Weekly Golf Tip
1. Practice your slower golf swing without a ball. Visualize and practice the speed you use to toss a ball underhand about 12 yards. That should give you a rough idea of proper swing tempo.
2. Spend a round of golf experimenting with your slower swing. Aim for about 75 percent of your maximum speed. Focus on keeping your elbows and wrists loose to achieve a wider arc, and make sure to finish with a smooth follow-through, keeping your spine vertical. Test your new golf swing with a different club. Slower swings should keep your ball going straight and far, which might mean you need to rethink which club you choose for a given shot..
3. Use the same speed and form with every club. This will give you a better sense of each club’s true range. Also, focus more on keeping your swing fluid than on hitting the ball. If you shift your focus back to hitting the ball, you’re liable to start swinging at 100 percent again. That said, don’t swing too easy—75 percent should still translate to a hard, square shot.
4. The key to correct tempo is consistency. Do not rush your downswing. A full arc should be formed at roughly the same speed. This increases your chances of hitting the ball with the sweet spot of your club and decreases the chance of spin.
Above all, practice. Don’t be discouraged if your first few slow swings are awkward. Any change takes time, but if you stick with it, the results will be worth the investment.
Spirit Golf Academy at Stonybrook Golf Club
I have been providing golf instruction for the past 29 years. In that time, I have worked with golfers of all ages and ability. Whether your goal is to finally break 80 or simply just get the golf ball off the ground, I know that I can help improve your game.
My true passion comes from teaching the game of golf and seeing my students thrive.
Contact Stonybrook Golf Club’s Golf Professional Tony Sbarra
at 609-466-2215 to schedule lessons.
Golf Professional at Stonybrook Golf Club.
Former Mini-Tour Player Golf Professional and PGA Apprentice.