I was watching the Golf Channel during the PGA Championship a couple of weeks ago and something one of the commentators said really struck me. This former PGA Tour pro was discussing Jason Dufner's aggressive waggles prior to initiating a drive and he said "If you are static, with no waggle, then you are thinking mechancis."
How does he know what anyone else is thinking? Maybe that's what he would think about but that's not what is going through my mind just before starting my swing. Now, it's not that I don't believe in taking a waggle or two as I complete my setup, but they are just soft waggles, not the big floppy ones Jason likes to use. But if you have watched me swing you'll see that I become completely still for a second before initiating my swing. During this brief pause, I firm up my grip and activate/energize my muscle groups so that as I swing nothing needs to change--my wrists stay flat and my arm muscles are properly set to execute a perfect swing.
Why is this important? Well, I believe your brain needs a split second to organize all of the commands it is about to issue to your body. When it's ready, it says "Now!" and the backswing begins.
So if you want to shoot lower scores, don't start your swing from a waggle. Give your brain time to organize things and you'll be happy with the results.
Keep it vertical,
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