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Phil Mickelson’s bag: How it compares to past wins at Colonial

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Editor’s note: We filed this piece for PGATour.com’s Equipment Report

Following his improbable PGA Championship triumph, Phil Mickelson is right back in the thick of the action. Twice a champion at Colonial Country Club, Mickelson returns for the Charles Schwab Challenge.

The 50-year-old’s current setup has certainly changed from the artillery he chose early in his career.

Indeed, the equipment landscape itself is entirely different than it was when Mickelson won his first of now 45 PGA TOUR events (as an amateur) in 1991! Titanium drivers were only beginning to show up on TOUR in Lefty’s early years, and Mickelson’s longtime sponsor, Callaway, didn’t release the Great Big Bertha until 1995.

The history of modern golf equipment has literally played out in Mickelson’s bag as a professional.

The differences in Mickelson’s current setup compared to 2000, when he won the first of his two Charles Schwab Challenges, are immediately apparent. His Yonex Super A.D.X. driver was a fraction of the size of his 450 cc Callaway Epic Speed Triple Diamond. Mickelson has been leaning on a TaylorMade Original One Mini Driver as his second fairway wood this season – the total amount of technology in his two Yonex fairway woods of 2000, or even his Callaway FT-5 driver and FT Tour 3-wood of 2008, is the difference between the Ford Model T and the Ford GT.

Interestingly, Mickelson played Ping Eye 2 wedges throughout his early years and had a 60-degree Eye 2 in the bag for his 2000 win at Colonial. One look at his current PM Grind wedges, and it’s clear the Eye 2 shaping was the original inspiration for the design Mickelson and Callaway engineers continue to refine.

Also notable on the similarities front: the 8802-style heel-shafted blade putter Mickelson has preferred throughout most of his career was present in the bag for both victories and will be in Phil’s hands this week as well. In 2000, Mickelson gamed a custom Bettinardi blade. In 2008, it was the same Odyssey “Phil Mickelson” blade shape that he won with at last week’s PGA Championship.

Check out Mickelson’s WITBs for his 2000 and 2008 wins at Colonial and what he has in the bag this week.

2000

Driver: Yonex Super A.D.X. (8 degrees)
Shaft: Yonex PM Proto

3-wood: Yonex Super A.D.X. (13 degrees)
Shaft: Yonex PM Proto

Irons: Yonex Super A.D.X. Tour Forged (2-PW)
Shafts: Precision Rifle 7.0

Wedges: Yonex PM Forged (56), Ping Eye 2 (60)
Shafts: PM 7.0, Eye2 X100

Putter: Bettinardi PM Blade

Ball: Titleist Professional 100

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Coolest thing for sale in the GolfWRX Classifieds (05/28/21): TaylorMade P770 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 TaylorMade P770 irons (4-PW) $950.

From the seller: (@Tvverall): “First up is a mint set of TaylorMade P770 Irons 4-P, Standard L/L/L, KB Tour 120 Stiff. These saw 2 rounds, and a handful of range sessions. They are great clubs, they just simply did not work for me as my fitting would have suggested. I have the original box from TM and will ship in that. Asking $950.”

To check out the full listing in our BST forum, head through the link: TaylorMade P770 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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What GolfWRXers are saying about easy to launch hybrids and fairway woods

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In our forums, our members have been discussing the best hybrids and fairways that provide easy launch. WRXer ‘Jjfcpa’ is a senior golfer struggling with these clubs and asks fellow members for their suggestions for the best “easy launching and forgiving fairway and hybrids”.

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.

  • boggyman: “Hard to beat PING. Doesn’t have to be the latest series either. Wilson Staff woods come with lighter shafts stock as well.”
  • larryd3: “I’d suggest the Sub70 hybrids. I’ve got 3 in the bag, and they are very easy to hit. Price is great, and they have lots of shaft choices. Just give them a call and discuss your needs. forgot to include that I’m a senior golfer also.”
  • JAM01: “Ping G425 fairways and Hybrids are game-changers. Top is now turbulator free.”
  • Steelhead: “One word: XXIO. Nothing comes close for what you are looking for.”

Entire Thread: “What GolfWRXers are saying about easy to launch hybrids and fairway woods”

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Coolest thing for sale in the GolfWRX Classifieds (05/27/21): Ping PLD Prime Tyne putter

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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 a Ping Putter Lab Design (PLD) Prime Tyne putter ($650)

From the seller (@T-Bone84): “Limited edition putter that is very hard to find for less than 4 digits.  It’s a compact head with a super shape, I just love my LAB so much it doesn’t get any bag time.  It is lightly used with original shaft (35″) and a GP grip, headcover and original grip included.  It does have a tiny mark on top of hosel that can’t be seen from address but I tried to capture.”

To check out the full listing in our BST forum, head through the link: Ping Putter Lab Design (PLD) Prime Tyne putter.

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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