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#1 Aussiekev

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Posted 29 August 2016 - 11:17 AM

Recently I have made a change to my set up and take away. As with most things when you first start doing it you do it at a slow and steady pace. Now that the change in my grip, my takeaway etc has become more of a natural feeling I am falling into the trap of losing my tempo. Getting cocky and going way too fast in my takeaway and as a result getting all out of shape and struggling with contact, shorter irons tend to be hit cleaner, driver, hybrids and long irons getting a nasty hook happening.

 

Whats the best way to train yourself with tempo, is there a way or is it more about just getting on the range and focusing on slow slow slow slow



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Posted 29 August 2016 - 11:47 AM

There's a training aid called the Orange Whip which is pretty good for tempo. I've used one a couple of times and it seems to work well, but I haven't used it for a prolonged period. 

I know guys who swear by warming up with them before a round. 



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Posted 29 August 2016 - 01:46 PM

Orange whip or sklz swing tempo trainer basically the same thing but the sklz is half the price and available from rebel sport and some drummond shops
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Posted 29 August 2016 - 02:52 PM

I've got a yellow, sorry, gold whip.

It seems to do absolutely nothing for a good release - too heavy so it just swings around.

 

I would have thought that "slow, slow, slow" would just improve tempo when swinging slow.  Don't you want the right tempo for a fast swing?



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Posted 29 August 2016 - 03:13 PM

I want a tempo thats repeatable and ensures consistent ball striking. Swinging fast is great if its in tempo. The problem is with most tempos based around the 3:1 time ratio my back swing is way too fast and I jerk the club down 



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Posted 29 August 2016 - 03:28 PM

I want a tempo thats repeatable and ensures consistent ball striking. Swinging fast is great if its in tempo. The problem is with most tempos based around the 3:1 time ratio my back swing is way too fast and I jerk the club down 

 

Ah, so you mean 'slow' for the backswing only ?



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Posted 29 August 2016 - 06:01 PM

When I was relearning my swing I broke it down into seperate movements , the take away , the hinge , top of the back swing and then the swing from the top through the ball. I did this a few times then put it all together slowly . It takes time on the range or at home without a ball to get the feeling. I think everyone has their natural tempo and even though the learning process may seem you are in slow motion when it all goes together your natural tempo will take over. Mind you I might be way off the mark and you can disregard this post.

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Posted 29 August 2016 - 08:17 PM

My warm up is practicing my bunker shots, if they're coming out nice and soft, that for me is a good indication my tempo is good.

If that fails, it normally doesn't, l narrow my stance, if l then try to over swing or swing to fast l loose my balance. You have to slow down.

All the other stuff, the feel of driving with the hips and so forth, comes back, for me.


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Posted 30 August 2016 - 06:51 AM

I want a tempo thats repeatable and ensures consistent ball striking. Swinging fast is great if its in tempo. The problem is with most tempos based around the 3:1 time ratio my back swing is way too fast and I jerk the club down 

 

To get good tempo hit 10 balls with a 9 or 8 iron with feet together.

 

If swing too fast on back swing or follow through you will loose balance and fall over.

at first start off with half swings

 

10 swings feet together, then 10 swings normal. repeat

hopefully the feet together hits will be crisp and should get good accurate hits


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Posted 30 August 2016 - 12:41 PM

My warm up is practicing my bunker shots, if they're coming out nice and soft, that for me is a good indication my tempo is good.

If that fails, it normally doesn't, l narrow my stance, if l then try to over swing or swing to fast l loose my balance. You have to slow down.

All the other stuff, the feel of driving with the hips and so forth, comes back, for me.

 

x 2 for bunker shots to gain a smooth tempo.

 

The other one to try before a round is opening up your highest lofted wedge so that it sits flat on the ground, and playing a few high lob shots.


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Posted 30 August 2016 - 09:24 PM

I had a drill with my coach where he has a fit ball with some water in it.

 

Hold the ball in front of you and swing back without hearing the water slosh.

 

 

I also think there is a lot to be said about slowing down too much.

I don't like those orang whip, when I play with some great players and and watching on tv I don't see anyone holding off for that long at the top of the swing.


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Posted 01 September 2016 - 07:20 AM

Tempo is one of those allusive golf terms that is difficult to understand especially when playing the game. As I understand it, a player who swings through the ball position is making use of "tempo" as against those who try to hit the ball.

A player who flips through impact or hits at the ball doesn't understand what tempo is. He can't swing through the ball because his hands and body have used up all their energy by impact. Tempo is using one's body to achieve the maximum effect from a minimum of effort.
Every movement in the swing has a purpose without any power leakages.
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Posted 01 September 2016 - 02:24 PM

If you want to measure your tempo you could use a metronome and set it a a given speed and try to have the clicks or beeps at the top of your backswing and at the bottom of the swing. You could set the metronome at 60 bpm ( beats per minute) to start and groove your swing from there.
At the first click you start and get to the top at the click and at the bottom on the next click.

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Posted 01 September 2016 - 02:45 PM

If you want to measure your tempo you could use a metronome and set it a a given speed and try to have the clicks or beeps at the top of your backswing and at the bottom of the swing. You could set the metronome at 60 bpm ( beats per minute) to start and groove your swing from there.
At the first click you start and get to the top at the click and at the bottom on the next click.

 

Or 120bpm, 3 clicks up and one click down.  Just a thought.



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Posted 01 September 2016 - 05:13 PM

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