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Phil Mickelson to use ‘enhanced 3-wood’ for first time at the Masters

We mentioned previously on our Twitter account that Phil Mickelson would be using a new club this week but Callaway had done a pretty good job of keeping the exact details away from public ears, until now. All has been revealed and ‘Lefty’ will be putting the Callaway X Hot Phrankenwood into play this week at Augusta.

It is a prototype club that is the Mickelson’s brainchild after he went to Callaway’s R&D department with the idea for a modern 2-wood. The product has been brought to life just in time for the first major of the year at Augusta National and the world will be watching to see how it performs.

Having experienced significant gains in distance using Callaway’s new X Hot fairway wood technology, Mickelson began to look for a fairway wood he could hit off the tee as far as a driver, but with a flatter ball flight and with greater control of the left-to-right shot shape.

“You heard me say it’s my driver, right? I mean, I don’t know if I’m getting this clear. It’s a driver, but it just looks like a 3-wood, because our drivers are so big now. But this one is smaller, because it’s an enhanced 3-wood,” Mickelson said to a clearly befuddled audience at his media conference.

“If you watch, you’ll see a lot of shots off the tee that I hit have a lot more scoot on them. Tee shots on (No. 9) are getting down to the bottom of the hill and I haven’t been able to do that in years,” he continued. “Tee shot on (No. 10) is getting another 15-to-20 yards, giving me a club or two less than I’ve had in years. The tee shot on (No. 15) is getting down to where I’m getting one or two clubs less in because it comes off fast, as well as low spin.”


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Bryce Ritchie is the Editor of bunkered and, in addition to leading on content and strategy, oversees all aspects of the brand. The first full-time journalist employed by bunkered, he joined the company in 2001 and has been editor since 2009. A member of Balfron Golfing Society, he currently plays off nine and once got a lesson from Justin Thomas’ dad.

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