Phil Mickelson Makes a Bold Statement About Driving Accuracy

Published 10/22/2021, 2:06 PM EDT
May 27, 2021; Fort Worth, Texas, USA; Phil Mickelson on the 14th tee during the first round of the Charles Schwab Challenge golf tournament. Mandatory Credit: Erich Schlegel-USA TODAY Sports


Phil Mickelson recently made a bold statement about the driving distance and accuracy. The 51-year-old is currently competing in the Dominion Energy Charity Classic, which is the first event of the three legs in the Charles Schwab Cup playoffs. However, his complete focus is on the Champions Tour, where he is looking to register his fourth win.

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Mickelson has had a great start to his Champions Tour career. He has won three events in his four starts and is looking to carry forward this momentum. However, the six-time major championship winner has made an interesting statement regarding the off the tee accuracy.

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Phil Mickelson prefers distance over accuracy

During the recent PGA Tour Champions Pro-Am event, Phil Mickelson revealed that driving distance is what he is looking at right now, and the accuracy is irrelevant. “I look at longest, like I try to hit it the farthest out here, and I was No. 1 in driving distance,” said Mickelson

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“That’s the way I look at it. If you want to look at stuff that’s irrelevant, have at it. What I’m looking at is distance, I want to hit it, I want to fly it 305 and try to – because I’m a really good wedge player, so if I get wedges in my hand, I’m going to be tough to beat.”

Apr 1, 2021; San Antonio, Texas, USA; Phil Mickelson watches his shot from the 12th tee during the first round of the Valero Texas Open golf tournament. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Dunn-USA TODAY Sports

Phil is confident that once he gets the distance off the tee, he is an unbeatable player, at least on the Champions Tour. Mickelson has an impeccable wedge game, which gives him an upper hand after gaining extra yards off the tee. Hence, Phil has said that accuracy is irrelevant, and it’s all about distance. 

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Meanwhile, Phil Mickelson ranked 81st in the recent Furyk and Friends event, yet he managed to win the tournament. Moreover, it is said that Phil is currently testing two drivers and is still unclear which one to go ahead with.

So what do you think? Is Phil Mickelson doing the right thing by chasing the distance? Let us know.

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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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