I’ve been working with Tour Tempo off and on all summer and into the fall. Author John Novosel’s idea is that the difference between the hacker and the tour pro lies mainly in the tempo. Using high speed video, Novosel claims to have discovered that all tour pros have a swing that falls into a 3:1 ratio. Some swing faster, some a little slower, but they are always in the 3:1 swing-set-through tempo.
It’s a slim volume, but it comes with a cd that has video — and more importantly, different soundtracks with beeps that are supposed to ingrain the idea of 3:1 into your head.
When you set up to the ball, the only thought that is supposed to be in your head is the 3:1 tempo. Listen to the beeps on the cd long enough and it will be.
I’m a musically talented guy, from a musical family (both parents were music teachers), so the idea came pretty naturally to me. From years of playing in bands and orchestras, I can set a tempo inside my head automatically. After listening to the tracks, I just swung on tempo.
I think I did see some improvement — especially on tee shots — when I concentrated only on the tempo. The tempo thought kept me from being in such a rush and kept my swing smooth and fluid.
Now, if only I could get rid of that flying left elbow fault.