How A Better Tempo Can Get You More Distance – by PGA Pros Pete Styles & Matt Fryer
How A Better Tempo Can Get You More Distance – by PGA Pros Pete Styles & Matt Fryer

In this video tip PGA golf professionals Pete Styles and Matt Fryer talk you through the process of swinging the golf club with a better tempo to create more distance from your golf shots. The concept of swinging the club slower to hit the ball further can seem confusing for a lot of golfers. However, when we understand that the golf club should be swung back more slowly to create a better transition, and to create more power and energy in the downswing, we can now see how a slower backswing can create more club head speed up to the point of impact, and ultimately longer, straighter golf shots.

Now about the title of this tip is swinging slower the more distance. I know a lot about this because you're a very slow swinger of the clubs are you going to tell me people think. Sneaky long. So when people read the title swing it slow for more distance physics says that can't be possibly be true but I'm going to argue the case that the reasons and there's a time and a place when a slower swing will out perform some of the standard brute force ignorance shows and they try and batter it. So where do we need to be slowed or more importantly why do we need to slow it? OK So I say a little bit of a misleading title and what we're talking about how the bodies rotation in tempo more than anything a lot of times when I've taught lessons they think I want to get quick thinking solely of hands and arms so it's going to. They don't contact with it no speed they're not using the big muscles either there's no body turn leads to a lack of distance because that would look like a huge amount of effort went into the swing. Yeah but you suggested that the club it wasn't actually go in that quick and more importantly if this out of control you don't strike it exactly it's going to come out short so because you didn't hit the middle of the club.

Exactly so the 1st thing would want to talk about here was actually the body rotation so for a flipped on to the face on camera here. When I made that swing than it was more my arms it was just up to him me throwing my hands as quickly as possible as I could to the golf ball that from this position and as you can see here from the face on camera my hips haven't rotated and my upper body hasn't rotated so much. Now to my mind massively these are big muscles if I do say so myself as opposed to using just the arms. What we'd like is something where we're actually going to maximize the muscles we've got in our body and create a tremendous amount of torque if you look at any of the guy you know take Rory for example a small guy, but the actual turn he creates in the back swing is phenomenal is that yeah he degrees there isn't it. Exactly body more than 90 yes and I actually think that it takes time create the 3rd exactly it leads into that slow feeling again. Exactly so the slower back swing because it was me being a bit more while on gulp as opposed to just thinking up and down quickly with my arms and taking this little bit more time to feel that I'm getting the most motional distance out of my back swing. Here with this big coil that you can see you know and back with even more probably the 90 degrees to target and then from where I can deliver a bit more club head speed. I really like the analogy and you kind of really highlighted it there of an archer pulling a bow we get the bow and arrow and we pull black tight go to slowly to let it fire. Yes exactly pull that archers bow and bing like a good flick wouldn't create any power. Golf fast back doesn't mean fast down no slow back and then really really exactly as you know the archer of the bow. Even like winding up a piece of elastic you know if you think a lot got it too high and then let it go get it really tight and let it go instead of just pulling it quickly we're not going to see as much force.

Now from that it's also the tempo we like to see as a sort of the start the video all know a lot about this if you watch me swing the golf club generally in a round of golf compared to someone who swings faster than you can add distances you'd be quite shocked to see that mine is going pretty much the same distance. Because I've got a really really good tempo and I'm using all my muscles and the club at the right times and at the right stages of my golf swing as opposed to just thinking pure speed don't match any of them. A lot don't get to use them at the right times I'm not using the right for so can't generate a good strike apply the right pressure on the golf ball so I actually see it going further out and as you mention that club head speed, and you know we do need some club head speed while trying to get away from that but club head speed applied with a good strike improve full speed a ball field is the king here massive like distance club head speed is bombs thing but it's not translated through the strikes. A good ball speed all speed allegedly be slow with the fast way to some side us lower swing at a 100 miles an hour with a good strike you can produce a 150 bullets 3 where the 110 club and speed in the bad strike produces a 130 ball speed on the ball doesn't go as far exactly. A smooth winding up like an archer pulling a bow to create the power a smooth transition into a fast club head speed for a good quality strike is the most efficient way of striking this golf ball. So Matt just prove the point is sometimes a slower swing can hit the golf ball further.

