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Hey, guys! This week we have a jam session with a drumming legend, Mr. Peter Appleyard Jr. He’s the son of Peter Sr., who played with the likes of Benny Goodman in the ’60s and ’70s. In this video, we talk about and play the perfect 6-4 time that matches up beautifully with the golf swing. We worked it down to the perfect BPM (beats per minute) that match up with the 7 iron.

Songs like “Time is on my side” by the Rolling Stones and “Tennessee Whiskey” by Chris Stapleton are perfect tunes for practice and to hum in your mind when you are playing. They will keep your thinking mind quiet and tune in your best timing and tempo to your task — that of releasing a nicely compressed ball hit in the direction you want to start the flight.

Thank you for such a treat, Peter. This was a priceless and fun jam session, and I can’t wait for my next practice session. I also learned a thing or two about music in the process. What. A. Blast.

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Shawn Clement is the Director of the Richmond Hill Golf Learning Centre and a class A PGA teaching professional. Shawn Clement was a 2011 and 2015 Ontario PGA Teacher of the Year nominee and was also voted in the top 10 (tied with Martin Hall at No. 9) as most sought after teacher on the internet with 65 K subscribers on YouTube and 29 millions hits.

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  1. Rick

    Sep 4, 2017 at 7:27 am

    Sam Snead said the golf swing is a waltz many years ago. His rhythm and movement is astounding. He started the swing with the right knee, and put his swing in rhythm.

  2. TT

    Aug 31, 2017 at 5:05 pm

    “For me it’s personally fast” – Shawn

    Changing the 6/8 metronome beat rate is not the answer because the golf swing does not follow straight time beats. That’s because you thrust down on your rear foot longer than on your lead foot.

    The problem is you are doing a standard waltz “box” stepping when you should be doing a “hesitation” waltz step for your backswing. Look up “hesitation waltz” on YouTube and you will see what I mean.

    Drummers sit and know rhythm and tempo but cannot dance worth a snot.

    • Mo Zart

      Aug 31, 2017 at 6:15 pm

      That’s correct musically speaking.
      The golf swing should be divided 1-2-3-4 for the back swing and 5-6 for the downswing. When you hear ‘1’ you start and at ‘2’ the club shaft should be horizontal. The rest of the upswing is 3-4 to the top. ‘5 and 6’ is the downswing into impact.
      It’s a kinda syncopated action with most of the count in the backswing. The hesitation is in the backswing at takeaway but not at the top of the swing.

    • Shawn Clement

      Sep 1, 2017 at 5:11 am

      Very cool! Hesitation Waltz; going there right now! That is very much how I feel about it; did not know that existed so thanks!! Shawn

      • TT

        Sep 1, 2017 at 12:07 pm

        The golfswing is not a smooth set of actions; the feet, legs, body and arms are doing different things at different rates in the kinetic chain. In your multiple ball drill you were straining to stay with the 6/8 tempo, and it showed to somebody who is familiar with music and ballroom dancing dynamics.

        As in dancing, what leads and what follows in the golfswing? The music must match the swing, not the swing to music. Forget the club and study the body motions.

        You tried, Shawn, but it wasn’t well coordinated, but you succeeded somewhat because you have a superior body control and you were able to contort your swing to the accented waltz music rhythm beats. Did you notice it got better as the metronome beats slowed down and you were able to apply your swing cadence? You went from a fast unconscious state to a slower conscious state. Did you feel that too?

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