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Golf: Tip of the week Getting the tempo right.

Byline: ANDY STEVENSON PGA professional at Mersey Valley

TEMPO is the overall speed of your swing. Most golfers are constantly trying to slow down their swing, especially the backswing, not always a good move.

Having a good tempo does not mean having a slow swing. The key is to swing the club at the same pace from beginning to end. Often the speed of your swing reflects your personality. Compare the swing of Ernie Els and Nick Price, two great players with contrasting tempo to their swings.

You must find a consistent pace to your swing and to achieve it you must start from a relaxed position. It is important to have a swing trigger so that you don't freeze over the ball.

Then as you start your swing think smooth, not slow.

A great drill to help you is to address the ball with the club head slightly off the ground, move it forward about two feet into the follow-through and start your swing from there. Glide the clubhead over the ball, complete your backs wing and swing down and through hitting the ball in one continuous movement. Work on this at the range and you will soon get the sensation of great tempo. You ball striking can only improve.
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Oct 30, 2003
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