How to Perfect the Ben Hogan Golf Waggle

By Jim McLean

The Ben Hogan Golf Waggle Explained

Ben Hogan had the most copied waggle in the history of golf. What is a waggle? A waggle is the preparatory move prior to striking the golf ball.

  • So as you set the club down behind the golf ball what Hogan did was pick the club up, move it towards the target, and then waggle it back behind him like this.
  • That made his wrists both cock up and cock up and cock back.

Two moves that happen in the golf swing which are very important in hitting good golf shots and having length in your swing. It also loosens up your elbows and your wrist and your fingers.

Up, Over, Back, Down

So it went like this. Up, over, back, down. Up, over, back, down. As you learn to do that, it will take some effort at first, and some thinking but it will become automatic in a very short period of time. Probably a couple of weeks of doing this and you won't even know that you are doing it and you will start to be able to look at your target, jostle your feet, move your feet. You can have a great little preparatory move right there that encourages the right motion of the golf club.


Category: Pre-Shot Routine
Sub Categories: Address/Set-Up, Arms, Warm Up, Wrist

About the Instructor

Jim McLean
Jim McLean
Jim McLean Golf School
Doral Golf Resort and Spa
4400 NW 87th Avenue
Miami, FL 33178
Tel: 800-72-DORAL