Callaway’s new line of X Hot fairway woods have been on Tour for almost a month, so it comes as a shock to see that lead Callaway man Phil Mickelson is still using a heavily doctored version of a TaylorMade RBZ fairway wood that he debuted last fall.
It gets even stranger when you consider this — new Callaway signing Gary Woodland switched to a 17-degree version of the company’s X Hot Pro fairway wood and decided to have a steel shaft installed in it because he was hitting the club too far.
Mickelson went the total opposite route with his TaylorMade fairway wood. He lowered the loft of the 14.5-degree head to 11.5 degrees and had a lighter-than-normal graphite shaft installed. He then added a substantial amount of lead tape on its sole to help him hit the club higher.
It seems that there’s something Mickelson likes about the TaylorMade fairway wood that’s keeping it in the bag. Another possibility, which is supported by Butch Harmon’s presence around Lefty during Wednesday’s practice round, is that Mickelson needs a driver alternative to keep his tee shots out of the desert this week at TPC Scottsdale. Mickelson drove the ball long and straight with the club at the HSBC Champions at Mission Hills in Shenzhen, China, in early November, so you can’t blame him for reverting back to what has worked before.
Check out the gallery below to see pictures of Woodland and Mickelson with their fairway woods.