Bubba Watson’s gear and look at the 2012 U.S. Open

Bubba Watson Ping clubs, apparel, G20 driver and Titleist Pro V1x ball.
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Famously, the national championship is meant to identify the best players, not embarrass them. But how does that apply to a 6' 3" folk hero with floppy hair, a penchant for wearing his emotions on his sleeve (especially after he dries his tears on said portion of his shirt) and a pink driver? The guy is signularly identifiable and particularly immune to embarrassment. See the Golf Boys video or his online come-ons to the Ellen show if you need proof.

On paper, hit ball-bashing, shot-shaping approach has no chance at the Open. Olympic's slopes and angles and the USGA's rough should destroy anyone who tries to outmacho them. If you miss the fairway at the Open, you won't find a fluffy lie in the pinestraw from which to corkscrew a wedge. Still, skeptics used to say that Bubba would never win, period. Too unconventional, too jumpy. But he did. Then they said he'd never win a major. He did that, too. Whatever the challenge, Bubba figures it out. Behold, the survivor.

DRIVER: Ping G20 (7.5°) with a Grafalloy Bi-Matrix shaft
FAIRWAY WOOD: Ping G20 (16.5°) with a Project X 8A1 shaft
IRONS: Ping S59 (3-PW) with True Temper Dynamic Gold shafts
WEDGES: Ping Tour-W (52°, 56°) Ping Tour-S Rustique (64°) with True Temper Dynamic Gold shafts
PUTTER: Ping Redwood Anser
BALL: Titleist Pro V1x

VISOR Ping. With moisture-wicking sweatband nd plenty of elastic to keep the flowing locks in place.

SHIRT Travis Mathew Seaside Polo. Horizontal stripes break up the otherwise understated cool.

BELT Travis Mathew Icon

WATCH Richard Mille RM038. Built specifically for Bubba, it's made of a lightweight alloy with a ceramic coating and weighs less than 25 grams. Only 38 of them were produced, and the watches sold out despite a price tag of $525,000 each.

GRIPS Ping 703 Gold with 10 wraps of tape under the top and 12 wraps on the bottom.

PANTS Travis Mathew Albany. They have a special cellphone pocket in the back and a tag on the inner fly that ways, "Sorry for being awesome."

SHOES Footjoy Icon.

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