Question #1: How do we measure this difference? When working with tempo the way you measure things is with time. So, we can easily measure the elapsed time of different elements of the swing. You can measure it in the standard seconds….or you can look at in a different way, we use FPS, Frames per Second. In standard video there are 30 FPS. So if something takes 10 frames, we know that is .33 seconds. The advantage of FPS is that it makes the #’s less cumbersome and also patterns become more apparent. For example, tell me about the relationship of these #’s:
not very apparent. However, if I use FPS, then we have 27 and 9 and it’s clearly evident that you have a 3:1 ratio. Furthermore, when working with a golf swing on video it’s really easy to say, “you went from here to here in 3 frames” (as opposed to saying .09 seconds). You just tap the frame counter FWD 3x and you have your 3 frames. No EXTRA math needed.
We can see they both started at the same time. Rory raced out ahead and got to the top of his swing in 22 frames. Then back to impact in 7 more. This gives him a ratio of backswing to downswing of 22/7. Also, total elapsed time from takeaway to impact is 29 frames (just under 1 second).
Conversely, our amateur, was still moseying back at 29 and took another 10 frames to get to the top. 8 more frames down to impact and we have a grand total of 47! If you look at the video closely, Rory has completed his FULL swing by the time the am gets to IMPACT! Also, Am’s ratio is 39/8, for a 5:1 ratio.
“Do what the pro’s do and don’t do what the amateurs do” John Novosel Sr.
So, how do we get our amateur to “do what the pro’s do”?
Tune in next week to literally witness the magic of Tour Tempo.