Phil Mickelson invents new club with Callaway

By Adam BarrJuly 1, 2009, 5:06 pm
Phil Mickelson’s costly bogey on the par-4 15th hole during Monday's final round of the U.S. Open wasn’t what he had in mind. The club he used to hit his approach shot from the left rough to the fringe of the elevated green was exactly what he had in mind.
The club, an 18-degree Callaway hybrid prototype, was created in response to Phil's desire for a more versatile performing hybrid. Many Tour players help with the design of clubs, but Lefty was extraordinarily involved in this one, says Callaway, because his home in Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., is so close to Callaway's headquarters in Carlsbad, just up Interstate 5.
The idea came to Phil during a practice round for this year’s Northern Trust Open at Riviera Country Club. He told Callaway technicians that his dream utility club would behave like an iron from the fairway, and enable him to control distance consistently from the rough. Translation: crisp contact when his tee ball has earned it, and no fliers when it hasn’t.
With Mickelson's input, Callaway designed a clubhead shape that’s short from heel to toe and tall in the face, giving it a very compact look. The score lines on the face go all the way up, as they would on an iron; this helps channel away grass bits and moisture, even on balls contacted high on the face. The heel and toe are highly cambered, almost like the so-called C-grind on a wedge, the better to stay away from grabby grass blades. The heel has a lot of relief, so much so that Phil can even open the face – yes, with a hybrid – and hit an extra-long flop shot, which he did at one point on No. 15 Saturday from about 146 yards.
But the most striking aspect of Mickelson hybrid may be the sole, which looks almost like your dad’s old big-flange sand wedge. The front of the sole – essentially, the leading edge –is lower than the back of the sole as the club sits on the ground. This allows Mickelson to open the face, but it also helps move the center of gravity down and forward, which yields the kind of flight out of the rough that Phil was looking for. In the fairway, the part of the sole that actually goes through the turf is about the size of an iron sole, perhaps a little bigger.
The design process began after the Northern Trust Open (which Mickelson won), was into computer drafting by late April, and ready for Phil soon afterwards. That’s pretty rapid, compared to club development timelines of a decade ago.
Only one of these clubs exists now – and it’s a left-handed model, of course. Callaway is testing some RH prototypes, but can’t promise the club will ever make it to market. If it does, you’ll know who the inventor is, literally – word is Mickelson’s name may be listed on the patent application.
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Lexi (wrist) WDs from Diamond Resorts Invitational

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 11:27 pm

Lexi Thompson on Friday withdrew from the Diamond Resorts Invitational, citing inflammation in her wrist. Thompson, who teamed with Tony Finau to finish tied for fourth place in last week's QBE Shootout, said she is under strict doctor's order not to hit golf balls until mid-January.

The Diamond Resorts Invitational is scheduled Jan. 12-14 at Tranquilo Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. The field for te 54-hole event includes LPGA and PGA Tour Champions players, as well as celebrities from the worlds or sports and entertainment.

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Rose leads Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs

By Associated PressDecember 15, 2017, 2:04 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose completed the final two holes of his second round early Saturday for a 3-under 69 and a one-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose, who had a first-round 62, was among a quarter of the field forced off the Royale Jakarta Golf Club course after weather delays on Friday.

The Englishman, who bogeyed his last hole, had a two-round total of 13-under 131.

Kiradech Aphibarnrat, who completed his 64 on Friday, was in second place.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters. He has been affected by a rib-sternum injury for most of the season.

Newsmaker of the Year: No. 2, Donald Trump

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 1:00 pm

Even away from the White House, President Donald Trump generated plenty of headlines this year.

Trump’s first year in office didn’t dim his enthusiasm for the game, as he made splashy appearances at two big events, tweeted about golf to his more than 44 million followers, teed it up with some of the sport’s biggest stars, including Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Lexi Thompson, and fired a few eyebrow-raising scores. Logging more than 75 rounds since his inauguration, the 3-handicap has only bolstered his reputation as the best golfing president, particularly after his alleged 73 with Sen. Lindsey Graham.

None of his appearances created a bigger stir than when he attended the U.S. Women’s Open. Despite protests and calls for the USGA to move its premier women’s event from Trump Bedminster – the president reportedly threatened to sue – his weekend there went off without incident, as Trump watched the action and hosted players in his private box near the 15th green.

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Despite his controversial rhetoric on a variety of national issues, Trump has remained a staunch supporter of women’s golf, and he became the first sitting president to attend the U.S. Women’s Open.

An honorary chairman of the Presidents Cup, Trump also flew to Liberty National for the biennial team event, where he presented the trophy to the U.S. team and dedicated the victory to the hurricane victims in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico.

In late November, amid tweets about the national anthem, Turkey, Egypt and Time Magazine, Trump announced that he was playing a round in South Florida with Woods and world No. 1 Dustin Johnson.

Yes, that too became a headline, just like everything else Trump did in 2017.

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Reportedly fake TIME covers

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Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 12:30 pm