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Love your tips, thanks for sharing! I definitely feel myself strain more as I go higher in the bag, and inconsistencies are always quick to follow. I'll have to give it a shot!

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I posted something about timing and tempo the other day. When the pressure is on I tend to lose my tempo/timing big time. I feel good on the backswing, but feel like I get really fast from the top and pull hook everything. Any tips on getting  things back on track mid round. Something I can tell myself or do during a practice swing to sort of reset. Thanks 

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2 minutes ago, Kor.A.Door said:

I posted something about timing and tempo the other day. When the pressure is on I tend to lose my tempo/timing big time. I feel good on the backswing, but feel like I get really fast from the top and pull hook everything. Any tips on getting  things back on track mid round. Something I can tell myself or do during a practice swing to sort of reset. Thanks 

 

... My favorite is stolen from Ernie Els. "Swing forward with the exact same speed you swing back".  Swinging forward with the same tempo for many seems way too slow, but remember impact is halfway in the downswing so the club head will be picking up speed as it makes contact with the ball. Admittedly most cannot match tempo going back and forward at the same speed but as long as you honesty try your best to do so, your tempo should be close to ideal. This works regardless of a fast or slow swing tempo and it works the same for Rickie Fowler as it does for Ernie. 

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2 hours ago, chisag said:

 

... My favorite is stolen from Ernie Els. "Swing forward with the exact same speed you swing back".  Swinging forward with the same tempo for many seems way too slow, but remember impact is halfway in the downswing so the club head will be picking up speed as it makes contact with the ball. Admittedly most cannot match tempo going back and forward at the same speed but as long as you honesty try your best to do so, your tempo should be close to ideal. This works regardless of a fast or slow swing tempo and it works the same for Rickie Fowler as it does for Ernie. 

Thanks for the help. I will keep this in mind. It usually happens on hole 14-15 when I feel pressure to finish strong. I really feel like I am pressing really hard to have a good finish, and then I get all out of whack. This tip could be a good opportunity to focus on something else. 

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Gonna have to give this a go this week.

Recently I came to the realization that i cant be flag hunting with the longer irons. 190+ out I need to aim for the center of green and more than anything think about just making solid contact. This could be a good addition to that thought process and hopefully help straighten out my longer irons. 

Thanks for sharing! 

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Perhaps 20 years ago I began experimenting with lofts and lengths of clubs, so I could create a bag where I had even gaps between all my clubs. I created a matrix or spreadsheet where I could adjust the length or loft of a club and determine how far it should go based on the same swing input. (Yes, this totally ignores club head design, launch angles , etc., but it was the genesis of my current bag that seems to finally accomplish this.)

 

The base swing is a 52° 35.5” Gap Wedge and “my 100 yard” swing. I also have an “85 yard” and a “60 yard” swing. I could hit this club farther but didn’t have much control so that was the “base” swing and club.

 

The advantage of this is before the round all I have to do is “groove” the “100 yard swing”. Then all I have to make is 100 yard swings with different clubs. That swing with my 3 iron will go 210 yards and I can fade or draw and control the spin.

 

I mentioned the “85 yard swing”. This is my flag hunting swing. I also think of it as “3/4 swing” but it’s really more than that. I have a shorter backswing and stop when my lead arm is parallel with the ground and shoulders turned 3/4 and accelerate through the ball. My 33° 7 iron will go just 135 yards vs 158 but dead straight. This is the swing I use on most approach shots lately.

 

Similarly I have the “60 yard” or 1/2 swing. Same basic swing but stop the backswing club parallel with the ground and shoulders about 45°. I mainly use this with wedges but also when I need to flight down an approach shot or need more accuracy.

 

But my point here REALLY should be that I do not make the “110 yard swing.” Other than the set up differences, ball forward on the tee etc, I should still just make the 100 yard swing max with any club.

 

This point was driven home just yesterday morning. I was over-swinging and spraying the ball all over the course the first 8 holes. Then on the 9th, a par 3, I thought “85 yard swing” and made par. But still had a 48 on the front 9. I continued the 100 and 85 yard swing thoughts and shot a 35 on the back. Played the front 9 again and shot 39.

 

 

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... My favorite is stolen from Ernie Els. "Swing forward with the exact same speed you swing back".  Swinging forward with the same tempo for many seems way too slow, but remember impact is halfway in the downswing so the club head will be picking up speed as it makes contact with the ball. Admittedly most cannot match tempo going back and forward at the same speed but as long as you honesty try your best to do so, your tempo should be close to ideal. This works regardless of a fast or slow swing tempo and it works the same for Rickie Fowler as it does for Ernie. 

My wife and I were talking about the same issue. She has brand new clubs and is hitting them very tentatively - slowing the club just before impact. .

 

 

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I'm working on my tempo from putt to chip to full swing with the driver all to the beat of "tick tock".  It certainly does help when I do it.  When I get fast, the ball takes on a mind of its own.

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