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April 9 2013

7:45 PM

Phil's Phrankenwood? It's a reality

 
Phil Mickelson's new club has 8.5 degrees of loft -- but is shaped like a fairway wood.
 
By Jonathan Wall, PGATOUR.COM Equipment Insider
 
Phil Mickelson's Callaway X Hot Phrankenwood is no longer a big mystery. On Tuesday during his Masters press conference, Mickelson shed some light on the most talked-about club at Augusta National and confirmed that his latest addition to the bag isn't a 2-wood — as initial reports suggested — but rather a driver with the workability of Callaway's X Hot 3-wood. 

According to Mickelson, when he started working with Callaway's X Hot 3Deep, he noticed he was hitting the fairway wood as far — with the same spin he was getting with his driver — as his RAZR Fit Xtreme driver.

Looking for a club that had the same characteristic as 3Deep in a driver form, Mickelson talked to Callaway engineers about the possibility of taking the technology from the fairway wood and putting it in a driver.

"I asked the engineers to take the technology from that club and put it on steroids," Mickelson said. "I wanted to make it more like a driver. It looks like a 3-wood, but it's bigger than our 3-wood. It's almost like a small driver but it's the 3-wood technology of our X Hot in a driver."

What Callaway's chief designer Alan Hocknell and his team came up with was Phrankenwood, an 8.5 degree driver that acts more like a fairway wood and allows Mickelson to get more rollout on his drivers — something he mentioned gave him an extra club or two less into some of the holes at Augusta National

"What it's done is taken a lot of spin off of it," Mickelson said, "and if you watch, the shots I hit off the tee with it have a lot more scoot on them. “My tee shots on nine are getting down to the bottom of the hill, and I haven’t been able to do that in years. My tee shots on 10 are going another 15 to 20 yards, giving me a club or two less than I’ve had in years. My tee shots on 15 are getting down to where I have one or two clubs less."

The Callaway X Hot Phrankenwood Mickelson is using this week is 45 inches with a Mitsubishi Rayon Fubuki K 70X driver shaft, which is the exact same shaft Mickelson plays in his Callaway RAZR Fit Xtreme driver. Mickelson is expected to put the club in play on Thursday.
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