What state-of-the-art technology reveals about the smoothest swing on tour

PING posted some interesting insights on Corey Connors’ beat.

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Welcome to Play Smart, a game improvement column and podcast from editor Luke Kerr-Dineen to help you play golf smarter and better.

Ask golf fans what pace they’d like to have, and you’ll start to hear one name come up a lot: Corey Conners. The 30-year-old Canadian golfer is one of the best strikers on tour and says the key to everything is good rhythm.

“It’s always something I’ve focused on as a kid,” Conners said. “My dad really helped me record it: having good rhythm and hitting the ball in the middle of the clubface. Giving yourself a little extra time to collect things and then relaxing will give you the best chance of making a good shot.”

Conners said he would practice on the course by literally counting in his head during his backswing and downswing. He counted a full second for his backswing, and then he swung, counting another full second.

“I hit so many shots that way,” Conners said.

As a junior, tempo took precedence over technique, he says, but he also found that one helped resolve the other. The smoother Conner’s tempo became, the more his swing improved.

“When I play with fans, I think it’s something they notice in my swing, but it’s also something I remind them of,” he says. “Having a good rhythm helps put the club in a good spot at the top of the backswing. You see a lot of fans, when they take a bad shot, they say they were fast. The club never gets a chance to establish themselves before they start to go downhill.”

Now, thanks to PING’s ENSO system, we can admire Conners’ tempo in a whole new light.

I’ve written about ENSO before, but in a nutshell: It’s a high-tech program designed by PING that measures advanced elements of a player’s golf shot. It helps PING better understand how its technology reacts and has improved its ability to tailor it to players.

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Conners tempo keys

Last week, the company shared some interesting facts about Corey Conners’ swing:

His backswing lasts almost exactly one second. 0.937 to be exact.

His backswing ratio is 3.5 to 1, which means his backswing is more than three times slower than his downswing.

The club almost comes to a complete stop at the top of the backswing. A deeper pause in the backswing, as biomechanist Sasho Mackenzie explains hereis something that can really help some golfers.

These are all things we can try to emulate in our own swing. But Conners, for his part, says the best tempo is the one that feels natural to you. So experiment with different speeds, he says, and practice whatever feels comfortable to you.

“Good tempo doesn’t necessarily have to be slow,” he says. “It can be faster, but it has to be smooth.”

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Luke Kerr-Dineen

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Luke Kerr-Dineen is Game Improvement Editor at GOLF Magazine and GOLF.com. In his role, he oversees the brand’s game enhancement content spanning instruction, equipment, health and fitness, across all of GOLF’s media platforms.

An alumnus of the International Junior Golf Academy and the University of South Carolina-Beaufort golf team, where he helped them rise to No. 1 in the NAIA national rankings, Luke moved to New York in 2012 to earn her master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University. . His work has also appeared in USA Today, Golf Digest, Newsweek, and The Daily Beast.

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