March 21 2013
Phil Mickelson switched to an Odyssey Versa #9 WBW putter this week. (Callaway Golf)
By Jonathan Wall, PGATOUR.COM Equipment Insider
Phil Mickelson isn't exactly struggling with the putter — he's currently ranked 25th in strokes gained-putting this season — but that didn't stop the 41-time PGA TOUR winner from shelving his Odyssey Black Series Tour Design #9 for an Odyssey Versa #9 WBW (white-black-white) at the Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by MasterCard.
Over the first three months of the season, Mickelson has bounced between the two putters, using the Versa #9 at the Northern Trust Open before switching back to the Odyssey Black Series Tour Design #9 at the WGC-Cadillac Championship.
Mickelson decided to go back to the Versa #9 after making a couple adjustments to the putter with Odyssey's principal designer Austie Rollinson last week. Mickelson added a custom sight line to the putter — similar to the sight line he had on his Black Series Tour Design #9 — and went with a new SuperStroke "Slim 55" grip.
Looking for a firmer grip, Mickelson had it added to one of the putters Rollinson built for him to test out. After working with it during his off week, Mickelson felt comfortable enough to put it in the bag.