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Birdie Fundamentals: Tempo
One of the most consistent observations among all PGA Tour Professionals is their tempo. While each one takes a different amount of time to complete the swing, the ratio of the time it takes to reach the top of the backswing to impact is almost always 3:1.

This means that a backswing of 0.9 seconds equates to a downswing of 0.3 seconds to impact. Or, a backswing of 0.6 seconds equals a downswing of 0.2 seconds.

You can adjust your tempo with a simple drill. Count 1, 2, 3 on the backswing, and finish with a 1 count to impact. Good tempo is often overlooked, and can be the difference between a good golfer, and a great golfer.

Birdie Yardage Book: Specific Goals
When setting a goal, one of the four guidelines is that it must be Specific. When goals are vague, it's hard to know if you have met them, or if it is even possible to meet them. Here are some examples of non-specific goals:

  • I want to hit the ball farther
  • I want to have more fun when I play
  • I want to drink more water

The immediate response for each question becomes:

  • "How much farther?"
  • "How do you measure fun?"
  • "How much more water?"

Instead, rephrase your goals in a way that you can measure and track. Here are some examples of specific goals:

  • I want to hit the ball 20 yards farther with my driver by July 20th.
  • I want to pay myself one complement per hole in each round.
  • I want to drink 24 ounces of water during my 18-hole round.

We should create specific goals for several different areas of life, be it on the course, in school, or at work.
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