Phil Mickelson loves his new 3-wood


Yes, that was Phil Mickelson taking out a 3-wood on the 18th hole Sunday at Riviera Country Club. Phil the Thrill, needing a par to escape with a one-stroke victory, eschewed his driver on the par-4, 475-yard finishing hole for his 3-wood and proceeded to stripe his drive down the center of the fairway. That set up a 6-iron approach and a successful two-putt for his second consecutive win at the Northern Trust Open.
Mickelson, in a post-round press conference last week, professed his love for his new Callaway Big Bertha Diablo 3-wood (15 degrees), which he used last week as an alternate driver on some holes, including the 18th on Sunday. “I’ve never had a 3-wood that’s this easy to hit and gets up that high,” said Mickelson, noting that it was the first time in his career he felt so confident standing on the tee with a 3-wood.
Mickelson also used his 3-wood on the par-5, 503-yard 1st hole during Saturday’s blistering round of 62, setting up a 5-iron approach for eagle. He eagled the first hole on Friday and Sunday, too, using the same approach off the tee.
“[It] gives me two alternatives off the tee,” said Mickelson. “I can maybe carry some bunkers with the driver, and if I can’t or want to play to a fatter part of the fairway, I feel like I’m not losing any distance with my 3-wood so, it’s giving me an alternative club to drive with.”
The Big Bertha Diablo fairway woods feature a short, straight hollow hosel design which allows more weight to be moved to the perimeter of the clubhead for added stability. The all-stainless steel heads are strategically shaped (in draw and neutral head shapes) to optimize the CG (center of gravity) and help achieve your desired ball flight.