Time is a precious gift. I have talked about time in the past, but more about how long it takes to play a round a golf or to practice or even to work out the kinks. Time is important when hitting the links. However, to rush time on the course can cost you a great deal and negatively impact your score. Specifically, the time it takes to make a golf shot. For my game, it is important to use this time wisely.
From the moment I reach my ball, the clock is ticking. There is a fine line between hurrying and lagging. It is a rhythm I must achieve to ensure I mentally and physically ready to hit my next shot. Before I explain my process, I thought it important to share what other golfers think their perfect time is to make a golf shot:
From the moment they reach their ball, they think that they select their club, pick their line, set their alignment and complete their swing. I suppose this is possible, but I think many underestimate how much time it actually takes to make a golf shot.
I figure it takes me about 40 seconds to make a shot. I come to this average time my following calculations. It took me 135 minutes to play 18 holes of golf. This is about 5 kilometers. I can walk 5 kilometers in approximately 60 minutes. Give I am not walking in a straight line, I estimate an additional 35 minutes of walking, which leaves about 50 minutes of swinging. I average a score of 75 and therefore, each stroke takes about 40 seconds.
This 40 seconds is a comfortable time to make a shot. During this period, I select my club, check my ball, go through my pre-shout routine, align my shot and hit the ball. It all takes about 40 seconds. Of course there are times when I take a bit longer and others shorter. But, on average, I take about 40 seconds to make a shot.
I find that if I rush or extend this time I seem to lose control of my game. I lose my mental focus and as a result my scores suffer. I can assure you that my best golf scores, my measurement of how well I play most days, occurs when I average 40 seconds per golf shot. This time sets my rhythm for my swing and conversely for my entire game.
Time is important. The right swing for you has a specific rhythm that is driven by time. The more consistent, the better your overall game will be. How much time do you take to complete a your golf swing?
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!
The article was written by Jim Burton at The Grateful Golfer blog.