Phil Mickelson is so unpredictable that he’s predictable. I can’t say I was shocked when I saw reports coming from TPC Boston early Thursday morning that Mickelson was practicing with a 45-inch Callaway belly putter before his pro-am for the Deutsche Bank Championship.
Golf Digest‘s Ron Sirak tweeted (and posted the picture above): “Phil Mickelson practices with 45-inch Callaway long putter before pro-am Thursday at Deutsch Bank Championship.”
Another photo of Mickelson’s bag with the long putter and regular putter via Sirak:
He also reported that Phil was using the long putter during his pro-am round.
Mickelson has struggled particularly with his short putting lately — most memorably, he missed several three-footers that killed his momentum during his final-round surge at the Open Championship in July. He said last week during his presser at The Barclays he had no problem with non-traditional putters, which have become the latest craze on Tour in the last few months.
“I wouldn’t rule it out,” he said when asked if he’d ever consider using a long putter. “But I think there are certain things technique-wise that you have to understand to do it well, to putt well with it. It swings differently than a normal putter in your hands and I don’t know those idiosyncrasies, those little secrets, if you will. So I don’t really putt very effectively with it.”
I wrote last Wednesday I wouldn’t be surprised to see Mickelson tinkering with a long putter in the near future — turned out to be only eight days later. I’m looking forward to his thoughts on it after the pro-am and whether or not he’ll put it in play this week in competition. I’m guessing he’ll give it a go. After all, it can’t really hurt.