Spoiler Alert: I’m going to totally destroy some current beliefs about tempo. In other words, some serious myth busting.
One of the entrenched beliefs when it comes to tempo is the belief that your swing should match your personality. In other words, if you walk slow, talk slow, and you are generally laid back, you should have a slow, syrupy tempo. (BTW, what does slow mean? Even harder to define syrupy, but I digress, I will answer those questions down the road.)
So, according to that theory, Dustin Johnson should have the slowest, smoothest tempo on tour. He couldn’t be more laid back. He walks slow, talks super slow, and makes Freddy Couples look like a Type A… Take a guess at his (DJ’s) tempo??
Yah, not slow. Not even average. It’s fast. Very fast.
He goes WAY past parallel (on a driver) in 21-22 frames. Then back to impact in 8 more frames. So takeaway to impact is 1 second. And did I mention he goes past parallel? The past parallel thing is important because speed is a function of time AND distance. He has the same frame count as Tiger (in his prime) or Rory, but goes farther back than they did/do. So, that makes him faster.
So, can we finally drop the worn out idea that your tempo should match your personality?
It sounds good, but it just doesn’t play out. Tempo is not something you are ‘stuck’ with. You can change it, you can improve it. You can even match DJ’s tempo.
Continue to Training Tempo (Me and DJ)…
His teaching puts an emphasis on the golfer achieving a consistent, PGA Tour-type tempo and maximizing clubhead speed at impact.
He has worked with his father to develop the concepts of Tour Tempo and also has co-patented 4 training aids with his father.
At age 48 and despite being 6 feet tall and 165 lbs., he can generate clubhead speeds in excess of 127 mph and ball speeds over 190 mph. His longest drive in competition is 402 yards.
He has presented the concepts of Tour Tempo all over the world. In 2008 he presented to the PGA of Sweden. Later that year he presented @ the World Golf Fitness Summit. In 2011, he made the trip to Amsterdam where he was part of the PGA of Holland’s coaching summit. He most recently made the trip to Orlando, FL to present at the 2013 PGA of America Teaching & Coaching Summit.
He is certified with the Titleist Performance Institute as a Golf Fitness Instructor I, Golf Professional 2, and Golf Biomechanist 2. Also, he is certified with SSC Golf Swing as Level 1 Speed and Power Instructor and Level 2 Spine Engine Instructor.