For pure contact, find the player whose moniker matches your natural tempo

Johnny Miller
Angus Murray
All swing speeds work, but one will best suit your body's rhythm.

Swinging with a natural pace and rhythm syncs up your motions so that the different parts of your swing blend into one unit. This is why 
 Tour pros look so effortless when hitting the ball so hard. The trick? Find out which tempo works for you: fast, slow or somewhere in the middle. One will suit you better than the rest. I developed a way to test different tempos. During your swing, you say out loud a first name (in the backswing) and last name (in the downswing). I’m a medium-tempo swinger, so I use a name with two syllables in both the first and last—mine! To see which one works for you...

Say “Johnny Miller” when you swing. You want to reach the top by the time you hear the “y” in Johnny and complete your swing by the “er” in Miller. The two-syllable structure of both names gives you standard speed. If this feels good, stick with it. If not, then...

Say “Nick Price.” Because each part of Nick’s name has one syllable, you’ll automatically swing faster to keep up with the cadence. (Interestingly enough, Nick was a notoriously fast swinger.) Rickie Fowler and Keegan Bradley are doing well on Tour with rapid-fire swings. If this feels uncomfortably fast, try a longer name...

Say “Severiano Ballesteros.” The late, great Spaniard’s name is perfect for grooving a slow, syrupy swing, like the one Ernie Els uses. Say “Severiano” on your backswing and “Ballesteros” on your downswing to feel long and loose. If you’re a senior player or have injuries, I almost guarantee that this tempo will feel the best.

Be objective when experimenting with these speeds—they’re all viable options. You can substitute your own names, but make sure that both the first and last names have the same number of syllables. “Mark Calcavecchia” and “Jonathan Byrd” aren’t the best choices. And “Phil Mickelson”? You should probably leave that one to the guys you’re betting against.

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