Tempo is one of those things that is talked about a lot in the golf swing but nobody really has a good, clear definition of what's a good tempo? Do you want to swing really fast? Do you want to swing really slow? Do you want to swing somewhere in the middle? Even books have been written about measuring the tour pros tempo's and how they have a certain ratio between their backswing and their downswing and how that can correlate to helping you be a better golfer.
But the reality is changing the movement pattern isn't going to change just by changing your tempo. You're still going to swing just as bad as you may be now no matter how fast or slow you do it. So we still have to change in movement pattern. No matter what we have to work through the system to change things. Thinking that tempo is going to change how you do something is no different than if I said, "Okay you're walking down the street. You have a certain way that you walk and now I want you to walk faster by picking up your tempo." You're still going to walk exactly the same that you do now it's just going to be faster.
So with that being said, what we need to understand is that tempo still has a very important part of the golf swing. Because I kind of consider tempo as like the glue that helps hold all the parts of the swing together. Good and bad. We're not always going to make perfect golf swings. And as we continue to improve with RST our mechanics are going to get better but we still want tempo to help glue everything together and make it easier to repeat those movements more consistently.
And so I've got a great drill that's going to help you with that. So what we're going to first work on is learning how to move our body weight from one side to the other with a simple drill that's going to help you swing with more power, with less effort, and be able to repeat your swings more consistently. So let's take a look at the drill.
So in this drill what we're going to basically do is learn to move between our feet. Seems like a really simple concept, right? But in golf we tend to get really stuck, and frozen, and static over the ball and it's so hard for us to make that first move and keep all of our fluidity and natural athleticism in the swing. So this drill is going to help you with that.
So what we're going to do, you're going to set up with both feet together. So imagine there is a ball here. I'm going to set up with both feet together where the ball would be. And then as I take my swing, what I'm going to do is take step to the right, as I do this all my weight's on my right side, I'm going to let my left foot come over as I'm at the top of my backswing, and then I'm going to step back to the left, shift back over and release the club just like I would in a normal swing. But what this is going to do is it's going to force you to transfer your weight back and forth and this is going to dramatically free up your golf swing.
If you're somebody who tends to sit over the ball for a long time and get really stiff and frozen, and then you can't move, and you don't shift your weight, and you do all these other bad things. This drill's going help you feel how natural and free the golf swing really should be when it's done right. And what you may find is that you actually hit it further with this drill because your muscles are softer which allows them to release faster than you do with your normal shot. And I'm going to show you that in a minute.
So again, you're going to step to the ball just like you normally would. You're going to take a step to the right, step to the left. Now as you'll notice the foot work here, as I go back my left foot doesn't even have to touch the ground as I go to the top of my swing. So I can just step back, keep my left foot in the air. If you touch it, if you need balance, that's okay. The big key is that the majority or almost all of your weight goes to your right foot. Back as I come back through, it's all one natural move.
Now one little key here, depending on what you're working on in your swing, you may want to tweak this drill slightly. So for instance if you're a hip spinner and you tend to really get ripped open coming through, what I want you to do with the impact part of the drill is that as you come through I want both feet on the ground. You don't have a lot of weight back here but just like the rest of the parts of the videos on the website, my right foot's rolled slightly to the inside, okay.
Now if you're a type of person who doesn't get enough hip rotation, you kind of hit off your back foot like this, and that's you. What I want you to do is get that right foot up in the air at impact. So what you're going to go is back and then as you come through, you're going to try to get all of your weight on that left foot at impact. And what this is going to teach you to do is to post up and get all of your weight over here. It's a big key for golfers.
Getting that weight transferred back and forth and doing this with this tempo drill is going to force you to not only swing smooth and with good tempo, because otherwise you wouldn't be able to hit the ball, but going back and forth like this with your weight moving is going to give the natural amount of tempo that your body's going dictate through weight shift. So work on this drill and I promise you you're tempo will improve or you won't be able to hit the ball. But you will be able to hit normal full shots just like you would without taking this step by doing this drill back and forth.
Now just like every other part of the website, one thing I want to remind you of is that this drill can be stacked with any other part of the website. Any other drill that you see can be stacked. So for instance, let's say you're working on getting that left arm to work correctly, well you can do this drill with just your left arm. If you're working on getting speed back into your swing because you're already really good with your right hand or your left hand, you can do this same drill with just your right hand. This drill can be stacked to help you work on any other part of the swing that you're working on by helping you work on that drill while improving your tempo. Because doing the drills with good tempo is going to help you work on these other parts.
So as I mentioned earlier, to work on your left arm drill, if you're just yanking it down and you have terrible tempo, this drill's going to make that drill a lot easier to be able to put together and smooth everything out. So work on this tempo drill. Understand that it's going to help you transfer your weight which is going to give you a natural tempo without you having to think about it.
-Dr. Jeffrey Broker, Assoc. Prof. in Biomechanics at University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and Former Senior Biomechanist for U.S. Olympics Committee
-Hub Orr - Happy PREMIUM MEMBER of RotarySwing.com
-Sam Jarman, PGA Golf Instructor in the UK