Bunkered all your golfing needs

Golf tips: Nothing wrong with a waggle

Sj

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.



CONTINUES BELOW...



2016 Ryder Cup - Morning Foursome Matches



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.



Dufner

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.


SJ1_170306_165357.jpg#asset:125184

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.

Golf News

Birdie blitz puts Karrie Webb in Ladies Scottish lead
Karrie Webb

By Martin Inglis

bunkered :: Issue 157 :: A peek inside
Look

By Bunkered Golf Magazine

How much of the PGA Championship you'll see on BBC
BBC

By Martin Inglis

Matt Kuchar 'broken' at not being sons' 'Superman'
Matt Kuchar

By Bunkered Golf Magazine

Bernhard Langer: Jealousy influences anchoring claims
Bernhard Langer

By Martin Inglis

Other Top Stories

THE OPEN Can you name the past 40 Open champions?
Quiz

By Bunkered Golf Magazine

COMPETITION Win a premium putter from Bettinardi
Bettinardi Golf

By Bunkered Golf Magazine

THE OPEN Nick Dougherty's complete guide to Royal Birkdale
Nick Dougherty

By Bunkered Golf Magazine

The Open Championship 2017: Full field
The Open

By Bunkered Golf Magazine

THE OPEN R&A chief brands BBC coverage 'tired and outdated'
Trending

By Michael McEwan

Join our community
subscribe to our newsletters below