That’s Bubba Golf. Crush the ball 300 plus yards, play aggressive, and create amazing shots from out of nowhere. When Watson stopped letting the ups and downs of the game dictate his life 3 years ago, he finally started raking in top 10 finishes and outright wins including the 2012 Masters. “I wanted to bring the Bubba from off the golf course to the golf course,” he says.
So what’s Bubba like off the green, exactly? He’s the guy who bought the General Lee from Dukes of Hazzard. He’s the goof who twoyears agoformed golf’s only boy band with Ricky Fowler, Hunter Mahan, and Ben Crane. (Check out theirmost recent video). Oh, and he drives a hovercraft on the links every once in a while.
BeforeWatson goes for a second green jacket this weekend at The Masters, he spoke with us about hitting the long ball, putting the game in perspective, and, of course, how often he takes the General Lee jumping over canyons.
Bubba Watson: What I started doing was bringing my personality to the golf course. I have fun off the course, so why would you change that? Why would you try to be somebody you’re not? For me it’s about my caddy and me loosening up and having fun and just enjoying a sport. I remember that I get to play a sport for a living. How could you not enjoy that? I guess my caddy might not enjoy that because he’s got my bag. [Laughs] But for me it’s about having a passion to compete. I’m human. There are days when I get mad at myself for certain shots, but 95 percent of the time I’m having a blast.
Watson: Well, if you’re not going to play good, you have to look good. When you bring the Oakley brand to the picture you see the brand is fun. They’re in all kinds of sports. They bring creativity, excitement, innovation, and a fun loving nature to all sports, and they’re getting more involved with golf. The materials they use are innovative. The pants are the best in the world. They’re basically surfing board shorts, but they let the material go and be pants. When you bring that quality to the golf course lightweight on a hot day, but enough to keep you warm on a cool day the materials are making everything much more comfortable when it comes to swinging. And I swing it violently, so it makes it a little easier. When you’re comfortable, it’s going to lead to better play.
MH: As a guy who regularly bombs your tee shots, do you have any advice for the average duffer?
Watson: I picked up a trainer and nutritionist. He’s a good friend of mine named Andrew Fischer who goes everywhere I go. He’s trying to get me to eat a lot better, but I haven’t really found that full concept yet. About 5 years ago I gave up soda, and I used to eat a piece of chocolate cake every night at a restaurant. It would be cheeseburgers and French fries with every meal. So for me it was about calming that down and changing my diet slowly. I started eating salads for the first time. I do a Superfoods smoothie in the morning. I use protein powder, coconut water, then Superfoods powder. All greens, so I have that every morning and only drink water and cranberry juice throughout the day. Then we try to exercise 6 days a week. We have one off day to travel, and it’s 45 60 minutes a day for exercise. We’re focusing on being healthy for the long haul. Not only for golf, but for my overall health.
Watson: I got it home a few weeks ago. After The Masters last year I took it to get it worked on. It needed to be street legal, none of the gauges worked, the engine didn’t work well, and it didn’t have seat belts. But I just got it back and now it’s in mint condition. I take it out as a Sunday driver. People want to take pictures with it, sit in it, hear the Dixie horn. My day would be bogged down if I took it out every day. I watched the show as a kid. This is Lee 1, the one that went over the jump. It’s basically a kid’s toy in adult form. And since I have it back, I want to take it out to shows and let everybody enjoy it.