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“Ball-free” Bubba Watson leaving Volvik for old flame Pro V1x

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If you catch Bubba Watson in action at this week’s Shriners Hospitals for Children Open expecting to see a man playing a pink or fluorescent green golf ball, you’ll be sadly disappointed.

Bubba announced he’s split with Volvik and will no longer be gaming the company’s S4 golf ball.

“I do not have a ball deal as we sit here today,” he told Golf Channel. “So I can play with whatever ball I want to.”

He’s expected to put a Titleist Pro V1x back in play.

Interestingly, Watson said his “deal was up” and he’s “ball-free.” However, the January announcement indicated Volvik hat inked the big hitter to “a multi-year deal to play and endorse the company’s line of extreme performance golf balls.”

While many are keen to blame the Volvik ball for Watson’s substandard 2016-2017 season, WRXer Mcgeeno offered  more balanced take in a forum thread dedicated to the topic: “He had a poor 2016 with a Titleist and a poor 2017 with a Volvik. This is not a ball issue. It’s a player issue.”

Watson made 14 of 22 cuts in 2016-2017 with four top-10 finishes and no wins. He made 18 of 19 cuts in 2016-2016 with four top-10s and one win.

You can check out that thread here to see what WRX members are saying about the now “ball-free” Bubba.

 

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  1. Scott

    Nov 3, 2017 at 2:40 pm

    Lots of quality balls out there. With what he is playing, if he thinks the ball matters or if he thinks that ball doesn’t matter, he is right.

  2. Robert Parsons

    Nov 3, 2017 at 1:23 pm

    Just wait for the pxg balls. Sure they’ll be $89/doz, but they’ll sell.

    Nobody handles balls like we do. Period.

  3. chinchbugs

    Nov 3, 2017 at 9:46 am

    Wait! So the Volvik didn’t perform as well as the Pro-V…
    #shocking

  4. Judge Smeills

    Nov 2, 2017 at 11:39 am

    always clean your balls

  5. ibogeyalot

    Nov 2, 2017 at 10:22 am

    i have ball issues all the time

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Fancy a punt? Check out these Tiger Woods British Open prop bets

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It wouldn’t be a major featuring Tiger Woods without Tiger Woods prop bets, would it? Bettors, as we know, get off the sidelines to shovel cash behind Woods when he tees it up in major championships. This has been historically true. It was true at the Masters. It was true at the U.S. Open.

Accordingly, the good folks at BetDSI are offering a number of Woods wagers you may be keen to punt on…especially if you want a piece of the TW action but aren’t keen to take Woods at 24-1 to win The Open.

Tiger Woods makes cut

Yes -350
No +250

Tiger Woods wins

Yes +2400
No -2900

Tiger Woods finishes top 5

Yes +600
No -900

Tiger Woods finishes top 10

Yes +270
No -400

Tiger Woods finishes top 20

Yes +140
No -170

Tiger Woods finishing position

Over 25.5 (-115)
Under 25.5 (-115)

Tiger Woods lowest round

Over 69.5 (-110)
Under 69.5 (-120)

Tiger Woods highest round

Over 75.5 (-110)
Under 75.5 (-120)

Tiger Woods highest score on any hole

Over 7 (-110)
Under 7 (-120)

Tiger Woods total double bogeys or worse

Over 3 (-110)
Under 3 (-120)

Tiger Woods within 5 strokes of lead during final round

Yes +225
No -300

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WATCH Phil Mickelson hit a flop shot over a man 2 yards in front of him

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On the Gear Dive podcast, Fred Couples told Johnny Wunder that Phil Mickelson is the best judge of a lie (and the shots he can execute from a certain lie) in the game of golf.

This video from Carnoustie yesterday is testament both to that fact and a reminder that Phil Mickelson’s short game is truly singular.

Former European Tour pro Gary Evans was the guinea pig.

Here’s the shot from another angle. That’s gotta be a 64-degree Callaway Mack Daddy PM Grind, no?

Mother of golf gods! Check your trousers, Gary! How crazy is that shot? There’s plenty of puffery when it comes to Phil’s short game, but that shot is simply insane. Would love to see the Trackman data on that flop.

I mean, if Phil doesn’t get the contact he wants and you get hit, you gotta hope to get pelted in the stomach or chest…and not the jewels or the face.

What do you think, GolfWRX members? Would you take Evans place for viral video fame? A few bills from Mickelson’s famed cash wad?

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Want to watch Rickie Fowler drive it 458 yards? Sure you do!

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I’m not about to act like Rickie Fowler had some Hulk-meets-Joe Miller moment at the Scottish Open and belted a drive more than 450 yards.

No, Dick Fowler, P.I.,was massively aided by baked out Gullane, the contours of the fairway, and likely a decent tailwind. Obviously. He’d certainly admit that fact, and it’s abundantly clear he smacked his drive down a concrete ski slope.

That said, a 458-yard drive is a 458-yard drive, and it’s a spectacle worth watching.

Check it out.

All credit to the Cobra King F8+ and Aldila NV 2KXV Blue 70X shaft; check out Fowler’s full WITB here.

Fowler finished tied for sixth place at 14-under.

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