Golf Tips Newsletter
Issue 619 - July 29th, 2020
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Tom's Featured Tip: Faster Backswing, Faster Downswing

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Tom's Featured Tip: Faster Backswing, Faster Downswing

For simplicity, all advice on actual swings or drills is provided from a right handed perspective.

If you read my newsletter articles each week, this tip might seem like it's flying in the face of last week's article on Tempo.

But it's not, it's actually suggesting that a tempo tweak can improve swing speed.

That tweak is implementing a faster backswing.

I read about this theory twice last week from two different sources, one of which has done some great scientific research on the golf swing - Dr Sasho MacKenzie.

He's a brainiac, a sports biomechanist who has spent years studying why and what takes place in the golf swing.

I saw him in a video with a high level player who took his swing from 111 mph to 119 mph in 3 golf swings. If he wasn't so highly respected I would have suspected some chicanery, but I don't.

He essentially explained that a faster backswing builds a faster downswing because it gives you more force to the grip on the backswing, which translates to more force to the grip on the downswing.

So due to this application of more linear work, Faster backswing, Faster downswing.

He did say to make sure to finish your backswing, or you'll be hitting ugly pull hooks.

So I was pondering this and how it applies to my current swing speed training with my training aids. Theoretically it fits perfectly, because when I am training for swing speed I am swinging back and through with a very fast tempo.

So it all made sense to me.

Then VOILA. As I was thinking more about this, I saw another article about how the mad scientist of golf, my man Bryson DeChambeau, made an adjustment that has produced the prodigious distances that he's now driving the golf ball.

Guess what he did?

He increased his backswing speed!!!!

With his new swing tempo, he's at impact compared to his old swing where he was still at the top of his swing for the same time frame.

I'm going to try it with my driver and see what happens. I'm curious as to how the flex on my clubs reacts to the faster backswing. My gut tells me I may need a stiffer shaft if I like the faster tempo.

But hey - with interchangeable shafts in this day and age, replacing a shaft is relatively inexpensive. When I went to a stiff shaft for my 48" Ping driver shaft, it only cost me $45.

Here's my personal caveat: if you decide to try this - and why wouldn't you - don't do anything at the total expense of balance. .... and you can swing fast and stay in balance.

Here's the YouTube video of the three swings, and here's some interesting information on Dr Sasho MacKenzie.

Golf is a game of discovery, try this - you might like it.


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Tom Tucker
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