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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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What’s your favorite photo from the history of pro golf?

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Golf history, as we know, is rich. Dramatic storylines, pithy anecdotes, iconic equipment, and storybook shots are all woven into the vibrant tapestry of the game at the professional level.

It’s no surprise, then, that from the rough black-and-white of Old Tom Morris, open-stanced, gazing past the camera to his target, to the present DSLR shots, the history of the professional game is peppered with great photographs.

WRX member Christosterone started a thread with the question, “What’s your favorite tour picture and why?”

He offered this shot of “three reverse-c idols and a Texan.”

Of course, it only took one response, for someone to offer up this classic shot of Arnold Palmer and Ben Hogan. One assumes that the fact that they didn’t care for one another only enhanced their badass postures.

 

Also, dicko999 (who better to post the following?), offered a cropped version of the legendary Presidents Cup streaker shot. Beyond the absurdity of the scene, the facial expressions make this shot great.

Just a fantastic thread that you’ll want to check out–and hopefully add a photo of your own to.

Check out the thread.

 

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Do you go high-five or fist-bump on the golf course? #YoGolfWRX

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Equipment expert Brian Knudson and Editor Andrew Tursky cover a wide variety of topics including Tiger’s best swing, high five vs. knuckles and logo up or logo down?

Watch below (or click here if the embed doesn’t work for you).

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Parents in Montana can’t watch their children golf, and nobody is happy about it

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In Montana, as you may have heard from an irritated friend at some point during the past month, spectators cannot watch high school golf.

Nick Petraccione of KBZK originally did a deep dive into the following passage from the Montana State High School Association Rulebook in November.

“No spectators/fans are allowed on the course except for certain locations as designated by the tournament manager and club professional.”

Petraccione found the “designated” areas are generally the first tee box and the 18th green, but at some courses, there are no such area. Needless to say, as the KBZK report has been disseminated through the golf mediasphere over the past month, most are not in favor of the MSHA’s position.

Before drilling down into some of the dissent, it’s worth considering the logic of spectator restrictions. Per Petraccione:

“It comes down to a few factors: mainly that golf courses and tournament managers are involved in opening those spaces, not the MSHA. Other factors include parents being unruly, disrupting play, spectator safety, and illegally coaching players on the course.”

Fair enough. But the other side of the coin, beyond parents merely wanting to watch their kids play, is that the MSHA could be “trampling on civil rights,” per James Greenbaum, an attorney KBZK spoke with.

“The highest court has stated many times that difficulty of enforcement is no excuse for trampling on civil rights. They are discriminating against children and parents in an outrageous manner in violation of the federal and state constitution. That is a fundamental right, for their parent to bond with their child and encourage them in something as innocent as a sporting event. … How could you deny a parent that right?”

The outrage, as mentioned, is abundant. Major-winner Shaun Micheel tweeted his disbelief. Micheel also suggested the policy handicaps potential college recruits.

“Scores are only part of the bigger picture…That being the intangibles like attitude, etiquette and temperament. How does the player handle adversity? All of the extra things that are part of competing. Coaches aren’t able to evaluate those things by looking at just the final score.”

Chris Kelley, a parent of a high school golfer in Montana, created a Change.org petition aimed at bringing awareness and ultimately changing the rule. Dylan Dethier at Golf.com filed a look at some of the petition’s signees, which include Xander Schauffele’s father and a handful of coaches. You can view the petition here.

The MSHA has declined to comment.

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