Golf: Swing to Music for Better Swing Rhythm

Dick Moss, Editor

The golf swing is so technical that players often assume their stance with a long checklist running through their head.

But focusing on all the different components of good technique (i.e. clubface low on backswing, elbow in, turn hips, eyes on ball…) can cause your players to tighten up so much they lose the natural rhythm of their stroke.

Here's a novel approach to the problem. Have your students swing to music, just like they do at the Green to Tee Golf School in Chicago.

How to Use Music in Golf Instruction
The instructors teaching this “Rhythmic Golf” approach have their students begin their swing by moving their back knee in and out on the first beat. They perform their backswing on the second beat, and swing at the ball on the third beat.

In their first lesson, they perform this to a drum solo (you could clap hands, which will help you to choose music with the correct tempo later on). In the second lesson, they swing to actual music.

This method works because people are accustomed to moving rhythmically to music and because moving to music uses the non-analytical side of the brain—the one most involved in movement.

1. Bob Condor, “What's new, what's hot in health and fitness: Golfing to music.” Shape, March 1995.
2. Chris Riddoch, The Golf Swing: It's easier than you think, CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2012.

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