Phil Mickelson joined CBS This Morning on Thursday to chat about a lot of things, including some charity, but the conversation switched to his golf game and Phil was honest about the struggles he has had the past few months on the golf course.
"The last two months I haven't played my best. I've spent a lot, these last five days, being introspective and see what's going on. I think I've identified a couple of things. One of the biggest areas is mentally I haven't been focusing as fine as I need to. I've been letting where I don't want the ball to go creep in my head as opposed to where I want it to go," Mickelson told Charlie Rose. "I've been a little bit lethargic the last two months."
Phil continued to talk about his missed cut at the British, his hope for the closing stretch of the 2012 season and even about his player-coach relationship with Butch Harmon ("I love Butch").
My favorite part? How Phil equated the Bubba Watson shot in the playoff at the Masters to science, something that Mickelson is obviously passionate about.
"We were talking about the shot [Bubba] hit on [No.] 10 in the playoff, and a lot of this gets back to science, believe it or not. A left-handed player hitting that shot that Bubba hit on No. 10 is able to close the face and get a better gripping on the golf ball to create that amount of side-spin that he had, whereas, there is much more deflection, say, if a right-handed player was trying to open the face to hit a big slice, a lot of times it will slide up the face and not get enough grip, not get enough spin, so the science of that shot allowed Bubba or left-handed players to hit that shot much easier than, say, a right-handed player that would have opened the face."
I would love to see Watson's face after listening to that explanation from Mickelson about his shot at the Masters. "Ummm, I was just trying to hook it," I assume Bubba would respond.
Watch the entire interview above, and if nothing else you realize that pinstripes and Phil Mickelson are never going to divorce.