Mickelson using 'devices' to retrain eyes
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Phil Mickelson ended a roughly two month break from the game with a recent nine-day practice bender. On Wednesday at the FBR Open, he said of his game, "It seems like it's coming."
Mickelson won twice last year and helped the U.S. win back the Ryder Cup, but he never factored in the major championships.
"A big issue for me last year was really putting," Mickelson said. "I just didn't feel comfortable on the greens and struggled and tried a lot of different things. I went to the putting studio with Callaway to get on the monitors and see what was going on. [Dave] Pelz and I went there just before the Ryder Cup to try to get this thing ironed out.
"I found that the stroke was actually how I had wanted it," Mickelson continued, "but my face angle and alignment was off almost a full degree, so I've been spending the off-season, even though I haven't been playing, using devices that train my eyes to line up properly. I feel like if I can line up properly, it will help my putting immensely. It's felt better since. I putted good at the Ryder Cup, I putted the best week of the year at the Tour Championship, and in the off-season it has felt just as good, so I feel confident this will be a good putting year because of that."
Mickelson did not elaborate on what devices he was using on his eyes.