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All golfers hit bad golf shots, that’s for sure and when we get on the golf course we can start thinking about too many things, about the swing and quite often as we start talking and thinking about the swing, thing about the mechanics, where to swing, where to go, is my plane right, is my path right, quite often we just get bogged down with just too many things. So, what one has got to think about is that when you come up that golf course, if you’ve got time to go on the practice area and spend hours upon hours with a pro or someone else to help you and you can start thinking about the swing and those sort of mechanical thought patterns, that’s great. But quite often people just want to get on that golf course, play golf and enjoy themselves, that’s what they’re here for so let’s think of something that’s a little bit easier, let’s think about what we call tempo.

Now, tempo and rhythm is all to do with the speed and pace of the movements of the body. So, to give you an idea of what is bad tempo, bad tempo would be something like going back slow and then fast and then just the opposite, fast and slow, so that’s a bad tempo. So, what you want to try and work on here is that if you haven’t got that time factor then start talking about the tempo, which is something you can do very, very easily on your own and tempo is about trying to coordinate the hands, the hips, the shoulders and the trunk of the body, but actually everything goes together and the key here is to go slow and smooth, because if you go slow and smooth, not a lot of things can go wrong against if you’re swinging very very fast. Now, to get this, it doesn’t take hours upon hours on the practice ground. It’s a very, very simple exercise that I’m going to show you, which I use in so many lessons and it’s so simple.

All you’re going to do is to take a, say, a 7-iron in your hand, set yourself up in exactly the same way as you would normally do, but put your feet together, make sure your knees are touching, make sure your ankles are touching and just flex your knees in the same way as what you would do on a golf course, nothing different. From here, what I want you to do is just kind of consider, if went back and my tempo was bad, this would happen. I go back and all of a sudden I’ve lost my balance. Why have I lost my balance? Because my balance now is based over such a small area that the slightest bit of sort of body movement, which is not in plane with everything else, is not as sequenced, is not synchronized, the balance will go.

With your feet apart, you’ve got a bit of leeway, a bit of balance, a bit of forgiveness, but sometimes, of course, that kind of disguises and hides what the faults are. So, let’s do it again. Let’s put this club behind the ball, let’s put our feet together, our knees together and let’s just concentrate this time on just turning the hips, the trunk and the shoulders just nice and slow, nice and smoothly and let’s see what happens. So, slowly and this time the balance is maintained, there is no sort of wobbling and that’s a very, very simple technique of getting good tempo and rhythm. So, next time, go out and do some practice on that tempo.