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All consistent golfers have one thing in common - great tempo. If your swing is out of sync/ out of timing, it can be difficult to make solid contact with the ball and hit it consistently. This article, will look at some tips for improving your golf tempo on the course, including how to make smooth, rhythmic practice swings when on the course to help you maintain your tempo and timing.

1. Focus on the Transition

The transition between your backswing to your downswing is a critical moment in the golf swing. If you rush this movement, you're likely to lose your tempo/timing and hit poor shots. Instead, try to make a smooth, unhurried transition from the top of your backswing, when your downswing. Think of it as a gradual acceleration, rather than a sudden burst of speed. The fastest part of your swing should be at impact not before.

2. Make Smooth Practice Swings with Your Eyes Closed

Another effective way to develop good tempo is to make smooth practice swings with your eyes closed. This helps you focus on the feel of the swing, rather than the mechanics of the swing. When you close your eyes, you're forced to rely on your feel and your natural rhythm. Practice making smooth, rhythmic swings with your eyes closed, and then try to replicate that feeling when you open your eyes to hit the shot.


4. Use a Three-Count Rhythm

Another useful way to develop good golf tempo is to use a three-count rhythm. This involves a slow takeaway, a brief pause at the top of your backswing, and then a smooth, unhurried transition to your downswing. Practice making swings with this three-count rhythm, focusing on maintaining a consistent pace throughout the swing. 

5. Hum to Help You Maintain Your Tempo

You can also use a hum to help you maintain your tempo. When you make your backswing, start humming aloud. Try to keep the hum the same until impact. This will help you maintain a consistent tempo throughout your swing. This technique can also help you stay focused and relaxed during your swing.


6. Stay Relaxed and Balanced

Finally, it's important to stay relaxed and balanced throughout your swing. Tension and imbalance can lead to rushed swings and poor tempo. Take deep belly breaths before each shot to help you stay relaxed, and focus on maintaining good balance throughout your swing. This will help you make smooth, rhythmic swings and improve your golf tempo.

Improving your golf tempo takes practice and patience, but with these tips, you can develop a smooth, rhythmic swing that will help you hit more consistent shots on the course. By focusing on the transition, making smooth practice swings with your eyes closed, using a three-count rhythm, humming to maintain your tempo, and staying relaxed and balanced, you can improve your golf tempo and play better golf.

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