Phil Mickelson brought a TaylorMade SLDR to the course on Friday.
By Jonathan Wall, PGATOUR.COM Equipment Insider
Phil Mickelson opened The Presidents Cup on Thursday without a driver in
the bag, but following another day of rain that lengthened the Muirfield Village
Golf Club layout — the course was playing 7,354 yards for the week — the
five-time major winner decided to put a driver in play to combat the soggy
According to GolfWRX, Mickelson opted to go with a TaylorMade SLDR driver
a Mitsubishi Rayon Kuro Kage Silver shaft. The driver featured black paint on
the crown to mask the glossy grey paint, and a black sole that made the driver
almost unrecognizable to the model that's currently on retail shelves.
Mickelson used the new driver right away, hitting it off the first tee
during Friday's foursomes match. It's unclear if the driver will stay in the bag
for the rest of the event, but with rain causing another weather delay on Friday
— rain is also in the forecast for Saturday and Sunday — there's a good chance
Mickelson could keep it in the bag.
SLDR is the second TaylorMade metal wood Mickelson has used in the past
year. Last November at the World Golf Championships-HSBC Championships,
Mickelson put a RocketBallz 3-wood in play that had a similar all-black paint
scheme that was meant to give the fairway wood a low profile.
Mickelson has tinkered with his woods on a number of occasions this year,
adding Callaway RAZR Fit Xtreme driver at the Waste Management Phoenix Open — an
event he won — before shelving the club for X Hot 3Deep at the Shell Houston
Phrankenwood, an 8.5 degree driver that acted more like a fairway wood and
allowed Mickelson to get more rollout on his drivers, was added to the bag at
the Masters. Mickelson also used Callaway's FT Optiforce driver at the Deutsche
Bank Championship, and added a 17-degree PING Anser hybrid during the middle of