Bubba Watson Lessons from the Masters 2012
Bubba Watson has never had a swing coach. He hasn’t had a lesson since he was 10 years old.
His playing approach is contrary to every golf strategy book ever written…as he says it like this: I always ATTACK.” He goes for the pin no matter the situation.
Bubba Watson isn’t a big student of the game either. Here’s what he said about that:
“I don’t play the sport for fame. I don’t try to win tournaments for fame,” Watson said. “I don’t do any of that. It’s just me. I’m just Bubba. I goof around. I joke around. I just want to be me and play golf.”
About his swing he said: “I just swing funny and somehow it works.”
This guy is my new hero.
In an age where parents are moving their families to Florida so they can play year round and to work with Golf Digest top instructors, is Bubba just a rare exception or does he know something most golfers don’t?
It’s my contention that every golfer can adopt his secret and improve your game with it. It’s not hard. In fact, I think it’s hard to hold on to those old beliefs that your swing isn’t good enough….IT IS.
I read an article that said that Tiger would try to pair with Bubba on practice rounds in the majors because he was intrigued at how someone could make the ball move the way Bubba does without ever having had a swing coach. Tiger probably studied Bubba’s swing in great detail to try to find the mechanical key that makes it work. When all the while, the secret was probably in a few simple words and sentences that Bubba plainly and simply gives away for free.
What can us mere mortals learn from Bubba?
Does Bubba have talent? Of course. More than Tiger or Phil? I doubt it. But he knows how to win.
What does he have a tremendous amount of?
TRUST in his swing and his game.
There is no perfect swing, there is no perfect golfer. As Bagger Vance said: “You’ve got to find your authentic swing”
You can spend your life trying to tweak your swing or your putting stroke or you can get on to the business of scoring well. The two don’t always jive together. Just ask David Duvall if you don’t believe me.
Here’s another gift Bubba has given us. Will you accept it? From Bubba himself in a post-win interview:
“I don’t even know what happened on the back nine. … Nervous on every shot, every putt. Went into a playoff. I got in these trees and hit a crazy shot that I saw in my head, and somehow I’m here talking to you with a green jacket on.”
Nervous on every shot, every putt
You can play well AND feel nervous.
The mental game is everything, just ask Tiger who is in the midst of re-learning that.
And by the way, remember when I said last year that Tiger Woods isn’t mentally tough. Well, maybe now he is even though he didn’t win the Masters. He did win last week and that says a lot…AND it doesn’t prove I was wrong a year ago when he couldn’t win anything after faltering from his personal problems.
Nobody is stuck at where they are at today. Everybody can change and does change. That’s the only constant!
All golfers can adopt a new way of thinking or a new focus in order to break through what’s been holding them back on the course and life. What can you take away from this for your game that can open some new doors that had previously been closed?
And here’s another rambling that will mean something different to everyone with regards to golf…and life that may or may not have anything to do with Bubba Watson and the 2012 Masters…you decide:
Happiness = Growth (or improvement)
Here’s why – We get used to everything! No matter how great your game is. No matter how big your house is. No matter how good looking your partner is….you get used to it and the great feelings you once had when you first got that, will always fade.
Therefore, the only thing that brings us sustained high enjoyment is the chase for the better game, not a score for any single round.
Let me hear your opinions on any of this below….
Greens and fairways,
p.s. that last thing just popped into my head as I was writing this. It meant something to me, I hope it does for you.