Equipment Insight: Phil Mickelson Odyssey Sabertooth White Hot XG Belly Putter
At last weeks Deutsche Bank Championship, Phil Mickelson switched his putter to belly putter which a lot of pros have been using lately on Tour with a lot of success. Phil’s belly putter is a Sabertooth with a White Hot XG insert. It is 45 ¼ inches long with a lie of 70 degrees. It has also been custom weighted to put more weight behind the face. A tungsten weight insert was machined to bring the putter up to the required belly putter head weight.
Last week, Phil worked with Austie Rollinson (Odyssey’s Principal Designer) here at the Odyssey Putting Lab in Carlsbad. There was one Sabertooth putter made for Phil. In fact, the putter that Phil is using was in the office of the main designer of the Sabertooth, Tom Hilton. Tom happens to be lefthanded, which is fortunate because there are not many lefthanded White Hot XG Sabertooth putters lying around these days.
Prior to building Mickelson’s putter, Rollinson consulted Odyssey PGA Tour rep Johnny Thompson, who was responsible for developing the putter spec used successfully by Keegan Bradley. (Obviously, Mickelson has played with Bradley recently and during practice rounds this year and has seen the putter up close.) After Rollinson and Mickelson spent some time in the Odyssey Putting Lab in Carlsbad this week, Rollinson made a couple of small changes to the putter, so Phil’s gamer is slightly different than what Bradley plays. Rollinson did make Phil a different belly putter—an Odyssey D.A.R.T. model—a few months ago that Phil tried at home before getting the Sabertooth last week.