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Social media divided over Bubba Watson’s new Ping iron covers

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On Wednesday, Bubba Watson did what most people do these days when they receive a gift they are excited about – post it on social media and find out what everyone else thinks.

However, the item in question is perhaps the most divisive piece of equipment in golf, and users are split on the new Ping iron covers which the two-time Masters champ was showcasing.

In the like camp:

While there was also plenty of disdain for the covers:

What do you think of Bubba’s new Ping iron covers, WRXers?

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10 Comments

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  1. Paolo

    Jan 18, 2021 at 6:42 am

    Wonder what hidden under those iron covers . I59 ?

  2. ChipNRun

    Jan 18, 2021 at 12:48 am

    PGA pros who use iron covers risk financial penalty for slow play:

    Isn’t it automatic tournament disqualification if you get put “on the clock” while using iron covers?

  3. Brandon

    Jan 16, 2021 at 4:30 pm

    Aren’t his irons like 15 years old anyway?

  4. Shallowface

    Jan 16, 2021 at 2:09 pm

    It’s kind of an indictment on the way Ping makes their irons these days, because when they were non-plated tumble finished heads cast in Arizona, you didn’t need iron covers. The irons were indestructible.

  5. A. Commoner

    Jan 15, 2021 at 7:18 pm

    Question for the great Karnac: what psychological phenomena push a ‘person over the edge’ into tortuous concern over another person’s use of iron covers?

  6. BB

    Jan 15, 2021 at 4:29 pm

    Those will go nice with a pull cart and ball retriever.

  7. Bob Pegram

    Jan 15, 2021 at 2:05 pm

    When irons have lead tape on them, covers are a good way to keep it on one piece. I use them for that reason – have use lead tape to M.O.I. weight them. Also keep the irons in very good shape.

  8. ericsokp

    Jan 15, 2021 at 12:31 pm

    So if he likes the iron covers so much, how come nothing on the wedges?

  9. Ironcovers4ever

    Jan 15, 2021 at 11:38 am

    Iron covers are great for protection while traveling.

  10. Robert

    Jan 15, 2021 at 11:19 am

    I like Paige Spiranac’s comment. Perfect.

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Justin Rose hits epic shank during round one of the Arnold Palmer Invitational

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Hitting a shank is one of the more mortifying moments a golfer can have, and while it may be a common feature in a lot of player’s weekend rounds, it’s not often you get to see one from a pro – but day one at Bay Hill was different.

Justin Rose was the man in question who hit the shank and did so early on day one when faced with a long bunker shot.

Thank’s to PGA Tour Live, viewers tuning into action early on Thursday got to see the shank in all it’s glory, and the epic sound of the ball hitting the hosel is not to be missed.

Rose made bogey on the hole but put the shank behind him and stiffed it from a greenside bunker just a couple of holes later.

 

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Billy Horschel snaps back at heckler at Bay Hill

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Fans are back this week at Bay Hill, and with it, the odd comment from those outside the ropes to those inside.

On day one of the Arnold Palmer Invitational, Billy Horschel was the target of a fan who decided that he’d give his expert opinion to the 5-time winner on the PGA Tour, telling him that he had read a putt badly.

Horschel took his time after the shout from the fan but then fired back at him, saying: “There’s a reason why I’m on that side of the ropes, and you’re on that side. I think my talent level is just a touch better.” 

Check out the incident in the video below.

It isn’t the first time the 34-year-old has put a fan in their place at an event either, as one person found out a couple of year’s ago at the Zurich Classic.

 

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Study finds golf fans are the angriest sports fans on social media

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Hop on to social media during a live sporting event, and emotions are spilling over, but when it comes to golf, the prominent feeling is often anger and frustration.

That is down to gambling, and according to a new study from OnlineGambling.Ca, golf supporters are the angriest on social media, with 42% of all tweets about the sport being classified as an angry comment.

The study also found that cricket and ice hockey fans show the most love for their team, with 38% of their social media posts being filled with love. Basketball fans seem to be the saddest with their teams’ results, with 38% of reactions being unhappy.

If you have ever gambled on golf or been on social media during an event, the results are probably less surprising to those that haven’t!

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