ATLANTA -- Phil Mickelson is making another equipment change ahead of the Ryder Cup, this one measured in inches.Mickelson played a practice round at Hazeltine National on Monday and realized he would need a different driver to handle a course that measures 7,628 yards on the card. So he went back to a longer driver for the Tour Championship after using a driver with a shaft that is 1 1/2 inches shorter than normal for him.Now if he can just hit the fairway.Mickelson hit only one fairway in the opening round at East Lake, and improved to five fairways Friday. He shot rounds of 74-72 -- with two triple bogeys and a double bogey over 36 holes -- and was at the bottom of the back.But he felt progress, and thats what mattered to him.I drove it a lot better today, Mickelson said. I actually should have a good weekend because Ive been experimenting a little bit these first few days or this past week. So today went much, much better. Even though the numbers dont warrant it, all my misses were within a yard or two of the fairway. But you just cant play this course like that.East Lake is dry and fast and the fairways are tight, so avoiding the rough is critical this week. Mickelson called the rough the hardest he has played in years.For Mickelson, its about next week at the Ryder Cup.When I went to Hazeltine and saw how long of a golf course it was, I went to a longer driver again, Mickelson said. So I hit this driver 18, 20 yards longer. Thats a significant difference. I carry it a lot farther, and I think its going to be an advantage at Hazeltine if I drive it well, but I needed to get some play with it. I cant just show up and expect to drive it.Mickelson famously made a significant equipment change in 2004 a week before the Ryder Cup when he left Titleist for Callaway, although his swing was starting to fall into bad habits once the majors were over. This is just a longer driver.He experimented with a couple of them on the range earlier in the week, struggled with one model on Thursday and settled on the other one Friday.Yesterday the misses were huge. Today the misses were minuscule, Mickelson said. On a normal length fairway, I probably would have hit 10, 11 fairways. But these things are tight, theyre tilted, and theyre very difficult to hit.Mickelson said if he had not gone to Hazeltine for a team practice he would have shown up next week in Minnesota panicking like I need that extra 20 yards.Its his first time at the Tour Championship since 2013, and Lefty didnt mind sacrifice a chance to win to work on his longer driver.Ive won two Tour Championships and Ive only been a part of two winning Ryder Cups, he said. Id like to be a part of a third. Not to diminish this, but Id rather win next week. For me, at this stage in my career, it means a little more to me. Stitched Football Jerseys . 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Discount Football Jerseys . - Oakland Raiders running back Rashad Jennings was speaking to a group of local high school students earlier this week when the conversation turned to the importance of being prepared when opportunities in life arise. Joe Root says it is frightening what Englands batting order could be capable of and believes any of the top six have the potential to score a double-hundred in one-day internationals.England surged to a target of 308 in 40.1 overs at The Oval, their third 300-plus chase in the last 12 months, having only previously done it twice in history. Jason Roy hit 162 off 118 balls to lead the latest of a line of stirring batting displays - last summer against New Zealand they hunted down 350 at Trent Bridge, three matches after crossing 400 for the first time. They also scored 399 against South Africa in Bloemfontein.Post the 2015 World Cup - a tournament that has become a watermark in Englands one-day history after they exited miserably in the group stages - they have scored quicker than any other international team, cantering along at 6.33 runs per over with New Zealand in second position on 6.05. Root acknowledged a new challenge will come on the subcontinent when they face Bangladesh and India this winter, but there is a confidence surging through the teams veins.Roy fell six runs short of setting a new high score for England in one-day cricket, but while Robin Smiths 167 not out against Australia at Edgbaston in 1993 retains its spot for now, it surely will not for much longer.Its remarkable to see the lads do it consistently, Root said. Its what you want to see, guys getting in and breaking records and with what we had to come in afterwards as well, it is quite frightening what we could be capable of.But its about being consistent and doing it more and more. I suppose thats our challenge. Weve got all this excitement and flair, ability and potential, but its about winning big trophies, big series, if were going to be serious about contending for Champions Trophies and World Cups.Farveez Maharoof, the Sri Lanka allrounder, has been on the receiving end of the carnage, although his economy rate of 6.56 is far from the worst of the attack. He hadnt played against England for nine years - having been part of the side that whitewashed them in 2006 - and acknowledged their new-found belief.In my career, Ive played a lot of games against England, thiss side has really good depth in batting especially, he said.dddddddddddd Thats been the biggest difference, they are much more attacking than a few years back. They are on a good run. Its a good team.Root was at the other end for a considerable portion of Roys innings at The Oval - his second hundred in three matches after he and Alex Hales had added an unbeaten 256 at Edgbaston - during a second-wicket stand of 149 in 18 overs.With 160 under his belt, not really looking like he was trying to hit every ball for four and six and still scoring as quickly as he was. Thats quite scary to see, isnt it? Its a great scary as well. When youre sat at the other end, there is no pressure on you.You know the scoreboard is always going to be turning over, and the opposition is always under pressure. You can almost feel that atmosphere out in the middle, when youre batting with him.Sachin Tendulkar was the first man to break the 200 barrier in ODIs, against South Africa in Gwalior in 2010, and since then there have been another five doubles. As a guide to what is achievable, Roy was out for 162 in the 38th over of Englands innings; when Rohit Sharma made his world record score of 264 against Sri Lanka he reached three figures in the 32nd over of the innings and had 162 by the end of the 41st over.The six doubles have all been made by opening batsmen - hardly a surprising statistic - but Root believes Englands first double could come from a number of sources, even if he was a little more reserved about his own chances of reaching the milestone.Definitely, there are a number of players in our team that would be capable of getting scores over that. I think anyone in the top six, really. Im not sure Id be able to score that quickly, but you never know. If one guy is getting near 200, were looking at a score of over 400 - which is what its about, really.An England one-day side talking with expectation of double hundreds and scoring 400. 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