Slammin Sammy Snead told us years ago that in golf, you “drive for show and putt for dough” but Bubba Watson has shown us in two of the last three Masters that a big tee-shot can sure help. In fact, on Sunday at Augusta, Bubba played the iconic par 5 13th hole with driver wedge, and he played the 15th with driver 8 iron.
As one of the leading drivers on the PGA Tour, (if the course fits his eye), and he can keep those monsters in the short grass, he can be unbeatable.
So how does Bubba do it? How can he manage to hit drive after drive down there 310-320 yards on a consistent basis with that untaught, unorthodox swing?
Brian Manzella from Golf.com breaks down Bubba’s swing and points out how he develops all that power at impact.
It has long been known that taller people who are thin in stature with long arms enjoy a decided advantage over those of us who are more vertically challenged on the tee, and Bubba Watson was blessed with all of the attributes. He’s tall, lanky and uses that asset fully on almost every shot. That has to give him an advantage, and he uses it to the max.
His bombs off the tee get him in position, but Bubba has an excellent wedge game, (probably because he is always in position to hit a wedge) and is an excellent putter. When he has the flat-stick working, he can be unbeatable, as Jordan Spieth found out on Sunday at Augusta.