers op­po­site show, a con­sis­tent setup is essen­tial for ev­ery golfer.

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