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Fresh off his 35th victory on the PGA Tour, Phil Mickelson has a business proposition. After collecting his $1.1 million paycheck, Mickelson is offering recreational players a chance to learn some of the secrets to his success. “My ideas about the short game are very different from a lot of the instruction I see out there,” said Mickelson. “The goal here is help golfers build a foundation so that their practice time directly correlates to improved scoring on the golf course.”
The Arizona State alumni has teamed with Emmy Award-winning producer/director Terry Jastrow to create Phil Mickelson: Secrets of the Short Game. The two-disc instructional set focuses on all shots played from 50 yards and in will be available on DVD April 7 from CBS Home Entertainment and Paramount Home Entertainment.
Jastrow has produced other instructional tapes in golf with Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and others. “No great golfer has done an instructional program in more two decades. For years people have acknowledged Phil has a superior short game, but the question they still ask is, ‘How does he do it?’ Here Phil finally gives his answers.”
Mickelson has been outspoken on various topics throughout his career and it has landed him in some hot water at times. He doesn’t pull any punches with his thoughts on how recreational players can improve their short game techniques. On two popular chipping instructions, that “the club should go back and through the same distance” or that there should be “no wrist” in the swing, he said this: “If anybody teaches you one of those two methods, go somewhere else. There is one great way to chip and it is a method that I call ‘hinge and hold.’ There has never been a good chipper who does not conform to this technique.” On putting: “For years I have heard how you want your hands to oppose each other. I don’t buy into that either. We want our top hand turned stronger; this promotes a release.”
Phil Mickelson: Secrets of the Short Game includes sections on putting, chipping, sand shots and the flop shot Mickelson popularized soon after he joined the PGA Tour in 1992. The set has a run time of approximately two hours and retails for $49.95. It will be available online at or and in golf shops and retail stores everywhere beginning April 7.