In this tip, I’m not talking about the golf swing waggle but how to keep your body in motion just before you’re going to take the golf club back. So, what do I mean by staying in motion, and why is that important? Well, what you want to try to do is avoid starting from a real static position; so you don’t want to come up to the golf ball and not be in motion at all because if you do that, everything’s going to start tightening up and you’re going to get all stiff as you go to take the golf club back. So, you want to just be in motion a little bit before you make your move into your backswing.
So, think of it like a basketball player, a basketball player doing a free-throw is going to bounce the ball three times and then take the shot. The golf swing waggle is what a golfer does before he/she hits the ball. This helps them to stay in motion. So, we want to try to have that little movement before we make our golf swing. So, what you can do, there’s really three different things you can do: the first is what’s called a forward press. Now, what we want to do with that is, we’re taking our setup and just before we take it back, we’re just going to move our hands a little bit forward and then we’re going to take the golf club back. Be very careful with this because I see a lot of people press the club too much, so they do too much of a forward press, and when that occurs, the face actually opens on your golf club, so we don’t want to be doing that. Also, sometimes I see people and they press it so far forward that they de-loft their golf club and we definitely don’t want to do that either. So, the forward press is really just a slight movement of the grip and then we’re into the backswing. So, if I just press it a little bit and I start to take the golf club back, that’s fine. So be very careful, don’t press the face too far forwards so the face opens, or you end up de-lofting the golf club.
The next thing you can do to stay in motion is just bouncing the golf club up and down; and what that means is, we’re not doing this, it’s just a slight up and down movement of the club. So, we can go like this, and as we’re looking down at the face of the golf club, we just watch the club just compressing the grass just a little bit. It’s moving very slightly off the ground, just in an up and down movement. That’s a good one too to keep you in motion because we’re not moving the face open, we’re not in that forward press situation, but we still remain in motion. So if I do that and then I take it back, that’s a great way to do it as well.
Now, the third one, my old pro showed me this one, and because he kind of did it and I think I actually, I don’t know how I did it, but I think it just kind of entered into my golf swing because I’ve seen me do it sometimes; and that’s just a little kick of the right knee to start your swing back. What I mean is: getting ready in my setup position, just before I take it back, I just give this knee a little kick and then I’m into my backswing. So it’s pretty simple, I’m just here, if I do it sideways, I just kick my knee a little tiny bit and then I’m taking it back. So, I’ve seen myself do that sometimes, but, like I say, I’m just doing that to stay in motion. That’s always a good thing.
So, maybe you try each of those things after your golf swing waggle and see what works for you. You know, I don’t want you to spend a tonne of time on it, but I definitely don’t want you starting from a static position. So whatever works for you, that’s a good thing, just keep doing it and then you’ll get in motion properly.
All the best,