To the untrained eye, the waggle appears as a mindless fidgeting movement that accomplishes nothing useful in the swing. For the untrained, the waggle is nothing more than a way to expend nervous energy before making a golf swing. When the waggle is properly done, such appearances couldn’t be farther from the truth.
The waggle is a golden opportunity to improve your swing motion and to gain tremendous insight into the synchronized intricacies of the movement used that produces a golf swing. If you are interested in understanding and improving your swing, knowing how to waggle properly is a must.
The waggle serves a number of very important purposes. First, the waggle provides a way to align the sweet spot of the clubface with the sweet spot of the golf ball. If you are not waggling the clubhead before you make your golf swing, how are you aligning the sweets spots of the clubface with that of the golf ball? By waggling the clubhead back and forth you can observe if the sweets spots are aligned. If they aren’t, you can adjust your address position or the distance you stand from the target line so they are aligned.
Second, the hand action of the waggle is also the hand action of the golf swing. Knowing how to properly waggle a golf club teaches you how to use your hands during the golf swing. The hand action of the waggle preserves the alignment of the sweet spots of the clubface and golf ball as the clubhead is pivoted back and forth. The same thing occurs on the backswing as the golf club is pivoted through ninety degrees on the backswing and finishes parallel to the target line at the top of the backswing. Further, the alignment of sweet spots is preserved on the downswing and thus one achieves maximum compression of the ball at the moment of impact. Correct hand action provides a means of returning the clubface to a position perpendicular to the target line at the moment of impact – one of a few requirements for hitting pure and accurate golf shots.
During the golf swing, the shoulders and the hips turn and move consistently with the hand action of the waggle. To coordinate all three movements, the starting point is to learn how to use your hands and this can be easily done by learning the how to waggle. Consciously, learn how to use your hands, then during the golf swing allow the hands to move unconsciously within the structure of turning hips and turning shoulders.
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 how the hands pivot the golf club. For a modern day version of the Ben Hogan waggle, Google Jason Dufner. He has the best example of a correct waggle of all the modern day touring pros. In addition, watching video of Jason’s golf swing, shows clearly how the movement of the waggle is incorporated into the full swing.
Conclusion: To coordinate and synchronize the hand action of the golf swing with the turning of the hips and shoulders, start by learning the proper way to waggle a golf club.