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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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GolfWRX Classifieds Spotlight (06/05/20) – Scotty Cameron, TaylorMade Tour, GC Quad

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At GolfWRX, we love golf equipment plain and simple

We are a community of like-minded individuals that all experience and express our enjoyment for the game in many ways. It’s that sense of community that drives day-to-day interactions in the forums on topics that range from best driver to what marker you use to mark your ball, it even allows us to share another thing – the equipment itself.

One of the best ways to enjoy equipment is to experiment and whether you are looking to buy-sell-or trade (as the name suggests) you can find almost anything in the GolfWRX BST Forum. From one-off custom Scotty Cameron Circle T putters, to iron sets, wedges, and barely hit drivers, you can find it all in our constantly updated marketplace.

These are some of the latest cool finds from the GolfWRX BST, and if you are curious about the rules to participate in the BST Forum you can check them out here: GolfWRX BST Rules

Member jadedennill – Scotty Cameron CX-01

What a great price for a limited edition putter. This Scotty Cameron CX-01 is only 1 of 500 and offers a very unique look in a higher MOI blade design.

To see the full listing and additional pictures check out the link here: Scotty CSX-01

Member nc2lane – Foresight GC Quad

This ad feels like the classic episode of “The Simpsons,” where the family travels to a quiet east coast beach town and Lisa reinvents herself for the summer. To reinvent her look she takes her mom shopping for clothes and while off-camera you here “Mom come quick BRING MONEY!”

Well, you better bring the money, because state-of-the-art launch monitors don’t come cheap, but you certainly get what you pay for with the GC Quad from Foresight.

To see the full listing and additional pictures check out the link here: GC Quad Launch Monitor

Member TheGriftKings – Unicorn 2015 8.5 M2 Driver

This is still one of the best and most sought after TaylorMade tour issue drivers of all time. This head is in amazing shape—basically new and at 8.5 degrees of loft, it’s even rarer.

To see the full listing and additional pictures check out the link here: TaylorMade M2 Driver

Remember that you can always browse the GolfWRX Classifieds any time here in our forums: GolfWRX Classifieds 

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Check out Tiger Woods’ incredible handicap index history from his entire career

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Ever wondered what Tiger Woods’ handicap index has been throughout his career? Well, one statistician, Lou Stagner of Decade Golf, did some serious number crunching and the results are fascinating. 

From 1996 right through to today, Stagner used course rating and slope for each course in his research and calculated a differential for each round to find out what Tiger’s index would have been each year of his pro career.

You can see the impressive results in the graph below.

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The results show that Woods was at his very best handicap wise in 2008 when he bossed a +9.4 index, his average index was +6.7 throughout his career, his current index is 6.5, and as Stagner noted, he was +7 or better for 35% of his handicap revisions.

It’s also worth noting that the results are not adjusted to tournament conditions. Not bad, eh?

 

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Henrik Stenson: Fan-less Ryder Cup is better than nothing

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On Thursday, ‘Henrik Stenson Almost An Hour’ podcast presented by Callaway Golf aired for the first time, with the Swede sharing his thoughts on his playing schedule going forward, the tour’s return as well as a potential spectator-less Ryder Cup.

On the new bi-weekly podcast, Stenson described the potential of a Ryder Cup with no fans as being “very blunt”, but did stress that even a spectator-less Ryder Cup is better than no Ryder Cup at all.

“For the atmosphere and for the feeling, for us as players that would be, very blunt, it would be something that you can’t really imagine at this point.

Then looking at the bigger picture, if that’s the only way that the Ryder Cup can go ahead, and if it’s not an option to play it next year with crowds, with fans, then I would prefer to play a Ryder Cup than to not play a Ryder Cup.”

Stenson revealed he wouldn’t be returning to the U.S. until mid-July, and he’s expecting the first couple of week’s back to be “messy” as the players and officials adjust to the new conditions.

“I’ll sit out a few weeks and see how everything gets going. I think it might be a little bit more messy the first couple of weeks as well before everyone finds their bearings with testing and everything.

So I’ll watch it from the couch the first couple of weeks and most likely then with the current restrictions I will travel over in mid-July to Lake Nona. I’ll have a couple of weeks of practice and then I’ll tee it up at the WGC FedEx tournament in Memphis.”

Once the 44-year-old does get Stateside again, you can expect to see him often as he plans to play “every week up until Christmas.”

“And once I get over and start playing, I can pretty much play every week up until Christmas. Because (there’s) going to be lots of golf tournaments, and it’s not going to be a shortage. So I’m just kind of tweaking my return a little bit and will probably play a bit more in the fall.”

‘Henrik Stenson Almost An Hour’ podcast presented by Callaway Golf will air every other Thursday here.

 

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