Fixing Fast Swing Rhythm

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Dear Jitterbug,

My swing rhythm gets fast when I play. I start by playing the first nine holes well, and then speed up and shoot worse on the back nine. Do you have any suggestions to help me slow down?

Tris Middleton

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If you’re like most folks you don’t pay attention to how you finish your swing when you play or practice. You simply categorize shots as either “Good Result,” or “Bad Result,” based on where the ball ends up. So, you don’t know how to fix rhythm because you don’t pay attention to rhythm, and can’t get your mind off where the ball if flying long enough to ever sort it through.

Mr. Vaughn:

Just as there are good practice habits you can get into that will help your rhythm, there are bad ones too.

For instance, never take more than four swings in a row with your driver. As soon as you hit a good drive you’ll think. “Let’s see, I swung easy at that one and it came off like a bullet. Imagine if I really let it loose!” Next thing you know you’re coming out of your socks, trying to hit every ball farther than the one before it.

Also, don’t be a machine gun artist. Once you settle up over your ball, give yourself a moment or two to ease into your shot. Prepare yourself with a slow waggle of the club, take a practice swing at half-speed, whatever it takes to keep your tachometer down around idle speed.

Lord Berry:

As little time as most people spend developing reliable rhythm, you’d think it’s unimportant. The truth, however, is that good rhythm can mask poor technique. The best technique in the world, however, is not enough to atone for bad rhythm.

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Ask Jitterbug - Golf Advice Column by Bobby Steiner

Ask Jitterbug - Author Bobby Steiner

About the Author

The following are a list of golf teaching columns generously donated to us by teaching professional and author Bobby Steiner. Bobby teaches golf at The Practice Tee in East Asheville during the summer months, and at The Westin Mission Hills Resort during the winter.

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All the Same Distance

I hit all my clubs, seven-iron and longer, the same distance. Do you know of a cure?

Bad Rhythm

My swing rhythm gets fast when I play. Do you have any suggestions to help me slow down?

Bad Teacher

There is a young assistant golf professional at our club who plays extremely well, but could use some help as a teacher. Any suggestions that might help him?

Ball Position

Can you explain your take on ball position? Forward for longer clubs? Back for shorter clubs?

Die or Lag

Do you think it is better to be a firm putter, or to putt the ball so that it barely drops into the cup?

Fanning the Club

My tendency is to fan my hands to the inside on the takeaway. When I use a straight takeaway I can't hit the ball.

Fix is the Problem

My friend has a knack for giving me helpful tips when we play. It works for about six holes, then I totally collapse. Have you heard of this?

Get the Ball to the Hole

I have a very difficult time getting my putts to the hole. Can you help?

Golf Schools

Are golf schools worth the money?

Guide the Ball

My golf instructor tells me that I try to 'guide' the ball too much. I've never heard this term, is it a bad thing?

Hip Slide

Can you explain the proper way to pivot during the backswing?

How Many Hours

I'm currently a solid 8-handicap, but I've reached a plateau. How might I rework my practice regimen to improve steadily like I used to?

Kids Learning Curve

My thirteen-year old son and I took up golf four years ago. Now, I am still struggling to break 100 while he shoots low 80s. How do I catch up?

Length of Backswing

I've read that the putting stroke should be the same length going back as going through. What is your take on it?

Long and Slow

I have great touch, and play standard chip shots quite well, but I can't hit a soft pitch of any length to save my life.

Make Practice Swing

I have a beautiful practice swing, but it doesn't carry over to my real swing. Any Suggestions?

More Distance

I'm a good athlete, but don't get the distance I think I should. How can I hit the ball farther off the tee?

No Scoop Chips

I suffer from the chipping yips; I can't prevent my right hand from taking over and flipping under the ball. How do I avoid scooping the ball?

No Touch Short Game

I have no short game touch, and I'm a good athlete. Everything I hit feels like a jab or punch. Any help?

No Whiffing

Golf is frustrating to me because I hardly ever get the ball up in the air. Please help!

Range Brilliance

I'm a great range player, but can't get it together on the course. Do you have any advice to help me?

Sound Swing

An assistant pro refers to some swings as "sound," and others, "not sound." Can you compare and contrast the two?

Taking Lessons

I've taken golf lessons for years from many different instructors, but I never get better. Are golf lessons the biggest scam ever thought up?

Teacher a Good Player

Do you think it is important that a teaching professional be a good player?
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