Phil Mickelson Reveals the Reason for Using a Heel-Shafted Putter Throughout His Career

Published 04/30/2022, 1:56 PM EDT
May 7, 2021; Charlotte, North Carolina, USA; Phil Mickelson during the second round of the Wells Fargo Championship golf tournament. Mandatory Credit: Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports

For most of his career, Phil Mickelson has been using a heel putter. He continues to do so to date and has never experimented much with this club. Over time, golf club manufacturing companies have introduced plenty of new technologies to their putters. However, Mickelson still chooses the old-school heel-shafted putter. 

Moreover, Phil once revealed the reason for using this putter in The Dan Patrick Show. He was at the show with the Australian golfer, Jason Day, during the 2017 Presidents Cup. “I have two or three putters that I like,” said Phil. “When you grow up putting, you develop a stroke that’s around your putter.” 

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“So the way the face rotates the way you tend to gravitate towards putters like that. So I grew up with a blade heel-shafted putter. And when the shaft gets more towards the center, there’s not as much rotation, I don’t putt well,” revealed Mickelson

Can Phil Mickelson compete on the PGA Tour once again?

Phil Mickelson has been away from golf for around three months now. He had taken a break from the sport after his comments about the PGA Tour and the rival Saudi League went viral. He faced plenty of backlashes and trolling and was forced to apologize for the same. Yet, most of his sponsors ended their deals with Phil. 

However, he was recently spotted at a golf course in California playing a round of golf. This was his first sighting after around three months, as he most probably is preparing himself for the upcoming PGA Championship. But, the 51-year-old has also requested the PGA Tour for an exemption, as he wants to compete in the inaugural edition of the LIV Golf Invitational Series. 

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AL MUROOJ, SAUDI ARABIA – FEBRUARY 04: Phil Mickelson of the United States reacts on the 9th hole during day two of the PIF Saudi International at Royal Greens Golf & Country Club on February 4, 2022 in Al Murooj, Saudi Arabia. (Photo by Luke Walker/WME IMG/WME IMG via Getty Images)
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Jay Monahan, the PGA Tour president, has already made it clear that players competing in the rival league will face consequences. Hence, it will be interesting to see whether Phil or any other player will get a chance to compete on the PGA Tour. 

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What do you think? Should the players competing in the rival LIV Golf Invitational Series be allowed to compete on the PGA Tour? Do let us know in the comments section below.

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Amey Kulkarni

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Amey Kulkarni is a Golf writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his Bachelor’s degree in mass media from HR College, Mumbai. Before joining EssentiallySports he used to write articles on Golf and Cricket on his personal blog cricgolf.

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