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Phil Mickelson at The Open: No driver, driving iron, new putter?

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“My math is different from anyone else,” Phil Mickelson told reporters ahead of the British Open at Royal Birkdale.

It seems, much like his math was different in 2013 when he unleashed the Phrankenwood, Mickelson’s Open calculations have again returned a different result.

Lefty looks to be scrapping the driver in favor of a Callaway Epic 3-iron bent to 16 degrees, per a Golf Channel report. He will also carry a 3-wood this week; it’s a 13.5-degree Callaway GBB Epic Sub Zero with a Mitsubishi Fubuki K 70X shaft.

Mickelson has carried an Apex UT 3-iron this year, which he’ll reportedly keep in the bag in addition to the driving iron.

Interestingly, we also spotted Mickelson testing an insert-less putter, deviating from his Odyssey Versa #9 White with a Microhinge Insert.

phil-mickelson-new-putterWhile he looked to be going back and forth between the milled-faced putter on the putting green, it looks like he continued testing the non-insert putter during his practice round, judging from on-course images like the featured image on the story.

Stories of Mickelson’s equipment tinkering are legendary on the PGA Tour. But if this switch up works the same way as his last major pre-Open shakeup, he’ll be holding the Claret Jug.

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  1. Nigel Kent

    Jul 24, 2017 at 2:28 am

    Now we know he missed the cut without a driver, maybe it’s time he admitted he needs lessons . Can’t keep it on the fairway with any driver Callaway can make him ‘ must be the club, right ?

  2. Mike Hunt

    Jul 20, 2017 at 10:29 am

    Let’s tell the real story- Phil had to pawn his driver so he could front the millions he has bet on him self, so when he wins the Open he can swim in money.

  3. Matt

    Jul 20, 2017 at 4:12 am

    Go lefty. Easy to drive it OB judging by the wet windy first round so far. Won’t be surprised if a lot of drivers are banished this week and everyone is at the practice tee perfecting worm burners.

  4. Dave

    Jul 19, 2017 at 9:08 pm

    Wonder what it is about having a keyboard in front of them that makes some guys feel the need to try to act like a tough guy when in reality they probably live in their parents basement and still get tucked in by their mommies.

  5. Lloyd

    Jul 19, 2017 at 6:23 pm

    I feel your pain. Ignorance hurts.

  6. Dave R

    Jul 19, 2017 at 3:54 pm

    More of the same old same old re Phil. leave his family out of this please. It’s his decision to do what he feels is right. And when it comes to his family that’s his business .

  7. Roger in NZ

    Jul 19, 2017 at 2:29 pm

    Go Phil !! Wish you the Best in a Winning Result.

  8. Jack

    Jul 19, 2017 at 1:01 pm

    Please don’t post anymore.

  9. Dave

    Jul 19, 2017 at 11:55 am

    Maybe that is why he still has a family!!

  10. Ryan

    Jul 19, 2017 at 11:14 am

    He has used that putter on and off since 2011. It’s an odyssey 9 black series with a different face mill than retail. For some reason, come July he tends to test that putter at the Scottish and The Open. Nearly won in 2011 using it at St George’s.

  11. ND Hickman

    Jul 19, 2017 at 10:20 am

    Maybe he’s putting the XHot 3Deep back in his bag.

  12. Gordy

    Jul 19, 2017 at 9:58 am

    After reading every comment, you guys are awfully cynical towards this article. You do realize that this is a golf website and in reality nothing it reports is very important and this is what this site reports correct?? The driving iron is way overrated but I will tell you I own a Callaway XHOT Deep 13.5 and it does keep the ball lower with less spin which makes it run out. With roll, I hit is as far as my driver. However, it is a draw bias an has a mean hook when it is swung improperly.

  13. Teaj

    Jul 19, 2017 at 9:56 am

    I am just throwing it out there but could he be trying a milled face putter due to the speed of the greens being slower?

  14. JOEL GOODMAN

    Jul 19, 2017 at 9:24 am

    IT AINT THE ARROW -IT’S THE INDIAN…SOMEBODY TELL PHIL………………………..

  15. Aaron

    Jul 19, 2017 at 9:02 am

    Phil said he has the same phrankenwood in the bag this week as he had in 2013, not the Epic Sub zero

  16. I bogey alot

    Jul 19, 2017 at 8:18 am

    ya darn his family right? The people that mean more to him and love him no matter what , he should just part ways with them like he did bones huh!

  17. John Grossi

    Jul 19, 2017 at 7:57 am

    Who’s his caddie?

  18. Jacked_Loft

    Jul 19, 2017 at 7:51 am

    As he’s been missing so many fairways recently with the driver, this may work out good for him.

  19. chris

    Jul 19, 2017 at 6:01 am

    Don’t think this is his first rodeo, pretty sure he knows (Cog)

  20. SLDR stinger

    Jul 19, 2017 at 1:55 am

    I mash it real good with the lowest spinning driver set up

  21. BJB

    Jul 18, 2017 at 10:31 pm

    what arthritis meds and statins is he bringing with him?

  22. 3 metal stinger

    Jul 18, 2017 at 6:39 pm

    I am now dumber after reading this

    • John Krug

      Jul 19, 2017 at 8:01 am

      Most?

    • Matt

      Jul 20, 2017 at 4:24 am

      Good thinking. Might have to bag the old Hogan 1i and persimmon for a practice alongside the Epic and see if it helps my crap swing.

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