Why Carry Two Drivers?

Wednesday February 21st, 2007
Phil Mickelson's two-driver strategy was very 'Old School.' <span class="picturesource">Getty Images</span>

Phil Mickelson made big news a few weeks ago when he won the BellSouth Classic by a whopping 13 strokes. Part of the story was his use of two drivers (he dropped the sand wedge).

His drivers' specs were:

  • Driver No.1 - Callaway Fusion FT-3, 9.5 degree loft, 45-inches, fade bias

  • Driver No.2 - Callaway Fusion FT-3, 9.5 degree loft, 46-inches, draw bias
  • Phil's approach is a clever one-he's struggled at times with the big stick-but it's not a new way to attack the golf course. I wrote a piece in GOLF Magazine 16 years ago that addressed this very subject. Consider this:

    The 1990 U.S. Open will be remembered for Curtis Strange's pursuit of the ghost of Willie Anderson and for Hale Irwin's gut-wrenching playoff victory over Mike Donald. Overlooked in the excitement, however, was Donald's method of navigating Medinah's narrow tree-lined fairways. To multiply his options off the tee, Donald carried two drivers, basing his pick on a hole's properties.

    Absolutely.

    They're both functional, as the pros have proved, and easy on the psyche. If you're having difficulty hitting your distance driver one day, then switch to the accuracy driver on long holes, too. I'd add, though, that skilled amateurs would likely benefit most from this set makeup; higher handicappers would be better off learning to hit one driver.

  • The shaft of the distance driver should be standard or longer (45-inches or more). The longer shaft results in a bigger swing arc for greater distance.
  • The accuracy club should be easier to control with a shorter shaft (44 inches or so) but not as short or lofted as a 3-wood.
  • The lofts, like in Mickelson's drivers, should be identical or within one-half degree of each other. And you, too, can fidget with head weighting to create a ball flight that draws or fades.

    One final note: Drop a club from your bag so you're within the 14-club limit.


    Rob Sauerhaft is the Managing Editor of Equipment for GOLF MAGAZINE. E-mail him your questions and comments at golfletters@golfonline.com

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