Cognizant Classic in The Palm Beaches

PGA National (Champion Course)


Phil Mickelson returns to old putter


When it comes to Phil Mickelson and his equipment, Lefty always is on the search for something he can add to his bag that he feels can improve his chances on any given week. Whether it be two drivers, no drivers or a 64-degree wedge, few top players shuffle clubs in and out like Phil.

That thinking extends to his putter as well. Although most of the talk regarding Mickelson and his putting at the WGC-Cadillac Championship centered on his use of the claw grip for shorter putts, Mickelson also returned to his Odyssey White Hot XG PM 18 putter—a prototype model that he has used on and off since the 2008 season.

At that time Mickelson said in an interview with Golf Channel, “They have never been able to put a line on a blade putter. But with the way they can grind it, they were able to put a line on it. I can align it so much better.”

Although the move might be curious given that Mickelson currently ranks inside the top 20 in strokes gained/putting, it’s hard to debate the move considering he is T-4 after three rounds at Doral.