Hitting the ball really, really far has been a benefit in 2014

Shane Bacon
May 6, 2014
Bubba Watson
Bubba Watson has won twice this season while leading the field in driving distance — Getty Images

Every golfer on the planet is obsessed with distance. If golfers aren't trying to add the latest driver to their bag for some distance help they are spending time at the gym trying to bulk up, switching golf balls for some added roll or trying to change their golf swing in hopes of booming it past their playing partners.

PGA Tour players are no different. They spend hours upon hours each week trying to add two or three yards to their drives, putting in new drivers or messing with shafts and weights to get as much out of their golf swings as possible.

So far in 2014 it has been the longest hitters that have had success. Alex Myers over at Golf Digest did some digging and noticed a trend with some of the winners this season on the PGA Tour. Myers noted that four times this season the champion was also the leader in driving distance, with the latest coming at the Wells Fargo Championship last weekend with J.B. Holmes raising the trophy.

But the interesting thing isn't just the champions that have boomed it past everyone that week. Sure, Bubba Watson winning twice and Jimmy Walker taking the Sony Open while also leading in driving distance shows that longer is possibly better, but check out some of the other names that hit it far that are still searching for that first win this season.

"Back to driving for dough, it hasn't just been the winners in 2014 benefiting from distance. Dustin Johnson is second in driving distance for the year and third on the money list. Rory McIlroy has three straight top 10s. Among other examples, Gary Woodland is 24th on the money list and Jason Kokrak is enjoying a breakout season."

So, just a friendly reminder; when you're game is clicking, it never hurts to be the longest in your group. If nothing else, it means more work for your wedges and most likely, more birdies.