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WRX Spotted: Phil Mickelson testing prototype Aldila Rogue Black shaft

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We spotted Phil Mickelson deviating from his traditional Project X HZRDUS T1100 on the range ahead of the Wells Fargo Championship. In its place, Lefty was testing a prototype Aldila Rogue Black 130 M.S.I. 60-TX shaft in his Callaway Epic Flash Sub Zero (3 diamond head, 10 degrees, set at neutral). The shaft is 45 inches and tipped one inch.

Rather than speculate as to why the left-hander is testing other shaft waters, we have word straight from Callaway’s tour truck.

Reportedly, Mickelson tested the shaft at the Ely Callaway Performance Center and liked it, according to Callaway. The main reason for this? He’s able to square the face easier.

Word from the truck is the shaft cuts down on Mickelson’s traditional miss, “a hanging ball to the left.” Beyond that, launch, spin, and ball speed are all similar to what he was seeing in the T1100, thus it only makes sense for him to give it a go.

Mickelson has bounced back and forth between driver heads this year (Rogue Sub Zero, Epic Sub Zero), but this is the first shaft change we’ve seen from him this season.

Certainly, the pursuit of accuracy makes sense for Mickelson, who currently sits at 208th in driving accuracy, hitting just 51.07 percent of fairways. He’s presently 68th in strokes gained: off-the-tee, however, the function of his impressive distance this season (304 yards on average, 27th on tour). If he’s able to find a few more fairways, the big stick should be a big weapon for the Phil Kwon Do calf-training master.

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  1. Dan Woden

    May 1, 2019 at 5:13 pm

    I thought his ‘traditional’ shaft is the Fubuki J….(?)

  2. Caroline

    May 1, 2019 at 10:48 am

    Funny how many instructors tell us to shorten the driver shaft for accuracy yet Phil is still at 45 inches?

    • dat

      May 1, 2019 at 11:57 am

      That is shorter than most retail drivers at 45.5″ or 46″.

  3. BJ

    May 1, 2019 at 7:26 am

    I have the Blue in my driver and the black in my 410 hybrid…..They are great!

  4. Adonis

    May 1, 2019 at 1:59 am

    Is it as strong as his calves

  5. R

    Apr 30, 2019 at 8:41 pm

    It feels and plays anything like the RIP Alpha, I’m in.

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Interesting photos from the Safeway Open

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GolfWRX was scouring the range and practice greens at the Safeway Open earlier this week, and we have a ton of photos from Napa for your viewing pleasure.

In addition to five general galleries of photos, we got WITB looks at Hideki Matsuyama, Morgan Hoffmann, Jhonny Vegas, among others. We also took a peek at Bryson DeChambeau’s prototype LA Golf Shafts “Rebar” wedge shaft, the new Scotty Cameron Tour Rat putter cover, some Nippon prototype and KBS graphite driver shafts, and new Ping PLD putters.

So, yeah, it was a pretty good week if you’re a gear junkie in need of your tour equipment photo fix.

A few of the most interesting shots, below.

*Featured image: Kevin Stadler’s Callaway Steelhead III 4+ wood

When at the Safeway Open…

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Bryson DeChambeau’s new “Rebar” wedge shaft (details here)

Hideki Matsuyama with a leaden offering to the golf gods

Jhonny Vegas may be the last Nike Vapor wood holdout on tour

SuperStroke with a geographically appropriate limited-edition grip offering

Prototype Nippon N.S. Pro iron shafts

New Scotty Cameron Tour Rat putter covers spotted

KBS graphite shafts spotted

Callaway’s tour only 60T Jaws MD5 wedge

Ping PLD goodness

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Interesting photos from the 2019 Sanderson Farms Championship

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GolfWRX was on site at the 2019 Sanderson Farms Championship at the Country Club of Jackson in Jackson, Mississippi.

In addition to the usual spread of range photos from Monday and Tuesday, we also got a look at a new flatstick from Bettinardi, a few of Matt Jones’ Scotty Cameron putters, new wands from PXG, and some new shafts from Mitsubishi.

Check out a few highlights below and find the links to all our galleries after that.

2018 Scotty Cameron Hula Girl cover sighting!

A look at the unique tee markers

New Callaway staffer Akshay Bhatia’s awesome Callaway Apex MB irons

“Furby Boy” Joaquin Niemann’s 56-degree wedge

New Mitsubishi Tensei AV shafts spotted

One of the several new PXG Gen2 putters we got an in-hand look at

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One of Matt Jones’ prototype Scotty Cameron putters

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All our photos from the Sanderson Farms Championship

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Interesting photos from A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier

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GolfWRX was watching the range, circling the putting green, and generally keeping an eye on the notable equipment on display for the first PGA Tour event of the 2019-2020 season, A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier.

While we encourage you to check out all of our photos from White Sulphur Springs, here are a few hand-picked shots to whet your appetite.

New Mitsubishi MMT 125-gram iron shaft

Kevin Chappell with a Golf Pride SNSR putter grip..on his driver?

Maverick McNealy’s Top Gun-inspired putter cover

Face on shot of one of the many new SeeMore putter models spotted at The Greenbrier

Odyssey’s New Stroke Lab Ten putters

Face-on look at Cam Smith’s Scotty Cameron Teryllium TFB 1.5

Jason Dufner’s prototype LA Golf Shafts iron shaft (more info)

TaylorMade Original One Mini Driver spotted on Tour! (in Grayson Murray’s bag)

2019 BV Proto wedge belonging to Rafa Campos

…and another Vokey, this time it’s Kris Ventura’s 60-degree SM7

Check out all our photos from The Greenbrier below!

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