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Bubba: Tiger too adrift in coaches, technique

Posted on: May 4, 2011 4:30 pm
 

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Bubba Watson has won three times in the past 10 months, more than any other American player, so he's certainly earned the right to express an opinion.

Even if he does it with some hesitation.

Watson, who won last week in New Orleans, is among the favorites at the Wells Fargo Championship this week at the Quail Hollow Club, which happens to be the first site where he finished ahead of Tiger Woods two years ago.

Watson, who has never used a formal coach and is the epitome of a feel player, thinks too many players use their coaches and sports psychologists as crutches -- including the fading former world No. 1.

Prominent coach-player breakups were back in the news this week as Sean O'Hair stopped using Sean Foley as his swing guru. Watson just sort of shrugged.

"Well, I laugh, but it's just not my way," he said. "I'm good friends with Sean Foley, I'm good friends with Hank Haney, with Butch [Harmon]. I know them as people, I know them as friends, but I don't ask them for advice. But it's just not the way I go about it.

"All of us are good at golf.  Sometimes I think some of the great players, they get too wrapped up in the mental part. You know, I think ... yeah, I'll just go ahead and say it. I think Tiger is going the wrong way."

With that, he was off and running. He's hardly the first to espouse the viewpoint that Woods has been too reliant on too many swing coaches over the years.

"I think he's so mental right now with his swing," Watson said. "Just go out there and play golf. He used to hit shots, used to bomb it, used to do all that stuff.  In 2000, and '97 I think he did pretty good. He won the Masters by 48 shots or whatever he won it by.  But I think sometimes he gets carried away on that. A lot of guys do. The mental part of it, I get carried away sometimes. I think I'm not very good.

"But yeah, when you start talking about other people trying to help you with your swing, look at this, look at that, I think they take a step back. So I'm hoping they all get coaches."

Comments

Since: Nov 18, 2006
Posted on: May 6, 2011 11:37 am
 

Bubba: Tiger too adrift in coaches, technique

Shows you the state of golf at the moment. Nobody but diehards want to watch golf now and no sport can do well with just the diehards watching. You need the no nothings that tune in just to see their favorites or somebody they have heard of. That isn't happening now. The press knows it and the PGA knows it. The ratings are in the tank that is just the way it is. 



Since: Feb 12, 2009
Posted on: May 5, 2011 5:04 pm
 

Bubba: Tiger too adrift in coaches, technique

Tiger like to swing, that is with one girl on each arm and one somewhere else. 



Since: Jan 13, 2011
Posted on: May 5, 2011 1:27 pm
 

Bubba: Tiger too adrift in coaches, technique

Tiger who?



Since: Sep 3, 2009
Posted on: May 5, 2011 1:04 pm
 

Bubba: Tiger too adrift in coaches, technique

Way to go Bubba.  Just grip it and rip it.  I hope he keeps winning.



Since: Nov 8, 2006
Posted on: May 5, 2011 11:23 am
 

Bubba: Tiger too adrift in coaches, technique

Finally!  Someone else that feels the same as me.  The media can't do anything without asking about TIGER!  I would be pissed if I was winning tournaments and they kept asking me about what's wrong with Tiger, how do you like Tiger's chances, etc.  I know he is probably the best that has ever played the game, but give it a rest.  Let these guys win and talk about themselves and their competition instead of a guy who wasn't even in the field.



Since: Jan 14, 2007
Posted on: May 5, 2011 5:55 am
 

Bubba: Tiger too adrift in coaches, technique

Why are these guys even being asked about Tiger??  How come NOTHING can happen without some hack bringing up Tiger?  At the Masters, Ian Poulter was crucified for his opinion to a question that never should have been asked.  Let it go.  Let Bubba Watson win without having to be asked what he thinks about Tiger.  It has gotten so old and tiring.  Please, please.....let today's winners not have the "Tiger Anchor" tied to their ankles....



Since: Jul 26, 2007
Posted on: May 4, 2011 10:51 pm
 

Bubba: Tiger too adrift in coaches, technique

In the words of Tony Perez, "see dee ball, heet dee ball".  If a player (regardless of sport) doesn't consider himself the best judge of his own swing/shot/delivery and can't rely on his own judgment, he's probably not going to succeed.  Seeking a little outside advice is OK--sometimes you need an objective viewpoint--but surrendering what is in effect your career to a "swing coach" is a recipe for non-success in my book.





Since: Mar 6, 2011
Posted on: May 4, 2011 7:00 pm
 

Bubba: Tiger too adrift in coaches, technique

Tiger has admitted he get sometimes get lost in swing thoughts about what what he was trying to do on any paticular swing. I would have to defer to bubba on this one. I would like Tiger to get his swagger back I think that is more important than any swing thought.



Since: Sep 3, 2009
Posted on: May 4, 2011 5:02 pm
 

Bubba: Tiger too adrift in coaches, technique




Since: Sep 3, 2009
Posted on: May 4, 2011 5:01 pm
 

Bubba: Tiger too adrift in coaches, technique



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