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Phil’s Secret Weapon: The “Phrankenwood”



Here is the photo of the “secret club” Phil Mickelson said was being built especially for Augusta National this week, the “X Hot Phrankenwood.”

xhot phrankenwood

The Phrankenwood appears to be an even larger version of Callaway’s X Hot Pro 3Deep, probably with even less loft to make the driver/fairway wood longer than the 3Deep but still more workable than a standard driver.

Notice the slots cut in the rear of the sole, which we’re assuming makes the club usable off the short grass.

The club has no loft stampings, but has been spotted on the USGA’s List of Conforming Drivers this morning.

This story will be updated with more information as it becomes available. 

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  1. George Cap

    Jun 2, 2013 at 7:59 pm

    Where can I purchase a Callaway X Hot Prankenwood 8.5 degree 3 wood?

    • Brouster

      Oct 21, 2014 at 12:21 am

      How can I purchase phrankenwood driver

  2. Steve

    Apr 10, 2013 at 2:03 am

    I guess he’s not going to use that black-painted TM RBZ 3-wood that he snuck into his sack a few months ago!

  3. Leif

    Apr 9, 2013 at 11:19 pm

    He is still using the Razr Fit Xtreme driver too! This is his “3w”

  4. David

    Apr 9, 2013 at 6:44 pm

    When Phil won a few years back with the two drivers I stopped questioning his decisions.

  5. lance

    Apr 9, 2013 at 6:11 pm

    You never know what phil the thrill will have in the bag! !

    Im thinking phil will cary this new stick along with the razr fit extreme!
    Phrankenwood for a draw, and the fit extreme for his cut shots!

  6. Jeffrey

    Apr 9, 2013 at 5:51 pm

    I was wondering if anyone knows if Phil’s club is a new creation or an 8.5 loft version of the new xhot 3deep being released April 19th. I heard that the 3 deep was a tour release to the public like the utility x prototypes.

  7. Don

    Apr 9, 2013 at 4:35 pm

    I WANT ONE!!!! Put me on the list callaway.

  8. Jeffrey

    Apr 9, 2013 at 3:23 pm

    The loft is 8.5 degrees with a 45 inch driver shaft.

  9. Brad

    Apr 9, 2013 at 3:03 pm

    This club’s specifications are probably close to Cobra’s “Long Tom” 2 Wood (45 inches and 12.5 degrees with the head being quite a bit larger than a fairway wood but smaller than a driver). The 2 wood is as old and good a concept as one can get with golf equipment.

  10. Randall

    Apr 9, 2013 at 2:43 pm

    I think he’s bored of golf. Has to do these things to give a reason to go play when you know you are aging, already extremely wealthy, and love your home life (ehh Tiger). It’s just a hobby for him now

  11. Clay

    Apr 9, 2013 at 1:00 pm

    The club is misspelled, you have to take the “h” out. It should be named “Prankenwood”.

  12. JEFF

    Apr 9, 2013 at 12:31 pm


  13. gery katona

    Apr 9, 2013 at 11:59 am

    I’m always a bit surprised when guys experiment and put new stuff into play just before a major, especially something as critical as a driver. When the pressure is on, the last thing you need to be concerned with is doubt in your equipment. I realize Phil is trying to optimize his bag for the situation and I guess some guys can get away with it while others keep the stuff they are comfortable with.

  14. Edmond Brooks IV

    Apr 9, 2013 at 11:53 am

    Phil the thrill he just makes the Masters for me I love Tiger but Phil is always my favorite all around true Professional. Phil and Phrankenwood you just know you’re going to see another Phil shot!

  15. Stephen

    Apr 8, 2013 at 3:25 pm

    I would buy a Phrankenwood if they make a 12 degree LH..Callaway should have a drawing for a Phil Mickelson series Phrankenwood!!

  16. Putty

    Apr 8, 2013 at 1:23 pm

    Rocketbladez, are you not satisfied with your Razr Fit Xtreme?

  17. RocketBladez

    Apr 8, 2013 at 11:37 am

    So what happened to the RAZR Fit Xtreme driver that he was raving about when he won in Phoenix earlier this year? Was that just marketing hype for his sponsor so we would all go out and buy one?

    • Double Mocha Man

      Apr 8, 2013 at 12:08 pm

      And by this Sunday it’ll be time for all of us to go out and buy a Phrankenwood!

  18. Yohanan

    Apr 8, 2013 at 10:28 am

    It’s alive!

