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Any feeling of despair Callaway CEO, Chip Brewer might have had on Wednesday afternoon discussing his company’s financial results for 2012, likely were put to the side on Thursday. The company’s lead show pony, Phil Mickelson couldn’t say enough nice things about his RAZR Fit Xtreme driver after his opening round 60 at the Waste Management Phoenix Open. Callaway’s metal woods business put the company on the map in the first place, yet last year sales were down $10.6 million from 2011 and $16.6 million the year before that.

Mickelson showed up in Scottsdale and gave his new toy a test drive. Prior to flirting with a 59, Mickelson said, “This RAZR Fit Xtreme is one of the hottest driver I've seen as far as keeping the spin down, easy to hit. I hit it significantly better than what I've been hitting. I'm excited about having it this week, just driving the ball better.” In route to posting 11 birdies and 7 pars, Mickelson averaged 296 yards off the tee. After his round Mickelson gushed over his new weapon. “Here's the difference,” he began, “I spin the ball a lot with my irons, and when I go to a driver that has enough loft, it spins too much for me so I have to deloft it, which you see me create this tilt in my golf swing to get the ball up in the air. This driver spins so low that I can have more loft on the club, making it easier to hit." Somewhere Chip Brewer has to be smiling.