Bubba Watson’s tall, flexible stature has made him one of the most powerful drivers on the pro golf circuit. At 6-foot-3 and 180 pounds, his lanky build allows him to swing with ease for long shots that astound observers.
Watson has nine PGA tour victories, including the Masters tournaments in 2012 and 2014, as well as the 2016 Northern Trust Open championship. The 38-year-old golfer turned pro in 2002.
His unique style is part of his own creation. He spent more time in his youth focusing on his particular way of doing things, rather than seeking formal training in the game, according to Golf.com.
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Here are six golf tips and secrets from Bubba Watson:
1. Know your physical assets — Take advantage of the strengths your body provides. Watson concentrates on his tall features for a long swing, Golf Digest notes. Other golfers might have power in their thighs or shoulders.
2. Don’t try to fight your off days — Accept that there are certain times when you just don’t feel as strong or flexible as normal. He remembers having a bad time with his ball flight and kept hitting it far off line during a 2008 tournament. Instead of fighting it, “roll with it,” he says.
3. Develop a distinctive turn — During his backswing, Watson turns his shoulders and hips far out so he pulls his front heel off the ground for a big turn and powerful shot. Once again, the idea is to know your own body and use it for a turn that fits.
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4. Fancy footwork — Watson’s toes push off on impact, helping the club whip accurately to create more speed, Golf.com explains. As he spins his front foot out, his hip turns accordingly.
5. Separate upper and lower body — For strength and power, try to separate your hips from your shoulders before impact. Watson maximizes his swing turn by doing this, according to Golf Tips Magazine. Golfers can improve their power through strength-building and stretching exercises.
6. Draw the ball — Modern drivers “carry the ball farther with a draw” than with a fade, Watson tells Golf Digest. They don’t usually spin the ball as much. Swing from the inside and turn the ball over for a longer shot.
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