Phil Mickelson is talking up the Phrankenwood at the Masters, a prototype extension of Callaway’s X Hot fairway wood technology.
Phrankenwood has a stainless steel construction with a Speed Frame Face Cup, made of high strength Carpenter 455 stainless steel, and an ultra-thin cast stainless steel body.
Mickelson says he achieved distance gain through the X Hot technology and began looking for a fairway wood built from this technology that he could hit off the tee as far as his driver, but with a flatter ball flight and with greater control of left-to-right shot shape.
With a combination of shape, size, ball speed and a significantly lower spin rate, he says he can do this effectively with the X Hot Phrankenwood prototype that has an 8.5-degree loft and is 250 c.c.
Mickelson is using a 45-inch Fubuki k 70X Prototype shaft in the club.
“I asked the engineers to take that technology in that club, in our three wood and just put it on steroids, which is probably not the best way to say it, okay?” said Mickelson.
“I wanted to make it more like a driver, so it looks like a three wood, but it’s bigger than our three wood. It’s almost like a small driver, but it’s the three wood technology of our X Hot into a driver,” he said.
“What it’s done is taken a lot of spin off of it and if you watch, you’ll see a lot of the shots off the tee that I hit have a lot more scoot on them,” said Mickelson.