Phil Mickelson as of late
So I am a big phil fan, infact I usually don't watch the tournaments he doesn't play in or if he misses the cut, honestly ever since he won the Masters in 2010. I just love how he plays. I do have a question though, I know back in 2010 somewhat in 2011 he was all about hitting bombs off the tee and he was usually Top-10 in driving distance, flying the ball 300+. Now it seems like it is going the other direction, infact when he was playing with Luke Donald, a lot of times Luke was past Phil off the tee. I know he has his deal with arthritis and he's geting older, now is that the reason or is he not going after it anymore, or did he change his driver to scale in more for accuracy (higher loft, different shaft, shorter length etc.) I am asking because I liked watching him hit bombs not knowing where it would end up, funny thing is he doesn't seem to be hitting the ball much straighter now.
Interestingly enough, looking at his stats, his CHS average is 116.7 this year, last year was 118.5, 2010 was 119.5. Nothing for 2009 but 2008 was 117.3. And then 2007 he was up at 122mph but ranked 29th in distance because he had low smashfactor, low launch angle and high spin. I just think it is interesting going through it.