Phil’s At It Again, But Not What You’re Thinking

Phil Mickelson’s car sponsor created an advertising campaign in 2004 entitled, “What will Phil do next?” The focus was on tournament wins and hitting impossible shots that drew focus on what an extraordinary player Phil is.


The one area that Phil has excelled in is career that doesn’t immediately come to mind is as a co-designer in conjunction with the Callaway Golf engineering team. If you remember, Phil has most notably helped with the 3 Deep 3-wood and the Phrankenwood – which has helped shape how all manufacturers approach fairway wood design in respects to loft, spin, and center of gravity.

When the golfing public thinks of Phil Mickelson, the first image that comes to mind is his razor sharp short game and patented flop shop. We know he’s a master around the greens, and he has also helped co-design, with Roger Cleveland (Callaway’s chief club designer), the next wedge to watch.


Mickelson worked with Roger Cleveland to create a face that would give Phil a little more surface area when hitting the flop shot from the rough. The high toe design provides security that you can’t go completely under the ball in longer rough while laying the face open. You’ll see the patented Mack Daddy 2 grooves that extend all the way to the toe, to increase surface area from thicker rough.

Accompanied with the extra groove surface, there are four weight ports drilled in the back of the head, which allow for the added weight in the toe, designed to move weight higher and thus increasing spin.

“When you open the face of a wedge, you reduce the surface area that you want to hit on because you don’t want to get close to the hosel, which comes into play more when the face is open. You’re hitting out past the center, in the toe, hence the grooves out there.” - Roger Cleveland

For the wedge enthusiast, you’ll notice similarities between the Callaway PM-Grind wedge and the original Ping Eye 2 wedge that Mickelson carried off and on throughout the 2014 season.

The Mack Daddy PM-Grind wedge has a soft, smoky chrome finish that’ll reduce glare. It will be available in 56, 58, 60, and 64 degrees of loft with Phil Mickelson’s go to shaft, the KBS’s Tour-V (wedge flex) and the New Decade Multi Compound grip by Golf Pride.

There’s no excuses for your short game now. So get out there and put this wedge to the test!

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Callaway Driver Comparison: X Hot N14 vs X Hot


When it comes to trying to decide on a driver within the same line of clubs, things can be difficult and differences can sometimes blend together. While both the Callaway X Hot and X Hot N14 drivers share some of the same features, there are still some key differences to keep in mind when trying to select the best fit for you. Let’s take a look at the main features and benefits of both.

X Hot N14 Driver

The Callaway X Hot N14 driver can be best described as a scaled down version of the X Hot driver. The N14 driver features Callaway’s Speed Face connected to a lightweight, 460cc all titanium designed club head. This thin face delivers excellent ball speed due to a large sweet spot and increased forgiveness. Additionally, the internal club weighting helps reduce side spin on hooks and slices while producing a high launch, low-spin characteristic for optimal ball flight. It features the same grey color crown of the X Hot, but the face has a traditional steel color. Finally, it has a fixed hosel design with a fixed loft and no adjustability.

  • It’s easy to swing and has updated technology for delivering more distance and accuracy compared to what may be in the bag now.
  • This is a great choice for the weekend golfer that isn’t trying to break the bank.

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On the other end of the spectrum, the Callaway X Hot driver is a fully adjustable, lightweight, 460cc driver built to deliver fast ball speeds and an aggressive ball flight for maximum distance and forgiveness. The Opti-Fit hosel technology used in this driver allows you to adjust the clubface to an open, square, or closed position to reduce the side spin generated by your mishits or traditional side-to-side trajectory, whether it is a slice, face, hook, or draw. If you adjust the clubface to open or closed, you’ll also change the effective loft of the driver. The loft will be higher (if on a Closed setting) or lower (if on an Open setting) from the standard loft written on the club. The Speed Frame Technology incorporates variable face thickness with a hyperbolic face pattern to create a larger sweet spot which increases ball speeds across the entire face for longer, straighter, and more consistent distance. The overall weight of the club head of the X Hot driver was reduced by using an Ultra-Thin Wall casting design, which is the thinnest technology Callaway has ever used in a driver. The paint design of the club features a dark grey crown with a black colored face, which aids in aligning the clubface to your intended target.

  • Take advantage of the shot-shaping adjustability and next generation face technology to increase distance and impact ball flight.
  • This is the perfect fit for a large majority of golfers, from single digit to high handicappers alike.

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4 Easy Steps to Making Every Short Putt


With Quail Hollow set to host the PGA Championship in 2017, the Wells Fargo Championship will be a prelude to what we can expect to see in Charlotte, NC two years from now. This annual event continually has one of the strongest fields of the year and all eyes will be watching the leaderboard to see who best handles the treacherous, new bermuda greens, the closing holes commonly referred to as the “green mile”, and this overall tough test of golf that Tom Fazio has improved and toughened up in recent years. With that being said, consistently making putts inside of the 3-4 foot range is of utmost importance in any major championship, golf tournament, or recreational round. To consistently make all of your key putts be sure to follow these four keys steps below:

1. Practice with a Purpose

One of the most neglected aspects of many amateur golfer’s games is putting in quality time with the flat stick. All too often, most players head directly to the practice range, hit a couple of wedges, a few irons, and then spend the rest of their practice time hitting driver after driver with no focus or plan in mind. One great training aid which many tour players, including Phil Mickelson can be seen using before events is the Pelz Putting Tutor. This tool will not only help you square your clubface at impact but also help improve your green reading, speed, and overall confidence. More importantly, it will give you a sense of purpose while you are working on your stroke.

2. Accelerate through Impact

One thing all good putters have in common is that they accelerate the clubhead through impact. The surest way to miss short putts is to decelerate at impact and not make an assertive, confident stroke at impact. When players decelerate, the clubface is typically open through impact causing a miss below the hole and to the right since the ball is coming off of the toe of the putter. When this happens, you never give yourself a viable chance to make the putt because it doesn’t stay hole high for the duration of the putt – thus giving it no shot of it dropping in.

3. Visualize the Putt and Commit to the Line

Watch any good putter like Phil Mickelson or Jordan Spieth and you’ll notice that they don’t get overly technical with their stroke. Instead, they visualize the putt, commit to the line, and let it go. Having touch around the greens is of utmost importance and when you get too technical, you’ll stifle your creativity and ability to visualize making putts. Also, as your stroke gets overly technical you’re more susceptible to losing feel which will result in longer lag putts – going from the 3-4 foot range to the 6-7 foot range.

4. Be Confident

Nothing is harder to recover from than losing your confidence on the putting green. By putting in more time on the practice green and practicing the right way you’ll develop a confidence on those testy, short putts that you’ll need to make under pressure. Put your time in on the practice green and practice the correct way! When the time comes to make a 4-footer to win a big match, all of the time you dedicated to the flat stick will pay off as confidence runs through your veins.

Follow these tips and you will find yourself in better position to score!


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