A pause at the top of your backswing can send your swing speed off the charts

If your swing feels rushed, that’s probably because it is. Every player—from pros to bogey golfers—needs a brief moment at the top to let the club settle.

This hesitation helps you get your lower body “gliding” toward the target while your hands and arms stay in place. The result? A smooth transition at the top and effortless speed at impact.

Try this: On practice swings, count “1” on the backswing, “2” as the club reaches the top and “3” at impact. You’ll feel smoother and a lot more powerful. It’s as easy as “1-2-3.”