I wonder why he keeps tinkering around with putters especially when he's 3rd in putting average. Do you think he's "overly" preparing for each major?
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I believe this actually stems from a tournament late in the season last year when Phil showed up with a TM 3 wood. Phil was out driving the others that were using driver and hitting way more fairways. Obviously Callaway is paying him too much to carry that club every week, but I think they're still trying to re-create one for Phil.
Phil is the same guy who, at the British a few years ago, elected to his 3 wood on a hole with a 265ish yard carry because the winds were blowing like 25mph and he was told before the round that in a high wind the 3 wood, with a higher trajectory should theoretically go farther than a driver because of the tail wind. Needless to say everyone else was making the carry with their driver, Phil hits 3 wood and comes up short in the rough.
This is just what the golf industry is looking for. A fairway friendly hybrid driver. If it works out for Phil, get in line.
That's right! I totally forgot about that. He wouldn't shut up about that his "RazrFit Xtreme" ... sounded kinda like when they interview the race car driver and he can never say "my car" or "the car," but instead has to say "the #24 Dupont Chevy" every time. :)
So I guess this means the honeymoon phase is over.
Well it's a plausible hypothesis - he may not feel he's completely "ready" otherwise - not doing enough to prepare. Who knows what's really going on in his mind. Maybe he'll rationalize all the tinkering to us all at some point.
My brother was down there Monday and Tuesday (with passes that allowed him early entrance and access to the players). He asked Bones what the "secret weapon" was and he said "3-wood". He was texting everybody that yesterday afternoon on his way home, and was crazy when I told him the guys on TV are calling it a 2-wood.
"PHIL AND BONES SAY IT IS A 3-WOOD!!!" I'm like, whatever....
I'm just relating what they are saying. I have no idea what it is. And my brother said Bones called it a 3-wood. Horse's mouth.
Don't know if Phil will game it, but it looks like he's trying out a couple if X Forged irons in place of his X MB irons. Still tinkering to the last day...
Yesterday during his press conference he said it was 8.5 loft. He plans on using is past the Masters during the season. Better control, but "hot" off the face.
High velocity, I guess. Control of a 3-wood, distance of a driver (or farther). Hot = distance, less spin.
BTW, last I looked, Lefty was leading the Par-3 contest. Guess he's not superstitious. Don't think anyone who has won the Par-3 has gone on to win the Green Jacket that year.
Whatever Callaway wants it to mean? Heck, what does "Speed Frame Face" mean? I'm going with nothing ... but it sounds flashy.
Here's another question ... how does this club provide more control than a driver? I thought the main reason why 3-woods were easier to hit straighter than a driver was exactly the same reason 5 woods were easier to hit straighter than 3 woods, and why every other shorter club was progressively easier to hit straighter than the previous club ... because it had more loft, thus mmore "backspin" relative to "sidespin."
Call it a 2 wood, call it a 3 wood, I don't care, but to me it's just a small headed driver. And there is a reason why all companies have been making driver heads bigger, and why all players, including top pros, have been using those bigger headed drivers.
Hot versus a 3-wood, maybe. It's less than 15˚, so the CoR limit applies, no matter what Callaway calls it.