Take the rhythm test

2013 08 Dsc 3382

Use these tips to work out what kind of player you really are.

Managing your way around the green is an important part of golf. Finding a pace of play that suits you is vital for success.



Chipping and pitching are determined by feel. Feel shots aren't played with a full swing so questions are raised. How hard should I hit it? How fast should I swing? When coaching short-game I take a different approach to answering these questions. I observe the pace my pupils play, walk, collect balls and swing. This pace should be consistent throughout.



Nick Price is a brisk swinger of the club. He walks briskly and purposely. His practise swing is quick which shows in his shot execution. Fred Couples is the opposite. Freddie strolls round the course at ease resulting in a flowing swing and a short-game that almost looks lazy. These guys have won majors through playing shots with a pace natural to the movement of their bodies.



Raise your awareness of the pace you do things. Once you have determined your natural pace of walking, swinging and reacting, incorporate this into your short-game. This will encourage better feel and more consistency around the greens.



When practising, meanwhile, take time to assess what pace of person/player you are. Do that, and you will reduce any anxiety during feel shots.



 



Steve Johnston is the PGA professional at The Roxburghe. For lessons, call Steve on 01573 450 333. Follow him on Twitter: @mrstevejohnston

Share this Article

share-logo
twitter-logo facebook-logo

Latest Videos See all videos right arrow

play button
EPIC SPEED vs MAVRIK vs EPIC FLASH - Should you be upgrading your Callaway driver?
Callaway
play button
HAS PING MADE ITS BEST EVER GAME IMPROVEMENT IRON? - G425 vs G410 vs G400
Ping
play button
ARE THESE DRIVERS REALLY BETTER THAN EVER BEFORE? – TaylorMade SIM2 driver review
TaylorMade
play button
IS THIS THE FASTEST DRIVER WE’VE EVER TESTED??? - Callaway Epic Speed, MAX & MAX LS review
Callaway
See all videos right arrow

Golf News

Rory McIlroy frustrated after his latest near-miss
Affordable Golf going from “strength to strength”
WATCH - PGA Tour pro tries weirdest putting grip we've EVER seen
Introducing 'Angry Golfers' - The European Tour's latest masterpiece
New coach but no equipment deal for former world No.1

Other Top Stories

Tiger Woods: Inside his $41million Florida mansion
The very best pubs in St Andrews
The Scottish Golf Course Emoji Quiz!
24 lies every bad golfer tells
Doug Sanders: The extraordinary life of golf's original playboy

Quick Fault 'n' Fixes See all videos right arrow

play button
Good timing is the key to good striking
Watch
play button
Get your swing on a better plane
Watch
play button
Stop hooking the ball with a weaker grip
Watch
play button
How to make a consistent backswing
Watch
See all videos right arrow