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June 17, 2011

Barack Obama presented with Scotty Cameron putter, Ping driver and Callaway wedges

Posted at 7:08 PM by David Dusek

President Barack Obama met earlier this week with United States Ryder Cup captain Davis Love, Bubba Watson and Phil Mickelson. In addition to inviting the commander in chief to attend the Ryder Cup next year at Medinah, Love gave the President a uniquely stamped Scotty Cameron Studio Select Newport 2 putter.

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Mickelson gave President Obama, who is a fellow left-hander, three Callaway X Forged wedges and a 9.5° Callaway Diablo Octane driver. Each of the wedges (a 56°, 60° and 64°) was made by Roger Cleveland personally and was stamped PREZ "44" on the back. Cleveland jokingly said, "I weighted them so they wouldn't go any further left."

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Watson presented President Obama with an exact replica of his driver, a Ping G15 (7.5°) with a Grafalloy Bi-Matrix shaft. Maybe Obama will use the clubs when he plays Saturday with Republican House Speaker John Boehner.

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May 09, 2011

Callaway releases the RAZR X Muscleback irons

Posted at 6:42 PM by David Dusek

Callaway RAZR Muscleback Irons Callaway has been making some of the best-selling irons for years, featuring clubs that help a lot of golfers hit the ball higher and farther more easily. Several offerings in the X Series and Big Bertha family of irons had big heads, massive sweet spots and low centers of gravity to make that possible.

The new RAZR Muscleback irons give you none of that. The first hint that these clubs are only for serious players is that the photo samples distributed by Callaway (right) show a 2-iron.

"If you aren't good enough to get your clubs for free, this might not be the best club for you," says Luke Williams, Callaway's director of product design. "I mean, really good amateur players and college players could play this club. There's a market for it, but it's small."

What the RAZR Muscleback, which is forged from carbon steel, does give players with an efficient and repeatable swing is the ultimate in feel and control.

Today's RAZR Muscleback irons started as prototype clubs built with tour players in mind. With small heads, short blades, anorexically-thin toplines and narrow soles, they first appeared in the bags of players like Ernie Els and Phil Mickelson with "X Prototype" stamped on their backs. After a while, Callaway made a few sets available to the public, calling the clubs the Tour Authentic X Protoype irons.

As Callaway considered its 2011 iron offerings, Williams says the company started thinking that it might be a good idea to bring the X Prototype irons out to the masses.

"When we thought about including an iron like this in our current line, we went out and got some feedback from players," Williams says. "We told them, 'Okay, if we're going to make a new version of this iron, what should we do differently?' And what we commonly heard back was, 'Well, change the name on the back. Don't change anything.' The players told us the size is perfect, the sole is just what we want, all of that. After hearing that often enough, that's what we decided to do."

The RAZR X Muscleback is, in fact, the X Prototype with some subtle cosmetic alterations made to the back of the club.

"While this iron may not include some of the latest technologies or come with a lot of bells and whistles, there are some things about it that are very important to get right," Williams says. "It's not just, 'Make a small forged blade and the players are going to love it.' You've got to get the offset right, you've got to get the blade length right, the toe shape, the topline width and angle. You've got to get the transition from the offset into the leading edge right. Those are the things that Tour players and better players are really concerned with."

The RAZR Muscleback are available now for $999 and come standard with Project X Flighted shafts, however, Callaway will change them to any steel shaft it carries for no additional charge. You can get more product specifications about the clubs on Callaway's Web site.

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April 05, 2011

Mickelson going with two drivers again at the Masters

Posted at 2:26 PM by David Dusek

Phil Mickelson Masters Tuesday AUGUSTA, Ga. — Phil Mickelson is known for changing the clubs in his bag based on the course setup and the conditions. This week, he's planning to go back a strategy that helped him win the 2006 Masters—two drivers.

When asked on Tuesday if he planned to make any adjustments to his bag after winning last week's Shell Houston Open, Mickelson said, "Nothing that really stands out. Other than I am going to have two drivers this week."

Right, that's not unusual at all.

"Because it's going to be warm, I won't need a 3-iron or a hybrid, so the longest iron I'll have is a 4-iron," Mickelson said. "But really, into the par 5s, I won't need anything less than that, or more than a 4-iron into the par 3s."

Mickelson added that if the temperatures stay cool that he might need a 3-iron to reach the 240-yard par-3 fourth hole, but he noted that the forecast is for the heat to return later in the week.

The three-time Masters champion said that the strategy behind carrying two drivers is not about working the ball left or right. "They both draw and fade the same, that's not the purpose of it," Mickelson said. "One has an inch longer shaft and a different loft."

