An intriguing theory about the run of southpaws winning at Augusta National (6 of the last 12 winners play lefthanded) was floated by Arron Oberholser with full support from Paul McGinley, working this week on Golf Channel's Golf Central coverage. While others have suggested the talk-to-a-fade-can't-talk-to-a-draw theory, McGinley takes it a step beyond.
Brian Keogh at the Irish Golf Desk reports the on-air conversation between McGinley and Oberholser over Rory McIlroy's chances and the likelihood a lefty will steal his thunder.
"In 2003 the ProV1x came out - the three-piece hard ball.
"My theory is that right handers have a harder time drawing the ball because when you draw the ball as a right hander around Augusta on certain shots — 13, where you really have to draw it hard comes to mind — the ball wants to dive out of the air. There is not enough spin on a draw to be able to hold your line and keep it in the air.
"Now with a fade, naturally the ball spins more and a lefty, especially a big hitting lefty like Bubba (Watson) he can spin that ball a lot more. The ball stays in the air and the ball curves a lot more easily for him. And you can control a fade a lot more than you can control a draw, especially with this new golf ball and the new technology over the last 12 years."
No Pro V's for you guys!