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

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Sergio Garcia’s waggle almost exactly mirrors Ben Hogan’s. It’s precise in movement. There’s clear wrist action involved as Sergio gets his feet, legs, arms, and body core in synch with his shaft and club head and stores energy.

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You certainly can’t argue with the outcome. The 2017 Masters champion, who has 31 worldwide wins on his resume, stays ahead of the pack whether we’re looking at SG: off-the-tee driver action or SG: approach-the-green iron play. Garcia ranked 4th on the PGA TOUR in getting to the green in regulation. Those clubs are doing what they’re designed to do when Garcia is holding them.

We all know that golf’s mental game is as critical as the technical game, and Garcia’s mental game got a huge bump when he slipped on that green jacket. But it’s his consistently precise technical game that’s put him in contention and kept him there during his 15-year quest for a Major championship. It’s not a stretch to suggest that Garcia’s replication of Hogan’s waggle is the force behind his SG: total 1.258 and his 6th rank in the OWGR.