Golf is a fun game when we are playing well. I know that as my round continues and my score is in excellent zone, I have a tendency to change my tempo and focus. Mostly it is because my emotions are ramping up and I get a head of myself. When I can control myself, I find that my tempo stays in check and I am able to finish strong. I have a few techniques and found a video by David Leadbetter that shows two things I do that helps. The other two might be a benefit for you, but only you can decide.
I will let you watch the video first and then we can discuss things further:
Of the two tips offered by Leadbetter, I take a deep breath and try to finish my backswing. The latter is critical to my tempo because it is the basis for my consistent swing. I focus on my backswing by telling my mind to take a full backswing. Having said that, we all know that to vary yardage I will adjust my back swing. The trick is to now rush my backswing, but to stay within myself and complete it without exception.
The deep breath happens all the time when I am to calm emotions or to regain control of the moment. It is a common technique and I expect that everyone uses deep breathing. I also use this method to control my anxiety and nervousness. Deep breathing by athletes is universal and is a proven technique in many different sporting scenarios.
Gripping the club hard and releasing a few times before hitting never worked for me. I found that all it did was shift my focus solely on my grip. This is never a good thing and as such I discarded it very quickly. Additionally, I dislike wagging my club. I have not found a use for it and find it distracting. Because I do not like these two tempo techniques does not mean they will not work for you. If you decide to try them (or use them already) let me know how it is working for you.
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!