Have you ever hit so many shots on a hole you didn’t know what to do with yourself? I know I have, and it’s beyond frustrating. It’s fair to say that Sergio Garcia did not have a good day at The Masters.

I’ve got my theory on what happened.

Let’s look at how it played out.

In case you missed it

In spectacular fashion, from an already dropped shot, Sergio knocks four balls into the water and racks up a 13 - the highest score recorded on that hole in Masters history. It reminded me of the final scene in the iconic golf movie Tin Cup (youngsters, you should check it out).

That Friday morning, two things happened:

  1. My Ladies class high five'd me and revelled in the fact that Garcia had posted a score higher than what they normally record.
  2. The defending champion shot an 81 and eventually missed the cut.
I don’t know what to tell you. It’s one of those things. It’s the first time in my career where I make a 13 without missing a shot. Simple as that. I felt like I hit a lot of good shots and unfortunately the ball just didn’t stop. It’s just unfortunate, but that’s what it is.
— Sergio Garcia

Theory #1: Sergio had a brain-snap

It is very easy for us on the other side of the TV to tell Garcia what he should do. It is just as difficult to know what was going through his head! As he mentioned in his interview, he felt he made a 13 without missing a shot! And if you watch the video he is not unhappy with any of his golf shots.

He is a trained professional and knows the course like the back of his hand. Still it’s good to know he is human and can rack up large scores just like the rest of us!

So no brain-snap then.

Theory #2: Sergio received bad advice

What I am often told about Augusta is how undulating the course is. Professionals will always drop the ball where they feel they will have the best opportunity to get up and down from. Players always consult with their caddies and get their distances.

I don't think the caddie's advice was the issue here.

Theory #3: Equipment fail

If you watch each of Sergio’s shots you’ll see they all pitch in pretty much the same place but have a major excess of spin.

Taylormade vs Callaway

It is no secret that earlier this year Sergio Garcia made an equipment switch from TaylorMade to Callaway. He also changed to the Callaway Chrome Soft X golf ball.

I’ve read a number of reviews and spoken to a few colleagues and students. The initial reports are that the Callaway Chrome Soft X spins like crazy!

My theory is that the golf ball in Sergio Garcia's meltdown could well have been the issue.

Equipment checkup

It is so important to play with equipment that is right for you, whether you're playing at Augusta or on your local course.

If you’d like for me to perform a health check on your clubs and ball selection, book in for a lesson today. Just let the Pro Shop know you’d like an equipment checkup and I’ll take a look.


What do you think?

I'd love to know what you think happened to Sergio Garcia. Was it just a bad day, or can he blame the ball? Let me know in the comments below.

Happy Golfing!


Bobby Walia
PGA Professional
TPI Certified


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