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Phil Mickelson: 'I'm Much More Emotional' Than Tiger Woods

Exclusive extras from Parade Magazine's March 27 cover story on Phil Mickelson

March 28, 2011

In these exclusive extras from PARADE's March 27 cover story, Phil Mickelson opens up about his family, game, and Tiger Woods.

What's in store for 2011.
"Last year was not a great year other than winning the Masters. That saved the year. I didn't accomplish a lot of things I had wanted to, and to be fair, I was derailed for some other reasons. I'm really confident in 2011. I'm excited for a couple of reasons: I feel great and I'm able to practice and work on my game and not have that affected, and my strength is back.

"Also, I've been working with Butch for four years and a lot of the changes we've implemented have taken effect--my golf swing is my golf swing and where it is today is where it's going to be for the rest of my career. I'm not going to be making any changes, trying anything different. All I'm going to try to do is refine it. Enhance my touch, keep my short game sharp, enhancing my shot making, hitting fades and draws and stuff with irons -being able to get to different pins. And my driver is my driver. If I want to hit it in the fairway, I'll hit a 3-wood or an iron off the tee. I'll hit a reasonable amount of fairways with my driver, but if I'm a little bit erratic, that's just the way I'm going to play. So what's exciting to me is that it's not a year of change it's a year of refinement and I see that as an opportunity to try and be creative, hit shots, shoot low scores and not worry about the technique."

The biggest difference between his style vs. Tiger Woods' style.
"Throughout his career he's been able to maintain a level of high performance consistently, whereas I'm much more emotional. I'll have highs and I'll have lows and I'll be much more up and down. He is very even keeled and somehow he's been able to be even-keeled at the highest level of performance. For me, I need emotion and adrenaline and excitement to get me to those highest levels and then consequently, there's always at some point going to be a fall out. I've never been able to stay at the highest level for a sustained period of time, whereas he has found a way to do it."

He's never going to be a conservative golfer.
"No, because I like winning. I'm not the kind of person that accepts getting a paycheck for a top ten finish. That's doesn't do anything for me. I love and really enjoy winning and to win on the PGA Tour you have to take risks, that's the only way. There are way too many guys that are too talented and too good for tournaments to be handed to players because everybody else failed. That's not what's going to happen and I think it holds some of these young guys back from wining more tournaments because they're either afraid or tentative to take on risk to take on shots or they just don't enjoy the challenge, they fear failure. You can't fear failure in this game because you're going to fail a majority of the time. It's the successes that you'd rather dwell on. That's part of my overall belief in being successful on the tour."

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