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Poor Tempo

Poor Tempo is a term used to describe and instance when a player either gets too quick in their golf swing and over accelerates at the wrong point or decelerates coming into impact. Either way, "poor tempo" means inconsistent tempo. It is important in all golf swings, especially putting to have a consistent tempo to be able to maximize acceleration and to achieve square alignments at impact.

Poor Tempo Drills

Poor Tempo Tips

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  • For Quicker Tempos, Try a Tighter Grip

    If you have a quicker tempo, try a bit of a tighter grip. While we don't want to add tension to the grip and make the swing jerky and inconsistent, a quick tempo can sometimes be difficult to control. Holding the putter too loosely and being quick could cause the face to move in your hands. Adding a bit more pressure will help you maintain better control if this is the case with you.

  • For Slower Tempos Grip Light

    If you have a slower tempo try a lighter pressure on the grip. Tensing up with a slow tempo can cause you to move the putter head all over the place. This results in pushes and pulls as the putter head swings off line. It can also cause the face to open and close too much throughout the swing. A light pressure will let the putter head swing more like a natural pendulum and keep it on line.

  • Without a Consistent Tempo, Distance Control is Impossible

    Practice tempo. A good rhythm to practice would be to count 1,2 on the back swing and 3 coming into the ball. The average tempo on the PGA Tour is 84 bpm. You can use a a metronome to test this tempo and see if it's right for you. If it's too fast try slowing it down and vice versa. The important thing is to find a tempo that works for you and get it grooved.

  • If Your Tempo Varies, Your Distances Will Vary

    Use a metronome for consistency with touch. The average tempo with professionals is 84 beats per minute. Buy a portable metronome and take it out on the green with you set at 84 bpm. On the first beat take the putter back and on the second beat impact the ball. This will build consistency with your touch. This may not be the tempo for you so experiment making it slower and faster until you find what is comfortable. If your tempo is changing from putt to putt you will be varying the amount of pressure you put into the ball as well sending it inconsistent distances.

  • Let the Clubhead Go Down

    When hitting greenside chip shots (bump and runs) focus on a nice pendulum swing just like when you are putting, but make sure that the pendulum descends down in to the ball. Try to feel that the triangle you form at address with your shoulders, arms and hands remains intact and does not change throughout the stroke. Simply rock the triangle back and forth and let it run into the ball. As long as the clubhead goes down into the ball as opposed to up, you will hit a nice clean shot with spin.

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