Golfing World's Top 10: Big hitters

Bubba Watson's monster drives helped him win the 2012 Masters (©GettyImages)

Monster drives have always been seen as a great weapon for a golfer to have in his armoury, providing many birdie and even eagle opportunities.

In the latest of Golfing World's top 10 lists, they asked the public to vote for who they thought was the 'biggest hitter' in the history of the sport. And here are the results:

10. Ben Hogan

The nine-time major winner was renowned for his golf swing and his legendary ball-striking ability.

9. Arnold Palmer

The 'King's' long drives were key to helping him dominate the sport in the late 50's and early 60s.

8. Davis Love III

The one-time major winner hit the second longest drive in a professional tournament at the age of 40, when he hit the ball 476 yards in 2004. 

7. Greg Norman

'The Great White Shark' combined his long drives with pinpoint accuracy to help him win two majors - The Open Championship in 1986 and 1993.

6. Nicolas Colsaerts

The Belgian is the first European on the list, and despite any major tournament wins, has an impressive average drive of 318 yards, helping him come in at number six.

5. John Daly

'Long John Daly' was regarded as the biggest hitter around the turn of the 21st century and topped the PGA's driving distance charts for seven years running.

4. Alvaro Quiros

Spain's Quiros has been the longest driver on the European tour four times, helping him to eight professional wins.

3. Tiger Woods

The most famous man in the sport has spent a total of 670 weeks ranked as number one in the world. His long-hitting was a major part of that, although in recent times he has had to focus more on accuracy due to persistent knee problems.

2. Jack Nicklaus

The only golfer to have won more majors than Woods, Nicklaus' haul of 18 was helped by his ability to drive the ball far. He is considered as perhaps the purest of all the hitters on the list.

1. Bubba Watson

Big hitting Watson is a relatively new force in the sport, but his outrageous club designs have helped the American to one major trophy, as well as the top of this list.

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