This time around we take a look at Bubba Watson and how he’s able to hit the ball as far as he does with the pink driver of his. Maybe you’ll learn a trick or two for your own swing. If distance is what you are looking for Bubba surely has some tricks up his sleeve that could add a couple of yards to your own drives.It’s no coincidence that his accurate power drives led him to victory in the 2012 Masters.
But before we get into the details lets take a look at Bubba hitting one right down the fairway:
Address Position and TakeawayBubba sets up strong behind the ball. He already gets away from the ball tilting his shoulders. He hovers the clubhead above the ground to encourage a free flowing backswing.
His takeaway is low and slow with a big reach, getting his arms as far away from his body as possible.
In his backswing Bubba makes a huge turn with his shoulders. Take a look at his hands. They are directly above his head. The golfclub is way past parallel.
To extend his reach even further his leading foot comes of the ground and his knee flexes inwards. All this gives the clubhead maximum distance on the way back. The extra distance leads to more overall clubhead speed.
Downswing and ImpactBubba Watson compresses downwards during his downswing. His leading foot comes back firmly onto the ground and his hips lead the way. It’s almost like a sitting motion.
At impact he shoots upwards from his compression, applying tremendous power at impact. It’s as if Bubba jumps upwards into impact with both of his heels off the ground.
Finish and ConclusionBubba Watson finishes his swing with his hands high above his head, facing the target, with his left heel off the ground. It resembles somewhat the high hands during his backswing.
There you have it. If you want to hit it miles like Bubba does try to incorporate his key motions into your swing:
- He’s reaching high during his backswing.
- He’s sitting down and compresses during his downswing.
- And “jumps” up during impact.