Unleash the Power in Your Swing Now

All great swings have rhythm, tempo, and timing. These components key the latent power in a player’s swing. They also key accuracy, length, and consistency. While rhythm may be the most important, all three work together to produce a swing that can help chop strokes off your golf handicap. They combine synergistically to generate swings like those of PGA pros.

But how do you hone rhythm, tempo, and timing? Golf tips and golf instruction sessions help. Visiting the practice range also helps. But to dramatically improve these components, you need real-time feedback. The more you get, the faster you learn. Normally, real-time feedback is hard to get without hitting a ball. But a Yale University professor now offers an audio device that provides feedback without hitting a ball.

Using Sound As Feedback

Bob Grober, a professor of physics, has developed the Sonic Golf System 1-an auditory-based swing device that tells you if you’re swinging the club with the utmost speed, power, and efficiency. The device is available to golfers for about $300 through a Web site created specifically for the product: sonicgolf.com

Grober’s device works like this: You insert a small, wireless transmitter into the butt end of a club. The transmitter detects the club’s movement and sends an auditory signal to an iPod size unit attached to the golfer’s waist. The signal is relayed to headphones, and the golfer hears a pleasing organic tone. The sound tells you if your swing is in or out of tune, so to speak.

No less than Vijay Singh is using and endorsing Sonic Golf. He’s incorporated it into his training routine with good results. Grober’s system works because it provides instantaneous feedback. That’s key when learning a skill like golf. It tells players immediately if they’ve swung the club correctly and with the right rhythm, timing, and tempo.

Does Everything It Says It Does

But you may not want to invest the money in buying one of Grober’s devices. And you may not have to. Drills exist that will improve timing, rhythm, and tempo. One of the best is the swish drill. It targets the downswing action and provides a golf lesson on preserving power until the critical moment of impact. Here’s how it works:

Turn your driver upside down or use a driver shaft with no clubhead. If you use your driver grip the clubhead. Take your stance and then swing. If you hear a swish sound while swinging down, you’re releasing the club too early to generate maximum power. It’s called casting. Swing the club several more times. Pay particular attention to the downswing. Try to maintain your wrist hinge, so that you hear the swish later in the downswing, preferably just prior to impact.

Another drill is the metronome drill. It helps improve the rhythm, timing, and tempo of your putting stroke. A metronome is used to improve rhythm, timing, and tempo in music. In the metronome drill you synchronize your putting stroke to the beat of the device. Once again, the focus is on learning to accelerate, not decelerate into the ball, as many players do. Acceleration produces power.

These two drills do what Grober’s Sonic Golf does but without the costs. They also use sound to provide real-time feedback. And that’s the key. If you’re serious about developing a great swing-and lowering your golf handicap-incorporate real-time feedback into your practices and golf lessons. The more feedback you get, the faster and better you learn. It’s one of the best golf tips we can give. It will help you develop a power-laden swing with great rhythm, tempo, and timing.

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