Golf Mental Game Secret – Keeping Your Cool

Golf BPM Mental Guide by Doug Timmons

 For those that have embarked on the journey of becoming a golfer then this article might make sense to you. The world renowned sports psychologist Bob Rotella says in his book Golf is Not a Game of Perfect, “a golfer has to learn to enjoy the process of striving to improve. That process, not the end result, enriches life.” He has a lot of great information in his books on how to try and control the highs and lows of a round of golf.

I like to refer to golf as a mental roller coaster one minute you are on top of the world after sinking a 10 footer for birdie and then the next minute you are looking for the 800 number to suicide prevention. Being dedicated to the process is the only way to ever get better at the game. There is something about the game that makes getting punished for four hours enjoyable.

I tell this to all of my beginners, “it is the only thing I have done in my life that in the course of four hours I have, totally lost my cool, quit and swear I am selling my clubs, to looking to blow off work the next day to do it again.” It is bizarre. For some of us the hardest thing to do is manage your emotions but in golf it’s a must.

For those that have a bit of fire in their belly and a super competitive nature then even a practice session can turn hazardous. I have been witnessed to club throws, drop f bombs and even a snap a club or three and remind you this was just in a practice session.

I absolutely do not condone this behavior but sometimes you have to have total control of your mind to not take it to that level. The great thing is you are constantly learning more about the game and learning more about yourself, so episodes like that hopefully are isolated. The more calm and cool you can stay during a round or practice session the more you will get out of it, yes this is easier said than done especially if you just got done snap hooking one in to the weeds.

Having a process in place to pull yourself out from the depths of self destruction is very important, it takes a lot of patience and will power. Having a mantra you can say to yourself and a breathing technique is a start to building the foundation so you can stop yourself from the free fall.

Just remember as in life somedays are just better than others and this goes the same with golf. In fact, golf and life have so many parallels not just in the mood swings but also in the etiquette and the respect that goes along with the history of the game.

Have you ever had a day at work were everything just seemed a bit off and couple breaks just didn’t go your way? Well I have and I have had that exact day on the course also, after finishing the round I just felt like what I would imagine 12 rounds with Mike Tyson would feel like, just beat up.

Then on the flips side, things were just rolling, the boss complimented you on a job well done, you landed a few deals and the traffic was light on the way home. Well those are the same on the course, a tree kicks your ball into the fairway instead of going OB, your normally shaky short game is on fire and the five footer that you hit on the edge dropped instead of lipping out.

Let’s face it for those that really care about the game, have had moments of extreme happiness and moments of extreme sadness but that’s just part of the journey. The Japanese business men like to take a potential customer or partner out to play because they can tell in the 18 holes what kind of person they will be getting involved with.

Another quote I always loved from Bob Rotella was “attitude always wins over ability” now this might not sound true but I am a firm believer. Trying to keep a positive attitude during a round is a task in itself but it is yet another part of the game that is fun and challenging to work on.

One of the reasons I got involved in the golf business in the first place was the fact that golf is such an amazing game for kids to learn. I have seen it transform kids from a coordination stand point and from a mind and spirt stand point. If the particular junior is willing to learn and put sometime in at a young age it will change their life, even if they decide the game is just not for them.

Now back to the grind, one thing I love to work on with my students is a solid pre shot routine, I mentioned it earlier but I want to express the extreme importance of a solid pre shot routine. A solid pre shot routine puts you in the present mind, a quote from Gautama Buddha says it all, “Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.”

Always attack the shot at hand! A good routine is a work in progress, it is always getting better, stronger and clearer. The goal is to build a process that you can do every time it is their turn to play. The routine requires focus, planning, visualizing, breathing and execution. This is very helpful when going through the mental roller coaster of a round.

I always love watching golfers like Justin Rose, you can never really tell if he is playing well or poorly. The ultimate goal is to make that roller coaster the most boring ride ever, come off of it without breaking a sweat and feeling relaxed. Jack Nicklaus was quoted saying “concentration is a fine antidote to anxiety” and I would image his concentration started with a solid pre shot routine.

Even if you are the biggest fans of the scary roller coasters like The Gravity Max or The Wicked Sister keep those highs and lows for the amusements parks and try your hardest to start leveling out your emotions on the golf course, work on building a bullet proof routine and you will be amazed on how much this will help your game regardless if it is the golf course or the course of life. 

