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Bubba Watson won’t blame Volvik S4 for poor 2017 season

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Bubba Watson just won his third tournament of 2018. That puts his victory total at three more than last year’s. Watson, if you recall, lost 25 pounds during the course of the 2016-2017 season due to an undisclosed illness and missed seven cuts.

He also played a Volvik S4 golf ball, something no other elite male professional does.

Watson, however, who returned to a Titleist Pro V1x for 2018, doesn’t blame the ball, saying,

“I don’t think it has had any (role) in my success,” Watson said (per Golf Channel’s WIll Gray).

“My clubs weren’t going the distance that I used to. I couldn’t shape it the way I want to. Luckily for me, I know the problem, and the problem was with health and not all these other things.”

But let’s be real here for a minute. Rather than question whether Bubba Watson genuinely believes he’d have won three times this season if was still playing the Volvik S4, I’ll pose another question: If Bubba Watson knows the golf ball he was paid more than a million dollars to game and endorse in 2017 is/was inferior, would he say anything? What would there be to gain? Could he be prevented from doing so legally?

Honestly, in this small, don’t-rock-the-boat world of professional golf, it would have been shocking to hear Watson say something like, “I’m happy to be back hitting the Pro V1x–the ball I won two Masters with–because that Volvik S4 just wasn’t cutting it. I just wish they’d make a Pro V1x in pink.”

THAT would have been surprising.

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  1. Steve M

    Jun 26, 2018 at 5:40 pm

    IF someone accepts vast sums of money to willingly use far inferior equipment (or in this case ball) then its still their own fault

  2. Jim

    Jun 26, 2018 at 9:08 am

    It was the ball. When you play a rock on firm courses, over time, it messes with you.

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The 6 best #GolfWRX photos on Instagram today (4.26.19)

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In this segment, we’ll be taking a look at some of the best #GolfWRX tagged photos on Instagram. In case you aren’t already, there’s a whole load of action going on at our page, so follow us: @golfwrx

Let’s get to it then, here are six of the best #GolfWRX photos from the past 24 hours.

Embrace Putters nailed the refinish on this flat-stick to match its head cover.

Always. Be. Golfing.

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G’morning. Breakfast is served.

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Beautiful looking irons from National Custom Works.

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Ground Fresh, Daily

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Did any WRXers grab a “Never Lag” putter or a head cover over at Swag Golf?

Romines Golf Designs took some inspiration from Lefty.

Who else loves the twist neck design here from Tyson Lamb?

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That neck tho. #LambCrafted

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John Peterson coming out of retirement after being inspired by the Masters

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John Peterson, the former NCAA D-I individual champion, gave up his ambition of making a living on Tour last summer when he failed to keep his PGA Tour card, but inspired by Tiger Woods’ victory at the Masters, Peterson is set to make a comeback.

The 30-year-old has been working in a real estate office for the past seven months and announced his decision to return on Matt Moscona’s radio show “After Review” on 104.5 FM ESPN Baton Rouge. The Texan told Moscona about the desire he felt once again to tee it up while watching the Masters earlier this month, with both Patrick Cantlay and Tiger Woods serving as pivotal players in Peterson’s decision.

“Sometimes you’ve got to take a step back to realize what you had. I was in an office for seven months, and it was fine when I started, I was paying the bills. Then the Masters came along and I’m watching this kid Patrick Cantlay, who in 2011 finished second to me in the National Championship when he was at UCLA, and he’s finishing ninth in the Masters, it’s on TV, and I beat him and I beat him a lot and I’m just like man, that could be me.”

“And then Tiger wins, with his story, it was just so inspiring, honestly. And I quit my job, seriously, the next day after the Masters.”

As for where he stands at this particular moment with his comeback, Peterson has no Tour status and will rely on sponsor exemptions and Monday qualifiers, while the mini-tour route is another option for the Texan. Peterson knows he’s taking a risk in his latest comeback, but the 30-year-old sounds ready for the challenge that lies ahead.

“I’m taking a big risk, and I really don’t have any place to play right now 100 percent, so I have to qualify and stuff. I will get back, I know I will. It’s just kind of a regret watching the guys that I played with my whole life finish top 10 in the majors and just knowing I can do it.”

 

 

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The 6 best #GolfWRX photos on Instagram today (4.25.19)

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New “Never Lag” goodies releasing today from Swag Golf…

…and multiple PGA Tour winner Kevin Streelman has a cover ready for action at this week’s Zurich Classic of New Orleans.

For anyone still having Masters withdrawal symptoms, here’s some “Augusta green” Raw Apex MBs.

Amazing patchwork from Robert Mark Golf.

A very cool Elements Gold was handed to Corey Conners from UST Mamiya Golf Shafts at this week’s event.

When golf is everything.

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