I could not believe it when Bubba used a 9 iron from 178 yards out and flushed it and it didnt even seem like he swing very hard.Thtas crazy i couldnt even imagine using that club from that distance that is a 5 iron for me on.
Bubba Watson uses a 9 iron from 178 yards
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For one thing, he's 6' 3" tall, probably 4-5 inches taller than the rest of the field. He then gets insane height with his hands, if you look how high they are above his head. This allows him to get crazy acceleration down into his shots. So he basically magnifies his height. Thats why he can get so much power, and make it look easy. Personally, i love his swing, i think its refreshing compared to every other player. Its nice to get these people who have very unique swings that can compete at that level. It's kinda a shift away from what Tiger brought into the game, the mechanical swing.
He's playing clubs that are set up severely open...so his 9 iron probably has as much effective loft as a lot of game improvement PWs.
Everything people have said about his height and the way he sets the club is on the mark. He also lags the club an insane amount. He's a cartoon version of the old "wide-to-narrow" addage. If you put the club in his hands at the top of his swing, he could probably hit his 9 iron inside a phone booth...lol
I am really finding how much I enjoy watching him too. I think it was round three this past week where he hit a 3 iron like 268 yards or some insane distance that went right at the pin. The announcers thought we was just going to layup but shocked even them and went right for it, incredible!
I'm pretty sure I've bladed wedges that went across the green and down the fairway longer than any drive I've ever hit....