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Music to Listen to While Practicing Golf

Walk onto any driving range in the world and you will see numerous people practicing while they are listening to music. It doesn’t matter if they are listening to rock, rap, country or any other music… Whatever they are listening to it is 100% hurting their rhythm, tempo & timing.

Music to Listen to While Practicing Golf

If you are dancing to a song you move to that beat. Then another song comes on and you have to either dance slower or faster. Then a Pitbul songs comes on and you are done dancing till something else comes on 🙂

It is no different on the driving range or golf course. Each song that comes on has a different speed (beats per minute). This will make you experience changes in mood, feelings, heart rate, approach and ultimately your swing sequence.

So that begs the question, is there a way to effectively use music to help you swing more consistently? And the answer is “Yes” but its going to take a small bit of work on your part.

First, you need to know what your current swing speed is in relation to beats per minute. Then all you have to do is create a play list of songs on that BPM sequence. The trick is finding out which BPM you currently swing at.

Luckily for you we have a tool that will help you determine your current BPM. Go to iTunes or Google Play and search and install “Golf BPM”. Once you have the App installed signup, pick a station and you will then be taken to a screen to choose one of four speeds (BPM’s).

We recommend that you choose 144 which is a mid level speed. Once you have that chosen, select a club type, choose a song and start hitting to the voice and musical prompts in the song. On the one count start your swing, on the two start your downswing and on the three make impact.

It will take you about 5 to 10 shots to get the timing down and relax and get into a rhythm. Once you are consistently timing the beats you can then consider moving the BPM up or down to match your swing. Just tap the BPM drop down and select a different speed.

Now that you know your preferred swing speed in relation to beats per minute you can find music to listen to while practicing golf. All you have to do now is find music that matched that BPM.

The second and final step is to create a playlist of songs at that BPM. That is as easy as Googling “songs at 144 bpms”. The first result is a website called and there is a list of 1500 songs in the 144 BPM range. Click here to see the list of 144 BPM songs.

If you are serious about listening to music when you practice and/or play golf do yourself a favor and figure out songs that actually help you stay on a consistent BPM.

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Golf Music & Blast Motion Sensor

Patterns are import because rhythm, tempo and timing are the secret and the backbone to a great golf swing.

When Blast came out it was the one and only tool that we could test the Golf BPM music with to actually see if the patterns in the App worked correctly. The very first time we used the two Apps side-by-side it was like magic.

On the Blast App you get readouts of your exact take-away and downswing times that you can pair with golf music. It instantaneously gets golfers into the correct zone to create perfect rhythm, tempo and timing. If you are working on your tempo there is no better way than using Golf BPM Music with Blast.

With the music you are in the zone mentally and with Blast you can get immediate feedback on the actual numbers behind your swing.

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Hidden Benefits of Golf Swing Music

Today I wanted to tell you about the benefits that Golf BPM swing music can have to your game. Most golf training devices usually involve some sort of physical device made out of plastic. Golf BPM is just music with subtle tones that you time your swing to.

If you swing to the counts in our music, you will develop a perfect tempo and timing. But there are some more subtle things you will also benefit from that are not always obvious.

Listening Off Course

Getting your breathing, thoughts and mind in the proper state before a round is extremely important. The problem is, there is no way to do this and no one knows where to begin. The first hidden benefit of our music is that you can listen on your way to the course in your car.

Our tag line is “Music makes your body move”. By listening on your way to the course your mind and body will connect so that the second you step out of the car you’re in the perfect headspace. I recommend that you mute the voice count and just listen to the music only.

As you walk to the club house you will be relaxed and grooving to your perfect tempo.

Swinging Slower

As you know swinging harder never produces better results.  You can swing faster or shift your weight more violently but that will not help you. Have you ever watched a professional woman swing? Fred Couples or Ernie Els?

These players have one thing in common. They are using perfect rhythm, tempo and timing to produce maximum results. In particular, you never see a LPGA player overswinging or trying to produce power with muscle.

The second benefit of Golf BPM is that you can actually swing at a slower pace and produce the same or more power. Think about the last time you played golf and someone in your group said “That was a great swing” after you hit a shot?

They didn’t compliment where your ball went, they complimented your swings rhythm, tempo and timing.

Swinging Faster

The third hidden benefit isn’t for everyone. This is usually reserved for Seniors, Women, Juniors or beginners. These are the people that have long deliberate swings that are slower than our lowest BPM (126).

