Understand Your Golf Swing Timing


What is golf swing timing?

This is when the mechanical movements performed in the swing are in perfect timing with each other delivering maximum club head speed through the ball.

When your timing is good it feels like you have ample time to hit the ball. Bad timing always feels like you’re rushing.

Timing and rhythm is greatly affected by incorrect hand and body motion. We want the body moving together with the hands, and not independently of each other.

The hinging of the wrists on the back swing will unhinge on the down swing at the correct time without any conscious effort of you trying to do so.

Keeping the speed of your swing constant is a big key to better swing timing.

Common problems that wreck the golf swing timing for the average golfer are,

  • too much tension in the upper body,

  • rushing the takeaway with the hands,

  • and pulling with the arms and hands from the top of the back swing.

    Upper Body

    Tension in the upper body will kill your golf swing timing. It is imperative that the shoulders stay passive during the swing.

    Relax your grip and allow the club head to dictate to your hands. This will give you the freedom to let you accelerate the club head through the ball with the hands.

    The Takeaway

    Try to be aware of the weight of the club head in the
    takeaway.

    This will help you start your swing with a sense of rhythm and timing. You need to be more deliberate in
    the speed of your take away and feeling the club head.

    Any quick or jerky motion with the hands at the start of the swing will destroy your feel for the timing and
    rhythm in the swing.

    It is critical to feel the weight of the club head to get any proper golf swing timing and let the backward motion of your arms assist the cocking of your wrists upwards. This will place you roughly in a position as I
    am in picture 1.



    The wrists will stay fully cocked to the top of the back swing till half way into the down swing in picture 2. Here they are fully cocked still when my hands are parallel
    to my hips.

    This position of the arms and club forming the letter L has been created from the lower body unwinding from it’s turn, shifting the weight left, and turning toward the target.

    The wrists are now in the perfect position to unhinge and rotate themselves into the ball for a perfectly timed strike.

    The hands are now going to accelerate the club
    head through the ball picking up more speed.

    This is the very essence of timing. Average golfers, especially women, experience the unhinging of the wrists too early before impact, creating a
    deceleration of the club head before it meets the ball.

    The mental perception of this action stems from hitting at the ball instead of accelerating through it.

    These golfers seldom have a good high finish.

    Over swinging in the back swing creates an action of unhinging the wrists too early and hitting at the ball instead of through it. Your power and timing will always dissipate at impact with an over swing.

    After impact

    In a good player the wrists unhinge at approximately waist high and begin to accelerate the hands into impact, creating more club head speed after the ball is struck.

    The mental perception here is accelerating the club head through impact, this is easily done by shortening the back swing to a three quarter length.

    This action brings about the anti clock wise rotation of the arms and hands through the ball.

    It is worth understanding the differences in these two actions and applying the correct one if you wish to
    develop good golf swing timing, rhythm, and more
    distance.

    The best way to incorporate these changes into
    your swing is to work on the movements slowly till you build the feel for them.

    Once you have the feel, practice the whole swing
    with those feelings
    you have learned.



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