MATCHING UP YOUR SWING TEMPO
Whilst we know one size doesn't fit all when it comes to the mechanics of the golf swing.
Kevin Smith on being conscious of your swing speed.
It is also true when suggesting one
swing tempo/speed also doesn't suit all. Or all golf shots.
Just like my article in last month's magazine suggesting that since we have different personalities, with some people being more relaxed and laid back whilst other are much more fired up and vocal or highly competitive.
We can also have varying swing tempos based on these personalities or demeanour.
For example Ernie Els (pic 01) "the Big Easy" even though he hits the ball a long, long way. His golf swing is much slower than most on tour. Perhaps matching his very relaxed or chilled demeanour.
Whilst if you watch the often charged up Tiger Woods (pic 02) fist pumping his way to winning his many majors, he also hits it a long way but swings the club a lot faster than the Big Easy. So perhaps matching his personality.
However this can also greatly depend on whether a person has more fast twitch fibre muscles than another.
For example it is safe for me to suggest that Tiger Woods has a lot more type II fast twitch muscles fibres than most people. Hence he has the ability to create a lot of speed within a short time, just as an Olympic sprinter is able to. So perhaps this may mean that Ernie has more type I or slower fibre twitch muscles?
So apart from our personalities or our DNA having an effect on our swing tempos. There are also certain situations on the golf course where we need to be much more conscious about our swing tempo.
↑ 03-05: I'm playing a nice high lob shot over a bunker to a tight pin position. So whats required here is a really high shot with the ball landing softly onto the green with very little roll. So the keys to produce this shot is to swing the club a lot slower and a lot longer than normal. Through staying really relaxed with very little grip pressure and soft arms. All of which helps to produce a nice slow swing and soft shot.