    • andietaylor

      Apr 9, 2013 at 1:20 pm

      Grandstanding Phil…always doing something to make headlines. It’s all about Phil. Loves the controversy…good, or bad. Maybe he can write off the new clubs on his tax return?

    • Todd

      Apr 9, 2013 at 8:41 pm

      What happened to that driver that was such “a dream”? You know, the one he raved about after Phoenix? Phil, if you haven’t figure out how to make a swing yet, no souped-up #2 wood is gonna save you now.

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Miura’s new MC-501 and 601 irons, Tour Series wedges, KM-009 putter (2018 PGA Show Demo Day)



Miura, the company known best for its forged irons, unveiled two new irons at the 2018 PGA Show Demo Day, along with new Tour Series wedges and a KM-009 putter.

MC-501 irons

According to the company, the MC-501 irons — the MC stands for “muscle cavity” — are like a mix between blade irons and cavity backs; they have the look of a blade, but also have wider soles and longer blade lengths for greater forgiveness. Actually, a Miura representative told us the 501 irons, which are forged from 1020 carbon steel, have the longest blade lengths and widest soles of any iron Miura has ever made. We’re told, however, that all of the lofts are in line with other Miura blades, as is the expected launch and spin the irons produce.

The MC-501 irons will launch in North America on February 20, and they will sell for $260 per club head.

See all of our photos from the 2018 PGA Show Demo Day.

IC-601 irons

Miura’s new IC-601 irons (4-PW) — they are the iron-set extensions of Miura’s previous ICL-601 driving irons — have hollow cavities for more ball speed, and they have stainless steel back weights to drive CG rearward and raise MOI. They’re made from 455 carpenter steel and will sell for $280 per head.

Tour Series wedges

The first milled wedges from Miura, called the Tour Series, have progressive center of gravities (higher CG in the higher lofts and lower CG in the lower lofts) throughout the line. They’re forged from 1020 carbon steel, and have C-grinds with soles that are narrow in the lower lofts, and get progressively wider as loft goes up.

The Tour Series wedges are available in 48, 50, 52, 54, 56, 58 and 60-degree options, and will sell for $280 each.

KM-009 putter

Lastly, Miura unveiled a new KM-009 putter that, according to Miura, has an enhanced milling process, upgraded graphics, and a lengthened hosel for a bit more face-balance than previous KM putters. A Miura representative estimates the toe hang has gone from 60 degrees down to 45 degrees due to the hosel adjustment.

Available on February 20, the putters will sell for $400 apiece.

See all of our photos from the 2018 PGA Show Demo Day.

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Footjoy’s new Tour-S shoes and socks, ProFLX gloves (2018 PGA Show Demo Day)



FootJoy’s new Tour-S shoes are all about stability, according to FootJoy frontman Chris Garrett. That’s why they have hexagon-shaped pods surrounding the spikes, and the outsoles have been “bumped out.”

Garrett compares the Tour-S shoe design to its XPS-1 shoes from 2011, which were also focused on stability, except there are two main differences: 1) the Tour-S shoes are much lighter, says Garrett, and 2) they have more stability on the outsole, as opposed to the insole, since golfers want stability on the backswing but also want to be able to roll their foot through on the forward swing.

In four colorways, the Tour-S shoes are set to hit retail on February 15 for $249 laced, and $279 with the BOA lace system.

See all of our photos from the 2018 PGA Show Demo Day.

FootJoy’s area on the range at Demo Day was buzzing with golfers getting fit for the company’s new Tour-S golf shoes. And that’s good, because FootJoy frontman Chris Garrett says the most important part of buying a new shoe is the proper fit — he says 70 percent of golfers are wearing the wrong size shoe. So, know your size.

Along with the Tour-S shoes are Tour-S socks — in similar colorways to the shoes — that are specially designed with “roll tabs” to keep the sock from falling down into the shoe. As any golfer knows, there’s nothing worse than when your sock falls down, and your achilles heel is rubbing against the back of your shoe all round. The socks are available for $12 suggested retail.

Also, FootJoy unveiled a new ProFLX glove with TactionLT leather for grip, MicroVent FiberSof for breathability and flexibility, and a ComforTab Velcro Closure system for more comfort around the wrist. The gloves will sell for $21 suggested retail.

See all of our photos from the 2018 PGA Show Demo Day.

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Jamie Sadlowski discusses his new Cleveland driver, WITB (2018 PGA Show Demo Day)



Jamie Sadlowski, newly signed with Cleveland-Srixon, was on the range at Demo Day showcasing his refined golf swing that’s now made for professional golf, rather than the distance-first swing of his long-drive days.

