Jason Dufner's Waggling at the PGA
By Torleif Sorenson on 8/14/13
As Michael David Murphy shows in the video above, Jason Dufner's habit of waggling during his pre-shot routine seems to be borderine OCD.
It reminds this writer of Sergio Garcia's old habit of gripping, re-gripping, re-re-grippping... and re-re-re-gripping his club before his swing.
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He sometimes waggles only 3 or 4 times, which is not too bad. There are some shots, however, that seem to require 10 or more waggles. I hope this doesn't catch on with the amateur golfers in Michigan!
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I suspect this repetitive waggling thing is going to catch on big time in the Big Apple. New Yorkers are trendy people. Every hacker in Brooklyn is going to adopt "that Dufner dude's" pre-shot routine. Enjoy! ;)
As I recall Hogan was a strong proponent of waggling as a way to reduce tension in the arms and hands. I have also heard it lamented that waggling has become a lost part of the pre-shot swing. Seems to work based on his results
joe jones says:
If you time Dufner from when he approaches his tee ball to his follow through he is one of the fastest players on the tour. I don't think we need to address non existent problems just for the sake of starting a discussion. There are enough real problems like the rowdy fan behavior that we should be discussing. Duffner is fine.
Great point joe.
I have absolutely zero problem with Dufner doing this. It is far, far, far from Sergio's regripping or Kevin Na's egregious suckitude. And the copycat NYers can go three-putt every hole on the back nine.
watching that video it seems annoying, but live, i think it's fine.
followed him at The Heritage. Love the pre-shot. He's a quick player. Not like "step-off" Keegan and Furyk.
Actually aside from the step-off I guess Keegan then hits the ball pretty quick too
I love how this video has every swing. Kind of zen.
I was going to make the same comment as Joe.
I've done this my entire life (but not to the extent Dufner does). I normally do 2-4 waggles. Cant wait till some random guy Im paired with makes a comment about me copying duffner.
Big difference is Dufner does this while looking at the target, but once he drops the club down he is pretty quick, so he's really not wasting time. Sergio would take him time (like all pros) looking at the line, picking target, etc. And then once he got set behind the ball, he would start with the grip-regrip thing.
I played recently with an older Scottish gentleman who had NO preshot routine. He walked up to his ball and hit. Not time spent on grip, no waggle, no practice swing, just step up swing and off you go......refreshing!
I had just read where Hogan was a big fan of the waggle, and asked my partner why he thought that was a big deal. I stood there waggling for a few seconds and then cranked out my best drive of the day. My partner said "That's why". I should probably do it more but I forget to.
Some people just find flaws with everything...
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