Freddy Yak’s tempo was 3:1, he was right in between 27/9 and 24/8. (Ryan Moore was between 27/9 and 30/10) They were both 2:1 in their putting tempo.
Similarly Yani Tseng was 3:1 she was in between 21/7 and 24/8.
The lesson to be learned here is that you don’t have to be exactly 24/8, you can be 23/8 or 22/7. You just need to be around 3:1 and you need to be consistent. The main thing you’ll have to do is figure out which tones to use. Normally, if you’re in between tones, you end up listening to the faster tones (because reaction time is built in), but you need to experiment and see what works for you.
On the 13th tee shot in the 3rd round Patrick Cantlay’s shot in the water was 33:7 – almost 5:1!! Chamblee commented that he was real quick from the top. So he was real slow, then real quick. This is the worst combination of all and what most amateurs do in their swings. The after a swing like this, the advice will be, “you need to slow down”……the problem is that they slow down the backswing, when they really need to SPEED up the backswing and actually slow down on the downswing. This is why Tour Tempo is so great, it’s the same day in and day out, so you can count on it. You can’t count on the thought ‘slow’ or ‘smooth’ or whatever.
Side note: this might be for Tech Tuesday, PING has a new iphone app that measures your tempo. You can compare yourself to PING staffers like Hunter Mahan, etc….Guess what the ratio is of the PING staffers on tour? 2:1