The need for speed
New findings suggest you need to swing a little sooner.
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.