Irishman Shane Lowry recorded his breakthrough win in America last week in Akron, Ohio winning the World Golf Championship-Bridgestone by two shots from big-hitting American Bubba Watson.
Around the notoriously difficult Firestone Country Club, Lowry shot an impressive bogey-free final round 66 (-4), finishing with a miraculous birdie from the trees on the 18th hole to hunt down overnight leaders Justin Rose and Jim Furyk and become the first Irish golfer to win a World Golf Championship.
Lowry, pictured, also joins Padraig Harrington as the only Irish golfers to have won on the PGA Tour since 1980.
When you dissect Lowry’s game, both overall and last week, nothing jumps out as being the standout ‘strength’ of his game, the thing that separates him from the field.
However, Lowry’s biggest strength is the fact that every aspect of his golf game is solid. He is consistent from the tee, hits plenty of greens in regulation, has a sharp short game and is generally a solid putter. It is this consistency across his entire golf game that has lifted him so high up the world rankings.
The thing Lowry is renowned for among his peers is his smooth, repeatable rhythm. This is the glue that holds Lowry’s game together and is something that is all too often neglected.
Every department of your golf game can benefit from better rhythm. Rhythm is vital in enabling you to sequence the movements within your golf swing properly, enabling you to make a powerful yet controlled golf swing for your full shots.
Rhythm is also crucial for distance control with your wedges, pitching, chipping and bunker shots.
Last but not least, good rhythm is essential for good putting, enabling you to make an aggressive, accelerating stroke whilst still controlling the pace.
The thing to note here, however, is that everyone has a different ‘natural rhythm’. Some people walk and talk quickly and have a fast natural rhythm to their everyday life.
Other people are more ‘laid back’ and walk and talk a little more slowly. The key when working on rhythm in your own golf game is to figure out what your ‘natural rhythm’ is and groove it throughout your game.
If you are a naturally laid back person, a slow, smooth rhythm is likely to be more effective and feel easier to repeat. For those of you that walk and talk more quickly, a slightly quicker rhythm is going to feel more natural.
For greater consistency in your own golf game, groove a consistent and natural rhythm for every shot.