By Jonathan Wall, PGATOUR.COM Equipment Insider
Back in November at the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions event in China, Phil Mickelson decided to put a TaylorMade RBZ 3-wood in play for the week. The 13-degree "driving 3-wood," bent to 11.5 degrees, had been bag staple for the last few month until last Thursday night at the Farmers Insurance Open, when Mickelson decided to switch it out his gamer for a new Callaway X Hot Prototype 3-wood.
Following the completion of play on Thursday, Mickelson drove from the course to the Ely Callaway Performance Center in Carlsbad to test out the prototype 3-wood. After putting it through a test session, Mickelson decided to put it in the bag for Friday's second round.
Due to the fact that the club is still a prototype model, specs and info on the X Hot fairway wood are being kept under wraps. What is known is that the 3-wood is a similar model to Mickelson's RBZ 3-wood, in that it looks more like a "driving 3-wood" with a stronger loft.