How to Improve Your Golf Swing: Watch for the Timing
If there is a key element to golf that many amateur golfers overlook, it is the timing of the swing. Timing is essential in golf, as there are a ton of moving parts throughout the swing that all have to come together perfectly at the moment the club meets the ball. Good timing stays consistent throughout a round so that the golfer knows exactly what to expect from their ball flight shot after shot. Good timing means to have everything in your swing working in such a way that none of the parts are fighting against each other – rather, they are in sync and able to complement each other perfectly.
Golfers who would like to improve on their timing before playing their next round should consider the following tips –
- Do what comes natural. The golfers who struggle with their timing tend to be the ones that are trying to force a certain tempo or rhythm into their swings that doesn’t come natural to them. Whatever tempo you feel most comfortable with when you first start playing golf, you don’t want to stray too far from that even as your swing improves. It is hard to use an underlying tempo that doesn’t feel ‘right’ to you – so don’t even try. Stick with your natural tempo, and adjust the rest of your swing from there.
- Lower body leads the way. Another way to end up struggling with your timing is to make a swing that is mostly driven by the arms, and not the lower body. As you finish your backswing, the lower body is what should start the drive toward the target and pull the club down toward the ball. Make sure you are using your lower body to initiate your downswing as opposed to your shoulders and arms, and your timing should quickly improve.
- Don’t swing too hard. Swinging too hard in an effort to generate extra power is an easy way to kill your timing. Stay within yourself and only make swings that are comfortable and relaxed to make sure your timing stays in line. As you start to work harder and harder in your swing to generate extra power, your timing will start to drift farther and farther off track. Know what you are capable of from a distance stand point, and limit yourself to swings that you know you can make while maintaining proper timing.