We had the pleasure of spending some time with Jamie as he took us through his bag from top-to-bottom. He also spoke about his new swing changes, and he described what’s different about Tour life versus the long drive tour.

See all of our photos from the 2018 PGA Show Demo Day.

Cleveland Launcher HB (10.5 degrees, turned to 7.25 degrees)

Jamie says: “We’ll start with the driver, the Cleveland Launcher HB driver, with 7.25 degrees of loft. It’s the standard head, everything you can buy off the shelf. Everything’s bent a little open, just to take loft off. Obviously being a high-speed player with a high launch driver, I’ve taken launch down. With the Nunchuk shaft, 45 inches, I believe the swing weight’s D5 on this. Just very stable, not much curvature, kills a lot of spin. I’ve been in that shaft for 5 or 6 years now, and haven’t been able to get away from it, just for me it loads real good. Can’t get out of it, cannot get out of it.”

Srixon Z-U65 and Z-965 irons

Jamie says: “Then I work into the UT, it’s actually a 16-degree, so 18 turned down to 16 degrees. I believe finished its 40.5 inches with the 105X prototype tipped 2 inches. Pretty stout. That’s kinda like my acting 3 wood.

Then from there I go into a 3-iron UT 20-degrees, X7 shaft. Standard loft. 1 degree flat. Swing weights on all my irons are D3 I believe, maybe D4. Then I play 4 iron thru wedge in the 965s. Again, all X700’s. 46-degree pitching wedge.”

Cleveland RTX-3 wedges

Jamie says: “Then from there I go into a 53-degree RTX-3 gap wedge, pretty standard grind, 10 degrees of bounce. Then we roll into the 56 degree, again RTX-3, 8 degrees of bounce, pretty standard stuff. All three of these wedges here are X100s, then the 60-degree I have them kinda put a C-grind on it, just because it makes them a little more versatile. I don’t carry anything higher than a 60-degree just because… I honestly don’t need it. With that grind I can kinda of turn it into whatever I want. All the stuff is obviously heavy, I believe the wedges go from D6 to D7 in the lob wedge.”

Why so much lead tape?

Jamie says: “The reason being I play a big grip, plus-4 midsize, so we lose a lot of swing points there. Obviously the irons don’t look as pretty as they should with all the lead tape, but that’s just what it takes to get ’em to proper swing weight.”

The Flatstick

Jamie says: “This is a Cameron Tour (prototype) Newport. Looks good.”

Toning down the swing speed

Jamie says: “I mean I’m not swinging 150 mph, I’m still swinging 135 mph, but to me that feels slow. So it’s controlled. There’s times when I need to hit a big shot, whether it’s need to make birdie on the last hole to make the cut, win the tournament, whatever you need. I know I have the power if I need it. There’s always an advantage to hitting it far when you’re hitting a pitching wedges versus guys hitting 6 irons. So I’m not looking to take away distance, but I’ve obviously refined it to where I can hit controlled shots with good ball flight and good spin numbers.”

Srixon Z-Star XV golf ball

Jamie says: “The XV golf ball has been a huge change for me. The ball combination with all the clubs, but especially with the driver is exceptional. I’ve always been a high-spin player and (the golf ball has) taken my ball flight down, even flighting wedges. I’m able to get to back pins now. The wind doesn’t affect the ball.”

Do you intimidate fellow Tour pros with your distance?

Jamie says: “I guess it depends. I just go there and play my game. If you’re playing on tour you’re going to go out there and play your own game. If I’m paired with an amateur who’s a 10-handicap, I’d say yea thats probably pretty intimidating when they’re hitting 3 woods to my 6 iron. But when I play tour events, I don’t think it affects anyone that much. If I’m hitting 5 iron in and they’re hitting 3 woods… there’s different ways to skin a cat. I just happen to hit it really far.”

Are you getting more comfortable out on Tour?

Jamie says: “After a full year of playing Mackenzie this year. I’ve gained a lot of confidence playing a full year and signing my name to a scorecard for once. Hopefully this year will be a big year with the swing changes I’ve made, I’m feeling more comfortable with them.”

Swing changes

Jamie says: “(I’m getting) the backswing a little more on plane. I’ve always been a little up and rolled to the inside and across the line and I’ve really fixed that. Got it more on plane going back, more on plane coming down. It ables me to hit more shots, versus that loopy little draw. So I’m able to cut it now, hit some hold shots into right, left winds, where I didn’t really have that shot. Flighting wedges, anything inside 150 yards is kinda where I spend most of my time now.”

See all of our photos from the 2018 PGA Show Demo Day.

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