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The uncommon club that led to Phil Mickelson’s opening 64 at Wells Fargo

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Phil Mickelson is one of the most interesting players on tour, not just for his creative and exciting play but also his gear which he is very particular about depending on the event.

Lefty got off to a stunning start this week at Quail Hollow, firing a round of 64, all set up by his excellence off the tee, an area of the game that has sometimes hurt Mickelson.

On Thursday, the 50-year-old gained 1.5 strokes over the field off the tee, and the secret behind the success was down to a 2-wood he plays as a mini driver.

The 2-wood in question is a TaylorMade “Original One” Mini driver, and following his electric start at the Wells Fargo, Mickelson told reporters what he gains from playing the club off the tee and how he uses it:

“It’s just kind of a mini driver head that I use as a strong 3-wood, and out here, because the fairways are so firm if I hit it low enough, I’m able to get a lot of chase out of it, and I don’t feel like I’m sacrificing any distance. So that allows me to kind of keep my misses a lot tighter. Today I hit it very successful, I hit a lot of good shots with it.”

Mickelson ranked eight off the tee after round one, and following some fun banter on Twitter with playing partner Joel Dahmen before Thursday’s round, the club helped Lefty gain all the bragging rights heading into day two.

 

 

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Gianni is the Assistant Editor at GolfWRX. He can be contacted at [email protected] Follow him on Twitter @giannimosquito

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  1. Eastpointe

    May 7, 2021 at 12:30 pm

    Is this for real? Phil using TM? Not a good look for cally

    • Jack

      May 13, 2021 at 12:01 pm

      Its been in his bad for 2-3 yrs. It has had ZERO effect on Callaway.

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Russell Henley WITB 2021 (June)

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Driver: Titleist TSi3 (10 degrees)
Shaft: Project X HZRDUS Smoke Black 70 X

3-wood: Titleist TS3 (16.5 degrees)
Shaft: KBS TD 80 TX

Hybrid: Titleist TSi2 (21.0 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi MMT Hybrid 100

Irons: Titleist T100 (4-9)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold AMT (4-6), True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400 (7-9)

Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design SM8 (48-10F @47, 50-08F @51, 54-10S, @55 58-08M @59)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400

Putter: Scotty Cameron Phantom X 12 Prototype

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x

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SIM Max vs SIM2 Max – GolfWRXers discuss

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In our forums, our members have been comparing and contrasting the original SIM Max with the latest SIM2 Max driver. WRXer “Spaceman1976” is torn between the two and reaches out to fellow members saying

“If anyone can offer their experiences with both drivers, I would greatly appreciate your feedback. I do see more SIM2 drivers for sale on the board than SIM drivers.”

And WRXers have been sharing their thoughts in our forum.

Here are a few posts from the thread, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below.

  • Yoshimonster: “Very minor difference between them. Go with Max.”
  • philleeeep: “I thought there was a big difference in sound. Hard to explain, but I personally preferred the SIM Max.”
  • tleader: “Love my SIM Max. Very little (if any) difference to “upgrade” to the SIM2 Max if fitted correctly.”
  • Kale_m: “Sim2 sounds and feels softer. Still super hot but just a different sound and feel. I personally like it. Sim2 is more neutral flight to me. I am playing it at a lower loft and in the upright setting. Dead straight bombs. Sim was much more fade biased, even when in the upright setting.”

Entire Thread: “SIM Max vs SIM2 Max”

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Coolest thing for sale in the GolfWRX Classifieds (06/18/21): Honma Rose proto irons

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At GolfWRX, we love golf, plain and simple.

We are a community of like-minded individuals that all experience and express our enjoyment of the game in many ways. It’s that sense of community that drives day-to-day interactions in the forums on topics that range from best driver to what marker you use to mark your ball. It even allows us to share another thing we all love – buy and selling equipment.

Currently, in our GolfWRX buy/sell/trade (BST) forum, there is a listing for Honma Rose proto irons. ($450)

From the seller (@lilcaeser): “TW747V 4 iron coupled w/ Rose Proto 5-10 ( pw ) Tour issue X-100 GP Z grip align -high quality all Honma factory build currently D6 w/ lead tape D4 if removed ,,plus 1/2″  quick sale $450- shipped/PP CONUS only thanks T”

To check out the full listing in our BST forum, head through the link: Honma Rose proto irons.

This is the most impressive current listing from the GolfWRX BST, and if you are curious about the rules to participate in the BST Forum you can check them out here: GolfWRX BST Rules

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