MIAMI – With the wind gusting well over 30 miles per hour, defending WGC-CA champion Phil Mickelson has decided to add a second driver to his bag.
Butch Harmon, Mickelson's swing coach, told me on the driving range, "One hits it higher and the other hits it lower; that's really the only difference." However, he added that the lower-hitting driver is also slightly shorter.
Mickelson has been playing a Callaway FT-9 Tour Authentic driver with a Mitsubishi Fubuki shaft for more than a year. The driver he added today is a Callaway FT-5 Draw with a Mitsubishi Diamana White Board shaft (right).
According to Harmon, the two-driver strategy is being employed because of the windy conditions. "The lower-hitting one is more for crosswinds and into the wind. The high-hitting driver he probably won't hit as much. Maybe on 1, 2 and 5 because he can carry the bunkers with it."
Harmon said that the lower-hitting driver doesn't go as far, but Mickelson controls the ball very well with it.
"He was asking me about it when we got started," continued Harmon, "and I said, 'Hey, you won the Masters using two, so that's fine with me.' Then I told him that it’s a lot better than using any!"
Chuckling at his reference to Mickelson's decision not to play a driver in the 2008 U.S. Open at Torrey Pines, he said, "I won't tell you what he said to me after I said that, but it started with an F." Photo by David Dusek