AUGUSTA, Ga. — Phil Mickelson is known for changing the clubs in his bag based on the course setup and the conditions. This week, he's planning to go back a strategy that helped him win the 2006 Masters—two drivers.
When asked on Tuesday if he planned to make any adjustments to his bag after winning last week's Shell Houston Open, Mickelson said, "Nothing that really stands out. Other than I am going to have two drivers this week."
Right, that's not unusual at all.
"Because it's going to be warm, I won't need a 3-iron or a hybrid, so the longest iron I'll have is a 4-iron," Mickelson said. "But really, into the par 5s, I won't need anything less than that, or more than a 4-iron into the par 3s."
Mickelson added that if the temperatures stay cool that he might need a 3-iron to reach the 240-yard par-3 fourth hole, but he noted that the forecast is for the heat to return later in the week.
The three-time Masters champion said that the strategy behind carrying two drivers is not about working the ball left or right. "They both draw and fade the same, that's not the purpose of it," Mickelson said. "One has an inch longer shaft and a different loft."
Mickelson said that carrying a second, longer driver would allow him to carry the fairway bunkers on the two front-side par 5s, the 575-yard second and 570-yard eighth. Last week in Houston, Mickelson used a Callaway RAZR Hawk Tour (9.5°) with a Mitsubishi Fubuki A70 shaft. See-Try-Buy: Learn more about Callaway clubs, and schedule your fitting with GolfTEC or Golfsmith. Related: Gallery: Drivers Masters champions are using | Follow David Dusek on Twitter | Facebook (Photo by Brian Snyder/Reuters)