Symptom: Your golf swing is more like a hit or a slap, lacking fluidity and power. Nobody says anything like "how did you hit it so far with such a slow and easy swing?" They just squint down the fairway hoping to see the ball bounce, so it's easier to find...
Description: The start of the swing isn't the takeaway, it is 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 very useful 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.
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.
Have a look at Graeme McDowell -- he has quite an elaborate waggle going on before he hits his shot:
Graeme has a slight starter move to initiate his swing too, watch his right knee at about (0:09).
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 that 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!
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