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Details on the putter Bubba Watson credited for his Hero win

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After Bubba Watson won the Hero World Championship in the Bahamas this weekend, he credited a new Ping putter with a “dot system” for the three-shot win. As it turns out, the dot system is less complicated than it sounds — Watson switched to a dot alignment aid on the top rail of a new Milled Anser 1 putter instead of his typical sight line on the flange. What Watson didn’t tell us about the putter, however, turns out to be the more interesting part of the story.

The putter Bubba Watson used to win the 2014 Masters.

The putter Bubba used to win the 2014 Masters.

According to Ping’s Director of Communications Pete Samuels, the Ping team wanted Watson to try a new putter, something different than the rainbow-finished Milled Anser 1 that he used to win the 2014 Masters and has been his go-to putter ever since. So Ping milled a one-off putter to Watson’s specifications through its WRX (custom) department, which was ready for him when he arrived at Ping’s HQ in Phoenix on Nov. 19 for a video shoot.

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Bubba testing the new putter at Ping HQ (Photo courtesy of Ping)

The head weight of that putter was 318 grams (the total weight was 493.5 grams), which turned out to be too light for Watson, but he liked the sight dot alignment aid he requested and asked Ping to make another one, this time heavier.

Watson watches his putter being milled to his specifications (Photo courtesy of Ping)

Bubba watches his putter being milled to his specifications (Photo courtesy of Ping)

Ping delivered the heavier model (head weight 339 grams, total weight 520.6 grams) to Watson before Thanksgiving, which proved to be slightly too heavy for his taste. The Goldilocks game ended when Watson returned to Ping HQ on Nov. 30, and the Ping team machined 10 grams of weight off the face of the putter while Watson waited, giving the putter a head weight of 329 grams (total weight 510.6 grams).

As for the finishing touches, Watson had his first and last name engraved on the bumpers of the putter with the letters painted red, white and blue. The putter measures 34.5 inches, and has 2 degrees of loft with a lie angle of 69 degrees. Watson’s grip is Ping’s PP58 Midsize Gray with three wraps of grip tape.

From Twitter (@bubbawatson)

From Twitter (@bubbawatson)

Click here to see photos of the rest of the clubs Watson used to win the Hero World Challenge.

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  1. Charlie

    Dec 9, 2015 at 5:42 pm

    The Nike Method 001 that Tiger uses has the same dot as well.

  2. Bill Schoneberger

    Dec 9, 2015 at 1:52 pm

    Cool putter but I’m MORE interested in the Pool/Putting TABLE picture. Why the heck is it up in the air like that and what is PING learning from it??

    • Scooter

      Dec 9, 2015 at 11:16 pm

      Just a guess … looks like a large slab that is precision installed to make sure the surface is completely flat, no break in any direction

  3. Alex

    Dec 9, 2015 at 7:29 am

    They way Bubba putts, the smooth swing, the square face… He can make putts with a hockey stick.

  4. Tom Duckworth

    Dec 8, 2015 at 6:47 pm

    All jokes aside but is that the same face pattern as a Rife putter? Is it stainless steel?

  5. Jay

    Dec 8, 2015 at 4:06 pm

    I want to know what finish that is because it’s not the nickel plated finish on the Anser Milled line. That putter looks great!

  6. mike

    Dec 7, 2015 at 8:44 pm

    I’m still not following what the Dot Alignment has to do with his Choice of change of putters?. I agree it does look a lot like a Rife.

  7. rex235

    Dec 7, 2015 at 3:54 pm

    Actually Ryan, at PING they do, but they just won’t market it.

    (See Phil Mickelson British Open, and the Callaway Mack Daddy Wedges)

    PING might offer the putter as a series, but it could be $$$$ if you want your name milled too.

    Already have 3 LH Dale Head Ansers at various weights.

    “BubbaDale” may not work.

