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Lefty drops the driver, squeaks inside the cut line

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This week, Callaway announced the release of its new 3Deep three wood, a design that was influenced heavily by Phil Mickelson.

The 3Deep is has a taller face than Callaway’s X Hot Pro fairway wood, which allows Mickelson to hit the club almost as far as his driver. And since it has a smaller head and more loft than a driver, it’s also an easier club for Mickelson to shape off the tee.

Mickelson has been playing the club for several weeks, but put even more faith in it when he teed off in Round 2 of the Shell Houston Open without a driver, opting for the 3Deep and two other fairway woods to fill out his bag.

He struggled early in the Round 2, which put him in jeopardy of missing the cut. But three straight birdies on Nos. 11 through 13 propelled him to a round of 1-under, just enough to make it to the weekend.

Mickelson famously used two different drivers when he won the 2006 Masters. An equipment change of this magnitude just two weeks away from the Masters raises a question — is it possible that Mickelson is planning to use two different 3 woods this year at Augusta?

Click here to see what people are saying in the “Tour/pre-release equipment” forum.

 

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  1. Jack

    Apr 8, 2013 at 2:11 am

    Wait so was he bagging the xhot or the fit extreme? Apparently none now.

  2. purkjason

    Apr 1, 2013 at 7:34 am

    Gotta Love Phil … he just gets bored easily I think with everything haha.

  3. brian holmer

    Mar 31, 2013 at 11:16 am

    I think the bottom line is technology is maxed out, it all comes down to the Indian not the arrow. Oh and that little thing between your two ears. Brand marketing is what sucks us in and brain washes us. Golf is so mental, I love it!

  4. Anthony Kim

    Mar 31, 2013 at 1:11 am

    By the way, this article is full of grammar errors.

    “He struggled early in the Round 2” Is that like “the Google”?

  5. Anthony Kim

    Mar 31, 2013 at 1:00 am

    Callaway is playing commercials of Phil bragging about how great the X Hot is. At the same time he’s removed him from his bag because it sucks.

  6. danny

    Mar 30, 2013 at 3:56 pm

    wait, didn’t Phil fall in love with his Razr Fit extreme and do commercials about it? Seems like everyone’s marketing is full of crap these days. Next thing we know he will be like Luke List, Jason Day and other guys promoting irons he doesn’t play.

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Modern Classics (Ep. 4): Testing a TaylorMade Burner SuperFast 3-wood

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GolfWRX recently launched a new 8-part video series, called “The Modern Classics,” in partnership with 2nd Swing Golf. Throughout this video series, GolfWRX’s Head of Tour Content, Andrew Tursky, tests out 8 legendary used golf clubs that are still being played on Tour today. How do the older, less expensive products compare to modern technologies?

In the first three episodes, Tursky tested out TaylorMade’s Tour Preferred MC 2011 irons, Adams Idea Pro hybrids from 2006, and a TaylorMade Rocketballz RBZ fairway wood.

For episode 4, we highlight the TaylorMade Burner SuperFast fairway woods, which were released to the public in 2010. Although they’re more than a decade old, we spotted one in Richard Bland’s 2022 WITB.

The Burner SuperFast fairway woods are currently available for $76.99 on 2nd Swing’s website.

Check out the video at the top of the page for more on the product, design, and how it stands up in testing against a modern 3-wood.

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Will Zalatoris WITB 2023 (February)

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Driver: Titleist TSR3 (10 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Ventus TR Black 7 X

3-wood: Titleist TSR2+ (14.5 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Ventus TR Blue 8 X

Irons: Titleist T200 (3), Titleist T100
Shafts: Nippon N.S. Pro Prototype Graphite on Steel Technology Prototype Hybrid 10 ST X (3), True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100

Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design SM9 (50-08S, 54-10S),Titleist Vokey Design WedgeWorks Proto (60-T)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100

Putter: Scotty Cameron T-11 Proto
Grip: SuperStroke Traxion Tour 1.0PT

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x

Grips: Golf Pride Z Grip Cord

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Best wedge for bad bunker players? – GolfWRXers discuss

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In our forums, our members have been discussing wedges for poor bunker players. WRXer ‘gdb99’ kicks off the thread saying “I’m not good out of sand. I used to be, 35 years ago. I blade shots over the green. It’s all technique, and I need a lot of practice. I know that,” and reaches out to our members who have been sharing what they feel are the wedges that can help him the most.

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.

  • hammergolf: “Ping Eye2 is the best bunker club ever. If you’re blading it you’re not steep enough. Open the face and hit down on the sand. The bounce will stop it from digging too much.”
  • flubberlange: “Try a Vokey 60* in a K grind.”
  • Fwitz11: “I also struggle with the bunker and have found that an open 60 and hitting just behind the ball is the easiest out I have used. Has helped me a ton with not blading it over the green.”
  • lazyjc4: “I’ve hit the best bunker shots of my life with PM Grind wedges.  I look like I know what I’m doing almost all of the time.”

Entire Thread: “Best wedge for bad bunker players? – GolfWRXers discuss”

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