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Playing Golf As A Rhythm Golfer

Rhythm golfers look at the game as if it were a dance....

The rhythm player’s wiring is located in the vestibular system (inner ear) of the body. This system is also a brainstem function that features rhythm and balance. The rhythm player senses the shot as one motion…not a series of events.

  • Uses rhythm
  • Motion creates motion
  • Rhythmic walk/swing
  • Metronome, chewing gum, music
  • Comfort, loose clothing
  • Club selected by weight, loft
  • Learns by listening, counting
  • Speech: I’m hearing you say
  • Movement/rhythm/balance
  • Concentration = rhythm/count
  • Swing programmed by rhythm & balance
  • Mantra: “Count Du Jour 1, 2, 3!”
  • Stress: Quick swing/build tension
  • Stay in present by count and balance
  • No count = quick out of sequence swing
  • Eyes move in rhythm
  • Key: Rhythmic take away in count/smooth
  • Create perfect count
  • STOP: Mechanics/visualization
  • Start: The music/beat
  • Continue: The beat/tempo, balance at finish/moving
  • Bad play = quickness on take away, interruption, slow play .
  • Lower voice, rhythmic talk
  • Social sciences/management/leadership
  • Music, Singing, drumming, chant, R&B, Bosanova, lyrics

Images for Rhythm Players

  • Hear the song, “Don’t Worry, Be Happy”
  • Make your swing feel like a waltz rhythm (3/4 time).
  • Swing like you are brushing your sidewalk clear of snow.
  • Count:“Ready, aim, fire!”
  • Hear the swish of the club.
  • Hear the click of the ball on the club face.
  • Hold your balance of the finish position.

Tips for Rhythm Players

Rhythm players need to be in motion. If you stop moving, you’ll almost always hit a bad shot. Your challenge as a player is to learn how to create shots using the correct tempo and rhythm. Tempo and rhythm are two different things. Tempo is the pace of your swing. Rhythm is the in sync sequence of your swing. Nick Price has a quick tempo and very smooth rhythm.

Not much has been written about rhythm players. Most golf instruction is geared for picture and feel players. Tempo is important for all players, but rhythm is the key for you!

I recommend that rhythm players walk the course (easy to stay in rhythm), chew gum, listen to rhythmic CDs, buy heavy golf clubs so you can sense the rhythm in your swing, never talk to yourself, use counting or sounds to program your shots.

Learn to control your distance on short-game shots and putting by the rhythm of your body. Tempo starts in the legs. Slow down your legs if you begin to get “quick” in your swing. Learn to read putts with your feet, feeling the slope and sensing the distance by walking on the high side of the putt. Learn to putt with your feet (small weight shift with the putter hanging from your hands will do the trick).

Don’t try to visualize the shot or to feel the position of the golf swing. Your style benefits most from sensing the swing as a total rhythmic event.

Develop a simple 1-2-3 approach to your routine. Use the same routine on every shot and keep moving! A forward press is a good idea as the last count before you take the club back.

See if you can find a rhythm player as an instructor. They are easy to spot. They dance with their golf swing! Buy the Bobby Jones tapes, watch old footage of Payne Stewart, Tom Watson, John Daly or Laura Davies. Listen to only “good” music that has lyrics and a beat.

P.S. Buy a metronome, and use it on the practice tee and practice putting green.

The key to all of this is the answer to the question: HOW DO YOU KNOW WHEN TO TAKE THE CLUB BACK?

The rhythm golfer will say, “when I hit my count of the day, I go.”

For more details on this system, check out Dr. Bill Campbell's program "Hard Wired for Golf"

Tags: Mental Game

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