2019-01-07

In this video tip PGA golf professionals Pete Styles and Matt Fryer talk you through the process of swinging the golf club with a better tempo to create more distance from your golf shots. The concept of swinging the club slower to hit the ball further can seem confusing for a lot of golfers. However, when we understand that the golf club should be swung back more slowly to create a better transition, and to create more power and energy in the downswing, we can now see how a slower backswing can create more club head speed up to the point of impact, and ultimately longer, straighter golf shots.

Now about the title of this tip is swinging slower the more distance. I know a lot about this because you're a very slow swinger of the clubs are you going to tell me people think. Sneaky long. So when people read the title swing it slow for more distance physics says that can't be possibly be true but I'm going to argue the case that the reasons and there's a time and a place when a slower swing will out perform some of the standard brute force ignorance shows and they try and batter it. So where do we need to be slowed or more importantly why do we need to slow it? OK So I say a little bit of a misleading title and what we're talking about how the bodies rotation in tempo more than anything a lot of times when I've taught lessons they think I want to get quick thinking solely of hands and arms so it's going to. They don't contact with it no speed they're not using the big muscles either there's no body turn leads to a lack of distance because that would look like a huge amount of effort went into the swing. Yeah but you suggested that the club it wasn't actually go in that quick and more importantly if this out of control you don't strike it exactly it's going to come out short so because you didn't hit the middle of the club.

Exactly so the 1st thing would want to talk about here was actually the body rotation so for a flipped on to the face on camera here. When I made that swing than it was more my arms it was just up to him me throwing my hands as quickly as possible as I could to the golf ball that from this position and as you can see here from the face on camera my hips haven't rotated and my upper body hasn't rotated so much. Now to my mind massively these are big muscles if I do say so myself as opposed to using just the arms. What we'd like is something where we're actually going to maximize the muscles we've got in our body and create a tremendous amount of torque if you look at any of the guy you know take Rory for example a small guy, but the actual turn he creates in the back swing is phenomenal is that yeah he degrees there isn't it. Exactly body more than 90 yes and I actually think that it takes time create the 3rd exactly it leads into that slow feeling again. Exactly so the slower back swing because it was me being a bit more while on gulp as opposed to just thinking up and down quickly with my arms and taking this little bit more time to feel that I'm getting the most motional distance out of my back swing. Here with this big coil that you can see you know and back with even more probably the 90 degrees to target and then from where I can deliver a bit more club head speed. I really like the analogy and you kind of really highlighted it there of an archer pulling a bow we get the bow and arrow and we pull black tight go to slowly to let it fire. Yes exactly pull that archers bow and bing like a good flick wouldn't create any power. Golf fast back doesn't mean fast down no slow back and then really really exactly as you know the archer of the bow. Even like winding up a piece of elastic you know if you think a lot got it too high and then let it go get it really tight and let it go instead of just pulling it quickly we're not going to see as much force.

Now from that it's also the tempo we like to see as a sort of the start the video all know a lot about this if you watch me swing the golf club generally in a round of golf compared to someone who swings faster than you can add distances you'd be quite shocked to see that mine is going pretty much the same distance. Because I've got a really really good tempo and I'm using all my muscles and the club at the right times and at the right stages of my golf swing as opposed to just thinking pure speed don't match any of them. A lot don't get to use them at the right times I'm not using the right for so can't generate a good strike apply the right pressure on the golf ball so I actually see it going further out and as you mention that club head speed, and you know we do need some club head speed while trying to get away from that but club head speed applied with a good strike improve full speed a ball field is the king here massive like distance club head speed is bombs thing but it's not translated through the strikes. A good ball speed all speed allegedly be slow with the fast way to some side us lower swing at a 100 miles an hour with a good strike you can produce a 150 bullets 3 where the 110 club and speed in the bad strike produces a 130 ball speed on the ball doesn't go as far exactly. A smooth winding up like an archer pulling a bow to create the power a smooth transition into a fast club head speed for a good quality strike is the most efficient way of striking this golf ball. So Matt just prove the point is sometimes a slower swing can hit the golf ball further.