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Golf tips: Nothing wrong with a waggle


Some people have a problem with waggles, but that’s not what we’re covering here.

This is a great drill to use as a pre-curser to your swing. It’s a pre-shot routine swing guide. As long as you waggle the same distance through as on the way back, you’ll be in a good place.

Some people will waggle back two or three feet, then come back for the ball, like Rickie Fowler. That’s fine. You’ve waggled your takeaway and you feel ready to get going – but I see it slightly differently, and here’s why.


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With a waggle, I like to think about impact and club path. Jason Dufner takes a few waggles back to impact but he’s got very educated hands and doesn’t have to think much about getting back through to the ball.

I think a waggle that goes back and through helps give you that feeling of where you’re going to go after impact. A good pre-shot routine should be a rehearsal of what you’re going to do.


Here’s what to do

Address the ball normally and get your clubhead above the ball so you don’t have to shuffle your feet after your waggle.

Waggle the clubhead and watch it blur, so you can see its path, then get ready to go. When you make your blur, try and make it feel as though it’s in-to-out.

Never blur the clubhead from outside-to-inside. Do it once or twice then use a simple pause as your trigger to go.


Be absolutely 100% with your yardages

If you know your distances, this is a great tip to help you get comfortable over a shot.

Your distances will be roughly 10 to 15 yards between a club. Knowing these yardages will give you peace of mind. That’s why I write my yardages on my clubs.

Let’s say you’re standing on a 140-yard par-3 but it looks like 100. You think, ‘No way is that 140 yards’. But the laser says 140. Picking the club that says 140 is a no-brainer, and it’s one less you need to worry about. You now know you’ve got the right club for that distance.

Dave Pelz does it on his wedges, for his three lengths of swing. You’re also allowed to do it, so don’t worry about breaking the rules. This gives you total confidence that you’ve got the right club for the shot.


Steve Johnston is the Head Professional at Peebles Golf Club. For lessons, call 01721 720197. Follow him on Twitter @sjohnstonpga.

Originally published on bunkered on October 6, 2016.

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