Mickelson credits ‘kissable’ new Callaway RAZR Fit Xtreme driver for latest victory
Phil Mickelson sealed a first career wire-to-wire win at the Waste Management Phoenix Open, and then predicted that thanks to his new RAZR Fit Xtreme Driver he could be about to ‘potentially play some of the best golf I’ve ever played’.
“I gave it a little kiss,” said the Callaway Staff Professional after his second round. “You saw today, I didn’t miss a fairway until 18, and even that was right on the edge.
“I had something really important happen to me on Tuesday when I got this Driver. This has really changed my game. I drove it phenomenal all week,” said an excited Mickelson, who came within the smallest fraction of an inch of starting his four rounds at TPC Scottsdale with a 59, lipping-out on the 18th.
Phil’s new RAZR Fit Xtreme driver has nominally 9.5° of loft, but is tuned to 8.1° of actual loft, with 5g of weight in the toe and 3g in the heel. The 45″ shaft is a Mitsubishi Rayon Fubuki K. 059 prototype model 70X
Such was the four-time Major champion’s dominance throughout the tournament – he led by four at the end of the first two rounds and by six heading into Sunday’s deciding 18 holes – that he chalked up one eagle, an incredible 29 birdies and only played two out of the 72 holes over par.
His 28-under par 256 finish was the second-lowest total ever in a 72-hole tournament on the PGA Tour and also marked another Mickelson milestone as the first player to post at least one PGA Tour victory for a record 10 consecutive years. He has now also won at least once in 20 PGA Tour seasons, putting him third on that list behind only Sam Snead (24 years) and Jack Nicklaus (21 years),
Mickelson, who ranked T12 in driving distance with 298.9 yards – including a 358 yard boomer in round two – and was also the tournament leader in greens in regulation with 87.5%, added: “This driver spins so low that I can have more loft on the club, – making it easier to hit. This has got to be good for every player I would think, but it sure as heck is good for me.”
As the longest fully adjustable Driver Callaway has ever measured, the RAZR Fit Xtreme debuts new technologies to advance overall performance and promote greater yardage.
Designed for players looking to tune their ball flight to create more distance in the low lofts, it is ideal for players seeking a Tour inspired head shape that produces a strong, penetrating flight that maximises carry and overall distance. The higher lofts are designed for a player looking to increase their distance while having the maximum ability to correct their ball flight.
Mickelson concluded: “By having it be a low spin driver with enough loft, and because it’s that RAZR Fit Xtreme where you can fit it, I was able to get it dialed in to where it goes straight. But I’m able to make the same golf swing as my irons so you’ll see me extend down the target line, you won’t see this kind of tilt because it’s not enough loft to get up and it’s not low enough spin to not float, and it really could be a revolutionary club for me.”
Neil Howie, managing director and president of Callaway Golf Europe, Middle East and Africa, said: “For a player of Phil’s calibre to see such a dramatic improvement when switching to the new RAZR Fit Xtreme tells its own story. Like Phil, we’re convinced all golfers will experience greater power and shot-making potential from this club.”
Phil’s Callaway/Odyssey bag for Phoenix:
Driver: Callaway RAZR Fit Xtreme 9.5°
Irons: Callaway RAZR X Muscleback (4-PW)
Wedges: Callaway JAWS Wedges (52°, 62°, 64°)
Putter: Odyssey Black Series Tour Design #9
Golf Ball: Callaway HEX Black Tour
Glove: Callaway Pro Series
Shoes: Callaway HX Tour
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