Leawood, KS – May 3, 2006 – Like Sir Isaac Newton before him, John Novosel knows about serendipitous discovery. Novosel decoded "Tour Tempo" while editing videotape of professional golfers’ swings. Breaking down the golf swings of tour pros frame-by-frame, Novosel discovered a consistent 3:1 ratio of backswing to downswing.
WHAT’S THEIR TOUR TEMPO?
Tiger Woods (2000-02)
Tiger Woods (2006)
Novosel also recognized that the tour pros swing quickly. Their elapsed time from takeaway to impact falls somewhere between .93 to 1.20 seconds. Even Bobby Jones, the man credited with the "Low and Slow" mantra had a swing that took only 1.18 seconds. Amateurs on the other hand average between 1.3 to 3.0 seconds. Their adoption of the "Low and Slow" theory actually causes radically inconsistent "Tempo" which produces errant golf shots. Novosel quantified the tempos with a series of audio tones that are laid down into a musical beat, so that any golfer could listen to the Tempo of the pros, the "Tour Tempo" and sync their swing accordingly.
"I didn’t set out to unlock what we believe is the DNA of a consistently good swing," said Novosel. "But once we discovered it, we needed to find a way to communicate it to so that every golfer could find their 21:7, 24:8 or 27:9 tempo, increase their club head speed and ultimately find the consistency that we all lack." The numbers here refer to the frames per second that are used in editing video. There are 30 frames per second. So, if a golfer swings at 24:8, then his ratio is 3:1 and his elapsed time from takeaway back to impact is just over 1 second.
Novosel co-authored a best-selling book with Sports Illustrated’s John Garrity called "Tour Tempo" that has been reprinted four times and created a growing legion of believers in the method. Nearly every golfer who implements the "Tour Tempo" method sees dramatic gains in their club head speed and consistency throughout their game.
"Tour Tempo has improved every club in my bag from driver thru wedges," says Tripp Isenhour, the current leading money winner on the Nationwide Tour. Tripp has won two of the first five events in 2006.
The book’s success created demand for additional tools capable of reinforcing the "Tour Tempo" method. The new Tour Tempo Player (MSRP $99) works like an MP3 player loaded with a series of tones at the 21:7, 24:8 or 27:9 tempos that enable golfers to achieve consistent swings that reach maximum club head speed at impact. The Tour Tempo Player is Golf’s first and only digital music player.
Novosel and his son John Novosel Jr. conduct training sessions in Lawrence, Kansas for $5,000 for a private 3 day school, but recognized that not every golfer could afford their personal training. The Tour Tempo Player allows any golfer to get access to their teachings for under $100. Using the method, golfers are seeing dramatic increases in their club head speed with some gaining as much as 10-15 MPH after their first session.
"So many golfers possess the swing speed they dream of," said Novosel Jr. "The problem is that they achieve maximum speed between 12-24 inches prior to impact. By using the Tour Tempo Player, golfers can "sync" their swings to the rhythm of the pros and achieve their maximum speed at impact, enabling them to dramatically increase their distance.
For more information on Tour Tempo, visit www.tourtempo.com. The Tour Tempo book ($24.95) is available at most book stores. The Tour Tempo Player ($99) is available at tourtempo.com.