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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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The 7 best #GolfWRX photos on Instagram today (10.11.18)

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If you’re on Instagram, you’re hopefully aware that we are ‘gramming it up as well (@golfwrx). And if you’re not following us, well, that hurts our feelings more than a three-putt bogey.

Even if you do follow WRX on Instagram, however, you may not be aware that an abundance of equipment enthusiasts are hashtagging their photos #GolfWRX. We feel it’s only right to feature the best of the WRX-tagged imagery here.

And if you’re not on Instagram, well there’s no way you could see these photos, so think of this series as a handy filter for the best #GolfWRX photos from the past 24 hours.

Michael Martinez with a phenomenal custom Nike concept sketch in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month.

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Hispanic Heritage Month #golf #nikeshoes #leetrevino

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Worse than the blue screen of death…

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Sadness. #RadryGolf

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In the pantheon of golf tattoos, this one has to be featured prominently, no?

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Tattoo level: Tin Cup ???????? ???? via @pgamemes

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BB&F continues to reign as the ferrule king.

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Ferrule B

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Kraken’s latest ballmarker is hotter than a fire track.

With all due respect to aquatic creatures, these are the best kind of scallops.

A clean sole grind and stamping from Don White. Nothing like it.

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Made with a purpose.

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If you’re on Instagram, remember to hashtag your photos #GolfWRX. And if you’re not on Instagram, well, don’t.

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Report: No tickets will be sold for Tiger-Phil match

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Sorry, fans, you’re not going to be able to buy tickets to the Tiger Woods-Phil Mickelson $9 million megamatch at Shadow Creek in Las Vegas, November 23.

Per a report from the Las Vegas Review-Journal, only a “small gathering of sponsors and VIPs” will be allowed on course. The report also indicates that, in contrast to Phil Mickelson’s promised primetime (ET) showdown, the match will be played under the Nevada sun. The official start time is yet to be announced, ditto the PPV price.

We corrected the promo graphic below to eliminate the crowd. But right-handed Tiger Woods swinging a left-handed club still needs fixing.

Woods is the -220 favorite at the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook. Mickelson is a +180 underdog.

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WATCH: Is this the craziest hole-in-one you’ve ever seen?

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Golfers often say that getting a hole-in-one is all luck. (Keep in mind that Tiger Woods, arguably one of the most skilled iron players ever, says he has 19 holes-in-one… so maybe not all luck.) But certainly there are some holes-in-one that are “luckier” than others.

And then there’s this shot by Eddie Pepperell at the 2018 British Masters…

Definitely a great shot, and he absolutely took dead aim, but how this golf ball found the bottom of the cup is mind-blowing. It seemed to bounce off the ground, go up the flagstick, hit the ground, then side hop itself right into the basket. Wow.

But is it crazier than the bank shot?

That one is hard to top.

Or how about the all-time classic Bugs-Bunny-assisted hole-in-one by Michael Jordan in Space Jam?

Looney Tunes aside, here’s what Pepperell had to say about his hole-in-one.

He may not have seen what happened at the time, but he’ll see it on highlight reels for years to come.

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