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With a new swing, Phil Mickelson feels good about first-round 68 at La Quinta

With a new swing, Phil Mickelson feels good about first-round 68 at La Quinta

Phil Mickelson was confused, frustrated, basically feeling like most golfers on the planet.

He'd set up to hit a shot, visualize it, make a swing and the result was nothing like he imagined. Soft draws became wild hooks. Fades were over-sliced. And every flaw was magnified with his driver, a club that had become the most obvious obstacle to adding victories to Mickelson's 42-win resume.

The average hack looks at a video of his own swing and doesn't recognize himself. Just a couple of months ago, that was Mickelson.

"What I was feeling and what I was doing were so far apart that it took a real effort," Mickelson said Thursday at La Quinta Country Club, where his...

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