COMMENTARY: Golf Digest and Phil’s secret weapon

In a recent article published by Golf Digest for the U.S. Open 2021:
“The new secret weapon Phil Mickelson has in his bag at Torrey Pines”. (see link below)
It is my belief that they are commenting on the specialty driver (i.e. a 2-wood type) that Phil has used in the past. The history of a 2-wood in golf is worth looking at as well as examining the benefits it would provide. Personally, I used a 2-wood in my early days. The fact is that this type of club was specifically designed for easing the difficulty of hitting a driver off the deck. I have played with many players who can do that but this specialty design makes the error less likely. Note that I don’t say it eliminates the error just lessens the likelihood. 

https://www.golfdigest.com/story/us-open-2021-secret-weapon-phil-mickelson-has-in-his-bag-at-torrey-pines

With the considerable advancements in the design of the 3-woods I would think that it would be less likely for the average player to have this specialty club in their bag. Only think that I can see this type club does is to increase the size of a 3-wood head and add some length to the shaft for more speed, which both conditions will add slightly more carry. However, with the bomb and gouge play see today it would be very course specific when put in play. That is where the PGA Professional can show his worth in understanding that modifications to his club supporting the course management decisions he makes on a weekly basis.

Most of us, even avid golfers, don’t necessarily have that precise a game needing this type of specialty club in our bag on a daily basis. However, I would not discourage any player from looking into the ‘mini-driver’ or 2-wood for specific courses. There are plenty of options out there for acquiring this option. Taylormade attacked the problem several years ago but they had limited success and the product has disappeared from their line.

Every player must consider every aspect of his game an the needed equipment to find success so don’t discount the idea. Investigate thoroughly and decide from there you needs.

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