Tour Power

Bubba Watson teaches you how to hit it strong

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Depending on whom you ask, the median amateur driver distance is about 200-210 yards. Shocking, right? We know. On the PGA Tour, some players average nearly 100 yards more than the average amateur. Also shocking, right? Truth be told, we contend that average PGA Tour driving distances aren’t all that accurate, considering that the system used for determining driving distance is an antiquated one that uses two holes per round to factor in distance. In actuality, some Tour players are a lot longer off the tee than their stats may represent.

The question is, why are Tour players so much longer than the rest of us? It’s not a matter of sheer physique, as some players have average builds but still can outdrive any of us by a country mile. What’s their secret?

Instead of trying to figure it out ourselves, we went straight to not only one of the longest players currently on Tour, but one of the longest ever to play professionally. Bubba Watson, the lean, lanky southpaw from Bagdad, Fla., demonstrates and explains his keys for Tour-like power and his technique for crushing drives.

Read on and follow his advice. You’ll soon learn that hitting powerful drives is easier than you may have thought.

Bubba’s Stats

Height: 6 feet, 3 inches
Weight: 180 pounds
Age: 31
Hometown: Bagdad, Florida

2009 PGA Tour Highlights:
Earnings: $1.43 million (53rd)
Driving distance: 311.4 (2nd) 
Eagles (holes per): 77.3 (1st)
Putting average: 1.762 (54th)

Fastest clubhead speed on the PGA Tour in ’09: 123.24 mph, with a ball speed clocked at 194 mph

Longest drive: 398 yards (’06 Sony Open)

Self-taught; learned by hitting Wiffle balls around the house

Has never received a formal golf lesson

Attended same high school as Boo Weekley and Heath Slocum

Is an avid basketball fan (his wife played professionally)

Has developed a loyal fan base, thanks to his often irreverent yet impressive video Tweet Reel @bubbawatson


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