Bubba Watson blew a late-round lead to finish 3rd, but what caught my eye was a spot on his swing.
You all know (well, if you’ve been following the blog) that I view the classic swing mechanics from yesteryear as superior and much more mechanically-correct than the “modern” golf swing mechanics being taught today, from the stance to the pivot.
Well, imagine what I saw yesterday – something I’ve been doing for a while now, the crew at CBS brought in Peter Kostis (with whose views I don’t always agree when it comes to the swing, but this was right up my alley) to compare Bubba’s swing with that of Jack Nicklaus.
I have talked before about the old swingers having so many of what I call MCS principles, and you can see them in Bubba’s address position.
Turning the address around to better suit those used to looking at right-handed swings, I’ll deal with Bubba in the terminology of a right-handed swing, but lefty swingers would of course just reverse any references to “left” or “right…”
You’ve got Bubba in the classic MCS principle stance, erect posture with a relaxed spine, legs nearly straight and not squatting, and the arms hanging extended and not vertical.
You have the bias to the right side (Bubba’s left), with the requisite spine tilt away from the target, talk about the classic MCS “Leaning A” address position… just so much good stuff going on with Bubba’s swing.
My friends, this man can hit a golf ball, and much of it has to do with natural talent, true – but look at his fundamentals and ask yourself, if he’s doing so much of what the greats like Nicklaus, Snead and Hogan did while standing over the ball, why more people aren’t teaching these fundamentals.