Method | Finding Your Rhythm

Julius Boros 1965
I never feel that I am in danger of being too fast on my backswing simply because my shoulders just won’t start too fast. As my hands reach the hitting zone I can increase their speed to anything I choose within my capabilities. So here you have the secret. Turn with your shoulders, hit with your hands. Swing Easy, Hit Hard

Seve Ballesteros 1988
After each round, I go to work on what I believe to be the best of all “slow-down” drills: I pick a target 150 yards out and hit teed-up balls to it with the driver, the 3-iron, and the 5-iron, which encourages me to swing each club at essentially the same speed. Natural Golf

Percy Boomer 1946
We will never get effective rhythm into our swings unless we have a proper conception of that word “wait”…We must not intentionally pull with the right hand, we must wait for the body to pull it. We take up the feel of this pull mainly with our trigger finger, in a strong player the resistance may be so terrific as to burst the finger open. On Learning Golf

Ernie Els  1996
Practicing out of sand is…a great way to build perfect rhythm. Just stand in the sand, don’t waggle your feet down too deeply, and make some smooth swings. You can’t go at the ball too aggressively from the top because you’ll lose your footing, so you’re training a smoother transition from the top of the backswing to the start of the downswing.
How to Build a Classic Golf Swing

Al Geiberger 1980
First, think of trying to strike the ball before you reach your maximum speed. Feel that your one fast movement in your swing is coming after you strike the ball. That probably won’t happen. What will happen is that the fast movement will occur at the right time, as the club is sweeping through impact. Advanced Golf

John Novosel 2004
As we accumulated more and more data, it was impossible to escape the conclusion that for at least 50 years the world’s best golfers have been swinging to a standard, specific rhythm. I decided to call this standard “Tour Tempo,” because better than 95 percent of the touring pros we timed fit the model…they all swung to the 3–1 ratio [their backswing took three times as along as their forward swing]. The long-accepted view that every golfer has his or her own special swing tempo had been disproved. Tour Tempo

Annika Sorenstam 2009
To set your tempo try my one-two-three practice swing. Count one-two-three as you swing to the top, then one-two-three to the finish. Count at the same rate going back and coming down, and this will keep your tempo even and your swing speed in check. What's a Golfer to Do

Bob Toski 1971
Select a target area about 15 paces in diameter. First, hit 50–100 shots to this target with your most lofted club, using a very relaxed, easy swing. Note what percentage of your shots finish in the target area. Repeat the process from 10, 20, maybe 30 yards farther out, but with the same club. Again figure the percentage of successful shots. Note at which distance you are most accurate. The swing rhythm used at that distance is the rhythm you should feel you are using on all full shots with any club.
Golf Made Easier

Tom Watson 2011
Different people have different swing tempos. Myself, I have a fast rhythm. So does Nick Price. Then look at Ernie Els and Fred Couples. They have slow rhythms. You should swing with your natural rhythm, one that reflects your temperament. The key to a consistent swing is learning to repeat the same rhythm, be it slow or fast, with each swing. The Timeless Swing                  


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