What’s in the Bag: Phil Mickelson Eyes Return to Bethpage Black
Hall-of-Famer Phil Mickelson seeks to win his sixth major championship when he tees off next week in front of the vibrant New York crowds at Bethpage Black. Already with a win this year at Pebble Beach using Epic Flash, Chrome Soft X with Triple Track, and the new PM Grind wedge, Lefty heads into Bethpage with some fond memories, finishing runner-up in the 2002 US Open and T2 at the 2009 US Open. He knows he'll have the local crowds behind him all week and the right equipment in the bag to make it happen too.
Tournament: PGA Championship at Bethpage
Epic Flash Sub Zero
Mickelson especially likes the release patterns he’s seeing, and how it matches the release pattern for his fairway woods and irons, as well as the ball speed and distance from Flash Face. Epic Flash employs the groundbreaking Flash Face that was developed using Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning.
Phil continues to play Chrome Soft X on Tour specifically because of the ball speeds it promotes off the tee and the control with his irons and wedges. The performance starts with our groundbreaking Graphene-infused Dual SoftFast Core in a ball that promotes high-launch and low spin off the tee for long distance, soft feel, and incredible shot-stopping spin around the green. He uses the Chrome Soft X with the new Triple Track Technology, which helps to improve alignment compared to a regular side stamp aid and particularly helps promote better putting accuracy.
According to Mickelson, he likes that he can hit these utility irons very low with a lot of rollout in the fast and firm conditions, and they’re especially a great option off the tee for tight landing areas.
Phil likes the turf interaction and precision of the X-Forged mid-irons. The triple 20V grooves that are featured on them promote a high level of control and excellent spin out of any course condition. He recently put in the Apex Pro 19 short irons (8-PW) and he really likes how they help to optimize spin on each shot.
Phil co-created the PM Grind 19 Wedges with Callaway Chief Designer and legendary wedge maker Roger Cleveland. They worked on improvements to the PM Grind that make it easier to hit three essential shots Phil thinks every golfer needs: the knockdown, the hit and check, and the “Phlop”. These wedges feature offset groove-in-groove technology, and for the PM Grind 2019, Phil suggested machining the micro-grooves into the face at a 20º angle, making them perpendicular to the target-line, or close to it, when you open the face, promoting more spin on lob shots.
The number nine putter has been his go-to for years. He recently transitioned to the Odyssey Stroke Lab Nine Putter featuring the revolutionary Stroke Lab shaft, which incorporates a unique new method of weight distribution designed to improve the physical dynamics of the stroke.