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Equipment Report

October 4 2013

7:07 PM

Mickelson uses TaylorMade SLDR driver

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 conditions. 

According to GolfWRX, Mickelson opted to go with a TaylorMade SLDR driver that had 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. 

He went on to use RocketBallz for the next few months before switching to Callaway's X Hot fairway wood at the Farmers Insurance Open

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 Open. 

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 the season.