Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Phil-Mickelson-Hybrid CHASKA, Minn. — Earlier this season, Phil Mickelson used a Callaway FT hybrid. But in the months leading up to the U.S. Open at Bethpage, Mickelson and the club makers at Callaway Golf created a very unique hybrid.When I asked him about it in June, Mickelson said, "This is a special club I actually made, taking the back part of the
hybrid out so that I can open it way up and get through that thick
rough."The photo on the right, taken during the U.S. Open, shows the club in detail.Although the rough here at Hazeltine is not as deep—and certainly not wet like it was at Bethpage—Mickelson told me today that nothing has changed in his bag."This is the same setup I had at the U.S. Open, and that I've had most of the year" he said. "It is the same hybrid. I think that it has performed very well out of this rough, and I expect to able to recover because of that club."He went on to say that when he misses fairways, he'll depend on the club to help him advance the ball.Follow David Dusek on Twitter(Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

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