Phil Mickelson: Technology was key to my British Open win
British open champ Phil Mickelson said that new technology worked into the design of his golf clubs helped him hit key shots in the final round of the major championship.
"Math and science is huge for me and my success," Mickelson told "Squawk on the Street" Friday. "Winning this championship, I look at the one thing that has really changed my game and it's been the 3 wood that I have been using."
"I'm a high-spin player and this 3 wood takes off half the spin that I was putting on it, which gets the ball boring through air," he explained. "Consequently, I hit the two best 3 woods of my life on the 17th hole to win."
Mickelson praised science, engineering and technology for playing a "big part" in the game of golf, as well as his own success. "I want to see kids enjoy it too and be motivated," he said.
The British Open winner will ring the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange Friday to promote awareness about the importance of science and technology in education. For the ninth year running, Mickelson host an academy at the Liberty Science Center in Jersey City for third, fourth and fifth grade math and science teachers to help keeping young students motivated in these key educational fields.
Mickelson said that there are two reasons for being at the top of his game: his prowess on the putting green and his recent success driving the ball.
"It all comes down to technology. What's happened is as the heads of drivers have gotten bigger and bigger, the center of gravity gets moved back and it causes an increase in spin," he explained. "To counteract that I've been decreasing the loft where it's harder to hit the driver. This new technology on the interior of the club takes the spin off of it, which allows me to have more loft and make my normal swing."
"Using the engineers and the science and technology of it, I've been able to improve my game and hopefully play some of the best golf of my career, not just at the open but in future years, he said.