I feel a sense of ‘rebirth’ as the time has changed and my DirecTV now gives me 30 fps. So, every Monday morning, I’ll be posting a tempo report from the previous week’s event. I’ll also add some commentary as I see fit. Here is the first one:
Pick Your Tempo
We had every full swing tempo on display at the HSBC WGC from 18/6 up to 27/9.
Ian Poulter is 21/7 on full swings.
Jason Dufner is super quick at 18/6.
Scott Piercy is relatively slow at 27/9 (also not coincidentally, he has the least amount of lag, which slows the downswing, hence the 9 frames)
Ernie Els is 24/9 (again, not as much lag as the other players, so longer downswing)
Phil Mickelson is around 23/8 and also 22/7 (depends on length of backswing as he can get very long)
Oosthuizen is 24/8 and of all the players, he has the most perfect ‘set’ at the top. What I mean by this is that when I’m counting the frames, his club at the top becomes totally crystal clear (no blur) and there is a great set of the wrists. When he is setting it well, he has one of the most efficient, powerful swings in the game.
Lee Westwood on Sunday was a little inconsistent at 24/8 and 24/7 and some at almost 6 down. He would do well to make sure to NOT slow down the backswing and NOT rush the downswing.
They are all very consistent, have a 3:1 ratio between backswing and downswing, and even the 27/9 is still only 1.2 seconds from takeaway to impact (18/6 is .8 seconds from takeaway to impact). Whereas the avg. golfer is NOT consistent, has a ratio typically of 3.5 to 1 or more, and takes 1.3 seconds or more.
How do you know whether your tempo should be fast like 18/6 or slow as in 27/9? Get the Tour Tempo Total Game app (available for android and iphone) and try the different tempo’s. The Tour Tempo tones are easy to use and understand and get instant results! If you want to count your frames, get the Tour Tempo Frame counter app for just $1.99 (iphone/ipad only).