Mickelson said that carrying a second, longer driver would allow him to carry the fairway bunkers on the two front-side par 5s, the 575-yard second and 570-yard eighth. Last week in Houston, Mickelson used a Callaway RAZR Hawk Tour (9.5°) with a Mitsubishi Fubuki A70 shaft.

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(Photo by Brian Snyder/Reuters)

April 03, 2011

Winner's Bag: Phil Mickelson at Shell Houston Open

Posted at 8:58 PM by David Dusek

Phil Mickelson Callaway Houston

DRIVER: Callaway RAZR Hawk Tour (9.5°) with a Mitsubishi Fubuki A70 shaft
FAIRWAY WOOD: Callaway Big Bertha Diablo (15°) with a Mitsubishi Fubuki 73 X shaft
IRONS: Callaway X-Forged (3-4), RAZR X Forged Muscleback (5-PW) with Rifle Project X 7.0 shafts
WEDGES: Callaway JAWS (52°, 60°, 64°) with Rifle Project X 7.0 shafts
PUTTER: Odyssey White Hot XG Blade
BALL: Callaway Tour i(z)

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(Photo by David Dusek)

 

 

November 09, 2010

Callaway re-releasing replica Phil Mickelson blade putters

Posted at 2:11 PM by David Dusek

Odyssey-PT82-Putter In the aftermath of his third win at Augusta, Phil Mickelson's custom Odyssey blade putter became one of the most popular pieces of golf equipment in the world. Minimalist to the core, it was perfection in the eyes of purists everywhere.

So Odyssey decided to release 82 right-handed and 82 left-handed Phil Mickelson ProType putters (replicas of Mickelson's blade) and sell them for $500 each. Remember?

If you missed your chance to get one, or if the price was a tad high, you're in luck: Odyssey is making 3,000 more Phil Mickelson PT 82 putters available for $349. Like the previously released PT 82 putters, these clubs feature a single alignment line, tungsten face insert and dark PVD finish to reduce glare.

If you're interested in getting an Odyssey PT82, go to odysseygolf.com for a list of authorized dealers.

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October 04, 2010

Ryder Cup Bags: Overton, Fowler, Mickelson, Watson, Woods

Posted at 1:41 PM by David Dusek

Rickie Fowler Ryder Cup Titleist Rickie Fowler:
DRIVER: Titleist 909D2 (7.5°) with a Mitsubishi Diamana White Board 73X shaft
FAIRWAY WOOD: Titleist 910F2 (13.5°) with a Mitsubishi 'ahina 80 shaft
IRONS: Titleist 710 MB (4-9) with True Temper Dynamic Gold shafts
WEDGES: Titleist Vokey Design Spin Milled (47°, 53°, 59°) with True Temper Dynamic Gold shafts
PUTTER: Scotty Cameron for Titleist Circa '62 No. 3 GSS
Ball: Titleist Pro V1x

Phil Mickelson Ryder Cup Callaway Phil Mickelson:
DRIVER:
Callaway FT-9 Tour Authentic (7.5°) with a Mitsubishi Fubuki 73 X shaft
FAIRWAY WOOD: Callaway Big Bertha Diablo (15°) with a Mitsubishi Fubuki 73 X shaft
HYBRID: Callaway Prototype (22°) with a Mitsubishi Diamana Thump X shaft
IRONS: Callaway X-Forged (4), X Proto (5-PW) with Rifle Project X 7.0 shafts
WEDGES: Callaway JAWS (53°, 60°, 62°) with Rifle Project X 7.0 shafts
PUTTER: Odyssey White Hot XG Blade
BALL: Callaway Tour ix 

Jeff Overton Ryder Cup Mizuno Jeff Overton:
DRIVER: TaylorMade Burner SuperFast (10.5°) with Fujikura Motore F3 60 shaft
FAIRWAY WOOD: Mizuno F-60 (13.5°) with a Fujikura ROMBAX 8X07 shaft
HYBRID: Mizuno Hi Fli CLK (20°) with a Fujikura Speeder 904 shaft
IRONS: Mizuno MP-33 (2), MP-68 (4-PW) with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts<
WEDGES: Mizuno MP T-10 (5°2), Titleist Vokey Design Spin Milled (58°) with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts
PUTTER: Odyssey White Hot 2-Ball
Ball: Titleist Pro V1x

