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I've been hesitant to weigh in on this because I am very biased. I really like Phil and want him to be #3. But I will try to be objective. As for the arguments that Phil was not "Dominant" and not "#1 in WGR" IMO that is not relevant since we are discussing #3 overall and many lesser players had short stints at World #1 and they are not in the conversation. The real challenge to who is #3 is between Hogan & Mickelson. I know, Hagen has 11 Majors but much lower SOF. I have accepted that in the case of Tiger/Niklaus 15 > 18. Phil wins the SOF points over Hogan but saying 6 > 9 is a harder for me than than saying 15 > 18. Another factor is longevity. Phil is still competitive after 30 years. Hogan was competitive @ 20 years ( @ 1940-1958/9) and that says a lot to me.
For now I am going call it a tie with a biased leaning towards Phil. WHEN Phil wins at Torey Pines that will cement his position in my mind. OK, I am not claiming to be psychic, just hopeful.
We golfers can use all the help we can get is my opinion. There is a reason why peo golfers carry 5 woods or hybrids as well. It just makes the game easier. I played blades for to long i guess, i am not to far off but the little extra help my irons give is just worth it. ( i play mizuno jpx 921 forged ) i recently switched my woods from titleist 917 d3 to cobra radspeed xb and my 3 hybrid is a radspeed as well that one is so easy to hit. I will trim down the length of the driver and 3 wood to 45inch and 42 inch. To give me some more control.
This is something I noticed at approx the same point in the swings. Notice the angle of your trail arm with the club shaft compared to the pro’s. There are plenty better people here to comment on this but I thought I’d show you a comparison.