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Most hackers have met the tee-box philosopher who, perhaps with a Taoist tract in hand, advises them to swing more slowly. Novosel, who is here to squelch that theory of swing speed, maintains the opposite is true. More audaciously, Novosel, with the help of coauthor Garrity, argues that his swing-harder idea is tantamount to a panacea for all swing ailments. Well, as astronomer Carl Sagan said of belief in UFOs, extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence. Novosel's chief proof is his observation, derived from frame-by-frame analysis of video, that the backswing-to-downswing elapsed-time ratio of professional golfers is 3:1. So Novosel recorded tones in that ratio (a CD of sounds accompanies his book), had amateurs of various skill levels listen while they swing, speeding up their tempo until they were grooving to the 3:1 ratio. Thus retooled, their clubhead speeds on Novosel's charts are indeed faster and translate into more distance. In a fickle sport that mandates springtime optimism, Novosel gives his readers hope by offering an empirical grip on the ever-elusive perfect swing. Gilbert Taylor
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“I have been playing golf for 50 years and during that span of time I have had over 200 private lessons and attended four national golf schools, but I have not found anything that gets results like the Tour Tempo system. I had a 20-year problem of ‘coming over the top’ and pulling my shots. With John Novosel’s system, I cured that 20-year problem and am finally hitting the ball consistently straight!”
Dr. Lynn Ketchum, surgeon

“After working with John Novosel for only one hour, my swing speed went from 84 mph to 104 mph. My drives on the course started going 40 yards farther; my dad couldn’t believe it, I was out-driving him by 20 yards!”
Shawna Bajich, accountant

“I started John Novosel’s Tour Tempo system a year ago as a 17 handicapper: today I shot a 33-38 for a 71, the first time I’ve ever beaten par on 9 holes and 18 holes. Wow!”
John Ross, businessman

“Before I met John Novosel , everything I did just added more thoughts to my swing -- and the more thoughts I added, the worse the results I got. What I like about his program is that it reduces the swing thoughts while increasing the results. Within one week after starting with John, I increased my clubhead speed by 20 mph and started hitting the best shots of my life. It’s just made a monstrous difference in my game!”
Rob Jonas, chief financial officer

“I have never hit the ball as solidly as I did after 15 minutes of training with John Novosel’s Tour Tempo System. It increased my swing speed with a 5 iron from 79 mph to 99 mph, adding an average of 35 to 40 yards with every club!”
Bruce Provo, businessman

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Doubleday; Har/Com edition (April 27, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385509278
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385509275
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 0.6 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (128 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #121,071 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As an avid golfer and inventor, John Novosel studied films of the PGA greats, searching, along with countless others over the last century, for the key to what made certain golfers' swings so effortless, artful, and effective. Viewing the films, Novosel made a startling discovery. Nearly every champion demonstrated identical timing in their swings. An extensive review of archival footage of the greats throughout confirmed his findings. From Ben Hogan to Tiger Woods, whether the swings were fast or slow, the winning rhythm remained constant.

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Garo on November 7, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Order two books -- Tour Tempo and Swing Like a Pro. Here's my story: None of my friends could believe I was an 18 handicap as hard as I worked on my game and the basic swing I had. My problem was inconsistency, and I never knew which golfer was going to show up -- the pretty good one or the hack. Breaking 90(!)became the holy grail.

Bought these two books a couple of weeks ago, and had about four 2-hour practice sessions in that time. Went out Friday, shot 82 and left at least 3 strokes on the course. Went out Saturday and finished third in our year-end tournament, winning money, golf balls and a trophy. Normally I've been disgusted after playing and VERY frustrated -- not anymore!

Tour Tempo allows you to improve without thinking, and you WILL be able to hit the ball farther and straighter. I am just crushing the ball and hitting the sweet spot on the club every time.

That said, if you start hitting the farther but not straighter, do 2 things: (1) Check your club position going back (the positions are in the book for a reason)and make sure your club is over your toeline half-way back and / or go straight to Swing Like A Pro.

The biggest help in Swing Like a Pro was the set-up. I thought there was no way I was going to be able to hit the ball from that position. Watched TV, and Davis Love looked just like the composite. It helped make my swing more efficient and consistent, in terms of path.

