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Mickelson unveils 2020 Masters strategy: 47.5-inch driver and a ‘higher handicap’ iron set-up



Phil Mickelson joined the Callaway Golf Podcast this week where he dished on his equipment set-up and strategy for next week’s Masters tournament.

There has been plenty of buzz around Bryson DeChambeau potentially introducing his 48-inch driver next week, and Lefty revealed on the show that he will be playing a 47.5-inch driver of his own.

When asked why he had decided to put a 47.5-inch driver in play at the year’s final major, Mickelson revealed that it all came down to distance and broke down why at Augusta carry distance is so critical.

“Well at Augusta, most of the (drives) carry the bunkers, and open up the fairways a little bit. So on number one, to carry the bunker on the right, to carry the bunker on two, to carry the bunker on eight, (and) to get it over the hill on 14 and 17.

You really want to fly the ball 315-320 (yards) minimum and that seems like a lot, and it is a lot. It’s just that if you can fly it (that distance) there you have a chance to take advantage of some of those holes.

For example, number one, if you can carry that bunker it’s a sand wedge in and you’re thinking birdie. If you have to hit a 3-wood off of the tee and go to the side, or if you can’t carry it and you have to play more to the left, it’s a 6- or 7-iron into the green, so you’re thinking par. So there’s – the ability to attack a number of holes if you can fly the ball a little bit farther.”

The 50-year-old also gave listeners an insight into his iron set-up for next week and will be relying heavily on Callaway’s Epic Forged Irons throughout the bag.

Lefty explained that while he always used the Epic Forged mid-irons, next week he’ll also be adding the shorter irons into his bag which he described as a “kind of a higher handicap club” – heaping praise on how fast the ball comes off the face of the irons.

“At Augusta, the grain of the grass is – they started mowing from the green back to the tee. And so you’re always into the grain for your approach shot. And the ball tends to sit down a little bit lower – you’re always catching it like a groove low, and the ball is then launching a little low and it’s spinning a little more. And it’s hard to get the ball up.

So I’m using the Epic Forged Irons that I’ve always had – or I’ve had the 4 and 5 iron in my bag for some time, I’ve used the 6 and 7 irons for some time, but I’m also going to use the short irons, the 8, 9 and wedge. And it’s funny, because it’s kind of a higher handicap club, because the ball takes off the face so fast.

But I have such a high spin rate already that I’m looking to reduce some of that spin. And this gives me a chance to come into the shots, into the greens at Augusta, much higher and softer.

I’m trying to hit every iron shot at Augusta, all the way from 1 through 18, as high and as soft as I can, and eliminate the ball running because the greens are so fast when they’re releasing the ball tends to not stop. Those Epic Forged Irons allow me to hit it full, hit the ball way up in the air, (and) come in a lot softer into those greens.”

Mickelson will be going in search of his fourth green jacket when he tees it up at Augusta National next week.

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  1. jgpl001

    Nov 12, 2020 at 4:20 am

    Phil couldn’t hit an elephants backside with a 45″driver and he is moving to 47.5″….. this will be funny to watch

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  3. Albert A.

    Nov 7, 2020 at 10:20 am

    Checked the scorecard after Day 2. Looks like Phil’s driver worked real well

  4. Darnie

    Nov 5, 2020 at 9:01 am

    Phil’s odds just went from 1000 to 1 to 10,000 to 1.

  5. AC Holmes

    Nov 4, 2020 at 11:21 am

    i love the analyzing and amount of thought that goes into Mickelson’s approach to a course, tee, fairway and green. Would never go into the weeds (no pun intended) like that with golf but it’s fascinating to read and listen to.

  6. William Davis

    Nov 4, 2020 at 11:06 am

    It is getting very silly. Time to ban anything over 45″.Wake up PGA.

    • Drew

      Nov 4, 2020 at 12:07 pm

      100% agreed on this. It is such a simple and reasonable way to limit distance that wouldn’t get much, if any, pushback.

