Harbaugh using lessons from Bubba in NFL


Not many people can pull off the shot executed by Bubba Watson on the second hole of the sudden-death playoff at the Masters. A 40-yard hook shot, up and around trees, is a near impossible task for most hackers.

A 40-yard hook route, however, is something a wide receiver in the NFL can do. Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh tried to translate Watson's feat from the pine straw to the upcoming season for the AFC North powerhouse.

“Can anybody here make that shot?” Harbaugh asked his team, according to a blog by Ravens vice president Kevin Byrne. “Probably not. That’s what the best in the world do.' 

As the team was preparing to begin organized training activities, Harbaugh reminded his team they make those kinds of mesmerizing plays on the gridiron.

'Let’s not forget that you’re the best of the best in football,' he said. 'That shot Bubba made, you make all the time in this game.”

After winning the playoff over Louis Oosthuizen, Watson explained how the confidence in his big hook helped him to a green jacket.

'That's my go-to shot. Everybody knows I know how to hook it, so I'm more comfortable in that,' he said. 'Obviously at that time, I would rather have the middle of the fairway, I would rather take that challenge than what I had, but I'm used to missing fairways.'