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Improve your timing and learn to blast it like Bubba

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Bubba Watson was able to combine his superior length off the tee with accuracy to pick up his first win since the 2012 Masters on Sunday in the Northern Trust Open at Riviera Country Club.

While leading the field in driving distance, averaging 318.2 yards, Watson also tied for eighth in driving accuracy, hitting 62.5 percent of his fairways.

That leaves a lot of easy shots into the greens and Watson took advantage of the scoring opportunities to lead the field with 22 birdies, including an impressive 14 birdies and no bogeys on the weekend.

So how can you hit your drives not only longer but straighter?

One way is to improve your timing or aspects of your swing that affect your timing.

Golfers love to explain that they didn’t hit the ball well because their timing was off. This might be true, but I believe you should strive for a golf swing less reliant on timing.

Your timing will improve if you improve the following areas of your swing:

• Grip: A fundamentally sound grip is one that allows the clubface to return to square at impact. If you have a “favorite side of the golf course” or a common miss, make sure the grip is secure and in a fundamentally sound position. A quick check is to grip the club with your lead hand only and make sure the back of your lead hand matches the position of the clubface.

• Kinematic sequence: This is the order in which your body moves, especially on the downswing. Just like a quarterback leads with his lower body by stepping into his throw, you too must lead with the lower body to start your downswing. If the upper body leads the downswing, it will affect our final area of the swing.

• Swing path: If your ball has excessive curve in either direction, chances are your swing path is incorrect. In most cases (there are exceptions) the ball will curve opposite of your path. A golf club box just outside the ball, parallel to the target line, is a great, inexpensive tool to correct any swing path issue you may have. Simply hit the ball without hitting the box.

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