If you fall into this category, then Golf BPM can speed up your swing in a positive way. All of our four BPM’s are at perfect swing tempo ratios. So, if you do feel the need to swing faster, then select the next BPM and know that even though you are swinging faster, you will be in perfect form.

Better Contact

After you get the musical timing down to your BPM you are going to notice something right away. If you impact the ball on the 3 count… your contact will improve, and the ball will consistently go straight. 

You will also notice that if you are late on the 3 you will fade or slice the ball. And if you are early on the 3 you will hook the ball. Having said that, this is not a way to learn to hit fades or draws. It’s just a byproduct of bad tempo that makes this happen.

It really comes down to your body being off beat. If you stay with the counts you will be harmonious, flowing and in-rhythm. And by simply doing that, your contact will improve dramatically.

Kids Love It!

Last summer while I was running my junior camps, I decided to test the music with the kids. I fired up the music on a speaker the final 30 minutes of the first day. Not only did it work with kids that had never swung a club before… They loved it.

The next morning, they were begging me to turn on the music so they could hit to it.

If you are introducing golf to children, the first and most important thing is: It has to be fun! If you are a parent you’ve struggled to teach your kids something. Do not be that parent on the course… Keep it fun! Fire up the music and sit back and watch your kids swing to the beats.

And for that matter… If you are teaching your husband, wife, kids or anyone else, don’t be that person on the range giving advice when you can’t even break 80. Just have them put on Golf BPM and time their swing to the beats. Keep if fun, keep it simple.

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Teaching Golf Swing Tempo

There has to be a better way

Golf BPM Doug Timmons Teaching With Music

As an instructor I have always wanted a tool to use to teach my students how to repeat their rhythm tempo and timing. I used various methods; I’ve found that a metronome was close but still not what I was looking for.

This is when Golf BPM was created, I worked with “The App Man” Jeremy Callahan and various music producers to create an app that helps you with your rhythm, tempo and timing. Golf BPM can be used on and off the golf course, making it fun and effective to use while practicing, playing or even just listening casually while driving in your car.

Just think of all the different things going on around you while driving, if you had music that you could listen to that had tones that match your perfect rhythm, tempo and timing it would be almost as effective as actually hitting at the range. Instead of wasting timing doing nothing in the car except for getting mad at the traffic and all of the horrible drivers you actually be doing something to help your golf game.

What the Pros Say About Tempo

Sir Nick Faldo was quoted saying that rhythm, tempo and timing is the glue that holds every great golf swing together and as a coach I couldn’t agree more. The more you can ingrain that flow in your mind, the easier it will be to repeat when you get into close match or coming down the stretch in a tournament or casual round.

Sam Snead is said to have had one of the most graceful swings in the history of golf, he has been quoted saying that he would whistle a waltz tune while playing and this what helped him to keep perfect rhythm, tempo and timing under the heat of the battle.

Jimmy Demart put out some instructional records that helped you understand how to use music as a tool for your golf swing. There are so many different sayings and counting methods that you can use while swinging the club that can help you get your tempo going but now you can have music that is made specifically for you in mind.     

Music Makes Your Body Move

Music and tones have a powerful effect on most brains, different sounds and rhythms create certain responses. Music has the ability to take you to a certain frame of mind and provokes a certain mood or feeling.

The music we have built is all original and is designed in a certain format and certain BPM’s that allows your mind be at ease while listening. We want the golfer to be able to zone out and get lost in the rhythm of the music, using the tones and/or the counts to guide you on your journey to creating a repetitive golf swing.

We have done a lot of research and have spent countless hours reading about the effects sounds have on your mind. Not only do we use certain tones but all tones are timed to the best swings on the PGA Tour.

Teaching Golf Tempo With Music

The best part about the Golf BPM is that through all of our testing with various levels of golfer we found that it is fun and effective.

If you are a fellow golf instructor, Golf BPM is also a great training aid to use during lessons or during junior clinics. You will find your students will love it and the kids will bug you to turn the music back on.

For those that didn’t understand the importance of music and the tone/counts prior to listening they sure understood after five minutes of playing with the app. We found that all of the students and/or juniors that listened to the music with the voice counts on, quickly got themselves in a perfect rhythm.

