MATCH­ING UP YOUR SWING TEMPO

Whilst we know one size doesn't fit all when it comes to the me­chan­ics of the golf swing.

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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.

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↑ 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.

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