How do I slow down the tempo of my golf swing?

Hey Golf Nut, I have tried everything that I can think of, and all the golf tips my buddies know, and I can’t seem to slow my golf swing down. I know that I am swinging way to fast, but it’s like I have a mental block. Can you help me?

Well as I have said before, one of THE most important aspects of the golf swing for amateurs is tempo. So you have asked one of the sixty four thousand dollar questions. And there is no easy answer, but I have something that you might want to try.
Not before I give you this golf tip, I will mention one mental note. I have mentioned this before, but it’s worth saying it again. Have as your primary swing thought to swing at 80% of your normal speed. A lot of times this can help you keep a smooth, slower tempo. But this is easier said than done.
Now here is something that some golfers may find more useable than a swing thought. A simple little drill to help with tempo. All you need is a golf club, preferably an iron, and a softball.
You can do this right in your back yard, you don’t have to go to the driving range for this particular drill. Mark a spot on the ground about the size of home plate on a baseball or softball field. Then step off forty feet from that spot.
Have the softball and the golf club with you. Now I want you to try and throw an underhand softball pitch like the old slow pitch leagues. You will toss the softball underhanded trying to throw it as softly as possible with a good high arch on it and have it land on the mark that you made like home plate. Do this four times in a row. Concentrate on a slow, smooth toss.
Now take the golf club in one hand (right hand if you are right handed and vice versa) and take a slow steady one handed complete golf swing at the same tempo as the pitch that you just tossed. Lather, rinse, repeat a couple of times. In other words go through these steps 2-3 times.
Now try it again, but instead of a one handed swing, after the softball tosses, take your normal two handed golf swing. Focus on a smooth tempo at the same speed as the slow softball toss. Lather, rinse, repeat a few times.
This is definitely unorthodox, but I found that it helped several golfers with their tempo. Here are a few more golf tips that have helped our readers as well.

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  1. This is great advice, without doubt amatuer golfers could see an improvement in their scores if they maintained an even tempo throughout a round.

  2. Duh – you need a metronome. Don’t get a golf one – they cost 4x what you need to spend. Just a cheap bleeping $10 will do. Set it up for waltz time 3/4. Three beats on the way back three beast on the fwd swing. The first bleep is the start second will be halfway back and the third at the top. the next bleep will be at the bottom, 2nd halfway through your follow-through and the third at the end of foloow-through. So 1 2 3 on the backswing – hit on the 1 of the downswing, 2 3. Get the tempo by going back 2 3 forward 2 3 back 2 3 fwd 23 back 23 fwd 23. Set the tempo for 150 to start. Hit some balls at this tempo and you’ll be amazed at how far you can hit them once they start coming out of the sweet spot – and at this tempo you’ll soon find you can do that. Course you’ll want to start speeding up the tempo to hit further – I find I can’t get much past about 164BPM. But even that feels super slow compared to yer average lash at the ball.

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