The voice counts and/or tones will also help all golfers with the rhythm of their pre shot routine, the way they walk to the ball, set up to the ball, look down the line and the starting of the overall swing. The goal is to get yourself moving to the BPM that best fits your swing tempo. 

How to Choose a Swing Speed (BPM)

Finding the BPM that best fits your swing is fun and can also be challenging. We recommend starting with selecting driver to five iron and then choose the 144 BPM, you will immediately discover if this is too fast or too slow.

Even if you feel it is too slow, try and sync up with the counts/tones, get some confidence going and then if you want to explore please do so. We have found that moving up in the BPM’s will help increase your club head speed also.

We also like to use the 126 BPM for a good foundation to get everything moving smoothly at the beginning of a practice session. We have not really seen a pattern except that the younger more advanced players love to try and swing at the fastest BPM (184 BPM’s).

We love the fact that we have built a training aid that will really help golfers of all levels improve their rhythm, tempo and timing which will help them improve their overall game.      

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Golf Music Can Help Your Tempo

Golf Music - Golf BPM

If you head out to your local driving range, you will see tons of people listening to music while they are practicing hitting balls. If you go to a PGA event and head to the range, you will also see the pros practicing while listening to music.

That begs the question… what are the listening to? And better yet, is that music helping their tempo, rhythm and timing?

The answer to if the golf music is helping is 100% NO! Each song in your playlist has a different BPM (beats per minute) and that is not helping your tempo.

In the early 2000’s when the iPod came out this same exact question came to Doug Timmons. At that point he had been teaching golf and started to notice more and more golfers were practicing with golf music. Doug loves music and out of curiosity would ask what golf music they were listening to. Of course, this music ranged from hip hop to rock to pop and everything else.

But all the music had one thing in common. And that was it was not helpful to the golfer’s rhythm, tempo and timing. And as an instructor the main issue in his teaching was, he could never consistently teach students how to develop perfect tempo.

So, Doug created “Golf BPM” golf music. Golf BPM is an App similar to Pandora with stations and playlists with one gigantic difference. All the golf music is tailored to help golfers of all levels develop perfect rhythm, tempo and timing in their golf swing.

When it comes to golf music compare what the pros are doing…

First, let’s look at Rickie Fowler. Our swing analysis of Rickie shows that he hits at 184 beats per minute. In a “Golf Digest” online article Rickey listed four songs he loves to listen to:

1. “Wake Me Up,” Avicii – 124 BPM’s

2. “Radioactive,” Imagine Dragons – 136 BPM’s

3. “Mockingbird,” Eminem – 84 BPM’s

4. “Take You Higher, Goodwill – 128 BPM’s

Second, here is Rory Mcilroy list from the same article. Rory swings at 156 BPM’s

1. “Wake Me Up” Avicii – 124 BPM’s

2. “Under Control” Calvin Harris – 126 BPM’s

3. “Sweet Nothing” Calvin Harris – 128 BPM’s

4. “Can’t Hold Us” Macklemore – 146 BPM’s

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Now I’ll concede that both Rickie and Rory certainly have better musical taste than me but their music selection from a beats per minute perspective is all over the map. Not to mention that the BPM’s are at a much slower pace than their actual swing.

It’s interesting to see that with all the technical advances in golf that even the best pro players are not effectively using music correctly. Think about that… if you find that you swing at 184 BPM’s then all you have to do is find music in that range.

Here are two options you have for finding perfect golf music for your swing:

Golf BPM Music App: First, Golf BPM will also help you determine your perfect swing BPM when register on the App. Then all the golf music has three distinct beats and a voice prompts. Golfers just pick a station, club (driver, 5-iron, etc.) and then put in their headphones and time their swing to the music.

The second thing you can do is once you know your BPM you can then download an iTunes add-on called: “BPM Detection”. With this add-on you can see and order all your songs in iTunes by BPM. Then you can create your own golf music playlist at your exact BPM.

With the Golf BPM App and the BPM Detection add-on you now have a fast and simple solution to having perfect, tailored golf music to practice to.

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Golf BPM – How to Use Our App to Improve Your Swing Rhythm, Tempo & Timing

Rhythm, tempo and timing is the secret to every good golf swing. But its extremely difficult to practice and teach… Until now, GolfBPM is the solution you’ve been looking for.

