How to Improve Golf Swing Tempo


To maintain a good tempo during your swing, approach the ball with confidence and try to stay relaxed. Hold your club with a firm grip for power and loose wrists for speed, then start your takeaway. As you perform your backswing, maintain a slow, constant speed until you reach the peak of your movement. When you’re ready, begin your downswing at the same pace as your backswing and let the club pick up speed naturally. For tips on practicing and altering your golf swing tempo, read on!

  1. 1 Make each action deliberate to keep yourself relaxed. One of the most common causes of poor golf tempo is tension. If you’re nervous before hitting the ball, or if you don’t think you can make the shot, there’s a good chance your tempo will be thrown off. To counter your nerves, try to calm yourself down before addressing the ball. Make each action deliberate, and remind yourself that:[1]
    • You are a great golfer and are more than capable of hitting the ball.
    • Nerves are the only thing standing between you and success, not talent.
  2. 2 Grip the club firmly, but keep your wrists loose. While getting ready to swing, keep a strong, firm grasp on your club. Doing so will give you the control and power necessary to hit the ball successfully. However, at the same time, keep your wrists loose, relaxed, and maneuverable. This will allow you to swing the club less like a stick and more like a whip, something that, once you get your tempo down, will lead to a speed increase.[2]
  3. 3 Perform a slow takeaway. Start your takeaway by turning your non-dominant shoulder away from the ball. Do this as smoothly as you can, making sure each movement is deliberate. The speed of your takeaway will set the tempo for the entire swing, so take it slowly and, if the backswing doesn’t feel right, start over.[3]
  4. 4 Pull your club as far back as possible. When performing your backswing, it’s important to pull your club as far away from the ball as possible, otherwise you may not gain the strength necessary to hit it properly. Additionally, an improper backswing will throw off your overall tempo, making it more difficult to connect with the ball.[4]
    • When done properly, your backswing should end with the club raised far above your head, held in place by barely-bent arms.
  5. 5 Start your downswing at the same pace as your backswing. After completing your backswing, you can either start your downswing immediately or pause for a moment to concentrate. However, once you’re ready to begin the downswing, start it at the same speed…
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