When Phil Mickelson hinted two weeks ago that he might play a new club at Augusta, the rumor mill quickly started spinning on golf message boards and social media. We knew what club Lefty was referring to, but we were still guessing whether it would make it into his bag. He finally put all the speculation to rest at his press conference on Tuesday and now we can officially say:
PHIL MICKELSON IS PLAYING THE CALLAWAY X HOT PHRANKENWOOD AT AUGUSTA.
We’ve got all the insights and info on Phrankenwood for you, courtesy of @ScottyG. Here’s the scoop:
The Callaway X Hot Phrankenwood is a prototype and a bold extension of X Hot Fairway Wood technology.
(Translation: It goes really, really far at really, really fast ball speeds)
Like other X Hot Fairway Woods, Phrankenwood has a stainless steel construction with a Speed Frame Face Cup, made of high strength Carpenter 455 stainless steel, and an ultra-thin cast stainless steel body.
It’s essentially Phil’s brainchild as he wanted a modern 2-wood (yes, a 2-wood, that’s not a misprint), and he worked closely with our R&D team to get this club developed for Augusta. Of course, this begs the question, how did he think of it in the first place?
The quick answer: he was inspired by new X Hot Fairway Wood technology.
Phil saw significant distance gains with this technology, to the point that he actually drove it over the green on a par-4 in Houston with his X Hot 3Deep Fairway Wood. So he started looking for a fairway wood built from this technology that he could hit as far as a driver, but with a flatter ball flight and greater control of his shot shape.
Sure enough, his X Hot Phrankenwood prototype provides a unique combination of shape, size, X Hot ball speed and a significantly lower spin rate to help him work the ball off the tee. And as we saw in Phil’s interview on Tuesday, he’s obviously excited about this club, which is bad news for the rest of the field.
His prototype model has an 8.5-degree loft and 250cc, and he’s using a Fubuki k 70X Prototype shaft in the club this week.
So what do you think, will Phil win a fourth green jacket with the Phrankenwood in his bag? Tell us in the comments section.