by Jeff Skinner
Leave it to Phil Mickelson to push the envelope. The four time major champion has never been shy about experimenting with his equipment. He has played with two drivers in his bag and uses a 64 degree wedge. Well he may be joining the latest trend on tour: the long putter.
Phil was using a belly putter during a Pro-Am round at the Deutsche Bank Championship. It was an Odyssey Sabertooth just like the one Keegan Bradley used to capture the PGA Championship.
Mickelson and Bradley have grown close and play a lot of practice rounds together. Bradley has stated that having Phil mentor him has been very valuable to him during his rookie season. It looks like Bradley may be having a changing effect on Lefty also.
Phil used to be one of the top putters but he continues to miss short putts. Jim McCabe points out that he is T-133 at sinking putts from 4 feet.
It will be interesting to see if Phil puts the belly putter in play tomorrow. If so, he will certainly rank as the highest profile player to ever use a long putter on The PGA Tour. That may be enough fuel to feed the firestorm of the long putter invasion. Phil always likes to stir the pot and if he can make a few more short putts while doing it, all the better.