This Callaway 2-iron Phil Mickelson
used at the Memorial is heading to the U.S. Open.
At the Masters, it was a second driver. Next week at the U.S.
Open, a 2-iron will be the specialized choice for Phil Mickelson.
The four-time major champion and habitual equipment tinkerer
frequently tailors his bag to courses, with much fanfare. At
Congressional, he figures 255-yard bullets off the tee could get
him closer to an elusive U.S. Open title. Enter an 18-degree
Callaway 2-iron that he’s been auditioning for several weeks.
“It’s just a 2-iron that Callaway has made for five or
six years now,” Mickelson said at the Memorial Tournament
presented by Nationwide Insurance. “It’s got a little
bit of a backing to it, kind of an X-Tour 2-iron that is easy to
get up in flight, so it’s going to be in the bag at
Congressional and I anticipate using it quite a bit.
“I’ve been experimenting the last few weeks trying to
get the right 2-iron that flies about 255 or so off the tee, which
is kind of what I’m gunning for. I think this one is dialed
in just about right.”
Steve Stricker won the Memorial with
some tweaks in his Titleist bag made in recent months. He put KBS
Tour C-Taper steel shafts in his AP2 irons and switched from the
Titleist Pro V1 to the Pro V1x ball. “I switched equipment
maybe five or six tournaments ago. I switched shafts and the ball,
and that combination has been really good for me,” Stricker
said. “I’m hitting it further. Just the things I am
doing with the ball are better.” Incidentally, K.J. Choi also
used KBS shafts in winning THE PLAYERS Championship.
Ever been thrown off your game when a
favorite club broke? Happens to TOUR players too. Rickie Fowler has
been breaking in a new Titleist 910D3 driver this season after an
old favorite, a 909D2, cracked at the end of 2010. “I had a
driver crack at the end of last year which I had played for two and
a half years, so I had a lot of confidence in that,” said
Fowler, 42nd in FedExCup points. “Just working on getting
some more confidence in the new driver, and the only way I can do
that is just more playing time. “I'm not a guy that changes
clubs a lot, so playing time is how I build confidence and trust
with clubs. I feel like I've got a good one in the bag right now.
I've been playing it since Honda (early March). It's just trying to
get as much playing time with it and building up as much trust and
confidence with it.”
Ping’s newest driver, the
G20, will hit the range this week at the FedEx St. Jude Classic. No
word yet on who will take one to competition on Thursday, but
it’s probably a safe bet that the heavier-headed (than the
Ping G15) club will get at least a look from defending FedEx St.
Jude champion Lee Westwood, among other Ping TOUR pros. Check out
The company debuted a new line of
Anser milled putters
at the Memorial, with
Angel Cabrera wielding an Anser Milled Series 5 to a T22 finish.
Hank Haney and Tiger Woods parted ways
some 13 months ago. Now the teacher has let the swoosh go too, as
Haney signed an agreement this week to represent TaylorMade. Look
for him to sing the praises of