Golf Swing Timing: Are You Out Of Position?

Golf swing timing goes hand in hand with golf swing rhythm and depending on your style or swing preference dictate's how much your swing rely's on it.

Thought: when we talk about golf swing timing are we really describing being out of position? If for example every part of the swing was in the right place at the right time would we be talking about timing.

Relying a lot on golf swing timing or taking a totally kinesthetic approach to swinging the club can often be inconsistent.Vijay-2

Take Vijay Singh for example , he is a player who practices 10 hours per day in order to keep all the bits and pieces of his swing in sequence or in time.

The other type of swing available for you to learn and which more and more players are choosing these days is a more mechanical swing which involves the proper sequencing of the swing and far greater emphasis on angles.

You will witness more and more players in the future moving their pivots in different directions and getting behind the ball in more efficient ways to cut down on movement so they can remain competitve.

Even Tiger has changed the direction of his pivot his left knee now moves forward toward the ball as a product of the right hip turn back , opposed to the left knee moving inward and laterally behind the ball. This change in pivot's direction cuts down the amount of movement in the golf swing keeping the body in the same shape throughout the backswing, this enables the transition to be more direct as the arms can move into the slot without having to wait for the body to get back into position.

A lot of talk about timing in golf relates to the transition as this part of the swing has the biggest change of movement. If the body is in the wrong position the arms will have to wait and then play catch up, hence the word time!ing.

The Pause Really Is Not A Pause

If you start every swing thinking that there is actually a real pause needed at the top of your swing, and you actually take that pause, your game is destined to be terrible, because at no single point in your swing should there be any pause, at all.

Most diagrams showing a proper golf swing may appear as if there is a pause, and in a sense there is a pause-like moment. ( Wayne Grady)

To explain this: The moment that your hips have shifted as far back as they should be, they must immediately move forward. Once you have reached the top of your backswing and your weight is on the right side, and the hips turned well into the right, you then start the downswing.

At this point the club seems like it will stop, but like a coil, it is simply shifting directions and your arms must wait for the body to start turning and generate power. However, in no way is there an actual pause/stop.

If you do, then your swing will end up without any power and you will only be using your arms instead of your entire body. The result - a terrible shot.

In conclusion moving the body less is the best way to becoming a more consistent player, producing a more mechanical swing and it's the best way to developing a golf game that u can rely on at the weekend.