PGA TOUR 2K23: Stable Tempo Guide (Mouse & Joystick)

Guide to fix the unreliable and random feeling tempo of PGA Tour 2k23


Introduction to the Tempo

The mechanics are copied, at least for the most part, from 2k21. It is extremely flawed due to the fact it is directly correlated to the current FPS for as far as I have researched and found out myself, two details :

– The positioning of the dial when a perfect tempo is hit relative to the center
– The amount of possible spots the dial has access to. The higher the FPS, the more spots it gains

Due to the first one, it is imperative to have your FPS reasonably high enough, stable and at a precise amount so the dial lands precisely in the center and not a nudge to the right or left. This is specifically why the tempo feels very random at times, because the “perfect spot” moves around depending of your current FPS. This guide aims at fixing this awful mechanic

Quick and dirty workaround

Forget about the traditional unreliable tempo and follow everyone else by playing with the easier 3-click instead…..

Skip this step if you want the actual fix.
If your PC is able to process the game at a stable 60 FPS, you can simply leave VSync On.
While in PGA Tour 2k23 :
Settings -> Graphics -> VSync -> 60 Hz

This will result in a stable “perfect tempo” dial, but at least for me, will be offset to the right, and the amount of spots the dial has access to is awfully low. For instance if your tempo is just a little too slow or fast, the dial will land just at the end of the gray zone (Pro Difficulty) which is awful

Offset at 60 FPS | Possible spots the dial can reach at 60 FPS (No offset taken into account)

Possible spots the dial can reach at 94 FPS (My set FPS cap)

Preliminary steps

Right-click on the Steam icon in System Tray -> Settings -> In-Game -> In-Game FPS Counter : On – Wherever you want it to be visiblePGA 2k23
While in game, go to Settings -> Graphics -> VSync
Turn it Off

Play a round on preferred graphics quality and take note of your FPS while playing. You will need to choose a number that’s close to the minimum your computer is able to display while playing an average match of golf to figure out at what FPS the game is most stable at. For instance, if the FPS fluctuates between 100 and 120, a good number would be 95 and lower

Manually set a FPS cap

Take in mind that unlimiting your FPS will imperatively run your graphics card hotter, so it is important to not go overboard with the FPS you are going to set. My own computer screen is 60 hz so going over 60 FPS is basically a waste of frames, but if I let the game run at 120 FPS the spots the dial has access to basically doubles, at the cost of my graphics card running 10’C hotter. Personally, my game is capped at 94 FPS

You will need to find a way to manually limit the FPS at a custom amount however you can. I personally use NVidia GeForce Experience. If you do not have access to that, I sadly cannot help much with the rest of the process. If you have it, then wonderful, let’s go to the next step

NVidia GeForce Experience settings

There is a video at the end of the guide which also shows how to configure NVidia GeForce Experience settings

Right click on the NVidia GeForce Experience icon in System Tray -> NVidia Control Panel -> 3D settings -> Program Settings (the second tab)

! Make sure Pga Tour 2k23 is closed

  1. You will need to add the game to the list. Typically it is found in \SteamLibrary\steamapps\common\PGA TOUR 2K23
    Select Golf.exe
  2. There will be two settings related to FPS on the list below. You will have to change it to the value you chose earlier.
  3. Apply the changes, leave the window open
  4. Open PGA Tour 2k23 and go to the training field
  5. Swing your driver and look if the dial sets in the middle when the tempo is perfect
  6. If the tempo still doesn’t set in the middle, close the game and go back to NVidia GeForce Experience and change the FPS values to one lower (Step 2)

If the dial now sets in the middle, congratulations : The game is now properly set to a stable framerate and centered tempo dial.

On the matter of calibration, since the release of the game, calibrating your swing seems to not change anything whatsoever, but feel free to calibrate and check if it helps/changes your swing better to reflect your actual speed. Maybe they will actually fix this in an update

Thanks and references

Thanks to this video specifically for pointing out how flawed the tempo works

Thanks to Neitsuke for his excellent guide, all credits belong to his effort. if this guide helps you, please support and rate it via Steam Community. enjoy the game.

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