Teeing Off

March 28, 2010

MY BAG

FOR THE ARNOLD PALMER INVITATIONAL

Phil Mickelson

"My hybrid is a special club. I took the back part out so I can open it way up and get through thick rough."

DRIVER

Callaway

FT Tour (7.5°)

SHAFT

Mitsubishi

Fubuki (extra stiff)

IRONS

Callaway

X prototype (four through PW)

SHAFTS

Rifle

Project X (7.0 flex)

GRIPS

Golf Pride

Multicompound

FAIRWAY METAL

Callaway

Big Bertha Diablo (15°)

SHAFT

Mitsubishi

Fubuki (extra stiff)

PUTTER

Odyssey

PM White Hot XG blade

BALL

Callaway

Tour i(s)

HYBRID

Callaway

Prototype (22°)

SHAFT

Mitsubishi

Diamana Thump (extra stiff)

WEDGES

Callaway

X Series JAWS (52°, 58° and 64°)

SHAFT

Rifle

Project X (7.0 flex)

ON THE NUMBER

Four More Years

It's no secret that the longer, less-lofted irons are more difficult to hit. The two-iron has all but disappeared, and thanks to the availability of hybrids, the three is increasingly rare. Many teaching pros argue that there's no need for a recreational golfer to carry anything longer than a five-iron. Maybe, but GolfTEC, an instruction and club-fitting company, surveyed its clients and found that for now, the four-iron lives.

LONGEST IRON IN THE BAG

[The following text appears within a chart. Please see hardcopy or PDF for actual chart.]

Four-iron 60%

Three-iron 15%

Five-iron 25%

Source: GolfTEC

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PHOTOFRED VUICH (BAG AND BALL) PHOTOROBERT BECK (MICKELSON) CHARTSLIM FILMS THREE ILLUSTRATIONS

HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
OUT
HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
IN
Eagle (-2)
Birdie (-1)
Bogey (+1)
Double Bogey (+2)