John Novosel

As an avid golfer and inventor, John Novosel studied films of the PGA greats, searching, along with countless others over the last century, for the key to what made certain golfers’ swings so effortless, artful, and effective. Viewing the films, Novosel made a startling discovery. Nearly every champion demonstrated identical timing in their swings. An extensive review of archival footage of the greats throughout confirmed his findings. From Ben Hogan to Tiger Woods, whether the swings were fast or slow, the winning rhythm remained constant.

In his breakthrough book, Novosel and Sports Illustrated writer John Garrity lay out exactly how to achieve this tour tempo. Enhanced with photographs and illustrations, this clear, step-by-step method teaches golfers how to resynchronize their swings and play like a pro. An accompanying CD-ROM vividly illustrates the full swing sequence and features a calibrated soundtrack that readers can use while practicing at a driving range or in their backyards.

Prologue

The whole world of Golf has left one of the most important elements of the swing to chance – Tempo. It is one of the most admired aspects of the swing, yet up to now, no one knew exactly what it was, or how to teach it effectively.

You know it when you see it. The swings of the Tour players who have it look effortless, yet they obtain results that are incredibly powerful and consistent. The question you have probably asked yourself – how can they look like they are swinging that easy and get the results that they do? We are going to answer that question for you.

When you finish reading this book, for the first time in your life, you will have an exact understanding of Tempo in the Golf Swing. How it is blended into the mechanics of the golf swing will be defined exactly. You will learn exactly how to incorporate it into your swing. In addition, you will learn how to do this easily and in the comfort of your own home, with a minimum of time and effort.

We’re not going to get into a semantics battle about how to define the words Tempo or Timing or Rhythm. That is not necessary, because there is only one definition for Tempo in the Golf Swing; and one of the most amazing facts about our whole program is what we have discovered – that the Golf Swing has it’s own tempo.

You can forget all the misinformation that has been distributed by Conventional Golf Teaching. They have claimed that each person has his or her own tempo. They have claimed, without scientific basis, that certain players have fast tempos and others have slow tempos. Some of the world’s greatest discoveries have been accidental. Our discovery of the Tempo of the Tour Pros was just that, and, you’ll find out more about it in the book. This chance discovery has led to what we now call the Tour Tempo System. This chance discovery is now going to lead you to the best golf of your life.

Armed with the information in this book, you will be able to acquire a swing like the Tour Pros. Your swing will appear effortless, yet produce amazingly long and accurate shots. It’s what we have all been searching for all these years.

This priceless ingredient of all Tour Pro swings can now be acquired and, just as importantly, maintained by any golfer – beginner thru Tour Pros.

This information applies to every club in your bag, woods and irons alike. Now that it is possible to time your shots correctly, no longer will you suffer those frustrating periods of inconsistency with your golf swing. You will now be able to approach each shot with confidence and come out with consistently lower scores. No matter how many golf books you have read in the past, you will find information in this book that has never before appeared, anywhere in any golf publication. You will find that Tour Tempo®, Golf’s Last Secret Finally Revealed is the essential Golf book – the real Key to your golfing success. What you have known all along is true – when you start hitting the ball consistently long and straight – the game is a lot more fun.

And you also knew that the difference between you and the Tour Pros was technique. The problem has been how do you learn it. Now, that problem is solved.

This system is the culmination of my nearly 40 year study into how the golf swing is performed, learned, and taught.

Two of my Sigma Chi Fraternity brothers, John and Jim Graham, introduced me to the game while in college, and I was hooked. If I had known in the beginning how difficult the swing was to consistently execute, I have my doubts that I would ever have taken up the game. I was a high school All-American football player and played center and linebacker for the Kansas State University football team, so I never doubted that I would learn the game with ease. (As Zig Ziglar has said “The confidence that goes with ignorance.”)

Figuring that I could use the same pattern of learning a sport that I had applied to other sports like football, basketball, baseball, throwing the discus and shot put, I naively took up the game of golf……….

I also thought this would be a great game for my three sons to take up as that little white ball didn’t hit you back and they were giving out college scholarships for excelling in this sport. So responding to the conventional wisdom of the times, I put them to work as soon as they could walk. Heck, all you had to do was start at an early age, hit a ton of balls, get a college scholarship, maybe join the PGA Tour, SIMPLE!

