March 15, 2016
Carlsbad, CA - Can you image Phil Mickleson is closing in on 50, yet he can still drive the ball nearly 300 yards off the tee. Plus, he's having his best year on TOUR since 2001 in driving accuracy, hitting that fairway 59.21 percent of the time. Though not as good as the top ranked Thomas Aiken (74.56%), still darn good for a guy whose game off the tee in the past has cost him on the scorecard and in the pocketbook.
A lot of folks attribute his renewed ability to hit more consistent tee shots with his new swing coach, others say it could be the change of equipment in his bag.
Since the beginning of the year, Mickleson has been using Callaway's new XR 16 Sub Zero Driver, a club the company says offers extreme low spin and specifically designed for the better golfer.
For Callaway, the XR 16 Sub Zero represents the lowest Center of Gravity the company has ever engineered in a driver. This means players with high swing speeds that generate a lot of spin can use the extremely low spin Sub Zero to drive the ball even farther. The XR 16 uses Callaway's new proprietary Carbon Triax Crown, said to be their lowest carbon crown ever to redistribute weight below the neutral axis.
The designers also added two interchangeable weights in the head (10g and 2g) to fine tune the launch and spin you need to maximize distance. You can move the heavy weight forward for the lowest spinning, flattest trajectory or move the heavy weight back to promote a slightly higher trajectory and more forgiveness.
Callaway is also offering from 20 premium, no upcharge shafts to fit your swing speed.
The XR 16 comes with 9.5 degree loft (right-handed only) and features a clubhead volume size of 440cc.
The suggested retail price for the XR 16 is $449.99 and should be in most stores by mid-April.