HIGHLY recommended. Hey, look what it did for me!
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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey S. Young on June 21, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Tour Tempo - It Works! I got the Tour Tempo book less than two weeks ago just out of curiosity. I've read the book twice, I've viewed the DVD for a short while, and I have listened to the CD repeatedly in my car.
I have played since I was a kid, but not being a natural golfer, I have been burdened with too many swing thoughts. The best I have ever been is a 16 handicap; in the last two years playing once a week I have not broken 90. I do not belong to a club so I don't have easy access to a practice range; I sometimes swing a club in the yard. I have only played 9 holes 4 times this season. Yesterday I played in an outing at Little Mountain in Concord, Ohio. It has a reputation for being a difficult course.
In preparation for this round I listened to the Tour Tempo CD in my car on the way to the golf course. I arbitrarily picked the 24/8 tempo (27/9 sounded too slow & 21/7 seemed like it might be too fast). I alternated between track 5 (3 tones) and track 6 "Swing, Set, Through".
There is no driving range at this course, so a few swings on the first tee had to suffice.
On the course, before each shot, I took two practice swings silently saying "Swing, Set, Through" in my head.
I missed only two fairways, shot a 40-43-83 but more importantly, my biggest swing flaw was entirely eliminated. I have had a tendency to not finish my swing. With Tour Tempo, I found myself accelerating through the ball with the club swinging to finish naturally. My bad swings, which were few, were not bad swings at all, but alignment errors. Even my few mis-hits had decidedly better results.
I always knew tempo was important, but no one was ever able to tell me what good tempo is. You have not only solved the mystery, but made great tempo almost instantly accessible. I am obviously looking forward to even greater improvement. Thanks!
Jeffrey S. Young
Chagrin Falls, Ohio
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Eagle Vision TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 28, 2006
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For a person who struggles for consistency, this may be the golden key. Two major swing drills are taught. These drills are so basic but so essential to the component of a swing that it must be taken seriously.

Half of the book is dedicated to how the author came across this discovery and how he applied it to golfers of all levels of play. A section about myths and tips to improve play are outlined.

The value is not so much by reading the book but by watching to provided video clips and listening to the varying cadences. In a short time, I have improved my ball striking ability significantly. Instead of focusing upon a dozen "Swing thoughts", I concentrate upon the tempo of the swing based upon the cadences from the CD.

This is a piece of the puzzle that cannot be learned from reading books or even taking lessons - tempo is the key to consistency and likely, the reason why a hiatus from the game leads to a steep learning curve.

I listen to the tracks when practicing and on my way to play. I highly recommend this system. It is proven to work.


This book is no fad. It has kept me consistent in my game and I still have the tracks stored on my MP3 player. The tempo works for every stroke in your game.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Richard Douglas on August 22, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Tempo is key to balance, good mechanics, and consistency. By maintaining good tempo, the player keeps his/her body moving positively, avoiding alterations to the swing that come with lingering through it.

It feels fast to most because it is. Most of us swing back slowly, then try to rip it. But a slow backswing encourages us to hustle too fast through the forward swing. A slow backswing also gives us time to move the club off-plane. Not good.

I agree, however, that good fundamentals are vital to optimizing the results from good tempo, but good tempo can and should be learned regardless of one's other abilities. A lack of good tempo messes with good swings and destroys shaky ones.

It isn't a "system" because tempo is one component of the swing. But it's more than one component because it affects all the others.

My results? Not more distance, because when I strike the ball correctly, I fly it pretty far. But what I did get is much more consistency, hitting the ball the same way almost every time. Also, much better accuracy. I attribute both of these to moving efficiently through the swing at a good pace for me--I don't have time to mess it up, and centrifugal force keeps me on plane and moving towards the target. My backswing is definitely quicker, my transition is effortless--my McLean-style "X Factor" is increased by not pausing at the top--and my forward swing is just a wee bit faster, too. For me, the backswing was the problem. No more.

The book has some rudimentary instruction on mechanics, despite its clear desire to eschew them. As others have suggested, get another book to learn those. (My favorite has always been "Getting Back to Basics" by Tom Watson.)

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