Tour Tempo: Golf's Last Secret Finally Revealed


What swing secret is shared by nearly all golf greats – from Ben Hogan to Tiger Woods?
John Novosel’s revolutionary breakthrough has cracked the “genetic code” of the golf swing – Tour Tempo.

Tiger Woods…Greg Norman…Ben Hogan. What secret do these and nearly all golf legends share? Identical swing tempo. John Novosel has cracked the “genetic code” of the golf swing – and has...

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What swing secret is shared by nearly all golf greats – from Ben Hogan to Tiger Woods?
John Novosel’s revolutionary breakthrough has cracked the “genetic code” of the golf swing – Tour Tempo.

Tiger Woods…Greg Norman…Ben Hogan. What secret do these and nearly all golf legends share? Identical swing tempo. John Novosel has cracked the “genetic code” of the golf swing – and has derived a simple and effective system to teach it to golfers of all levels, from tour players to weekend warriors.

This book includes a revolutionary instructional CD, featuring videos that illustrate exactly how to learn the tempo secrets of the tour pros, and a calibrated soundtrack that you can use while practicing at a driving range or in your living room.

As an avid golfer and inventor, John Novosel studied film footage of the PGA greats, searching, along with countless others over the last century, for the key to what made certain golfers’ swings so effortless and powerful. Novosel made a startling discovery. Nearly every champion demonstrated identical time proportion in his or her swing, a common ratio between takeaway and downswing. Regardless of style or form, the winning tempo was always the same – Tour Tempo.

In this breakthrough book, Novosel and Sports Illustrated senior writer John Garrity explain exactly how to achieve Tour Tempo. Through clear, step-by-step instruction, golfers are taught how to master two basic drills to synchronize their swings. Novosel’s technique has yielded rapid and tremendous improvement for players of every level –adding distance, automatically correcting typical swing problems, and noticeably shaving strokes off one’s game.

TOUR TEMPO is a remarkable breakthrough – truly golf’s last secret finally revealed.

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Editorial Reviews

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“I have been playing golf for 50 years and during that span of time I have had over 200 private lessons and attended four national golf schools, but I have not found anything that gets results like the Tour Tempo system. I had a 20-year problem of ‘coming over the top’ and pulling my shots. With John Novosel’s system, I cured that 20-year problem and am finally hitting the ball consistently straight!”
Dr. Lynn Ketchum, surgeon

“After working with John Novosel for only one hour, my swing speed went from 84 mph to 104 mph. My drives on the course started going 40 yards farther; my dad couldn’t believe it, I was out-driving him by 20 yards!”
Shawna Bajich, accountant

“I started John Novosel’s Tour Tempo system a year ago as a 17 handicapper: today I shot a 33-38 for a 71, the first time I’ve ever beaten par on 9 holes and 18 holes. Wow!”
John Ross, businessman

“Before I met John Novosel , everything I did just added more thoughts to my swing — and the more thoughts I added, the worse the results I got. What I like about his program is that it reduces the swing thoughts while increasing the results. Within one week after starting with John, I increased my clubhead speed by 20 mph and started hitting the best shots of my life. It’s just made a monstrous difference in my game!”
Rob Jonas, chief financial officer

“I have never hit the ball as solidly as I did after 15 minutes of training with John Novosel’s Tour Tempo System. It increased my swing speed with a 5 iron from 79 mph to 99 mph, adding an average of 35 to 40 yards with every club!”
Bruce Provo, businessman

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780385509275
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 4/27/2004
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 409,994
  • Product dimensions: 6.28 (w) x 8.29 (h) x 0.65 (d)

Meet the Author

JOHN NOVOSEL is a businessman and inventor who holds patents on four golf training devices, including the highly acclaimed swing aid XLR8R® (pronounced “Accelerator”), which is endorsed by many top coaches and used by numerous PGA and LPGA golfers.

JOHN GARRITY is a senior writer for Sports Illustrated, a columnist for, and author of more than a dozen books.

Visit the author’s website at

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Pt. 1 Theory
1 The mystery of tempo 7
2 Breaking the code 15
3 Testing the tour tempo theory 27
Pt. 2 Practice
4 A new approach 39
5 Learn two drills and forget mechanics forever 45
6 Getting started 65
7 Programming your internal clock 73
8 Transferring your new skills to the course 87
9 Frequently asked questions 93
Pt. 3 Analysis
10 Case studies 107
11 John Novosel's Little red book 127
App. A Three "mats only" internet columns 137
App. B Curing the over-the-top casting move 147
App. C Using the tour tempo CD 155
Acknowledgments 159
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  • Posted May 11, 2009

    Not the total package

    The book came with a CD to help you set your tempo. After reading the first few chapters you realize you need additional equipment to set your tempo. The book is OK but it is also trying to sell you other devices made by the authors.

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  • Posted October 13, 2008

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    Proper Swing Tempo Explained

    The ratio of time spent on the backswing compared to the downswing and the total time used on the swing are similar for almost all good golfers. I used a CD that comes with some editions of this book to change my tempo and I did hit farther and straighter.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2007

    Paradigm shift for golf training

    I read this book at the library---but it didn't have the CD! So I went online and bought it. Practiced 15 minutes before a round---immediate impact on length (added about 10 yards a club) and accuracy. I was playing with a 7 handicap on his course and he asked me what my handicap was(12). He said that I was sandbagging him, because I had outhit him all day. I have played the audio from the book to scratch golfers and sat back and watched the light bulbs go off in their heads as they listened and practiced their swings to the rhythm. One immediately went to the bookstore to get his own copy. This book & cd truly is a revolutionary breakthrough in golf training. No golfer, whatever his skill levels are, from juniors, to newbies, to scratch or lower should miss this incredible book and CD. PS--I have read over 200 books trying to improve my game. This is the first one I've ever read and used that got immediate results!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2006

    Tempo and 2 Drills = Low Golf Scores

    I read the book out of interest, and put it down, looking for other silver bullets. I picked it up again months later, with a sore back and lots of frustration. Read every golf tip around and took lessons. At second look, it looked promising. John even helped me to get the mp4 videos to work after contacting his website. After a month of doing the Y and L drills (the core of the Tour Tempo drills), my pro and I are convinced that this book works. Video analysis and my ball flight prove that my swing is better. Short, mid and long game all improved. I can hit my 8 iron to an 80, or 120 or 160 yard targets. In between clubs and less than full shots don't bother me any more. I used to be way past parallel and off plane, but not any more. Sure the examples are of average golfers, but the drills work for any golfer. For Juniors it should be required reading. Haven't tried his accelerator (xlr8tr) tool, maybe it works too. But Tour Tempo's Y and L drills have done more to improve my swing than anything else in the past 3 years. Understand that a pro's help with fundamentals helps too (posture, stance, allignment, grip).

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 3, 2004

    useful advice

    Dunno if it's worthy of a 22 dollar book, but Novosel correctly finds and defines an elusive part of the golf swing, one that's universal to all good players.......tempo. Meanwhile, it's not the holy grail. Most of the amateurs Novosel coaches in the book have glaring swing faults which remain after their tempo is 'fixed'. They're better golfers, but will still need 'traditional' teaching to become great.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2004

    This book is great

    'This book is just what the golf doctor ordered'. I've been playing golf for 12 years now and i'm not a young man, and this is the first time that i've read a book and used a CD to help my game and it works, it works. Tour Tempo is heaven sent. It's the key to my swing problems.

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