Adam Scott has spent his life in the game of golf. He fell in love with the game as a child, turned professional at the age of 20 and at 42 he is still a mainstay of the game.
Except now he’s also venturing into a new arena: co-founding the Fairgame app. Along with co-founders Ben Clymer and Eric Mayville, Scott wanted to create a “digital clubhouse” experience for golfers. It’s a kind of golf-specific social media platform, with exclusive content, stat tracking features, and game management capabilities.
“It’s a real passion project for me,” he says. “We wanted to create something innovative and interesting platforming that could live on our devices.”
Part of the app involved launching a series called “Swing Thoughts,” an interview-style series where Adam helps avid and professional golfers with their swings.
Which brings us to our recent conversation with the 2013 Masters champion. Ask any golfer what swing he would most like to have, and there’s probably one name that comes to mind before all the others: Adam Scott.
How can you swing a little more like Adam Scott? That’s what I asked him, and interestingly enough, his advice had nothing to do with anything technical.
Scott says: Find your own swing rhythm
“Getting started with golf swing technique is incredibly difficult and time consuming, and most people don’t have time to practice at all, so thinking about opening or closing the clubface is an important process. “, he says. “That’s why I’ve always encouraged a good pace.”
It’s having a good rhythm, Scott says, that will improve the timing, technique and overall aesthetics of your golf swing.
“I think one of the things that can fool anybody into thinking I have one of the best swings is that it’s fluid, and the fluidity is based on rhythm,” he says. he. “I always thought my pace hid the potential for more technical flaws.”
The key, he says, is for each golfer to develop “their own rhythm,” something that should feel natural and “easy” to repeat. Your swing may not be perfect technically, but Scott says having a good rhythm will give you a better idea of your swing timing.
As for how you can do it? Scott offers some suggestions.
“It could be a count, like a metronome in your head. It could be the feeling of moving right and left,” he says. “It could be like dance steps 1-2-3-4, 1-2-3-4.”
Scott has experienced all of this, but for him he needs a more visual cue. To keep their swing in rhythm, the player with one of the most aesthetically pleasing swings in golf actually visualizes the copy of other golfers’ swings.
“At different times in my career, I’ve had different swings in my head. I had specific footage of Ernie’s beat that I copied. Tiger Woods, of course, and Inbee Park is my go-to beat,” he explains. “His is so slow in the backswing, and I tend to go too fast. When it looks like that, I just go to YouTube and watch Inbee hit a few shots and then try to recreate that.
Whichever method works for you, good rhythm is the hallmark of a good swing. Find yours and you’ll enjoy better shots too.