Standing on a tee during a recent tournament in Florida, I began to laugh when I overheard a spectator comment on one of my playing partners as he prepared to hit his drive. "Why," he said, "you'd think he was dancing in a chorus line." What the man in the gallery meant was that my partner, like all good players, was going through a series of wiggles and waggles at the tee. But there was nothing funny about it, since these movements are an indispensable element of a good golfer's game.
There is no way you can hit a ball if you address it in a taut, tense, stiff way. A golfer must keep his body in motion during his address if he expects to hit a decent shot. Most pros have their own ritual for loosening up. I start by slumping my shoulders naturally and working them around until they feel comfortable. Next I flex my knees, making certain there is no tension in my legs. Then I wiggle my hips to loosen them up. All this time I am waggling the club itself. The waggle relieves any tension in my hands, and it also creates a definite feel for the club head. I remain in motion until the instant I start the club on the back-swing. Only then do I firm myself and move into my swing.