Golf tip: Waggles from Ben Hogan to Michelle Wie (Video)

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There’s no wrist action in Charley Hull’s waggle but her bump-bump-bump of the club head against the turf at address is sufficient to set her swing in motion. Does that count as a true waggle or is it a faux waggle? I’ll set that question aside and take a look at results.

Hull, who’s among the longest drivers of the ball on the LPGA Tour, is currently averaging 266 yards off the tee. It’s hard to argue with the power that little bump-bump-bump is generating. But the waggle, according to Hogan, should also serve to coordinate energy. An effective waggle will translate into increased accuracy as well as superior power. Hull’s bump-bump-bump qualifies there as well. She’s hitting about 73% of the fairways with that powerful tee shot and she ranked 10th on the Tour in getting to the greens in regulation.

So why isn’t Charley Hull more consistent in terms of her finish record? That’s another matter. She rivals John Daly’s “grip it and rip it” attitude with her “hit the ball, find it, hit it again” mantra and while she clearly enjoys the game and has a bag-full of athletic talent, I’m not convinced that she cares deeply about winning. Perhaps the young Englishwoman has yet to find that killer instinct that drives players like Rory McIlroy and Cristie Kerr.