    • Funkaholic

      Nov 4, 2020 at 4:17 pm

      Nonsense, very few people will opt for extra long drivers, the loss in accuracy isn’t worth the few extra yards.

      • Thomas A Zanarini

        Nov 6, 2020 at 9:32 am

        The loss in accuracy is definitely the extra yards gained. Fairways hit is a BS stat for the pros. I think Bryson put that to bed at the US Open.

    • cg

      Nov 4, 2020 at 6:20 pm

      What about that guy who’s 7 foot tall? He may need a 47-48 inch driver just so to be properly fit! I remember Manute Bol was fitted for clubs and they were all way over standard length.

  7. Euan Hardman

    Nov 4, 2020 at 8:43 am

    Judging by Mickelson’s accuracy with the driver, he could be playing his second from parts of the course never seen on television before.

    • Richard Pinsonnault

      Nov 4, 2020 at 11:21 am

      Or from another state….:-)

    • Acemandrake

      Nov 4, 2020 at 2:01 pm

      “Lost in the Pines” by P. Mickelson

      The TV camera crew is in for a workout that week.

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‘After that, nothing’s ever intimidated me. Ever.’ – The moment that Tiger Woods lost all fear



Tiger Woods’ fearlessness on the course has always separated him from the rest, but when did Tiger ‘learn’ this trait? Well in a rare interview, Tiger revealed the exact moment.

At 17-years-old Tiger spoke in an ESPN feature, and was asked by an interviewer: “Does anything ever intimidate you?”

It was at this moment that Woods revealed that when he was 11, the now 15-time-major champion was competing in the 11-12 age division at the Junior Worlds for the first time when a competitor drove the opening green. 

“That intimidated the hell out of me” said Woods in the interview. 

In the end, however, Tiger beat the player who he was intimidated by, and it was to be at that point that Woods no longer feared anybody any more. Tiger discussed the incident at depth with father Earl, and revealed to the cameras: “My dad and I had a long talk about it. After that, nothing’s ever intimidated me. Ever.”

With 82 PGA Tour victories and 15 major championships at the age of 44, that fearlessness has been at the core of Woods’ incredible success.

Check out the segment below from the ESPN feature which lasts from 4:21-5:02.

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The Match 3 odds – Curry and Manning the surprise favorites



The Match 3 gets underway this Friday, and despite Phil Mickelson being the only professional on show, it’s NBA star Steph Curry and former NFL great Peyton Manning that are favored by the bookies.

The lack of trust surrounding Charles Barkley’s game is undoubtedly the reason for that, and he alongside Mickelson will start as 6/5 (+120) underdogs, with the Curry/Manning team priced at 5/6 (-120). has also provided a bunch of fun prop bets which you can get involved in for the occasion. Here’s some of the best (with Barkley featuring plenty!)


Mickelson/Barkley: 6/5 (+120)

Curry/Manning 5/6 (-120)


Curry: 3/7 (-233)

Manning: 12/5 (+240)

Barkley: 200/1 (+20000)


Rough: 2/1 (+200)

Rocks/Trees: 7/3 (+233)

Fairway: 5/2 (+250)

Sand Trap: 12/1 (+1200)


4/1 (+400)


3/1 (+300)


Mickelson: 750/1

Curry: 1800/1

Manning: 2500/1

Barkley: 10000/1


Barkley: 1/2 (-200)

Mickelson: 6/1 (+500)

Curry: 8/1 (+600)

Manning: 15/1 (+1500)


Manning: 3/1 (+300)

Mickelson: 5/4 (+125)

Barkley: 2/3 (-150)

Curry: 1/2 (-200)


MMG 9/5 (+180)

Tristan Jass 2/1 (+200)

Kris London 9/2 (+450)

Jesser 7/1 (+700)

Check out all the markets from here and follow them on Twitter @SBD

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