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September 20, 2008

Update: Mickelson's foursomes ball strategy

Posted at 5:01 PM by David Dusek | Categories: Anthony Kim, Callaway, Golf Balls, Nike, Phil Mickelson, Ryder Cup

Kimryder_ball_450x600 Earlier this week, I asked Phil Mickelson how he and the American team would handle the ball issue in the foursomes matches. Not everyone plays the same ball, so in alternate shot the players often hit shots with an unfamiliar brand.

Mickelson told me that he planned to use his partner's ball off the tee, and his partner would use Mickelson's ball off the tee. "Off the tee it's not going to make too much of a difference. It's the distance control and how it comes off the irons and the trajectory and so forth," he said. "We will be hitting our own balls with our iron approach shots. I just don't think it will be a factor."

Well, that's not how it worked out. In both of Mickeson's foursomes matches with Anthony Kim (right ), the pair used Mickelson's Callaway Tour ix ball on every shot. Kim ordinarily plays a Nike One Platinum ball.

(Photo by Robert Beck/SI)

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