Could you play 18 holes
using only this club?
The Merits of the One-Club Round
By Torleif Sorenson on 11/26/13
Fifteen months ago, we pondered which clubs we would choose for use in a three-club tournament. Some courses and clubs even host the occasional one-club event.

But PGA of America teaching professional Tim Mitchell has shared the story of what happened when 2012 Masters champion Bubba Watson and a group of his friends showed up at Mitchell's course (Pelican Hill in Newport Coast, California). Each golfer was armed with just three balls and one club. In Bubba's case, it was a 20° hybrid.

In his article for Golf Digest's GolfWrx sub-site, Mitchell sings the praises of the one-club round and uses Bubba's 81 that day to illustrate the importance of having multiple skill-sets with the same club.

In a lovely little analogy, Mitchell asks this rhetorical question: When you learned how to hold a pen, did you wait until your technique was perfect before you attempted to draw or write?

And, perhaps channeling former NASA engineer Dave Pelz's appreciation of empirical data, Mitchell suggests keeping statistics and grading your performance on executing five different varieties of shots.

Finally, whether or not you like or dislike Bubba and his personality, shooting 81 on a Tom Fazio-designed course armed with just a 20° hybrid is awfully impressive.

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Photograph by Torleif Sorenson

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