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."