AUGUSTA, Ga. — Phil Mickelson’s supercharged Masters 2-wood is really a driver disguised as a fairway wood, Mickelson divulged Tuesday during a press conference.
The Callaway X Hot Phrankenwood (check out details here), inspired by the X Hot 3Deep fairway wood, has 8.5 degrees of loft, according to Mickelson. The design of the new club was suggested by Mickelson to Callaway chief designer Alan Hocknell. What Mickelson wanted was more rollout on his drives.
And that’s exactly what he is getting, he confirmed.
“It knocks the spin off the ball,” Mickelson said. “My tee shots on 9 are getting down to the bottom of the hill, and I haven’t been able to do that in years. My tee shots on 10 are going another 15 to 20 yards, giving me a club or two less than I’ve had in years. My tee shots on 15 are getting down to where I have one or two clubs less.
“The ball comes off (the clubface) fast, as well as low spin. It’s running, which is exactly what I wanted here.”
Mickelson practiced Friday, Saturday and Sunday here at Augusta National instead of playing in the Valero Texas Open in San Antonio.
Initial reports for the Callaway tour van indicated the club was a 2-wood with 12 degrees of loft, but Mickelson said the actual number was 8.5 degrees. The club is 45 inches long with a Mitsubishi Rayon Fubuki K 70X driver shaft.
“It’s a driver, but it just looks like a 3-wood, because our drivers are so big now,” Mickelson added. “This one is smaller. It’s an enhanced 3-wood. It’s hot like our 3-wood. We had to put Hot in the name, it’s so hot.”
Mickelson will carry the Phrankenwood in the Masters, along with a 13-degree X Hot 3Deep fairway wood.