Bubba Watson Pink Ping Golf Equipment 2012 and Golf Facts

He’s the new darling of the American press after his spectacular Masters victory, but let’s learn a little more about golf’s new enigma, Bubba Watson by taking a peek inside his Ping 2012 golf bag that contains a pink Ping driver:

Driver: Ping G20 (7.5 degree loft) with a Grafalloy Bi-Matrix shaft.

Fairway Wood: Ping G20 (16.5 degree loft) with a Projext X 8A1 shaft

Irons: Ping S59 (3 to PW) with True Temper Dynamic Gold shafts

Wedges: Ping Tour-W 52 and 56 degree wedges. Ping Tour-S Rustique 64 degree wedge, all with True Temper Dynamic Gold Shafts.

Putter: Ping Redwood Answer

Ball : Titleist ProV1x

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Bubba Watson – Golf Facts

1. Bubba’s famous pink driver has been so much in demand since his Masters success that Ping have announced they are to sell 5,000 copies of the G20 driver in its striking livery for around $420.

The reason Bubba’s driver is pink is to raise awareness of his current drive to raise $1m as part of his “Bubba and Friends Drive to a Million” campaign. A foundation he set up to raise funds for a variety of different charities across the US. As well as the pink driver, Bubba’s sponsors Ping have promised to donate $300 for each of the first 300 drives Watson hits over 300 yards with the driver this season to the foundation.

Additionally, Watson has decided to use how he dresses to raise funds for a wide variety of causes, his all-white attire at the Masters following on from his camo-pants at last years US Open as the first part in what he hopes will be a Bubba clothing inspired “Grand Slam Drive for Charity.”

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2. Bubba’s swing is entirely self-taught. He may well not have the refined swing of a Luke Donald or Rory McIlroy, but what Bubba has, is undeniably his own.

His swing may look unconventional, but that is because Watson is entirely self-taught. Ever since his father showed him the basics of holding a club, Watson has never followed golfing convention. He’s never had a golfing lesson or analysed his swing or agonised over its form, aesthetics or efficiency. Perhaps a salutory note for some eminent players who are struggling after tinkering with theirs? Eh, Tiger?

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3. What won Bubba the Masters? For all the fuss over Watson’s pink driver and legendary length from the tee, arguably it was the finesse he showed on and around the greens that saw him eventually don the Green Jacket.

The Ping 64 degree wedge in his bag hit arguably one of Augusta’s most memorable shots on the second play off hole to put Watson on the green and in prime position to win but before that it was his immaculate putting, securing a run of four birdies in four holes, that brought him into contention.

Like John Daly before him, don’t fall into thinking that Bubba is a one-trick pony who simply batters a course into submission; his all round game does not get the credit it deserves due to his imposing tee shot length and quirky swing.

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4. Bubba’s not the most well-travelled golfer – It’s fair to say that Watson isn’t the most well-travelled or educated of golfers about life outside of America. He cause outrage in France with some ill-judged comments about some of the countries most outstanding monuments, not to mention the behaviour of the spectators who photographed him at the 2011 French Open.

He’s apologised since and made it good, but it will be interesting to see how Watson can adapt to his new found fame, especially the number of invitations he will get from rich tournaments across the globe and how he will adapt his game to playing in foreign climes more frequently.

5. Bubba needs a haircut – I mean come on Bubba! The straggly mullet look went out in the mid-70s and while it is not quite as bad as some of the haircuts on tour at the moment, it isn’t really doing him any favours.  Get some of your Masters winnings in your wallet and head to the barbers and get yourself a new look. Or could it be that, like Samson, Bubba derives his mystical golfing strength and ability, from the shaggy locks hanging limply from the back of his cap?

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6. What’s next? Bubba’s now fourth in the world rankings and seemingly a shoe in for the Fed Ex Cup and Ryder Cup teams. He will be a formidable player in both competitions but in terms of this seasons Majors, as the only player who can still do a Grand Slam, Watson’s chances are stymied somewhat at the next two big events.

The US Open course is always tough and less forgiving than the well-manicured rough at Augusta, while the tangly wild rough at Royal Lytham will hardly be suited to Watson’s miracle escape shots. His length from the tee will mean that, if he can maintain his accuracy, he can contend but he will have to ally that to strong performances on the greens to stand any chance at these next two Majors. The USPGA though looks a better bet as conditions may well be better suited to Watson’s game.

Images by Bubba Watson Facebook Page 

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