I have been fascinated by the ongoing reaction to Bubba Watson’s Masters victory and the way it has made people think about the way they play the game (or teach it, for that matter).
It would an understatement to say I was surprised to learn that even Tom Watson was trying to incorporate a little of Bubba’s chipping technique… after — get this — just hearing the sound of Bubba’s chips at Augusta National’s practice green.
The Bubba-mania is such that I have created a “Swing Like Bubba” page at TeeItUpPhilly.com, with links to various blog items and stories about how Bubba’s approach to the game can help us, and a link to the transcript of Watson’s interview on the subject. Some great reading and you can find it here.
Prior to reading Watson’s comments, I also had an interesting experience earlier this week with the sound of my shots. I decided to take a page out of Bubba’s book and work the ball a little more (in his case it is a lot more). After a few holes, I realized that the sound of my contact was better. Less “clunk” and more “thwack”. Somehow, I was better able to be less swing-oriented and feel the shot in a way that it improved my impact position.
More on that at another time… but it was great fun and really has me excited to try it again, and I thought I’d pass it along for you to try. As always, your mileage may vary!
If you are fortunate enough to get out today… and don’t already have a tee time, there are some terrific last-minute deals at the usual source — GolfNow.com. You’ll find the highlights and a link here.
If you can afford the latest and greatest, by all means support your PGA Professional and buy the new models from him.
If your golf budget falls a little short, I have always been a big proponent of buying models that are a few years old. Who would ever have dreamed we’d see the day when a preowned Cobra S9-1 Driver, in very good condition, was selling for $32.47? That’s the price at 3Balls.com, where many of the local pros liquidate the clubs they take on trade-in.
Some other good deals out there include preowned Odyssey BackStryke Sabertooth Putters for just $49.96 and the new Cleveland 290 Classic Driver (which is the latest and greatest from Cleveland) for $196.98 and free shipping.
All those details are at www.DealTrackerGolf.com.
Time to sign off. I guess “hit ’em straight” doesn’t really work any more in Bubba’s world. “Curve ’em well?” You get the idea.
Ed Abrams anchors mornings on KYW Newsradio, and you can hear his Golf Reports there on Fridays and Saturdays. He has also created a pair of websites: www.DealTrackerGolf.com, featuring leads on the best golf equipment deals… and www.TeeItUpPhilly.com, with video course tours, audio swing tips and local golf deals