Phil Mickelson is turning back the clock as he attempts to complete the career grand slam next month at the US Open held at Pebble Beach Golf Links.
Mickelson took to social media on Thursday morning as he prepared to play the opening round of the Jack Nicklaus hosted Memorial tournament to inform his fans that he had put two drivers in play for this week. And that he plans to maintain the strategy for the year’s third major.
The concept of carrying two drivers is not a new one for the left hander, who won the 2006 Masters with two Callaway FT-3 drivers as part of his setup, one designed to hit fades the other setup for draws.
RIGHT: Mickelson famously used two drivers to win the 2006 Masters at Augusta National. PHOTO: Andrew Redington/Getty Images.
Mickelson has removed a fairway wood to make room for the extra driver, with both drivers being Callaway’s Epic Flash model. His regular gamer, carrying 9˚ of loft, is the lower spinning Sub Zero model that has a shorter shaft length and allows the five-time major champion to hit “cute little cuts into the fairway”. While the new addition is the standard Epic Flash with 10.5˚ loft and a longer shaft length to hit what Mickelson called “bombs” in his twitter video that also poked fun at regular online sparring partner Bubba Watson.
The 48-year-old’s change appears to have worked after the opening round at Muirfield Village. Mickelson is currently tied for 23rd at two under par alongside Tiger Woods, and ranks second in driving distance with an average of 310.9 yards as well as owning the second longest drive of the day, with a 353 yard knock.