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Mickelson has a new putter, grip at Bay Hill

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Phil Mickelson started 2013 with a cut-down SuperStroke 21-inch putter grip on his Odyssey gamer, which better accommodated the “claw” grip he started using in 2012.

A few weeks later, Mickelson ditched it for one of Odyssey’s new Versa putters and went back to his old grip. In true Phil fashion, the new putter only lasted a couple of weeks in the bag before he put a different putter back in the bag, still sans-SuperStroke.

This week at the Arnold Palmer invitation, Phil is back with a Versa putter and a SuperStroke grip, although different versions. Unlike the old SuperStroke grip, which had a 1-inch diameter, Phil’s new SuperStroke “Slim” grip has a diameter of 1.3 inches. It’s also lighter than his previous grip by about 30 grams.

The new Versa putter Phil is gaming has the same “white-black-white” paint scheme, but adds a white sight line in the back flange that is perpendicular to the Versa’s parallel lines and appears to have more offset than any putter we’ve seen Phil use in the past. It also has Odyssey’s slightly firmer “Metal-X” insert, which is anodized to be black instead of its usual silver to keep with the Versa’s black-and-white theme.

That’s not all. Mickelson also added a custom black-colored shaft to the Versa putter, giving it a totally custom look that gear heads will be hard at work trying to replicate in their garages tonight.

Specs: 34 inches, 3.5 degrees of loft and a 75-degree lie angle.

Check out the photos we snapped of Phil with his new putter at Bay Hill below, and Click here to read what members are saying in the forums.

 

Click here to read what members are saying in the forums.

 

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  1. thomas murphy

    Jun 14, 2013 at 8:37 pm

    I am digging this putter. I don’t know if I buy into the white/black/white sandwich really helping with alignment but it looks great especially with that shaft. Amazing to see the fast ramp on SuperStroke even though the effect doesn’t seem to be lasting for Jason Dufner this year.

  2. Blanco

    Mar 23, 2013 at 10:51 pm

    Anyone else think Phillip has too much pride to ditch the heel shafted putters in favor of something that actually works with his stroke?

    I have an idea for you Phil– get a Reuter Bullseye with the notch and throw a round grip on it. Problem solved.

  3. michael

    Mar 22, 2013 at 12:47 pm

    Phil mickelson is one of my favorite golf players; hence I’m a left hand golfer as well but…. as uncle si would say “good NIT!!!!” I mean common..I think is going a little over the top with the putter changing this season, I honestly think now it might be a compulsive disorder,…in the back of my head I see Phil talking to odyssey saying I want this with that ,black shaft,verdical and perpendicular alignment aids,1″ thicker super stoke grip, black shaft to reduce glare…odysseys response , umm ok Phil I guess, boys we got some work to do….what else can you put on a putter?

    Phil is great, I just think he is over analyzing the putter, there all # 9 style putters, just work what you have and work on the stroke, + didn’t see much improvement on his putting yesterday

  4. pooch

    Mar 21, 2013 at 8:45 am

    Phil’s got a Versa putter ,with a Metal X insert, a shaft from the Black ProType line and a Superstroke Grip. As an endorser he has the entire putter line in one putter. I thought maybe he would stay with the putter he won with at WM in AZ. Good Luck Phil. Is he back to a forward press too?

  5. GEORGE STEEN

    Mar 20, 2013 at 6:26 pm

    WHAT A PIECE OF CR@P = WONT BE WINNING ANY MORE MAJORS WITH THIS IN THE BAG

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GolfWRX Spotlight: TaylorMade SIM Max Rescue review

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TaylorMade on the tech features of the TaylorMade SIM Max Rescue

  • V Steel Sole design

    The v-shaped sole allows for clean turf interaction and provides additional versatility when playing from tight or difficult lies

  • Twist Face

    Uses corrective face angles designed to overcome inherent golfer tendencies on mis-hits and to produce straighter shots

  • Thru-Slot Speed Pocket

    Our breakthrough Thru-Slot Speed Pocket technology delivers enhanced sole flexibility to create additional ball speed as well as improved forgiveness on low-face mis-hits

