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NEWS  Mickelson misses victory by a couple of feet in first PGA TOUR start of 2011 Here’s a look at what Phil Mickelson had in his bag as he commenced his 2011 PGA TOUR season at Torrey Pines. One note: Phil said he had 72 yards and hit his 64-degree wedge on that last approach shot that he nearly jarred on No. 18.  Lefty’s tools of the trade: RAZR Hawk Tour Driver, 9.5 degrees Big Bertha Diablo 3-wood (15 degrees) Callaway Prototype Hybrid – 22 degrees RAZR X muscle back irons 5-PW RAZR X Forged 4-iron Callaway X-Series JAWS Wedges – 52, 60 and 64 degrees Odyssey PT 82 Putter New, optimized Tour iS Golf Ball Other Callaway players in the field this week Stuart Appleby, Alex Cejka, Scott Gutschewski, J.J. Henry, Jim Herman, J.B. Holmes, Fredrik Jacobson, Lee Janzen, Colt Knost, Derek Lamely, Tim Petrovic, Paul Stankowski and two Monday qualifiers: Len Mattiace and James Oh. Jacobson adds loft to Diablo Octane Driver at Torrey Pines Fredrik Jacobson added ½ degree of loft to his Diablo Octane Tour Driver (which was listed at 8.5 degrees this week) and was pleased with how it was playing going into the tournament. He finished tied for 25th. The Swede averaged 284 yards off the tee and tied for 13th best in the field in driving accuracy. Interesting tidbit: Freddie called in from a pro-Am round on Wednesday morning to ask reps in the Callaway Tour Trailer if they had any 7-woods because the rough was so high on the North Course. After a few trials with the 7-wood and a few hybrids, he went with a Diablo Octane Tour 5-wood (18 degrees), in addition to his Big Bertha Diablo 3-wood.   Holmes uses Callaway Performance Center to dial in clubs prior to Torrey Pines New Callaway staff pro J.B. Holmes worked at the Ely Callaway Performance Center last Monday to dial in some of the Company’s new equipment before making his 2011 debut at the Farmers Insurance Open, where he finished tied for 63rd. He settled on an FT Tour Driver (8.5 degrees) but will do some more fine-tuning in the weeks ahead. He also played a RAZR X Tour Hybrid (21 degrees), an X-Series JAWS 52-degree wedge and an X-Forged 60-degree wedge.  While at the ECPC, Holmes said the following about joining Callaway: “Callaway has great technology and it’s nice to have cutting-edge equipment. The staff has been phenomenal so far, and the service has been great. That’s what I’ve heard from other players—how great the service is with Callaway. Many players think it’s the best service on Tour. I’m looking forward to working with them more, but so far it has been phenomenal.” On working new product into the bag: “I’m going to be working on irons, a putter and the woods, so pretty much the whole bag. I’m already playing with Callaway wedges. I’ve also tested the RAZR Hawk Tour Driver and that won’t be too hard to get into the bag. I tried the new RAZR Irons as well and they are really good. So I’m looking forward to working with the product and getting it in the bag.”  Jim Herman, despite not encountering kangaroos on the course, asked to have the following new wedges made up: Slate Jaws 50/12, 54/12, and 60/0 wide sole.  Colt Knost endorses RAZR X Forged Irons after great week at Bob Hope Classic New Callaway staff pro Colt Knost reported that he was very pleased with the new RAZR X Forged Irons he put into play last week in Palm Springs. He said he liked the turf interaction they offered and told reps, “These irons will be in the bag for a while.”  New RAZR Hawk and Diablo Octane woods leading charge on European Tour Alexander Noren joined Thomas Bjorn and Alvaro Quiros in playing the new RAZR Hawk Tour Driver. All have found it to be an easy driver to switch to. More players put the RAZR X Fairway Woods in play this week.  The combination of RAZR Hawk Tour, Diablo Octane Tour and Diablo Edge Tour fairway woods saw Callaway top the category this week in Bahrain with 40 fairway woods in play; that was 32% of the 125 total fairway woods in play. A number of players are doubling up on the RAZR Hawk Tour Driver and RAZR Hawk Fairway Woods.  The RAZR X Hybrid is gaining momentum as well, with players reporting strong flight and playability. Again, teaming with the Diablo Edge Tour hybrids, Callaway led the European Tour field with 22 hybrids in play; that was 26% of the 83 total hybrids in play.  In a field of 98 highly ranked players on the European Tour, there were 90 clubs in play carrying the RAZR name.

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