Question: I’ve been using the tour tempo app at 27/9 tones. This seems to fit my natural “slow” swing. I would like to increase distance. Given comparable contact, would swinging at 24/8 or 21/7 increase distance? Intuitively, it seems like it would. But, I wonder if your experience with people attempting a faster tempo bears this out. Thanks.
6 times out of 10 if you go from 27/9 to 24/8, you will increase speed (and thus distance if you hit it solid)
9 times out of 10 if you go from 27/9 to 21/7, you will increase speed (and thus distance if you hit it solid)
To get that distance, you need a solid impact, however, speed is always the first goal (you can learn to hit it solid with the faster tempo) The key here is that you have to match that downswing number. If you go 21/9, you might not get the speed.
Luckily for you, 27/9 (and slower) swingers get the most/easiest/fastest bump in speed by going faster. If you’re already 24/8 or 21/7, you don’t necessarily get more speed by swinging at a faster tempo. So, 27/9 seems to be a threshold mark. Also interesting is that going to 18/6 doesn’t necessarily help anyone as it’s so fast that most of us can’t get all the muscles fired in time to develop that speed.
One suggestion: When you first start this training, try doing it on a Launch Monitor and not worrying about the ball in the beginning. So, just see if it increases your speed. If you do see a bump in chs, then you have the confidence that you’re doing it. You just need to get comfortable with that tempo/speed and you’ll start hitting the ball out of the center of the face for a big increase in distance!