Winner's bag: Bubba Watson at 2014 Masters
Monday, April 14, 2014
AUGUSTA, Ga. Bubba Watson, who posted five birdies in a row in Friday's second round of his 2014 Masters win and showed steady play down the stretch Sunday to earn his second green jacket at Augusta National, is using a bag configuration unchanged from February, when he won the Northern Trust Open.
Going into the 2014 season, though, Watson made the most extensive changes of his career.
He switched into Ping S55 irons, leaving behind the S59 model he used for almost 10 years.
He also put into play a Ping G25 driver intended to be his backup.
"The backup went 7 or 8 yards farther," said Matt Rollins, Ping senior PGA Tour manager.
So Watson's gamer became his backup, and his backup became his gamer.
In another big change, Watson abandoned a 37-inch counter-balanced putter and returned to a conventional length. Both putters feature Ping's Anser Milled 1 putter head.
Rollins admitted a mistake in the construction of the conventional putter. He thought Bubba's preferred length was 34.5 inches, although it was 34. When Watson tried the 34.5-inch version, he liked it so much that he kept it in his bag.
"Call it a genius putter," Rollins joked. "This great putter was a screw-up. I got the length wrong, although it turned out to be just right."
Watson's G25 driver is painted a color commonly called "Bubba pink," and it has a custom white stripe on the crown like Ping's i25 driver.
A final note: Watson's golf glove is a Ping Sensor Sport model. Ping has pledged to make an annual donation to the Bubba Watson Foundation based on sales of the glove.
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DRIVER: Ping G25 (8.5 degrees bent to 8.2 degrees; Grafalloy BiMatrx X shaft).
3-WOOD: Ping G25 (16.5 degrees; Fujikura Motore Speeder Tour Spec 8.2 X shaft).
IRONS (3-PW): Ping S55 (True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts).
WEDGES: 52-degree,: Ping Tour with Gorge Grooves (True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shaft); 56-degree, Ping Tour with Gorge Grooves (bent to 55 degrees; True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shaft); 64-degree, Ping Tour-S Rustique (bent to 62 degrees; True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shaft).
PUTTER: Ping Anser Milled 1.
BALL: Titleist Pro V1x.
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