We’ve all come to expect that Mickelson will unveil some crazy equipment change at the Masters. In 2006, he teed up with two drivers, one with a draw and one with a fade, to play the different angles of Augusta National. The gamble paid off for Mickelson, who won his 2nd green jacket that year.
Mickelson, who has been erratic with his driver in his past two starts, will experiment this year when he tees off with a new prototype designed by himself and endorsed club company, Callaway called, The Phrankenwood!
The club looks like an elongated 3-wood fitted with a 45-inch, Mitsubishi Rayon Fubuki K 70X driver shaft and modified to only 8.5 degrees loft.
According to GolfWRX, the new club, officially named, Callaway X Hot Phrankenwood, produces lower spin and more distance, and also allows Mickelson to hit it from the deck if needed.
The Phrankenwood measures 250 cubic centimeters, 190 CC’s less than Mickelson’s Razr Fit Xtreme driver that he has used for much of 2013. But it’s 65 CC’s larger than Mickelson’s 3 wood, a 13-degree Callaway X Hot Pro 3 Deep, which Mickelson used as the longest club in his bag at the Shell Houston Open two weeks ago.
Mickelson seems to be hitting well with the club, saying in a press conference earlier in the week:
“If you watch, you’ll see a lot of the shots off the tee that I hit have a lot more scoot on them. Tee shots on (No. 9) are getting down to the bottom of the hill, and I haven’t been able to do that in years. Tee shot on (No. 10) is getting another 15-to-20 yards, giving me a club or two less than I’ve had in years. The tee shot on (No. 15) is getting down to where I’m getting one or two clubs less in because it comes off fast, as well as low-spin. So it’s running, which is exactly what I wanted here.”
I’m normally an erratic driver so like Mickelson, I will sometimes tee off with my 3-wood. This seems like my type of club… let’s see if he can win it first before I consider buying one!