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Tour Tempo: Golf's Last Secret Finally Revealed (Book & CD-ROM) Hardcover – April 27, 2004
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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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In summary, here is the takeaway ...
Power and distance = club head speed which comes with a fast swing
If your swing is fast enough, there is no time to go wrong (assuming it's already polished)
You WILL have sore muscles swing this fast since you are using your core muscles much more aggressively
You ARE at risk for a back injury swing this hard since the lower back is twisting with a great deal of torque (your body is not made for this kind of stress)
You will improve your consistency IF you can work out your swing mechanics with the Y and L drills (but why didn't this happen with other golf books?)
For the price of the book, it's definitely worth the very quick read. The CD has sound tracks so you can swing at different speeds all that follow the 3:1 ratio (allows you slightly slower swing speeds). But if your back is prone to injury, I'd stay well away from trying to achieve golf swings this fast. But the 3:1 ratio is what should be kept in check so you're not overly slow or fast in either the back or forward swing.
Although the book asserts that this is the secret to a great golf swing, a great deal of caution is needed. The book provides a method to improve your golf game by regulating your temp to a 3:1 backswing to downswing ratio. This is very well established and although the author claims that he discovered this some time ago, it doesn't really matter who did it, it is verifiable through the use of video.
Tour Tempo explains how the 3:1 ratio was discovered and then shows you how to use simple tones and music to lock it in. After going to through swing changes I slowed everything down a bit. Sometime afterwards I noticed I lost some distance. I went back to my Tour Tempo tones and now I back with a vengeance! My backswing is a little faster than before. I would call it "brisk" where before it was slightly below "moderate".
I believe speed in the backswing adds to the torque in the backswing but I may be wrong. I do know a faster backswing gives me less tension in my wrist and arms.
Ultimately you have to get the timing in your head or better yet a feel for the tempo. It takes time so practice with the tones. Good Luck!
Let's face it, if this book found the elixir to an improper swing, then everyone would shoot in the 70s, and I'd be cursing 99% less on the course than I do now. But life's not that easy, and this gloriously evil game certainly isn't either.