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Thursday
Feb082018

Phil's 213th In Driving Accuracy, Up In Distance And Bullish On His Prospects In 2018

It's always fun when Phil Mickelson talks these days--an increasingly rare opportunity for the press--so enjoy Dave Shedloski's GolfDigest.com item on Lefty's improved distance but less-than-appealing driving accuracy numbers (213th). Because you know there's a theory behind it all!

But it’s a change you can’t see. No, he is still swashbuckling Phil. But perhaps the new iteration won’t have to be so gosh-darn entertaining. Which would make him eminently more competitive.

An offseason leg-strengthening program might soon pay dividends. Always enamored with the long ball, Mickelson is averaging 305 yards off the tee, 13 yards longer than his driving average in 2017. He ranks 39th on tour in that category. His clubhead speed, he said, has increased four miles per hour, and his ball speed is up significantly, too.

“My legs were always very passive in my swing, and now I’m able to get more of a whip effect and push off the ground,” he explained. “It’s increased the speed right away. From a biomechanical standpoint, I’ve always had plenty of upper body speed, including the hands, but I was weak using my legs for power.”

And why is this cause for encouragement?

“The two areas that I’ve been weak in over the last five years and have held me back are driving and short putts, and I believe they are both becoming strengths,” he said. “If that’s the case, then I’m going to have a good year. I believe what I’m doing is going to make a huge difference.”

Mickelson opened with a 69 at Spyglass Hill.

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Imagine if Phil had a designated driver. He has always been searching but I've seen some loose short game shots the last few weeks so now that he has his driver figured out it is time for more chipping practice. The search never ends.
02.9.2018 | Unregistered Commentermunihack
''The search never ends''

+2

Muni- we all live there. ~dig~.
02.9.2018 | Unregistered Commenterdigsouth
@Munihack - I don't think Phil being 213th in driving accuracy means he has his driver figured out. He changed to the Rogue driver because it is supposed to be more forgiving(Larger sweet spot). So naturally his accuracy is getting worse.

www pgatour com/tour-insider/2018/01/17/phil-mickelson-fixed-driver-careerbuilder-challenge-return.html
02.9.2018 | Unregistered CommenterOWGR Fan
We never know what Phil will do. But he's doing great at Pebble right now.
02.9.2018 | Unregistered Commenternancy
@OWGR
I was hoping my sarcasm was self evident.
02.9.2018 | Unregistered CommenterMunihack
@Munihack.... Apologies. My sarcasm detector must be off LOL.... My apologies. Bad day (Saturday) with the putter for Phil.
02.10.2018 | Unregistered CommenterOWGR Fan
Figjam is good. Just ask him
The game is more interesting with Phil playing well. When the leaderboard is Young Whippersnapper, Young Whippersnapper, DJ, Young Whippersnapper, Phil, Young Whippersnapper, etc., I'm in all the way. Last couple of events have been fun.
02.11.2018 | Unregistered CommenterJohn

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