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Golf: No Way Bubba!

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Stan Sutherland
Stan Sutherland

Joe Durant’s actual words were, “No, absolutely not” when back in 2003, the late Gerry Watson asked Joe if he could work with his son Bubba.

Dave Shedloski writes, "Gerry called and asked me (Joe) if I would be interested in working with Bubba, helping him out. I thought about it for a while, and then said, 'No, absolutely not,'" Durant said Tuesday afternoon at Harbour Town GL in preparation for the RBC Heritage. "My answer simply had to do with thinking that would be the biggest disservice I could do for Bubba. I had seen him play a little and I knew what kind of a player he was.”

Reflecting on his decision to deny Bubba, Joe said, "We have two totally different kinds of games…Plus, he just had a creativity that I knew was special. He didn't need a teacher. The guy has unbelievable hands and talent. He's creative. He kills the ball. You don't want to put him in any kind of a program, per se. You can't teach what Bubba can do no more than Seve (Ballesteros) could teach someone to hit the kind of short-game shots he could hit. He just needed to go play, take a little time, and he was going to be fine."

John Huggan also has something to say about Bubba’s creativity.
“Thank goodness then, for the true eccentric, a goofy extrovert who cries at supermarket openings and plays exclusively through feel and imagination. Thank goodness for Bubba Watson, who reminds us with his every shot that golf in its purest sense is an art form to be savoured, not a lifeless organism to be studied in a test tube. Although, it must be said, the pink driver has to go.”

C’mon John he’s a “true eccentric” and consequently is permitted to go with a pink driver. But not so sure about driving up Magnolia Lane in his General Lee, Dodge Charger which once upon a time featured in The Dukes of Hazard and Bubba bought for a cool $110,000.

“Huggie” is at his critical best when he writes, “In the battle between art and science that rages within professional golf, the former has long been trapped on the ropes. True virtuosos such as Seve Ballesteros and Lee Trevino once roamed the links, but no more. Plodding is the way of things for the vast majority, the result of equipment that renders the shaping of shots all but obsolete.”

Here’s an aerial of view of Bubba’s brilliant wedge shot which looks more like a 90 degree shot rather than the lesser amount that I’d previously been led to believe

Here’s the link to Dave and to John
Quote of the Day
"My dad always said, 'Beware of the guy who comes out on the first tee and he's got a terrible grip and a terrible golf swing. If he's in that tournament with you, there's a good chance he knows how to play with that type of golf swing,' and Bubba's that type of person." – Tom Watson at the Golf Channel

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