Swing Sequence: Bubba Watson
WHY I LOVE BUBBA GOLF
I don't think there's anyone in the professional game today -- maybe ever -- who uses as much hand action as Bubba Watson. He can create any shot he wants using his hands and wrists alone. Flip 'em to hit a hook, or open 'em a little to hit a cut. That's what makes him so beautiful to watch. But it's also one of those things you really can't teach. When he gets older, he'll learn like I have that your hand and wrist action deteriorates. But for now, I hope he sticks to his style.
I've only played with Bubba when we were paired together at the Sony Open two years ago, and a couple times I managed to drive it past him. "The old man's still got a little bit in him," he joked. I tell amateurs all the time that the most important part of the swing is from just before impact until just after. For righthanders, it's when the club swings from your right knee to your left knee (left knee to right for Bubba). Nobody ever teaches that! They say right shoulder this, left shoulder that. All that matters is where the clubface is pointing at impact, and Bubba controls that with his hands.
It really doesn't matter what you do going back, and it doesn't matter how you finish. It's all about how your hands swing that clubhead to the ball. When the face gets a little too open at impact, Bubba just moves the ball more forward. When it gets closed, he moves it back. That's about as technical as he gets, and it's how I love to play the game.
-- John Daly with Craig Bestrom
Analysis by John Daly, winner of the 1991 PGA Championship and the 1995 British Open.