  • C300 Ultra-Strong Steel Face

    High-strength C300 steel allows for a stronger, faster face engineered for explosive speed performance *Only SIM Max Fairway and Rescue

How it looks: TaylorMade SIM Max Rescue

I’ll be honest here: I hate hybrids. They look goofy and I hit em high and left 101 percent of the time. However, every once in a while I’ll find one that I can warm up to. It’s happened twice in the last five years: PXG Gen 2 and SIM Max. I’m not sure what it is exactly, but this hybrid looks like it’s gonna get into the turf and I’m actually gonna hit a good shot. The color scheme is clean and simple. The lines are sleek and not boxy, which is always a bonus. Sometimes hybrids look like a brick on a stick to me. This one does not.

How it feels: TaylorMade SIM Max hybrid

This is where I got really intrigued: the feel. It’s solid. Really solid. Now, I must say that TM didn’t reinvent the wheel with this thing, but the SIM Max is just a simple solid hybrid that is easy to hit and gets through the turf. The V Steel helps that I reckon. It has a nice heavy hit which is good since this is supposed to transition from woods to irons.

Overall: TaylorMade SIM Max Rescue

It’s a winner. Not hybrid of the century or anything, but a club that could stay in the bag for a while and produce solid results. Look, we have 14 slots to play and they all have a job to do. You cannot go wrong by giving this one a slot in the starting lineup!

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What GolfWRXers have spent more money on – Drivers vs Putters

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In our forums, WRXer ‘2down’ has got our members talking about their purchase history and whether drivers or putters have taken more of their money. For ‘2down’ the answer is putters, who has a respectable seven flat-sticks sitting around his home, and our members divulge their history with drivers slightly edging it so far.

  • getitdaily: “Putters, but I change drivers more frequently…how does that make sense? When I change putters I will go through 7-10 of them until I find my bride. Then I stick with my bride for a while. I’ve had 2 brides…an old scotty newport beach studio stainless. Took about 10 putters to find it and then played it for like 12 years. Current bride is a spider tour plumbers neck. It’s been in the bag for 1.5 years now. Took about 8 putters to get to it, including a somewhat long term relationship with a 2ball fang. Since 1996 I think I’ve had 10 drivers total. 4 in the last 4 years.”
  • platgof: “I would say 24 drivers and 12 putters thereabouts. Took a long time to find what I wanted. I am still looking all the time though, it’s a disease, totally incurable. Now it is the wedges, and the SM7’s have my eye for now!”
  • CDLgolf: “Thats a really good question. At the moment I have 4 putters and 2 drivers. Over the last 25 years I’d have to say I’ve bought more drivers.”
  • Ray Jackson: “Definitely drivers as have used the same putter for at least the last 5 years. In that time frame I’ve probably had 4 drivers.”
  • dekez: “Drivers for sure. I go 6 – 7 years before even thinking about a putter switch.”

Entire Thread: “Your history – Drivers vs Putters”

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WITB Time Machine: Phil Mickelson WITB, 2016 Waste Management Phoenix Open

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  • Equipment is accurate as of the Waste Management Phoenix Open (2016).

Driver: Callaway XR 16 Sub Zero (8.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Fubuki J 60 X (tipped 1 inch, 45.5 inches)

3-wood: Callaway X Hot 3 Deep (13 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Fubuki J 70 X (tipped 1.5 inches)

Hybrid: Callaway Apex (18 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana S Hybrid 100 TX

Utility iron: Callaway Apex UT (21 degrees)
Shaft: KBS Tour-V 125

Irons: Callaway Apex Pro ’16 (5-PW)
Shafts: KBS Tour-V 125

Wedges: Callaway Mack Daddy PM Grind Wedge (56-13, 60-10, 64-10)
Shafts: KBS Tour-V 125

Putter: Odyssey “Phil Mickelson” Blade
Grip: Odyssey by SuperStroke JP40

Ball: Callaway Chrome Soft (2016)

Grip: Golf Pride MCC Black/White

WITB Notes: Mickelson uses the rearward weight setting in his XR 16 Sub Zero driver.

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