People confuse these two terms and its a HUGE problem.
I hear “my tempo is too fast” or “I am too fast” all day long.
Guess what? Everyone who says that about themselves and others are completely wrong.
The fix is always to slow down the back swing and that makes it worse.
You are all too slow, not too fast when it comes to tempo and speed of back swing.
Everyone thinks Freddie is so slow and smooth? Put his swing on your screen and try to match the tempo. You will all be significantly slower, even if you think your tempo is too fast.
Being fast is all about how you start the transition.
Hands and arms=fast, no matter how deathly slow your backswing is. A slower back swing will most likely cause you to make the transition even worse and even faster as the “hit impulse” will be increased if the back swing is slower.
Shift in transition=Slow and smooth…and that folks, is better rhythm, not slower…and that’s what you need.