There was just one little problem … just about everything I had learned about sports was refuted by golf. For example, the more you practiced sometimes the worse you got. You could hit it great on the practice tee before a round and then play horribly. You could also do the reverse.

We read all the books, took lessons, read the tips in the golf magazines, went to golf camps – in short, everything that you would do to become proficient in any other human endeavor. Unfortunately, none of these avenues worked to produce a consistent golf swing that you could rely on to be there day in and day out. Either for me or my children, or for that matter, any of my friends. I noticed that they were all experiencing the same frustrating periods of inconsistency as we were.

And why not? One book would tell you to use your right side, another to use your left side, another to use your legs, another to use your arms – one theory contradicting the other. Forty years later, the same confusion is rampant, one theory having you “holding the angle”, another saying to “release the angle”. One saying use the big muscles, another saying that over 76% of your clubhead speed can be traced to the use of a small muscle in your right forearm. Ouch!

The funny thing was that these differing ideas on swinging could all work for a short period of time – one swing, one hole, maybe one or two rounds. But then you were searching again. In fact the story goes that Bobby Jones was playing with a pro in New York and the pro asked Bobby what he “thought about” when he was swinging. Bobby’s answer was “whatever worked the last time.”

That’s the part of the equation that led to my invention of the basic SPEEDBALL® equipment years ago. As we promoted the SPEEDBALL® over the next few years, some of the best golf teachers on the planet started using it. We eventually teamed up with three of them:

> John Rhodes, GOLF Magazine Top 100 teacher from Ft. Worth, TX,and

> Ben Jackson, Ben Jackson Golf, CT/RI

> Gerald McCullagh, GOLF Magazine Top 100 teacher from Minneapolis, MN.

(I actually thought I knew a lot about the golf swing until I met and started working with our current teaching staff). And with their help, we continued to refine and improve on the SPEEDBALL® system. We had gotten pretty spectacular results with our students and the XLR8R® system – handicaps cut by 70%, improved accuracy and distance increases of 15 to 30 yards immediately and up to 30 to 60 yards with subsequent use.

Those are pretty good results! But I still felt something was missing. And, in the spring of 2000, my game went south. I had just shot a 93 at my home course; and yes, it is in the top 10 in the nation as far as difficulty- slope rating, but I hadn’t scored that high in years. Luckily, my hip was sore, so I blamed it on that.

But then I started thinking about what John Rhodes and I had worked on 5 years earlier. We were at our booth at the PGA Show in Orlando and John started talking about Tempo in the Golf Swing, He had brought an electric metronome to the show with him. He had been using this to help students time their swings correctly. We started using it in the hotel room at night and so when we got home from the show, I went and bought one at the local music store, set it up how John told me to and started using it. I didn’t notice any measurably different results by using it, so I quit using it.

So 5 years later, I happened to be reviewing videotape of Jan Stephenson’s swing. We had filmed Jan’s swing at the Rush Creek Golf Academy in Minneapolis, MN for the SPEEDBALL® infomercial. She was consistently knocking the ball to the other end of the range – 260 yards away. I was personally there and observed her every swing.

Quite by accident, I noticed that it took her 27 still frames of video to get from the beginning of the backswing to the top of the backswing and then it took 9 frames to get back down to impact. A 3 to 1 ratio. Well, I started timing other great golfers; and based on that information, I then produced the first tape that could teach you the same Tempo and Timing secrets that the top Tour Pros of all time have instinctively used themselves.

Well, long story short, the first time I tried the tape, I barely got the club back to parallel before the 2nd beep went off. From this I knew that my backswing was way too slow. After integrating this new information with our SPEEDBALL® program, I started to consistently hit the best shots, in both length and direction that I had ever hit. And it is not due to strength, as mine is at the worst level it’s ever been in my lifetime; or stretching, I don’t do any. It’s just from following what has evolved into the Tour Tempo® System.

You might be asking yourself – What is different about the Tour Tempo® System?

(1) Well, unlike “faults and cures” and “tips” types of programs, it is based on learning the most important aspects of the swing.

(2) It is based on the easiest and quickest way to learn these most important aspects.

(3) It is based on the first scientific understanding of what happens with tempo in the golf swing. It is also the first to be able to correctly teach this elusive aspect of the swing.