Bubba Watson Ryder Cup Ping

Bubba Watson:
DRIVER:
Ping G15 (7.5°) with a Grafalloy prototype shaft
FAIRWAY WOOD: Ping G15 (17°) with a Project X 8A1 shaft
IRONS:
Ping S59 (3-PW) with True Temper Dynamic Gold shafts
WEDGES: Ping Tour-W (52°, 56°, 63°) with True Temper Dynamic Gold shafts>
Ping Redwood Anser
BALL: Titleist Pro V1x

 

Tiger Woods Ryder Cup Nike Tiger Woods:
DRIVER:  Nike Victory Red Tour (10°) with a Mitsubishi Diamana White Board 73X shaft
FAIRWAY WOODS:
  Nike SasQuatch Sumo (15°, 19°) with Mitsubishi Diamana Blue Board 103g shafts
IRONS:
 Nike Victory Red Blades (3-PW) with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts
WEDGES:
  Nike Victory Red (56°, 62°) with True Temper Dynamic Gold S400 shafts
PUTTER:
  Titleist by Scotty Cameron Newport 2
BALL:
  Nike One Tour

(Photos: Mickelson, Watson, Woods/Robert Beck; Fowler, Overton, Thomas Lovelock)

June 14, 2010

Augusta National Says Charity Jacket is Not Real

Posted at 2:07 PM by David Dusek

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif — I received an e-mail this morning from Augusta National Golf Club that pointed out subtle difference in the Masters jacket signed by Phil Mickelson being auctioned for charity and the famous jackets presented to winners of the tournament.

"You'll notice the jacket for auction has a replica Masters logo on the left breast. Green Jackets carry the Augusta National map/flag logo with no text (left in photo). The auction photo also shows an unauthentic button. Green Jackets have gold buttons with the map/flag logo (also no text)."

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The folks at Augusta National also likely reached out to charitybuzz.com, the company conducting the auction, to inform them of the irregularities in the jacket. The item is no longer listed among the items available on the company's Web site.

The business of sports memorabilia is tricky, and it seems that this is another case of something simply being too good to be true.

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(Photos: Fred Vuich/SI, left); charitybuzz.com, right)
June 11, 2010

Masters jacket signed by Phil Mickelson being auctioned

Posted at 4:31 PM by David Dusek

**Update, June 14: Augusta National says this jacket is not real**

Sportswear comes in all shapes, styles and colors, but the green jackets worn by the members of Augusta National Golf Club—as well as Masters champions—are the most coveted by golfers. Only the greatest players in the history of the game have earned one, but now, one can be yours if the you've got the cash.

An online auction going on now through next Wednesday afternoon at charitybuzz.com—a site that runs fund-raising auctions for charities—features a Masters jacket that has been autographed by three-time winner Phil Mickelson.

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According to the Web site, the money raised in the auction will go to the Music for America Project. As of Friday afternoon, the highest bid for the jacket was $1050.

Among the other items available as part of the site's Dads & Grads Auction are two badges for the Monday and Tuesday sessions at the 2011 Masters (including lodging); dinner with Joe Montana at his home; and two VIP tickets to the next Victoria's Secret fashion show, including backstage passes and invites to the after party. Are any dads or recent grads actually worthy of this stuff?

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April 29, 2010

Odyssey to Offer Limited Edition Phil Mickelson Blade Putter

Posted at 3:41 PM by David Dusek

On the night that Phil Mickelson won the 2010 Masters, I wrote in detail about his custom-made Odyssey blade putter. As I noted that evening, Phil's putter is not currently in Odyssey's lineup. But Odyssey recently announced that 82 right-handed and 82 left-handed models of the Mickelson-inspired ProType 82 blade putter will be made available to the public.

Beginning May 10 at 11:00 AM ET (8:00 AM PT), those interested in owning one of these limited edition putters can sign up to be eligible for purchase on a first-come basis at OdysseyGolf.com. Each of these 164 individually numbered, limited-edition putters features a green highlight on the sole, a nod to Mickelson’s win at Augusta earlier this month.

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According to a release, the ProType 82 features a face insert that is identical to the insert in the White Ice family of putters, a tungsten weight in the rear section and a single white alignment line—just like Mickelson's. The putters will come with special headcover and a Black Series grip that is identical to the one Phil used at Augusta.

Each of the putters will be numbered and sold for $500.

"I'm very excited that the designers at Odyssey have produced this limited edition putter with the same design as my gamer," Mickelson said in the release.

Austie Rollinson, Principle Designer for Odyssey Golf, said in the release, "Phil came to us a few years back to develop this particular model and he’s obviously had great success with it on the PGA Tour. The ProType 82 Putter was developed due to the large number of requests we receive from people interested in the product that Phil uses on the game’s biggest stage."

