Tempo in the Golf Swing

The vague term tempo is used to describe the correlation between the speed at which a player swings and the flight of the ball.

A particular speed can feel correct but it may not give the desired results. To master the golf swing a player must swing with control. This ensures the club swings on the correct plain and the club head connects with the ball in the right position at the correct time & speed.

All amateur golfer’s have this naive belief that the faster and harder they swing the club the further the ball will go. It is the complete opposite. If the golfer swings with tempo and control the club does as it is designed to do – provide power! This is something that needs to be learnt and practised over time.

Holding and swinging the club to hard will not give the results needed to improve. The swing needs rhythm – a pure balance between efficiency and energy.

How do i know what my tempo is? Naturally we all have a built in tempo. This is how we walk, talk and even write. Some do these things fast others do things at a slower pace. This is the tempo used to swing the club. Your inner tempo dictates the club speed. It should never be forced, whatever feels natural. On the driving range hit balls at both ends of the spectrum. Some really fast, some really slow and then work towards your natural speed and rhythm. When it feels right that’s your optimum tempo!

Over time you will find the ability to combine control with power a well as keeping the club on the correct plain with the appropriate energy put into the shot.

If you’ve ever watched the tour pro’s on the TV you will notice that even though their swing speeds are individually different, their shots regardless of the club is always the exact same speed (except perhaps the driver of Rory Mcilroy!).

The tempo of the swing demonstrates the control the player has over his/her swing. A golf swing should be relaxed, balanced and rhythmical. the leading Golf Tuition App


Bad Shots

Golf is made up of a few magical shots (these are the ones that keep us coming back week after week to re-live), lots of average shots and an enormous amount of bad shots. When we play a round we can talk for hours afterwards about the good shots and tend quickly to forget the bad ones.

Invariably the cause for all poor shots stem from the same place, although with different consequences. It doesn’t matter whether its a hook, slice, thin shot or the shank, problems usually occur because of the right hand.

A player needs to identify their bad shot, rectify any problems on the driving range through tuition or via a website/mobile app such as Gateway Golf, adopt whats learnt and apply it out on the course. This is coupled with mental preparation and focus guarantee’s improvement in the golf game.

The art is to learn from poor shots, let them pass and play the next shot as though it was your only shot. Too many golfers get frustrated and give up too soon. Golf is an extremely difficult game to play and the only way to improve is practice as well as taking tuition. All levels of golfer plays a round of golf with several bad shots, varying on ability level. However, its how you approach the next shot and overcome the frustration. Most tour pro’s lack consistency from tee to green but make it all up within 100 yards of the green. They have the ability to turn bad shots into average ones and turn those into great scoring holes. That is what you must aim for – less bad shots, excellent short game and mental focus. This comes with practice, tuition and hardwork. the leading Golf Tuition App


Where can I buy golf clubs?

There are a number of different routes that the would be golf equipment buyer could obtain their next set of clubs.

This includes the numerous American Golf stores stretched across the UK. There are other golf outlets, although they all do struggle to complete with American Golf on product offering and price with the ingenious marking spin of ‘price match’.

Other sources include most, if not all, golf clubs. The Pro shop where you pay for your round of golf and get your score card is usually a great location for selling golf clubs and other necessary equipment such as, balls, tee’s, gloves, etc. Be aware the product range is all but guaranteed to be limited as the resident professionals will likely have a deal or sponsor from a particular brand and that would mean he/she only offers that brand equipment.

There are a number of very good online only providers of golf equipment. This sometimes creates value and the benefit of reduced prices on selected items but lacks the ability to ‘try before you buy’. Like any marketplace, each retailer is driving for your custom so you do have the opportunities to source great deals if you are patient and happy to shop around and play retailers off each other.

There is now a huge secondary marketplace for golf equipment. Second hand golf gear can really provide great value for money and gives the golfer huge selection of quality equipment that otherwise could be out of the golfers allocated budget. Currently, the most popular are obviously ebay and golfbidder. Both have a huge collection of clubs and everything else golf. If you have a brand and particular model in mind, that you’ve tried and tested and happy to proceed with a purchase, golfbidder can be an excellent place to start. the leading Golf Tuition App


How to score in Golf

There are several ways to play golf and a number of scoring systems used, however the most common are stableford, stroke play and match play. Occasionally bogey will also be played. These systems can be played individually or on a better ball basis with a playing partner.

Stableford – All golfers in the competition are awarded points depending on how many shots they take on each hole and what their handicap is. So a net par will give the player 2 points, a net birdie 3 points and a net bogey or one over par is 1 point. A net eagle is 4 points. The player with the most points at the end of the round will win. A score of 36 points indicates the player has played to his/her handicap.

Stroke Play – Stroke play or medal play is where every shot taken in a round (including penalty strokes) are counted. At the end your handicap is deducted to give you your net score. Club competitions are decided on the net score as this allows golfers of all levels to compete in the same competition.

Match Play – Match play is where two golfers or partners take on each other on a hole-by-hole basis. It’s not the number of strokes taken over the entire round but on each hole. The player or partners that score the best on that hole win going one up, etc. Again the handicap is deducted to provide the net score which is the one taken. The player or partners who win the most holes win the match.

Bogey – Golfers play for ‘plus, ‘minus’ or zero on each hole. Zero is when the payer has played the hole to par (taking into account his/her handicap), a net bogey is a minus and a net birdie is a plus. A player that plays to his/her handicap will achieve a score of zero.

To keep track of your score time and time again and have them saved to review your improvement, download the Gateway Golf App which has an electronic scorecard with unlimited storage facility. the leading Golf Tuition App


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