(4) It is also the first to scientifically balance the learning of the dual elements of Mechanics and Tempo in the golf swing.

The really interesting thing is that we have accomplished something that the best minds in golf previously thought impossible to do – immediately and dramatically increasing a golfer’s distance while at the same time improving his accuracy.

The Tour Tempo® program works on the most important aspects of the golf swing if you want to hit it straight and long – the correct alignments of the clubhead at impact and dramatic and immediate increases in clubhead speed, the most important factor for producing long shots.

The most important aspect for consistency in the golf swing is Tempo. Only the Tour Tempo® System has, for the first time in the history of golf, correctly identified the various aspects of Tempo in the golf swing. And, only the Tour Tempo® System knows how to easily and instantly teach you this aspect of the swing. What we have provided for you is the kind of method that we would have liked to have had available 40 years ago when I personally took up golf: one that you could understand, go to work on, and then immediately and dramatically improve your game.

We will have accomplished our goals and will feel a deep sense of personal satisfaction when this happens with your golf game.

Good luck with your golf game!

John Novosel

PS. With the Tour Tempo® System, I am personally playing the best golf of my life. My sons have driver clubhead speeds in excess of 130 MPH and are playing the best golf of their lives. The best part is that I am now actually enjoying the game of golf and I know that we can do the same for you.

John Rhodes, Mike Austin, and John Novosel.
John Rhodes, Mike Austin, and John Novosel.

We exhibited the SPEEDBALL® at the PGA Show 7 times in the 90’s and since John Rhodes had become such a big believer in the benefits of using the SPEEDBALL®, he would attend with us. John was on the original GOLF Magazine Top 100 Teacher’s list and he would take me to the special dinner that Golf Magazine had at the show for it’s honorees. It really was a fun event, as I got to meet some colorful characters in the World of Golf; and one of the most memorable of these occasions was the night that we walked into the dinner about an hour early, and who should be sitting right at the entrance but Mike Austin. Mike was the holder of the Guinness Book of World Records Longest Drive in Competition – 515 yards – and he did it at age 64!

At the time, Mike was in his late eighties and had recently suffered a stroke to one side of his body. After pleasantries, we got to spend about a half hour with Mike talking golf, with Mike going into quite some detail on his views of the game. Afterwards, John related to me that Mike had just about broken his hand when he shook hands. Now, you have to know that John Rhodes has hands and arms like a blacksmith, so this indicated to me that some of Mike’s amazing feats that had been recounted in his biographies were true!

John Novosel with Gale Sayers at the Tokyo Golf Show in Japan.
John Novosel with Gale Sayers at the Tokyo Golf Show in Japan.

My friend Terry Huston and I were exhibiting the SPEEDBALL® in Tokyo, Japan for the Tokyo Golf Show in the early 90’s. We happened to see Gale Sayers coming out of the elevator, and I told Terry, “Hey, that’s Gale Sayers.” He promptly asked me how I knew him, and I told him that I had played against him in college football when Gale was at KU and I was playing for K-State. We didn’t get a chance to talk to him that morning, but later caught up with him as we went by the desk and he and his wife were checking out. We got to talking with his wife, a thoroughly nice person, and explained that I had played against Gale and that we were in Tokyo for the Golf Exhibition. We asked her if he played golf, and she said that he did, but that he might need some help. So we invited them to come over to the booth and try the SPEEDBALL®.

For those of you that have used the SPEEDBALL® target, you know that it is very lightweight. When Gale would swing into it, the target would go flying off with a force that we had not seen anyone exert up to that time. We had a TV on one of those rolling carts and when the target struck it after one of his swings, we were afraid that it was going to knock the TV over. We worked on a couple of drills and then he quickly picked up on the concept of how to get the target to stick. Who could have predicted back in the mid 60’s that a center from K-State would meet Gale Sayers 30 years later half way around the world in Tokyo, for a golf lesson?

John Novosel - Tour Tempo

Author of the International best selling golf instructional – Tour Tempo® which has been translated into Japanese as well as Spanish.

Inventor, with six patents on golf swing training aids including the highly acclaimed SpeedBall.

Golf’s leading authority on Tempo. First instructor to discover and define exactly what Tempo in the Golf Swing is and the first to know exactly how to teach it.