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I think in terms of teaching tempo, well I have been teaching the game a long time now, it’s very difficult for me to actually teach somebody a tempo because tempo is such an individual thing, it’s such a personal thing. And it’s individual to the way somebody lives their life, not just how they play their golf. So I can almost tell when somebody walks through the door whether they are going to be a fast tempo or a slow tempo player, you know you’ll probably feel that yourself, you might know someone that has a different temperaments or tempo to you on and off the golf course and it’s very difficult to try and be the other person.

So when you watch somebody like Ernie Els you know big tall South African player lovely, smooth, relaxed tempo, golf swing. So a guy like him you maybe feel that he is a very chilled and relaxed player off the golf course as well as on it. So it’s kind of expected that his golf swing is this lovely long swing so he is called the Big Easy because of his easy tempo. You wouldn’t expect him to finish on the golf course and run off jump in his car, make three phone calls, grab a cup of coffee and drive home very, very quickly. You would expect him to just be a little bit more relaxed about everything he does. And then you look maybe the other side of the coin, might be somebody like Keegan Bradley, just makes me nervous watching it. You know the way he fidgets and fuzzes around and then he is in there and he is quite quick and then you know he takes his time looking, looking, looking, looking and then when he actually pulls the trigger, its gone in a flash so two completely different players, two completely different temperaments.

If you are not quite sure what your tempo should be, what I would encourage you to do, is maybe take two groups of ten golf balls on the driving range and hit the first ten being as slow as you possibly can, slow setting up, slow swinging the club, slow in-between the ball and then have another go. And take maybe ten minutes to hit those ten golf balls and see what’s the results that you get and how comfortable you feel with that. The flipside of that is then throw another ten down, take two minutes to hit ten balls, setup quickly, quick waggle, quick look at the target, swish it away, back down to the ball and do the same thing.

I am not suggesting you rushing but you are a bit quicker in your tempo and again look at the results, repeat the exercise if you need to. One of those techniques whether it’s fast or slow, will feel more comfortable and will probably yield better results out in the driving range. Once you have done that you kind of set in stone there, what your tempo should be. The last thing with your tempo then is just remain in that same tempo and consistency throughout the entire round of golf and hopefully for the rest of your golfing career.