Increasing Clubhead Speed with Tour Tempo
I’m starting with Tempo as the quickest way to hit the ball farther. I’ll admit that if you already have Tour Tempo (3:1 ratio and less than 1 second), then you probably won’t gain a significant amount of speed on the protocol I’m about to discuss. However, if your tempo is not 3:1 and you take more than 1.2 seconds of elapsed time from takeaway to impact, then prepare to get blown away.
So many things in golf and the golf swing are counterintuitive. It would make sense that we should swing ‘slow’ and ‘smooth’. However, the slow/smooth combo has a speed component and 99% of the time, a slow/smooth swing will have a slow clubhead speed. There are 2 speed components to tempo:
- The tempo is the pace or speed of the club in the swing: i.e. 21 frames to complete the backswing.
- The 2nd (and of utmost importance for this discussion) is the actual clubhead speed (usually measured at impact)
These 2 components affect each other. Meaning: if you pick up the pace of #1, it can increase the speed of #2.
So, when golfers come to me asking me how they can swing faster, I tell them to….
The question is “How?” How do you swing faster? The first place to start is to do a Tour Tempo Rx: Count your frames of the backswing and downswing (and I also like to count thru to the finish as well)
Once you’ve got your frame count, get out your TTMP or your Tour Tempo App and play the tones of the next fastest Tempo and Voila! Instant speed increase. #1 can increase #2.
For example, if your current tempo is 30/8, you should then try 24/8 or even 21/7. It will feel like someone put a red bull in your espresso, or maybe you will feel like you need a red bull in your espresso, but either way, you will need to get moving. When you first try this, the odds are the ball might go places (all over the map) but have no fear, as you repeat it, your body naturally learns the new speed and you start to see consistency…but with more speed!!
The Body Component of Tempo: A hidden benefit of the faster backswing is the loading of the body. Specifically, when you load the muscles with a quicker tempo they have a tendency to fire with more speed and explosiveness. This is similar to the concept of the stretch shorten cycle. If you load your jumping motion with more speed, you jump higher.
So, load up with tempo and this will help you unload with more speed!