Today I want to discuss the relationship between timing and tempo. Some golfers may confuse one with the other, but in actuality, they must work as a team.
Randy Wolf is a solid player who I've worked with in the past. He's even been up to visit Doc Griffin for a club fitting, so I know that he understands all that we're trying to teach. However, he's having an issue with his timing whenever he tries to increase his power by swinging the club faster.
I have a question pertaining to tempo versus swing speed (more power) when hitting my irons. I hit my driver, fairway metals and Doc’s hybrids really good.
I find that for me to strike the ball solid I must really watch my tempo (swing speed). If I try to increase my swing speed - tempo to generate more club head speed which should equal more power and distance - I hit it thin or weak right. As you know I am a ¾ vertical swinger and try to use centrifugal force to generate speed. I want to get to my pop tart T-finish position but I if I increase my speed = transition too fast, I have poor results. Any Thoughts? Can you also touch on tempo versus rhythm with the PPGS?
Okay, let's start by defining tempo and timing. Tempo is the speed or rhythm of your golf swing. Many folks have been told that the tempo in their golf swing and the way in which they manage their way around a golf course tends to match their overall personality. What type of player do you all think that makes me? Fast or slow?
Timing is the proper sequential movement of the parts of the body. It's sort of a kinematic sequence that provides your power.
I think Randy's timing is getting off when he tries to hit the ball harder. Anytime this happens, it can cause you to bump too soon and get out of position. Or, if you're trying to swing your arms faster, you may be moving ahead of the ball. Either way, you're not going to hit the ball farther.
I really think that both tempo and timing are equally important. You can't really play golf with one if you don't have the other.
Keep it vertical!