Golf tips: Balance and tempo are key to a good swing

July 13, 2014 by  
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Posted: Saturday, July 12, 2014 10:00 pm

Golf tips: Balance and tempo are key to a good swing


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If you watch great players swing the golf club, you will notice that they all swing in balance. You will also notice that every great player swings every club with a consistent tempo. There are some players who have a naturally faster tempo (Tom Watson) and there are some players that have a naturally slower tempo (Ernie Els), yet they all maintain their balance over their front foot on their finish.

I believe the key to consistency is to maintain your balance on every golf swing. If you rush your golf swing, you will lose your balance and the result will be inconsistent contact and poor ball flight. Tempo and balance is the glue that bonds the positions and movements of the golf swing together.

If you want to be a more consistent ball striker, start by making sure that you are finishing in balance over your front leg. When I was learning the game at a young age, the late Davis Love told me I could swing as hard as I wanted to as long as I was in balance throughout my entire swing; this meant holding my finish over my front leg. 

One of the best and simplest ways to improve your balance throughout your swing is to hit balls with your feet so close to each other that they are touching. Start with half swings with short irons and then progress to full swings with the longer clubs. Feel free to tee the ball up on a low tee if necessary. You will be amazed at how much more connected your golf swing will feel after trying this drill on the range.

Enjoy the game and, remember, if you ever have a topic about which you would like me to write, don’t hesitate to email me at or stop by my golf academy at Old Trail Golf Club. I would be happy to answer all of your questions.


Saturday, July 12, 2014 10:00 pm.

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