Today’s post comes from Matt who is a writer for TruGolf. His bio can be seen below.
The game of golf can be painfully difficult sometimes, especially when you’re in a rut in your game. There are physical and mental exercises, drills that focus on your short game, your long game, and fundamentals. However, one area that’s often overlooked is your swing rhythm.
One of the most common and often most detrimental mistake a golfer can make is to try to hit the ball hard. While it might make sense that striking the ball very hard would make it go farther, often this can have the opposite effect in practice. When a golfer tries to swing too hard, often they might sacrifice more consistent ball striking, which can lead to decreased accuracy as well as less power on your shots.
You’re often much better off bringing the club back smoothly, then following that same smooth swing through—with the knees, hips, shoulders, and arms. There are several ways to practice this smooth, rhythmic technique.
It’s important to remember that, as you swing, your body is performing several different movements. A solid swing starts from the ground up—ankles, knees, hips, and then shoulders. Because all of these complex movement are involved, your body needs an appropriate amount of time to swing. If you rush through your swing, you’ll be skipping important movements and the swing will be off. One of the easiest way to work on this is to count off as you swing. Once you’ve found a specific rhythm that is comfortable, you can count off the time you spend during each part of your swing. This will give you a basic, but still effective way of figuring out if your tempo is where it should be out on the course.
Another technique is to pause at the top of your backswing. This pause helps bring your backswing to a stop, which ensures that each part of your fore swing will begin from the same place. This will be a difficult motion to perform at first, and it may actually hurt your distance and accuracy when you begin, however, as you become more comfortable with pausing at the top of your swing you will begin to see your accuracy and distance improve.
As you know, it’s incredibly easy to develop bad habits, especially if you go for an extended period without practice. Rhythm, as with just about any aspect of the game, is something you should continually work on and refresh. For many of us, it just isn’t possible to play during the winter. There are ways to work on your swing during the winter, however.
Our favorite way to practice during the winter months is with the latest wave of golf simulators. With a golf simulator, you’re using the same equipment and the same techniques that you use outdoors, which can add a sense of realism to your practice sessions. It may not be practical to install a golf simulator in your home, but a quick search of your area will probably turn up several shops, bars, and other businesses with golfing simulators.
A smooth, consistent rhythm is one of the most important aspects of your golf swing and is something that requires a constant system of maintenance and improvement. While it might seem unimportant, recognizing bad swing tempo and fixing it can yield improvements for a variety of different areas of your game and ultimately, help you drop your scores out on the course.
Matt is an avid golf enthusiast and part of the TruGolf.com team. When he’s not working on his fairway shot, you will find Matt writing about his passion for the process of the game.