Bubba Watson: How Good Would Air Bubba Be If He Kept His Feet on the Ground?

Mike RoozenContributor IIApril 27, 2011

UNITED STATES - MARCH 08:  Bubba Watson signals an errant drive to the right on the 11th hole during the first round of the PODS Championship at Innisbrook Resort and Golf Club in Palm Harbor, Florida on March 8, 2007.  (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
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When Bubba Watson catches air and still makes solid contact with his driver, it's an amazing feat, but it isn't helping him get his career off the ground. 

With all the excess body movement, he still hits it way past a lot of people and keeps it straight enough to do well enough on tour.

But what kind of dominant force would he become if he played like the rest of the pros, with his feet firmly planted on the tee box, instead of raising up like Michael Jordan launching one from the three-point line?

Currently, Air Bubba swings at 125-plus miles per hour and produces ball speeds off his driver in the 190 mph range. 

How good would that get if he made swings that kept him on the earth at impact instead of hovering an inch or two above the turf?

People who analyze swings down to vast conglomerations of incomprehensibly small details suggest that Watson, who is left handed, has too much weight on his right side, and should have his right foot kicked out a bit to allow his body more room to turn.

This would allow him to hit with all his power in balance, rather than coming unglued from the ground like he does now.

One pundit even suggests he could attain club-head speeds of over 140 mph if he did just that, and not only would he then be longer, but a lot more consistent.

A longer, more consistent Bubba Watson?

He's is already a force to be reckoned with, and that would just add to his impact on tour.

Watson is already ranked second in driving distance, second in GIRs, fifth in eagles and third in total driving.

More solid contact with the ground would certainly get the wins rolling in, which have so far, given the talent of the man swinging the club, been too few and far between.

We've all seen the footage of Bubba since he's decided to take life easier and have more fun, but I'm sure he'd really have a blast if he'd get a little more anchored on his long shots and start winning on a regular basis.