Just install the App, put in your head phones and start timing your swing to our music. We have four stations ranging from Hip Hop, House, Rock and Pop to choose from. After you select a station you choose a swing speed and club type.

From there all you have to do is time your swing to the voice prompt (1, 2, 3) and/or musical beat. Each song has a distinct beat that you will easily be able to identify. There is also a coach that counts out the 1, 2 and 3. You can mute the voice and just use the music or you can keep it if you like.

And that is how easy it is to use Golf BPM to develop perfect rhythm, tempo and timing in your golf swing.

Perfecting Your Golf Swing Tempo with Music

Tempo is the glue that sticks all the elements of a golf swing together – Nick Faldo

Golf BPM Golf Swing Tempo Music

You probably hear all the time how important tempo is in a golf swing. But what does that even mean? And how does music relate to a golf swing? There are three undeniable links between music and your golf swing: Tempo, rhythm and timing.

It doesn’t matter if you are covering a song on your acoustic guitar or hitting a driver… if you lack tempo, rhythm and timing you are going to suck at both.

But there is another issue with music and your swing.  The majority of the music in your playlist is counterproductive to your swing. Why? Because every song has a different BPM (beats per minute) than your natural swing speed. The first song you play is too fast and the next is to slow.

Swing Tempo Ratios

For this article we will talk about a driver to keep it simple. The correct swing ration for a driver is 3 to 1. It works like this:

            If you total swing time is 1 second, then your takeaway time would be .75 seconds and your downswing would be .25 seconds. So if you take .25 and times it by 3 you get. .75. 

Now your total swing time might be 1.12 seconds or .92 seconds. Whatever it is, there is a perfect 3:1 ratio in those numbers. And that my friend is what actually makes your tempo perfect. So the next time you are playing and someone says “That was a smooth swing” you’ll know you nailed it.

Now that you know what the perfect tempo is, how can you work on this while you are at the driving range? How do you even know what your ratio is? Are you too fast on the takeaway or downswing?

How to figure it out – The hard and expensive way

The most effective way to figure this out is with the Blast Motion sensor (or similar). This is a small sensor that you attach to the butt of your golf grip. The sensor is incredible and has an App that literally tells you your swing ratio after each shot. We love the sensor but there is one problem… If your ratio is off there is no way for the average golfer to know how to speed up or slow down their backswing/downswing.

Or You Could Just Listen to Music

I know earlier I stated that music is actually detrimental to your tempo but what if… someone made music that had tones and voice prompts you could time your swing to and have perfect tempo? That is exactly what we have done at Golf BPM. We launched with four stations and 24 tracks (with more songs on the way). You just time your swing to the tones or voice prompt and you will nail perfect tempo, timing and rhythm. And the best part is the songs will get stuck in your head just like normal music does.

This is not a new concept. Masters Champion Jimmy Demaret created records in 1959 with waltz music to swing to for perfect tempo, rhythm and timing. I think I found and bought the last remaining set on eBay a two weeks ago. Plus, you can’t bring a record player to the driving range.

Have you ever noticed all the people on the driving range that are listening to music while practicing? The next time you do, ask them what they are listening to. Or better yet, watch them closely and see if their swing tempo changes from song to song.

Our App, songs and swing speeds are much more complicated than a written article explain. But the idea and concept and execution are simple. Put on your headphones, choose a swing speed and then time your swing to the tones. We recommend starting at 144 BPM’s and then working your way up or down depending on your current swing speed.

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Teaching Tempo in a Golf Swing

Golf BPM - Doug Timmons Teaching Tempo & Timing

Everyone has their own pace and rhythm to their golf swing. Some are quicker and others are slower but regardless of speed, all the top professionals in the world swing at the same perfect tempo every swing.

Golf BPM music was created so a player of any skill level can develop the same perfect tempo by simply timing their swing to our original music.

In the past Doug Timmons (PGA Class A member) has tried using metronomes to help students with timing and sequence. Although this can be very effective students found it very boring and just can’t relate to that hard tone, let alone listen to over and over.

So he created Golf BPM to make your practice fun and more effective. With beats so good you will actually play them when you are rollin in your car or in your cart. The beats are so effective that you can listen to them before, during and after a round so that you’re always in the zone.

A great DJ knows how to make people move and keep them moving by playing seamless music that flows from one track to the next. Our goal is to bring this same philosophy to your practice with beats that will keep your body moving in the perfect time and rhythm.

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