WATCH: Phil Mickelson brags about driving distance, offers latest tip at Pebble Beach
Ever since joining Twitter last year, Phil Mickelson has regularly dropped golf tips and jokes alike on his account to help the struggling masses. He was at it again on Tuesday, but this time from iconic Pebble Beach, where offered up a Raymond Floyd-inspired chipping tip and snuck in a boast about his driving distance, as is tradition.
Phil begins the video by setting the scene, a backdrop that is hard to top, before dropping a not-so-humble brag. “I’m here on the 10th hole at Pebble Beach, one of the most beautiful places in all of golf, getting ready for next week’s U.S. Open, coming off a tournament where I led the field in driving distance. Awesome!”
He then quickly adds a dash of humility by taking a dig at himself, saying, “And I had a great weekend off too, so that was cool.” (He shot 79 on Friday to miss the cut at the Memorial.)
Once the jokes are through, though, Mickelson gets down to business with a serious golf lesson you’d be foolish to not try out yourself. The tip Phil chose for his latest lesson has to do with bump-and-run chipping in rough around the green, something he notes is “critical to the scoring element” because “hitting bombs can only take you so far.”
For these bump-and-run shots, Phil suggests taking a cue from Hall of Famer Raymond Floyd. First, you want to play the ball off your back foot. Then, you want to make a putter-like stroke in which only the toe of your club makes contact with the ball. Combined, these steps allow the leading edge to get under the ball without hitting the sweet spot and sending your chip soaring across the green.
Check out the tip below.
It would be hard to find a better golfer to take short-game tips from, so ignore Lefty at your own risk. If he can follow his own advice, and continue to hit “bombs,” Mickelson could find himself in the hunt for his first U.S. Open title next week at Pebble Beach (as long as the USGA’s course setup is to his liking).
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