« Few boos for Sergio Garcia on first tee at Merion | Back to Main | Tiger gives Rory little brother treatment at U.S. Open Champions Dinner »

June 13, 2013

Phil Mickelson ditches driver in favor of five wedges

Posted at 10:57 AM by Coleman McDowell | Categories: 2013 U.S. Open, Phil Mickelson

MickelsonDid Phil Mickelson leave his driver in California? 

Following an early morning flight to Philadelphia from San Diego , Mickelson showed up at Merion with five wedges in his bag instead of a driver, according to the Associated Press. The 3-wood he'll use off the tee isn't his "Phrankenwood," but he can still carry 280 with the club.

Over the years, Mickelson has always been open to altering his club selection according to the tournament venue or weather. His short game coach, Dave Pelz, said in 2008 that Phil has 19 clubs that he feels comfortable rotating in and out. 

Phil's "Phrankenwood," a driver with a three-wood sized head, is just the latest in a list of notable equipment strategies he has used in the past. He won the 2006 Masters with two drivers (one set up to draw, one to fade), went with no driver for the first two rounds in the 2008 U.S. Open at Torrey Pines where he finished in 18th, and he broke out a nine-year-old Titleist fairway wood for the 2012 BMW Championship. 

Before the weather delay, Mickelson was even through five holes with one birdie and one bogey.

Add your comment, speak your mind

You can leave a comment without logging in. Or you can share your comment on one or more social networks by clicking the Login button and logging in to one or more of the social network options. Click on Share to choose how your post will be shared to friends.

Subscribe To Blog Headlines

Press Tent Archives

To view posts from a particular day,
simply select the date below.

December 2013
Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
8 9 10 11 12 13 14
15 16 17 18 19 20 21
22 23 24 25 26 27 28
29 30 31

<< Previous Months