Bubba Watson Golf Swing Analysis

In this article, Golf Monthly top 25 coach Ged Walters takes a look at the golf swing of Bubba Watson

Bubba watson golf swing analysis

In this article, Golf Monthly top 25 coach Ged Walters takes a look at the golf swing of two-time Masters champion Bubba Watson

Bubba Watson Golf Swing Analysis

Bubba Watson is one of golf's most interesting characters, and his golf swing is one of, if not the, most unique on Tour.

The two-time Masters champion recently captured his 12th PGA Tour title at the Travelers Championship and has re-found his form of previous years in 2018.

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Bubba loves to shape the ball, more than any other pro, and particularly enjoys hitting a fade. He's also one of the PGA Tour's longest hitters.

Here, Golf Monthly Top 25 Coach Ged Walters takes a look at Bubba's action:

"He is a bit of a throw back with his self discovered style.

Set Up:

"He sets up generally to play for his fade but he has good posture, forward bend knee flex.

Backswing:

"Bubba takes the club away with the head moving upwards very quickly, the club head stays outside his hands so it looks very steep as it continues to the top. Almost like he reaches to the sky with his hands so his lead arm is almost vertical at the top.

"His lower body has made a huge rotation with his belt buckle facing back to the camera and his right heel off the ground. His torso has turned, tilted and extended superbly. From face on he is very reminiscent to Jack Nicklaus with his 'K' leg image.

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Downswing:

"In the transition he plants his right heel and uses his legs fantastically as his hips get back to were they were in the address position way before his torso and hands/arms really start to move.

"This stores huge power which he releases with incredible body rotation by opening his hips and torso way before the club impacts the ball.

"His feet stay planted until after impact and then they start to move due to the amount of ground force he creates.

"This is possibly why his finish is really in a balanced pose."

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Elliott Heath
News Editor

Elliott Heath is our News Editor and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016 after graduating with a degree in Sports Journalism. He manages the Golf Monthly news, features, courses and travel sections as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. He covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as four Open Championships on-site including the 150th at St Andrews. His first Open was in 2017 at Royal Birkdale, when he walked inside the ropes with Jordan Spieth during the Texan's memorable Claret Jug triumph. He has played 35 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Western Gailes, Old Head and Turnberry. He has been obsessed with the sport since the age of 8 and currently plays at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey, where his handicap index floats anywhere between 2-5. His golfing highlights are making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, shooting an under-par round, playing in the Aramco Team Series on the Ladies European Tour and making his one and only hole-in-one at the age of 15 - a long time ago now!


Elliott is currently playing:


Driver: Titleist TSR4

3 wood: Titleist TSi2 HL

Irons: Mizuno MP-H4 3-iron, Mizuno MP5 4-PW

Wedges: Cleveland RTX ZipCore 50, 54, 58

Putter: Odyssey White Hot OG #5