Don't be surprised to see more ProType putters released from Odyssey in the future.

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April 28, 2010

Tiger Woods Switches Driver Shafts--Again!

Posted at 9:43 AM by David Dusek

As he prepares to play in his second event of the season, Tiger Woods has changed the shaft in his driver. During Wednesday's practice round, he had a Mitsubishi Fubuki in his Nike Victory Red Tour.

At the Masters, Woods used a Graphite Design Tour AD DI.

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In a tasty bit of irony, the Mitsubishi Fubuki shaft is also being used in the Callaway FT-9 Tour Authentic driver used by Phil Mickelson.

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(Photo by Scott Hallaran/Getty Images)

April 12, 2010

Phil Mickelson's Win Means $1 Million Refunded to Golfers

Posted at 12:03 PM by David Dusek

AUGUSTA, Ga. – Phil Mickelson walked away Sunday evening from Augusta National with a third green jacket for his closet and a hefty check to hand to his accountant.

According to Golfsmith, more than 15,000 golfers who purchased a Callaway Big Bertha Diablo Edge, FT-Tour or FT-iZ driver also expect to get a check thanks to Phil's win.

A joint Golfsmith and Callaway promotion promised a refund on drivers purchased between March 18 and April 7 if Mickelson won the 2010 Masters.

A release sent by Golfsmith this morning said:

"In addition to wowing the galleries at Augusta for his third Masters Championship, Sunday, Phil Mickelson gave golfers across the country and internationally a great present to start the season," said Golfsmith President and CEO Marty Hanaka. "Phil's win is great for the game and wonderful for Golfsmith and our valued retail and online customers."

"We couldn’t be happier that Phil claimed his third green jacket and that thousands of Golfsmith customers now will start off the season with a new Callaway driver, free of charge," said Brian Groves, VP of US Marketing, Callaway Golf.  "Callaway drivers are the hottest clubs on the PGA Tour and have already won six tournaments in 2010, including the season’s first Major."

Because the organizers of the promotion took out a  'prize indemnity policy,' the money sent back to driver purchasers will actually come from an insurance company, not Golfsmith or Callaway.

If you are one of the people who purchased a Callaway driver during the designated time period, click here to learn how to get your money back from Golfsmith.

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April 11, 2010

Phil Mickelson's Unique Odyssey Blade Putter

Posted at 10:55 PM by David Dusek

More than almost any golfer on tour, Phil Mickelson is willing to experiment and tinker with his golf equipment. He won the 2006 Masters using two drivers and the 2008 Colonial carrying five wedges. He broke out a 64° wedge at Winged Foot for the U.S. Open in 2006, inspiring other players to carry super-high-lofted wedges.

He's also used a wide variety of putters over the years. Notably, Mickelson was the first player to use a Scotty Cameron Futura in a PGA Tour event. It wasn't pretty, but Mickelson made it work.

WMickelsons-Putter-Top_600hile he's also used a variety of mid-size mallets and heel-toe weighted Anser-style putters, these days Mickelson is using a classic blade putter, a White Hot XG Blade, made by Odyssey, the putter-arm of Callaway Golf. Unfortunately for Mickelson fans, his blade is not a part of Odyssey's current line, so it's not available to the public.

There are a few things that make Phil's old-school putter unique.

"[Manufacturers] have never been able to put a line on a blade putter," he said at Colonial in 2008, a week after spending some time at Callaway's testing facility in Carlsbad, Calif. "But with the way they can grind it now, they were able to put a line in it. I can align it so much better."

While his current blade has a darker finish than the one he used that week, Mickelson still has Odyssey grind a line into his putter to assist him with alignment.

There is an insert in the face of the putter, but that's a variable he can change. An Odyseey rep told me that the company has supplied Phil with several identical putters that feature different inserts, some being firmer while others are softer. Based on the ball he's playing and the speed of the greens, Phil changes putters accordingly.

The same thing goes for the lead tape you see in these photos. On slower greens, like those found on the West Coast Swing or in Europe, he often adds weight. On faster greens he uses less or removes the weight entirely. There was no lead tape on Phil's putter at Augusta National.

Mickelsons-Putter-Sole_600 Another unique thing about Mickelson's blade is the amount of loft he uses. The standard loft on most putters is between 3°-4°. But Mickelson's putter has slightly more because of his stroke. He recently told Golf Digest, "The amount of loft you have on your putter is going to be dependent on your hand position and ball position. My hand position is ahead, so I need more loft. Sometimes I have 5° or 6° on my putters."