  8. tom

    Dec 7, 2015 at 2:42 pm

    Great info. So much for the theory that everyone should use heavier putters on faster greens. Most amateurs these days would scoff at a 339 gram head weight, saying it’s too light. Yet Bubba is playing PGA Tournamnet greens with one. Interesting.

    • Joe Duffer

      Dec 10, 2015 at 9:27 pm

      Bubba’s final putter had a 329 gram head. Lighter yet and very similar to Tiger’s.

  9. MJ

    Dec 7, 2015 at 12:35 pm

    What’s the “dot system”?

    All I see is a dot on the top line. Is that the whole system?

  10. Rife

    Dec 7, 2015 at 12:12 am

    It’s a RIFE!!!!

  11. Ryan S.

    Dec 6, 2015 at 10:11 pm

    If Bubba dosn’t want the 318 gram putter I’ll gladly take it off their hands. Lefties don’t get many chances like this.

  12. Mike

    Dec 6, 2015 at 7:59 pm

    Great looking flat stick!

  13. Chuck

    Dec 6, 2015 at 7:47 pm

    Interesting. But of course for the retail market, where players can’t get heads milled to their weight preferences, interchangeable weights make sense.

    The thing I really wanted to know about was the groove configuration on the putter face. As people were asking in the photo thread on Bubba’s new putter, is that a new design? A mod of the current retail Ping configuration (“True Roll”) or something else? A proto design?

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  • Jordan Spieth what’s in the bag accurate as of the CJ Cup. 

Driver: Titleist TSi3 (10 degrees, A1 SureFit)
Shaft: Fujikura Ventus Blue 6 X

3-wood: Titleist TS2 (15 degrees, A1 SureFit)
Shaft: Fujikura Ventus Blue 7 X

Hybrid: Titleist 818H2 (21 degrees @20, C1 SureFit)
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD DI 95 X Hybrid

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Irons: Titleist T200 (2), Titleist T100 2021 (4-9)
Shafts: Graphite Design Tour AD DI 105 X Hybrid (3), True Temper Project X 6.5 (4-9)

 

Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design SM8 (46-10F @8, 52-08F, 56-10S), Vokey Proto (60.5-T)
Shafts: True Temper Project X 6.0 (6.5 in 46)

Putter: Scotty Cameron Circle T 009
Grip: SuperStroke Traxion Flatso 1.0

Grips: SuperStroke S-Tech

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x (2021)

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At the 2019 ZOZO Championship, Tiger Woods recorded his 82nd victory on the PGA Tour, tying Sam Snead’s record.

Here are the clubs Tiger used in Japan that week. Save for prototype versions of the TaylorMade MG2 TW Grind wedges, Woods’ setup was the same as for his spellbinding 2019 Masters triumph.

Tiger Woods 2019 ZOZO Championship winning WITB

Driver: TaylorMade M5 (9 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana D+ White 60 TX

3-wood: TaylorMade M5 (15 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana D+ White 70 TX

5-wood: TaylorMade M3 (19 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana D+ White 80 TX

Irons: TaylorMade P7TW (3-PW)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100

Wedges: TaylorMade MG 2 “Tiger MT Grind” (56-12, 60-10 degrees)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400

Putter: Scotty Cameron Newport 2 GSS
Grip: Ping PP58 Blackout

Golf Ball: Bridgestone TourB XS

Grips: Golf Pride Tour Velvet Cord

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In our forums, our members have been talking about occasions they have purchased a club for the second time.

WRXer ‘Stimpmeter3’ is tempted to pull the trigger on a fairway wood he once owned and has reached out to members for their experiences on doing similar, with more having bought the same club twice than you may have thought!

Here are a few posts from the thread, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below.

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  • Doucer: “Sold a 2014 Scotty Fastback to a guy on Kijiji. Regretted it as soon as I sold it. Searched for a couple of years to find another one and found one listed on Kijiji. It was the same guy, so I bought it back. Cost me $100 more!”
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Entire Thread: “Have you ever bought the same club twice?

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