Symptom:  Your golf stance setup doesn’t provide the solid base and connection to the ground that you need.  A proper golf stance would have let you turn against a solid lower half, rather than swaying back and forth like a dancer.

Description:  The start of the swing isn’t the takeaway, it is the golf stance setup, including the waggle and the starter move that precede the takeaway.  Don’t omit the waggle and starter move, or think that they don’t matter.  If done right, they are the keys to proper golf stance setup in your golf swing.  They can give you the elusive commodity known as “Smooth Power”, where the ball flies off the clubface even though your swing looks slow and unhurried.

Graeme McDowell setting up with a waggle proper golf stance setup

Graeme McDowell’s setup includes some waggle before addressing the ball.

Why it works:  The waggle is meant to help you feel club in your hands, build a good solid stance, get a rhythm, and sort of sense that the club is just an extension of your body.  It’s mental preparation for the shot you are about to hit.  And, perhaps most importantly, it is meant to keep your muscles loose and flowing, with a light grip on the club.  You are trying to feel anchored to the ground, so your big muscles can power the swing while your hands and arms come along for the ride.

Graeme McDowell’s Proper Golf Stance Setup

Have a look at Graeme McDowell at this golf clinic.  The words of wisdom he imparts are very good and its worth watching the whole video.  But notice, before every shot he hits, he has a little waggle going on. He is shifting his weight back and forth, he is wiggling his wrists a bit, and so on.  This is his waggle.

Graeme has a slight starter move to initiate his swing too, a very good thing to emulate.

Have a look (click the play button, the video works):

After taking a proper golf stance setup,

the Waggle and Starter Move help get you relax, initiate, and execute your swing without too much tension in your arms and shoulders.  This lack of tension is the key to getting into that swingin’ rhythm.  And it makes people wonder how you hit it so far with such an easy-lookin’ swing.

Take a tip from Graeme McDowell and give the Waggle and Starter Move a try next time you are on the range or the course, and see if you don’t start hitting ’em straighter and farther, with a smooth easy swing!

Did you like this golf tip?  Have a try with the waggle and starter move next time out and see how it goes!  Let your friends know too, Like, Tweet, Email, or +1 below!

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