Phil Mickelson Hits Wedge Shot Backwards Off Hill, Onto Green in British Open Practice Round (Video)

Phil Mickelson, like many other golfers who have trouble straightening out a slice, knows that sometimes facing a bit away from the hole can help a shot go where it needs to go.

In this case, though, Mickelson took it to the extreme — he faced completely away from his target.

Mickelson has been known to hit a backwards shot or two before, but he outdid himself this week while preparing for the British Open. During a practice round at Muirfield, he decided the best way to play a shot onto the 17th green was to take it backwards, and that’s just what he did, looping it up and over himself from a hill to settle the shot near the hole.

“Tee to green, it’s a great challenge,” Mickelson said afterward, according to ESPN. “Some holes you have to go through the air and can’t go on the ground.”

Well, that’s one explanation. Check out the nifty shot in the video below.

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