Gear & EquipmentFebruary 1, 2011

Winner's Bag: Bubba Watson

Bubba Watson put on his usual power display at the Farmers Insurance Open, averaging 316.6 yards per drive using his 7.5-degree Ping G15 driver. What most people don't know, however, is that Watson uses one of the shortest driver shafts on the PGA Tour, a 44.5-inch Grafalloy BiMatrx prototype.


For a player with the prodigious length of Watson, that may seem like an odd choice, but Watson has long felt that shorter shaft, not a longer one, is the key to distance. Watson once had Ping build him a 48-inch, 5.5-degree driver "That didn't work at all," Watson told Golf Digest. "It threw my timing off, and I didn't hit the ball much farther even when I nailed it. ... Most players should, if anything, try a shaft half an inch shorter than what's in their driver. Tiger Woods at his longest used a relatively short 43 1/2-inch driver, with a steel shaft to boot. You'll find it easier to hit the sweet spot with a shorter shaft, and you can go after tee shots without losing much control."

               Watson's comments underscore the need to get properly fit (so here's one more shameless plug for [Golf Digest's 100 Best Fitters list)]( Watson also used several pieces of equipment from [Golf Digest's Hot List](, each highlighted and underlined below.

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x

Driver: Ping G15 (True Temper Grafalloy BiMatrx prototype), 7.5 degrees

5-wood: Ping G15, 17 degrees

Irons (3-PW): Ping S59

Wedges: Ping Tour W (52, 56, 60 degrees)

Putter: Ping Redwood Anser

-- E. Michael Johnson