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Saturday
Mar152014

Video: Tom Watson's One-Handed Backwards Chip

I smell an upcoming Golf Digest tip from the 2014 Ryder Cup Captain!

Thanks to Shane Bacon for his devotion in watching the Toshiba Classic and alerting me to the tournament-posted video (not the PGA Tour?) of a truly epic shot. Not only does Tom Watson hit a one-hander backwards in competition, the 8th hole shot apparently hits the flagstick or lips out (our view is blocked by a caddie).

The video:

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Reader Comments (8)

Another example of a caddy clueless of whose view he is blocking.
03.15.2014 | Unregistered CommenterJock
One more turn for the master . . .
03.16.2014 | Unregistered CommenterSmitty
I saw Lee Trevino do this years ago at the Texas Open when hitting from a "normal" stance would have put his feel four feet below the ball in a bunker.
03.16.2014 | Unregistered CommenterBenSeattle
And as for this: << Another example of a caddy clueless of whose view he is blocking. >>

Seriouslly? A caddy who is WORKING, by the way, is now supposed to start looking out for every camera whose view he might obscure? Does this include not only cameras from the network broadcast but local news crews and still photographers as well?

Curious: why doesn't the guy operating the CAMERA move two feet to his right?
03.16.2014 | Unregistered CommenterBenSeattle
Ben,
The video has been removed so I can't comment on this one, but the cameras are usually mounted so they can't move. Plus they move and then the blocker moves as well.

I agree that a simple look around to where the cameras are should not be too much to ask, both of caddies and players. If a player blocks his/her own shot that's fine, but why it it too much to ask for the viewers to be able to see the result?
03.16.2014 | Unregistered CommenterMattS
I tried this once in an amateur tournament back when I first began to play - all I remember from that day is "saving" a double-bogey from an impossible lie, and that it was at Weston GC (where Arnie won his first tourney, the '55 Canadian Open). Looks like ol' Tom had a little better result, though!
03.16.2014 | Unregistered CommenterDJ Watts
BFD
03.16.2014 | Unregistered Commenterstymie
Our pro learned me this shot about 30 years ago. Looks more difficult than it actually is.Still use it from time to time.
03.17.2014 | Unregistered CommenterMartin

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