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Issue 712 - May 18, 2022
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Tom's Featured Tip: Short Shot Tempo

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Short Shot Tempo

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Short Shot Tempo

I have a habit of observing golfers closely, watching how they proceed from well before the shot right up to and including the execution of the swing or stroke. In that way, I guess that you could say the golf course is my research lab.

One thing I see a lot is how quick most golfers are around the greens.

It starts with grabbing a club or two from the cart and quickly getting to their ball. Then a few short jabs at a practice swing and usually a less than great swing.

I believe in ready golf, but there's really no need to rush a shot - ever.

I tend to be a fast player and hate 5 hour rounds with a passion, but I don't fault anyone for taking a few seconds extra to get it right with a recovery shot. You can still play "ready golf¯" and be precise with shot execution.

Most golfers I observe usually have a short game tempo that is too quick or abrupt.

Chips, pitches and recovery shots are precision swings at less than full power, so they require a tempo that is a bit slower than you might think to accommodate that precision. They are outside the norm¯ of a golf swing, so you need to give yourself a few practice swings to get a feel for the tempo and power that needs to be applied to the shot at hand.

So, here's a practice drill for you.
  • Go anywhere you can safely hit golf balls 20-30 yards or less.

  • Pick a target only 30-50 feet away and hit your normal pitch, observing the trajectory.

  • Then try to hit each successive ball no further, but using a longer, more flowing, fluid swing motion than the one before. That means you'll make the downswing slower and slower each time, as you are moving the club further and further back each time.

  • Somewhere in the process you will find a swing length and tempo where that short pitch shot becomes much easier to hit, with better loft and spin, than your normal method.

  • The key to this is to move the club with the back and through rotation of your body turn, not just your arms and hands. This allows you to control tempo and applied power with the big muscles, for more consistency. Plus the big muscles are more resistant to the adrenaline coursing through your system in a pressure situation, which makes precision easier.

Try it, you'll really like it.

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Tom




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All the best,

Tom Tucker
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WGTF ' "Top 100 Golf Teacher"
USGTF Class "A" Teaching Professional
IGPA Certified Golf Psychology Coach
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