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Congratulations to Bubba - Why Bubba Hits it a Mile?


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First, I would like to congratulate Bubba on his win at the Masters. About a year ago I did a research on two centers in golf, and studies almost 100 tour pros swings, to learn as to how their two centers in their body worked.

I was specially intrigued by Bubba's swing. He has the most extreme and most exaggerated spine angle at impact than any other player on the tour and this stretch of the hips generates tremendous amount of power.

I have no idea as to how he is so consistent with his ball striking - All I can say he is a phenomenal talent

Here is my research.

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It kinda helps he is a 6'3" big southern boy, who is insanly flexible. Do you see how high his hands get in the backswing. He just gets tremendous power. He also talked about how he doesn't restrict his hit turn in the backswnig, he really gets a full turn, his hands get high, and he is tall. His potential for power is tremendous.

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I am not sure big is the word I would use to describe Bubba. 6'3 180 is pretty skinny.  Now being 6'3 has some biomechanical advantages and he is flexible but that is true for a lot of pros.  Bubba also hits up on the ball (versus someone like Tiger that hits down) which is worth some yards. At the end of the day, a good chunk of the reasons that these guys can bomb the ball is that they have better muscle composition (for golf) than most of us.  Some people just have more FT fibers in the right spots. Training can definitely help but it will not put in what god left out.

Originally Posted by saevel25

It kinda helps he is a 6'3" big southern boy, who is insanly flexible. Do you see how high his hands get in the backswing. He just gets tremendous power. He also talked about how he doesn't restrict his hit turn in the backswnig, he really gets a full turn, his hands get high, and he is tall. His potential for power is tremendous.



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Not really, If you compared Dustin Johnson to Bubba Watson, i would put Dustin Johnson as one of the best Athletes on tour and Bubba as probably on of the most gifted with Hand eye coordination. They both bomb the ball, there both tall, there both lenghty, they both have very wide golf swings and get tremendous spacing between there hands and there head. But there are also some shorter guys who hit it a long way. He's got good genes for hitting it long, but i wouldn't put pro golfers having some sort of genetic predisposition to golfing than other people.

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I don't want to have this debate again (it has been done in the 10k hour thread) but if you don't think strength and power have a strong genetic component, I think you are crazy. Swinging a golf club 125 mph is just like throwing a baseball 95mph+ or running a 4.4 40.  99% of us will never do any of those things no matter how long we train You can get a lot better at  pretty much anything with practice but at a certain point you will find a genetic limit.  That being said good golf is a lot more about strength and power. There is a reason why a guy like Jamie Sadlowski is not on the PGA despite the ability to bomb the ball 30 yards past Bubba and why guys hitting 30 yards behind Bubba routinely beat him.

Originally Posted by saevel25

He's got good genes for hitting it long, but i wouldn't put pro golfers having some sort of genetic predisposition to golfing than other people.



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I'm not a fan of everything said in this video, but to answer the question: Bubba hits it far because his AoA is good and he swings the clubhead fast. He's also somewhat inaccurate (for the same reasons).

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Higher clubhead speed = more distance. I don't see how that is hard to miss. Bubba got a long backswing and consequently hits it a long way. Combined with good launch conditions of course. Look at his hips. Huge rotation, his right foot is up at the top of his toes. Here is a comparison of Bubba and Garrigus. Both long hitters. Bubba average around 10 yards longer, but both can crack it down there. You can clearly see the difference in length of the backswing. I would have Garrigus' swing over Bubba's. It's shorter, easier, more consistent and still give you great distance. [URL=http://thesandtrap.com/image/id/245397/width/572/height/426][IMG]http://thesandtrap.com/image/id/245397/width/572/height/426[/IMG][/URL] On the flipside, neither of these two are particularly accurate by hitting 58% of the fairways. Of course, the longer you hit it, the more vulnerable you are to misses.
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Originally Posted by Zeph

Higher clubhead speed = more distance. I don't see how that is hard to miss.

Bubba got a long backswing and consequently hits it a long way. Combined with good launch conditions of course. Look at his hips. Huge rotation, his right foot is up at the top of his toes.

Here is a comparison of Bubba and Garrigus. Both long hitters. Bubba average around 10 yards longer, but both can crack it down there. You can clearly see the difference in length of the backswing. I would have Garrigus' swing over Bubba's. It's shorter, easier, more consistent and still give you great distance.

On the flipside, neither of these two are particularly accurate by hitting 58% of the fairways.

Of course, the longer you hit it, the more vulnerable you are to misses.


But when you can hit a wedge 160 with a 40 yard hook out of the pine and round some trees your on to a winner!

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