Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Augusta National once again provided the backdrop to a fantastic golf tournament, and produced a popular champion. Phil Mickelson played very solidly, and seems to have found the just the right formula for playing well in majors. Here are two things I am taking away from this year's Masters:

1.) Phil Did It The Old Fashioned Way
Some traditionalists out there already saying that Phil Mickelson's successful experiment using two drivers at the Bell South Classic and the Masters is not right. It's technology trumping talent and somehow, in their eyes, it taints his victory.

I couldn't disagree more. If anything, Mickelson is going back to the future and using a strategy that's as old as the game itself. Can you remember Drivers and Brassies?

Before the 14 club rule went into effect, golfers carried lots of clubs and many were designed for very specific situations. There were clubs for hitting out of the water (water club) deep grass and depressions (Rut iron) and other kinds of trouble. You were only limited by your budget and how many clubs your bag could hold.

So in that regard, Phil Mickelson's strategy of using two drivers — one that has a draw bias and one with a fade bias — is not new at all. His advantage (if you want to call it that) is golf club manufacturers today can now make internal modifications to clubs that can produce the shot you are looking for. But lets remember, good players have been adjusting their equipment for years. Shaving the face of a wooden club to improve ball flight was one way and, lead tape was and is commonly put on clubs by players to help improve or adjust a club's performance. Mickelson's weight adjustments are just being done on the inside of the club, not the outside.

2.) It's An All New Augusta

Peter Kostis, is a Contributing Writer for GOLF MAGAZINE, as well as a Top 100 Teacher and golf analyst for CBS Sports television. E-mail him your thoughts at kostis@golfonline.com

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