Timing

Golf Swing Timing

Golf Swing Timing

After your tee shot, would it be nice to be always on fairways? One big part of hitting fairways and greens is the correct timing. The right timing will give you a possibility to build a beautiful swing which carries long and is accurate.

Proper timing is a sum of synchronized body movements. If your swing is too long, your hip might start to open up too early, and if your swing is too short, your hands might get ahead.

With correct timing, you can hit the ball more solid and bring the club square to the ball.

Here are some easy and quick golf timing tips and drills you can use to get the better timing for your swing:

Build a practice habit.  Every time you come to the tee box, and you prepare to hit the ball your preparation method should be same. You need to build a routine for yourself. And you can easily practice this on the range. Make your set-up for every practice ball and swing like you were on the tee box.

Shorten your swing. While in range, make exercises to shorten your swing. Try to get feeling that you backswing would be only 75% of original length and see what it looks like in the video. Many golfers try to get more distance, and often they overswing and lose the control of their swing.

Gripping too tight. You try to hit that monster swing from the tee box. Most of the time you just ended up gripping the club too tight, and this will have a significant impact on your swing speed and accuracy. The key is a certain level of relaxing which makes you possible to deliver clubface squared to the ball. If your grip pressure is too tight, most of the time the clubface will be open, and this causes slices.

Take it slow. Practise the correct timing with swinging only with 50% of your average swing speed. Try to focus that you keep your body connected, ball impact moment is solid, and the balls go where your target was. When everything goes perfectly, slowly increase your swing speed.

 

Don’t change your golf swing tempo

When you have the correct tempo in your golf swing, it makes your swing look effortless. On top of everything else, it will increase your clubhead speed and makes your club face control easy. Effortless swing means more distance and more accuracy.

One essential element of smooth swing is the acceleration of club during the downswing. Your golf club head speed needs to increase gradually during the downswing, and the maximum speed is achieved just before hitting the ball.

The tempo you have in your golf swing should be the same with all of your clubs. It does not matter are you hitting a wedge or a driver. Also, the tempo should be same even if you have a fast tempo or a slow tempo in general in your swing. Next time in the practice area try to focus you keep the tempo the same thru all the clubs. You need to understand that the distance difference between your shot is a combination of clubhead loft and speed differences. You will hit further with a driver because it has a longer shaft, not because you swing it harder than a wedge.

During the backswing, you should have time to say two words in natural speaking pace. You can try, for example, Golf — Swing before your backswing reaches the top. You should be able to say these words clearly without vibrations. If you have a vibration in your words, you know you have too much tension in your body, and this causes swing speed losses. Stop rushing the downswing and build your backswing with the right tempo.



 

When to release the golf club

Many beginners are releasing the golf club way too early. They want to hit the ball hard, and they release the golf club during the early of a phase of the downswing. Early release only doesn’t affect your swing speed negatively but might cause the club to the wrong path. The wrong path is most of time out-to-in path, and this creates nasty slices.

For when to release the club there is no textbook answer. Releasing feeling should happen around midway of the downswing, but some might feel it differently even though the releasing happens at the same time. When to release club is more like a feel what you develop to yourself during your golf career.

The goal is to have a consistent release which gives you the freedom to build your timing based on that. Some say it is a feeling during the hip turn and some it is a feeling in golfers body. So, the release is correctly timed when everything is in synch and releasing the club happens automatically. It seems like there no shortcut with this one.

 

How to get a good rhythm in the golf swing

Many golfers think that rhythm and tempo are the same things, but it isn’t. Tempo is how fast are your golf backswing and downswing, but the rhythm is a correct sequence of backswing and downswing.  Rhythm describes when something moves in your golf swing.

A good thing about golf rhythm drills is that it doesn’t matter is your swing tempo slow or fast. The critical thing in tempo is that tempo is consistent. A good golf swing rhythm can be achieved by practicing smoothness of the golf swing. If you cannot stay on your finish position at least five seconds after the shot, you know have swung too hard. Swinging too hard the ball causes losing the ball control and speed.

You can get a better rhythm with light grip pressure. Next time when you go to the tee box. Take a deep breath, swings a few times more than you usually do and try to find relaxing feeling thru your body. When you are relaxed on the tee box, your swing will have a good rhythm. On next tee box do your pre-shot routine as you would typically do, but keep the relaxed feeling.

Remember:

Like always, take pictures, video or use mirror when you are practicing these things. When you see yourself in “live,” it will make learning faster and avoid you to implement bad habits into your swing.

You can find more tips here: Best tips for golf

Happy Drills,

Matt