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Phil Mickelson explains his unique putter design at the 2023 PGA Championship

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The last time GolfWRX shot in-hand photos of Phil Mickelson’s golf clubs was back in 2022, so his 2023 PGA Championship setup was a big question mark.

Now, we have the answers.

Mickelson – who finished T2 in the Masters last month – showed up on Tuesday at Oak Hill Country Club in Rochester, New York, for the year’s second major with a mixed bag. His current setup includes a Callaway Paradym Triple Diamond 8.5-degree driver, a TaylorMade BRNR Mini Driver (11.5 degrees), a Callaway Apex UW, a Ping Anser 17-degree hybrid, a Callaway X Forged UT driving iron, a set of Callaway X Forged 2013 irons, Callaway Jaws wedges (50 and 56 degrees), and an Odyssey “Phil Mickelson” blade at four degrees.

See more photos of Phil Mickelson’s 2023 PGA Championship WITB here

His putter is not the typical blade putter that Mickelson has used throughout his career, however. It’s a prototype putter that Mickelson started testing in 2021, and it’s built with unique internal weighting.

“Do you want some insight on that putter?” Mickelson asked GolfWRX’s photographer while he was photographing Mickelson’s clubs.

Well, of course…

“It has an aluminum plug in the heel and a tungsten plug in the toe to move CG (center of gravity) to the center of the putter,” Mickelson explained.

Since the putter is made from steel, the lighter-weight aluminum plug (in the heel) and heavier-weighted tungsten plug (in the toe) help to shift the overall center of gravity (CG) away from the heavy hosel. In typical Phil fashion, he also added multiple strips of lead tape to the back cavity, and he equips the putter with a 17-inch SuperStroke WristLock grip.

The last time Mickelson teed it up in a PGA Championship, he won. In case you don’t recall, Mickelson claimed the 2021 PGA Championship at 50 years old, but he didn’t play in the 2022 edition. So, in a way, this week is his first shot at a title defense.

We’ll update you with more information on Mickelson’s current setup as it becomes available.

Check out Mickelson’s full WITB, and don’t forget to check out all of our photos from the 2023 PGA Championship here.

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He played on the Hawaii Pacific University Men's Golf team and earned a Masters degree in Communications. He also played college golf at Rutgers University, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism.

6 Comments

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  1. Robert Fuller

    May 18, 2023 at 7:48 pm

    What shaft is in Phil’s putter?

  2. Pingback: Phil Mickelson WITB 2023 (May) – GolfWRX

  3. jamho3

    May 16, 2023 at 10:41 pm

    Putter is gorgeous, and what a lot of us 8802 fans would’ve done given the opportunity. Looks so much like his Yonex ADX from the 90’s though kinda funny.

    Very curious why no mention of the Ping Eye 2 wedge? Was that a sponsors choice?

    • BunkerFinder

      May 17, 2023 at 8:54 pm

      The Ping was my first though – Eye 2 EG so legal, and know he was a fan of the original. Wondering if it has a regular place in the bag.

      Also, love the putter 🙂

  4. BobbyG

    May 16, 2023 at 6:46 pm

    Even rigged up, the 8802 style head looks pure.

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Why Rory McIlroy will likely use the new TaylorMade BRNR Mini Driver Copper at the RBC Heritage

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Although we spotted Rory McIlroy testing the new TaylorMade BRNR Mini Driver Copper last week during practice rounds at the Masters, he ultimately didn’t decide to use the club in competition.

It seems that will change this week at the 2024 RBC Heritage, played at the short-and-tight Harbour Town Golf Links in Hilton Head.

When asked on Wednesday following his morning Pro-Am if he’d be using the new, nostalgic BRNR Copper this week, McIlroy said, “I think so.”

“I like it,” McIlroy told GolfWRX.com on Tuesday regarding the BRNR. “This would be a good week for it.”

 

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According to Adrian Rietveld, the Senior Manager of Tour at TaylorMade, the BRNR Mini Driver can help McIlroy position himself properly off the tee at the tight layout.

Here’s what Rietveld told GolfWRX.com on Wednesday:

“For someone like Rory, who’s that long at the top end of the bag, and then you put him on a course like Harbour Town, it’s tough off the tee. It’s tight into the greens, and you have to put yourself in position off the tee to have a shot into the green. It kind of reminds me of Valderrama in Spain, where you can be in the fairway and have no shot into the green.

“I’m caddying for Tommy [Fleetwood] this week, so I was walking the course last night and looking at a few things. There’s just such a small margin for error. You can be standing in the fairway at 300 yards and have a shot, but at 320 you don’t. So if you don’t hit a perfect shot, you could be stuck behind a tree. And then if you’re back at 280, it might be a really tough shot into the small greens.

“So for Rory [with the BRNR], it’s a nice course-specific golf club for him. He’s got both shots with it; he can move it right-to-left or left-to-right. And the main thing about this club has been the accuracy and the dispersion with it. I mean, it’s been amazing for Tommy.

“This was the first event Tommy used a BRNR last year, and I remember talking to him about it, and he said he couldn’t wait to play it at Augusta next year. And he just never took it out of the bag because he’s so comfortable with it, and hitting it off the deck.

“So you look at Rory, and you want to have the tools working to your advantage out here, and the driver could hand-cuff him a bit with all of the shots you’d have to manufacture.”

So, although McIlroy might not be making a permanent switch into the new TaylorMade BRNR Mini Driver Copper, he’s likely to switch into it this week.

His version is lofted at 13.5 degrees, and equipped with a Fujikura Ventus Black 7X shaft.

See more photos of Rory testing the BRNR Mini here

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Spotted: TaylorMade P-UDI driving iron

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It seems like the RBC Heritage is full of new gear to be spotted, and you can add TaylorMade’s P-UDI utility irons to that list.

We spotted a 17-degree P-UDI 2-iron in Nick Dunlap’s bag yesterday, and now have some photos of both the 3- and 4-irons. Nick has his P-UDI 2-iron setup with a Project X HZRDUS Black 4th Gen 105g TX shaft.

From what we can tell, this new P-UDI utility iron looks to have some of the usual TaylorMade technology as we can see the Speed Slot on the sole of the club for additional face flexibility. A toe screw is usually used to close off the hollow body design that will probably be filled with a version of TaylorMade’s Speed Foam that is present in the current iron lineup. This hollow body, foam-filled design should offer additional ball speed, soft feel, and sound, as well as an optimized CG for ball flight.

“Forged” is etched into the hosel, so we can assume that either the face, body, or both are forged for a soft and responsive feel. The club looks good from behind and at address, where we can see just a little offset and a topline that I would consider medium thickness. We don’t have the full details on what is under the hood or how many loft options will be available yet.

TaylorMade P-UDI 3-iron – 20°

TaylorMade P-UDI 4-iron – 22°

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Collin Morikawa WITB 2024 (April)

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Driver: TaylorMade Qi10 LS (9 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana D+ Limited 60 TX (45 inches)

3-wood: TaylorMade Qi10 (13.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana D+ Limited 80 TX

5-wood: TaylorMade Qi10 (18 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana D+ Limited 80 TX

Irons: TaylorMade P770 (4), P7MC (5-6), P730 (7-PW)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue Mid 115 X100 (4-6), True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100 (7-PW)

Wedges: TaylorMade MG4 (50-SB09, 56-LB08), TaylorMade MG4 TW (60-TW11)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400

Putter: TaylorMade TP Soto
Grip: SuperStroke Zenergy Tour 2.0

Grips: Golf Pride Z-Grip Cord

Ball: TaylorMade TP5x

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