Fresh off his win at the Zurich Classic last week, upstart Bubba Watson decided to start giving advice to Tiger Woods.Watson has an atypical swing that serves him well. He hits mega-bombs and he can shape his shots as well as anyone on the tour.
He developed his swing entirely on his own with out the aid of a coach.
Tiger Woods on the other hand has burned through two swing coaches as a pro, and is on his third.
The result of all those changes? In Watson’s opinion, “I think Tiger is going the wrong way.”
Watson, who has won just three times on the tour, says Woods is over thinking the game:
I think he’s so mental right now with his swing. 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 (thinking too much). And a lot of guys do.
Tiger might be over thinking the game, but if there’s a flaw it’s not in his swing. It’s in his putting. At the Masters, which is one of the only four tournaments Tiger gives a crap about, he could have won if his putter hadn’t let him down.
Watson has mental problems as much as the next guy, despite his tendency to hit it long. He was irrelevant at the Masters. And, frankly, he has a tendency to come up a little small when the pressure is on. He should have won last week by a mile, but had to eek out a victory at the Zurich Classic after he plunked one in the water on a par 3.
There was a time when Watson speaking out would have put him in Woods’ crosshairs. Today, Woods is a weakened version of himself, so it’s hard to know how he’ll respond. But, we’d be surprised if he didn’t come out firing at Watson in June at the U.S. Open in D.C.