February 3 2013
By Jonathan Wall, PGATOUR.COM Equipment Insider
Every club in Phil Mickelson's bag was working at the Waste Management Phoenix Open, but it was his new Callaway RAZR Fit Xtreme driver that gained the most attention during his four-shot win on Sunday in Scottsdale, Ariz.
Mickelson, who switched from a RAZR Hawk Tour driver to one of Callaway's latest driver offerings on Tuesday, following a productive range session, averaged 298 yards off the tee for the week, including a 358-yard drive during the second round.
“This driver spins so low that I can have more loft on the club, making it easier to hit," Mickelson said. "This has got to be good for every player I would think, but it sure as heck is good for me. And by having it be a low-spin driver with enough loft, and because it's that RAZR Fit Xtreme where you can fit it, I was able to get it dialed in to where it goes straight. But I'm able to make the same golf swing as my irons so you'll see me extend down the target line, you won't see this kind of tilt because it's not enough loft to get up and it's not low enough spin to not float, and it has been — it really could be a revolutionary club for me."
The 9.5-degree driver has an actual loft of 8.1-degrees with 5 grams in the toe and 3 grams in the heel. The 45-inch shaft is a Mitsubishi Rayon Fubuki K. 059 prototype model 70X.
Mickelson also made one other adjustment to his bag prior to the start of the first round, replacing the Callaway X Hot Prototype 3-wood he put in play during the second round of the Farmers Insurance Open with the TaylorMade RocketBallz 3-wood he's been gaming since last November.
Phil Mickelson's bag:
Driver: Callaway RAZR Fit Xtreme Driver (9.5 degrees) with a Mitsubishi Rayon Fubuki K. 059 prototype model 70X shaft
3-wood: TaylorMade RocketBallz (13-degree, bent to 11.5 degrees) with Mitsubishi Rayon Fubuki K 80X prototype shaft
5-wood: Titleist 980F 5-wood (17-degree) with a Graphite Design PM 902 shaft
Irons (4-PW): Callaway RAZR X Muscleback Irons with KBS Tour shafts
Wedges: Callaway JAWS Wedges (52 degrees, 60 degrees, 64 degrees)
Putter: Odyssey Black Series Tour Design #9
Ball: Callaway HEXBlack Tour golf ball