The Purpose and Significance of the Waggle

The Purpose and Significance of the Waggle

To the untrained eye, the wobble appears as a pointless, wriggling motion that does nothing useful in swing. For the untrained, the wobble is nothing more than a way to burn off nervous energy before hitting a golf swing. If the jiggling is done right, such apparitions couldn’t be further from the truth.

The wiggle is a unique opportunity to improve your swing motion and gain tremendous insight into the synchronized intricacies of the motion used to create a golf swing. If you’re interested in understanding and improving your swing, knowing how to wiggle properly is a must.

The wobble serves a number of very important purposes. First, wobble provides a way to align the sweet spot of the face with the sweet spot of the golf ball. If you don’t wiggle the clubhead before executing your golf swing, how do you align the sweet spots of the face with those of the golf ball? By rocking the clubhead back and forth, you can see if the sweets spots are aligned. If they don’t, you can adjust your address position or the distance you stand from the finish line to align them.

Second, the hand motion of the wobble is also the hand motion of the golf swing. Knowing how to wave a golf club properly teaches you how to use your hands during the golf swing. The hand motion of the wiggle maintains alignment of the face and golf ball sweet spots as the clubhead is rocked back and forth. The same thing happens on the backswing when the golf club swings ninety degrees on the backswing and ends up parallel to the target line at the top of the backswing. In addition, the alignment of the sweet spots is maintained on the downswing and you achieve maximum compression of the ball at the moment of impact. Proper hand motion provides a means of bringing the clubface into a position perpendicular to the target line at the moment of impact – one of the few prerequisites for clean and accurate golf shots.

During the golf swing, the shoulders and hips rotate and move evenly with the hand motion of the wiggle. To coordinate all three movements, the starting point is to learn how to use your hands, and this can be easily accomplished by learning how to wave. Consciously learn how to use your hands, and then during the golf swing allow the hands to unconsciously move within the structure of the hip and shoulder rotation.

To see the Waggle in action, google “Ben Hogan’s Waggle” and watch the videos of your search results. Some of the videos demonstrating Ben Hogan’s waggle clearly show the hands turning the golf club. For a modern take on the Ben Hogan wiggle, Google Jason Dufner. It has the best example of correct wobble of any modern touring pro. Additionally, watching a video of Jason’s golf swing clearly shows how the motion of the wobble is incorporated into the full swing.

Bottom Line: To coordinate and synchronize the hand motion of the golf swing with rotating your hips and shoulders, first learn how to properly wave a golf club.

Thanks to James C Lythgoe | #Purpose #Significance #Waggle


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