Report: Bubba shoots 81 using one club
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
What's a golfer to do after with hovercrafts, music videos and winning majors from behind trees has become old hat?
If you're Bubba Watson, apparently you go out and shoot 81 with one club – a 20-degree hybrid.
That's the story PGA teaching professional Tim Mitchell recently shared. Watson showed up at Pelican Hill resort in Newport Beach, Calif., with friends, a few balls and one club, Mitchell posted at Golf WRX.
In all honesty, there's more to this than just Bubba being Bubba. Whereas a golf-course hovercraft cart or a Golf Boys music video is more about entertainment, there's purpose in a one-club round. It's a drill that forces Watson, or any golfer, to employ creative shotmaking.
"That’s a wonderful illustration of what excelling at the game of golf is really about: having multiple skill sets that give any golfer the ability to control the golf ball with whatever club they have in their hands and whatever swing they bring to the course," Mitchell wrote of the round Watson shot on the Tom Fazio-designed course.
Think about it. Watson certainly didn't swing it well off the tee when he knocked it into the trees in 2012 at Augusta National's 10th hole, under the stress of a playoff, before he was forced to take an unlikely stab at success in order to earn his first major victory. And it came from a spot so dastardly, people went back to see the view this year, too. "He hit an unbelievable shot there," runner-up Louis Oosthuizen said at the time. "I played well. This is not one I felt like I played badly. Great stuff to him. He deserves it."
Mighty praise like that doesn't come without hard work. Or maybe the occasional unorthodox practice round.