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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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Keegan Bradley Puts Srixon Z-Forged Blades in the bag

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This week at the BMW Championship, Srixon staff member Keegan Bradley switched irons from the cult classic Z745 to the company’s current Z-Forged blade irons.

For most players, an iron change is not something you would do during the playoffs, but when talking to the team at Srixon, Keegan had been trying to replace his set for a little while. The Z745s were getting on in years and with recent swing changes, he was also looking for more consistent numbers and distance control. That’s an impressive request from one of the top-50 ballstrikers on tour

Let’s take a quick look at his stats

  • 12th in Proximity to Hole with an average distance of 34.2″
  • 16th in Strokes Gained Approach with .642
  • 38th in Greens in Regulation at 68.45%

His new Z-Forged Iron setup is 4-PW with Nippon Tour 120 X shafts.

Although Keegan started the BMW Championship in 66th place in the FedEx Cup Playoffs, he still has a chance of making it to the Tour Championship with a solid weekend in Chicago.

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10 interesting photos from the 2019 BMW Championship

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GolfWRX has an assortment of photos from the 2019 BMW Championship at Medinah Country Club in Medinah, Illinois, including in-hand photos of equipment, shots from the range, and WITB looks at the likes of Rickie Fowler, Phil Mickelson, Rory McIlroy, Jason Day, and more.

Here are a few of the most interesting shots from Medinah.

Not familiar with “The Johnny Appleseed of American Golf?” Acquaint yourself!

On the first tee at the BMW Championship…a BMW

The Phil Mickelson calf game is strong, per usual

An in-hand look at the new Scotty Cameron Teryllium TNP 2 (more here)

A Bettinardi tour putter cover

It takes a village…

The flatstick that rolled in the winning put at the first FEC playoff event…

Fairway Jesus with the Nike high socks and Roshe combo 

Rory McIlroy’s TaylorMade Spider putter cover feature a spider holding a championship belt, of course…

Phil Mickelson’s 64-degree PM Grind 2.0 wedge 

All our photos from the 2019 BMW Championship

General galleries 

WITBs

 

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Tiger Woods opts for lead tape on his Newport 2 rather than a heavier putter: Here’s why it makes sense

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After days of speculation about which putter Tiger Woods might end up with an attempt to tame the greens at Royal Portrush, we now officially know he settled on his old faithful GSS Scotty Cameron but with a twist—some added lead tape.

The whole reason the speculation was in high gear early in the week was because of Tiger was spotted with a new custom Scotty that had the Studio Select weights in the sole to increase head weight to help with slow greens, something Tiger has talked about in the past—especially when it comes to the greens at The Open Championship.

We can even look back a few years ago when Tiger finally put a Nike putter in play, the original Method (those were nice putters) and talked about both the increased head weight and the grooves on the face to help get the ball rolling on slower greens.

The decision to stick with the old faithful with added lead tape goes beyond just a comfort level, even if the two putters look the same at address, it’s about feel and MOI around the axis.

Let me explain. Sure the putter heads weight the same, but depending on where the mass is located it will change the MOI. The putter with the Select weights vs. lead tape in the middle will have a higher MOI because there is more weight on the perimeter of the head—it’s like a blade vs. cavity back iron. Sure, two 7-irons can weigh the same but the performance will vary significantly.

For a player with such deft feel like Tiger Woods, any change like that can could cause doubt. Tweaking an already great putting stroke and on the eve of the last major of the year is not really something you want to do, which is why it isn’t surprising he stuck with his legendary Newport 2.

Lead tape in the middle allows Tiger to increase the head weight with very little change to the natural rate of rotation for hit putter and hopefully manage the slower Portrush greens better.

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