So will a blade putter like Mickelson's help you drain more putts like his 20-footer for birdie on the 12th hole Sunday? That all depends on your stroke and how consistently you can hit a solid putt.

A blade putter is ideal for golfers who swing the club on an arc, taking it inside the target line on the backswing and follow-though. If your putting stroke goes straight back and then straight through the ball, a blade-style putter is probably a poor fit.

When you strike the ball in the sweetspot of a blade, it will perform wonderfully. But with almost no perimeter weighting, putts hit near the toe or on the heel will be short and offline. Forgiveness is not a blade putter's strong suit.

If you have your heart set on trying a blade, talk to your PGA professional or club fitter about a Wilson Staff 8882Cleveland's 1905, Yes! Sophia or a Scotty Cameron Napa.

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April 10, 2010

Masters Bag: Phil Mickelson

Posted at 12:42 PM by David Dusek

Below is a complete list of Phil Mickelson's Masters clubs. For a close-up look at his unique Odyssey blade putter, go here.

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DRIVER: Callaway FT-9 Tour Authentic (7.5°) with a Mitsubishi Fubuki 73 X shaft
FAIRWAY WOOD: Callaway Big Bertha Diablo (15°) with a Mitsubishi Fubuki 73 X shaft
HYBRID: Callaway Prototype (22°) with a Mitsubishi Diamana Thump X shaft
IRONS: Callaway X-Forged (4), X Proto (5-PW) with Rifle Project X 7.0 shafts
WEDGES: Callaway JAWS (53°, 60°, 62°) with Rifle Project X 7.0 shafts
PUTTER: Odyssey White Hot XG Blade (Learn More)
BALL: Callaway Tour ix

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(Photo by Fred Vuich/SI)

March 11, 2010

Phil Mickelson Playing Two Drivers at Doral

Posted at 1:10 PM by David Dusek

Phil Mickelson Callaway Driver Doral MIAMI – With the wind gusting well over 30 miles per hour, defending WGC-CA champion Phil Mickelson has decided to add a second driver to his bag.

Butch Harmon, Mickelson's swing coach, told me on the driving range, "One hits it higher and the other hits it lower; that's really the only difference." However, he added that the lower-hitting driver is also slightly shorter.

Mickelson has been playing a Callaway FT-9 Tour Authentic driver with a Mitsubishi Fubuki shaft for more than a year. The driver he added today is a Callaway FT-5 Draw with a Mitsubishi Diamana White Board shaft (right).

According to Harmon, the two-driver strategy is being employed because of the windy conditions. "The lower-hitting one is more for crosswinds and into the wind. The high-hitting driver he probably won't hit as much. Maybe on 1, 2 and 5 because he can carry the bunkers with it."

Harmon said that the lower-hitting driver doesn't go as far, but Mickelson controls the ball very well with it.

"He was asking me about it when we got started," continued Harmon, "and I said, 'Hey, you won the Masters using two, so that's fine with me.' Then I told him that it’s a lot better than using any!"

Chuckling at his reference to Mickelson's decision not to play a driver in the 2008 U.S. Open at Torrey Pines, he said, "I won't tell you what he said to me after I said that, but it started with an F."

Photo by David Dusek

February 11, 2010

USGA Meets with Ping About Eye2 Irons

Posted at 3:57 PM by David Dusek

Phil-Mickelsons-PingEye2-Wedge Officials from Ping and the USGA met Wednesday in hopes of working out a reasonable solution to the controversy surrounding the use of Ping Eye2s with square grooves. At 3:16 pm Thursday I got the following e-mail statement from the USGA:

Officials from the USGA and PING met yesterday in Dallas to discuss the use of PING EYE2 clubs on the PGA Tour.

USGA President Jim Hyler issued the following statement today:

"We met with representatives from PING yesterday. Our conversation with PING regarding the status of the PING EYE2 irons on the major professional American tours was productive, and we are hopeful that a solution can be found that respects and reflects the best interests of golfers and the game." 

Eight minutes later I got an e-mail statement from Ping saying:

"We had a productive meeting with the USGA yesterday regarding the PING EYE2 groove debate on the PGA Tour,” said PING Chairman & CEO John Solheim. “I’m encouraged by their willingness to openly discuss some of the challenges the golf industry faces relating to equipment issues. We left the meeting with an understanding we would continue to seek a solution that benefits golfers and acknowledges the importance innovation plays in the game."

As Yogi Berra said, "It ain't over 'til it's over." And this baby is far from over.

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(Photo: Phil Mickelson's Ping Eye2 lob wedge, which he's no longer carrying. By Robert Beck/SI)




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