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Callaway docs come to Mickelson’s rescue prior to Masters victory

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If Phil Mickelson’s 2010 Masters triumph is ever turned into a feel-good Lifetime movie, what transpired prior to the first major of the year will definitely need to be chronicled and put on the silver screen.

As GolfDigest.com’s Mike Johnson first reported yesterday, Mickelson cracked the crown of his Callaway FT-9 TA driver at the Shell Houston Open. Like the putter in his bag, Mickelson is very particular with his driver specs.

Instead of calling Callaway and requesting a new stick, Lefty decided to make things a bit more difficult on Callaway, asking the company to repair the cracked face, while also keeping the rest of the club intact. To say that’s an easy fix would be the equivalent to calling Mickelson’s miraculous shot on 18 easy.

Earlier today, Golf.com got the full report from Callaway on what it took to surgically repair Mickelson’s driver:

According to Callaway, the company, “performed an ‘unprecedented repair,’ removing the body from the clubface while never taking off the shaft in order to ensure that the loft and lie remained secure.”

Hocknell said, “We decided to remove the carbon composite body from the face, and we’ve never done that before, so everyone was a bit nervous. But through a lot of teamwork, we had a new body and weights installed by 1:30 p.m. on Monday.”

Mickelson reportedly sent a text to Dr. Alan Hocknell, the head of Callaway’s R&D team, with this text prior to getting the good news: “How bad is it, Doc? Is she gonna make it?”

She ended up making it through the procedure, arriving on Tuesday before the tournament. Mission accomplished.

Just remember, Callaway doesn’t do this kind of surgery for anyone. So the next time you crack or break your driver, please don’t ask the head pro for the number to Callaway Golf’s surgery hotline.

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Written by Jonathan Wall

04/14/2010 at 5:38 pm

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