June 9 2013
Phil Mickelson used the Callaway X Hot 3Deep as his "driver" during the FedEx St. Jude Classic.
By Jonathan Wall, PGATOUR.COM Equipment Insider
Phil Mickelson came up short in his bid to win the week before a major for the fifth time in his career, but he left the FedEx St. Jude Classic with a number of positives heading into the 113th U.S. Open at Merion.
One of the biggest positives was in the driving department. Mickelson made an equipment adjustment the week before the Masters at the Shell Houston Open, pulling his Callaway RAZR Fit Xtreme driver in favor of Callaway's X Hot 3Deep — a taller-faced version of the X Hot Pro fairway wood that, for Mickelson, was almost as long as his driver and gave him the ability to work the ball both ways with ease.
While Augusta National and Merion Golf Club are nothing alike, Mickelson went with the same bag setup at TPC Southwind, this time taking his Callaway Phrankenwood out of the bag and going with 3Deep as his "driver" for the week.
The decision to go with just 3Deep was clearly done with Merion in mind. At only 6,996 yards, Mickelson likely won't need a driver in the bag to put himself in a good position off the tee.
Plus, he averaged 314.4 yards off the tee (11th in the field) and hit 55 percent of his fairways (T33) at TPC Southwind — Mickelson was 66th in driving distance (288.8 yards) at the beginning of the week — using just 3Deep.
Replicating those numbers next week at Merion will be absolutely critical if Mickelson wants any chance of contending on one of the tightest U.S. Open venues in recent memory.