Before the start of the HSBC Champions at Mission Hills in Shenzhen, China, Phil Mickelson pulled out his Callaway Big Bertha Diablo 3-wood and added a TaylorMade RocketBallz 3-wood to his bag.
If you follow the PGA Tour you know that Phil Mickelson is a ‘Callaway guy’. Besides his Ford and Barclays Bank sponsorships, Mickelson plays and endorses Callaway equipment. But in the recent HSBC Champions tournament in China, a broadcaster noted that Phil was crushing it with a TaylorMade 3-wood off the tee. So much so, in fact that he actually out-distanced playing partner, Louis Oosthuizen’s drive with the club.
Often, sponsors encourage players to completely embrace their equipment when a players is paid to use their clubs, especially with a major star like Mickelson. Also, eyebrows were raised because the 3-wood in question, a TaylorMade RocketBallz model, was not covered with its normal markings and white-enameled club head. It was, in fact an off-the-rack RocketBallz, but in a custom all-black configuration so that it would “blend” with Phil’s Callaway equipment.
The arrangement fit Mickelson with the capability to adapt his game to the Mission Hills course conditions. A Callaway prototype that would have accommodated Phil’s need to crush 290-yards instead of his normal 275 was on its way, but not in time to use in China. So, as testament to the flexibility of his equipment contract and the agreeable nature of his Callaway partners, Mickelson got the the 3-wood “tailor made from TaylorMade”, so to speak.
For details see: The Shop Blog: Mickelson playing stealthy TaylorMade fairway wood in China: November 02, 2012 Mickelson playing stealthy TaylorMade fairway wood in China Posted at 2:54 PM by David Dusek | Categories: Callaway, Fairway Woods, Phil Mickelson, TaylorMade, Titleist