Phil Mickelson Decides to Leave Driver Out of the Bag Again This Week at the PGA Championship #IfItAintBrokeDontFixIt

Phil Mickelson’s Achilles heel has always been accuracy off the tee.  It’s what makes the “What Will Phil Do Next?” saying so appropriate.  So, Phil announced today that he again will go without a driver in the bag this week for the PGA Championship.  

Following yet another close call at he U.S. Open (a tournament I predicted that Phil would not ever win even after he was leading on Thursday), Phil did second guess himself saying that there were a couple of times where a driver would’ve certainly helped him leave a shorter second shot into the green.

In the very next major, Phil’s driver-less decision obviously helped him as he boat-raced the rest of the field right off of that big yellow leaderboard on the way to winning his first Claret Jug.  Most notably on the 17th hole on Sunday, Phil hit 3-wood, 3-wood onto the par 5 in two and two-putted for birdie, all but clinching the title.

In defending the decision, Phil was quoted as saying, “I may sacrifice 20 yards off the tee, but I want to get the ball in the fairway, make sure my misses are minimized and keep it more in play.  I may have an extra club or two into the greens, but that’s OK. First and most important is getting the ball in play off the tee. Second, is keeping it under the hole.”

Phil loves his Callaway 3-deep (nice of them to nearly steal my site’s name) X Hot 3-wood.  He also went on to say, “So off the tee, it’s totally different, and the reason is because of the spin rate. The spin rate has dropped down and it allows me to make my normal swing at the irons and hit the right flight, the optimum flight off the tee without having to make an adjustment. That’s been monumental for me.”

Considering Phil’s success with the move thus far, and the fact that he can still hit his 3-wood 280+, I definitely believe that Phil’s chances improve this week with the decision.


Joel Harrington

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