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

Mandatory Credit: Erich Schlegel-USA TODAY Sports
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Annika Sorenstam is without a doubt one of the finest women golfers to ever tee it up. With 93 worldwide pro victories to her credit, it’s hard to argue with the Hall of Famer‘s swing technique. But focus on the first seconds of this video clip and don’t think too much about all those red lines imposed on the image to  illustrate body lineup.

Sorenstam’s waggle is clearly an integral component of her setup. It’s precise, consistent, and does exactly what Hogan says it should do – establish the connection between feet, legs, hands, and club that fuels a fluid, powerful strike of the ball.

While Sorenstam’s waggle, alone, didn’t take her to the top of the field, it certainly focused the golf swing that did. Although she was never exceptionally long off the tee, Sorenstam excelled in shotmaking accuracy and consistency. That small, single up-and-down waggle of her club head that comes at address gets all the pieces lined up, cocked, and ready to fire.