Ben Curtis at The Heritage

We've been working with Ben Curtis again this week at the Verizon Heritage Classic. Harbour Town Golf Links, the site of this week's tournament, is one of the shortest courses on Tour, but one that requires the players to hit a variety of shots. Ben is looking for some more versatility with his long game clubs for Harbour Town, so we're getting him set up with a 19° 585.H utility and a 695CB 3-iron. Both clubs will feature the same True Temper Dynamic Gold S-400 shafts that Ben uses in all of his irons. Ben tells us that the 585.H allows him to control his ball flight more easily, giving him the ability to hit both high and low shots as necessary. Likewise, the 695CB 3-iron gives him a more consistent ball flight that is suited for Harbour Town. -- Steven Felix Mata


Ben on the range at Harbour Town.


A close-up of Ben's bag (taken before he got his new 19° 585.H and 695CB 3-iron).


A close-up of Ben's custom Cameron & Co. putter.

Dudley Hart's Bag

Thought you all might enjoy a peek inside Dudley Hart's bag as he prepares for this week's Verizon Heritage Classic at Harbour Town Golf Links. The R.A.R. on Dudley's bag are the first initials of his triplet children - Ryan, Abigail, and Rachel - whose names you may also notice stitched on his putter cover. You'll also notice that Dudley, who was born in upstate New York, is a proud University of Florida Gator and huge Buffalo Sabres fan. Here's what Dudley is playing with this week:

Golf Ball New Titleist Pro V1x
 
Driver Titleist 907D2 10.5°
Shaft Aldila VS Proto 60
 
Fairway Titleist PT 906F4 prototype 13.5°
Shaft Aldila VS Proto 80
 
Utility Titleist PT 585.H 19°
Shaft Graphite Design YS Hybrid
 
Irons Titleist 735.CM 3-iron
Titleist 695MB 4-P
Shaft True Temper Dynamic Gold Sensicore
 
Wedges Vokey Design Spin Milled Sand Wedge 56°
Vokey Design Spin Milled Lob Wedge 60°
Shaft True Temper Dynamic Gold
 
Putter Scotty Cameron by Titleist Circa 62 No. 2
 


A close-up view of Dudley's bag.


Another close-up view of Dudley's bag.

A new season of Golf Fitness Academy presented by Titleist debuts Wednesday night on The Golf Channel. It just so happens that the very first guest is the new Master's champion - Zach Johnson. Hosts Dr. Greg Rose and Dave Phillips of the Titleist Performance Institute, welcome Zach and his strength and conditioning coach, Chris Noss, to kick off this season's 10-show "Player Series" which will feature a PGA or LPGA Tour player on each episode. Watch as Zach and Chris demonstrate a great head-to-toe workout to increase strength and flexibility while also focusing on injury prevention.

GFA Episode 1: Master's Champion, Zach Johnson
Wednesday, April 11
10:30 p.m. EDT
The Golf Channel

Click here for more information, including the complete show schedule.

Zach Johnson to make TV appearances

2007 Masters Champion, and Titleist ambassador, Zach Johnson was in New York City Monday celebrating his victory with several national television and radio show appearances. Check out Zach tonight when he reads the Top 10 on the "Late Show with David Letterman" (CBS, 11:35pm ET) and tomorrow morning on "Regis & Kelly" (NBC, 9:00am ET) and ESPN2's "Cold Pizza" (ESPN2, 10:00am - 12:00pm ET).

What's in Zach Johnson's Bag?

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With unwavering belief in himself and trust in his equipment, Titleist brand ambassador Zach Johnson secured his place in golf history by winning the 2007 Masters Tournament. Congratulations Zach. With challenging conditions at Augusta National and the world's best players surrounding him, Johnson displayed patience and perseverance to earn his first major championship and second career PGA TOUR title. Johnson's previous win was at the 2004 BellSouth Classic in just his 13th PGA TOUR start.

Johnson, relying upon the New Titleist Pro V1x golf ball, Pro Titanium 905R (8.5) driver, 503.H (19.0) utility iron, 735.CM (3-4) and 695CB (5-9) irons, Vokey Design pitching (48) and sand (54) wedges and a Vokey Design Spin Milled lob wedge (60) for his success, posted three birdies in a crucial four-hole stretch on the back nine on Sunday en route to his two-shot victory. Johnson closed with a 3-under 69 to finish at 1-over 289, tying for the day's best round and for the highest winning overall score in Masters history.

You may remember the posting on this blog April 3: Bob Vokey with Zach Johnson: This is what Voke had to say about Zach's preparation for the Masters:

"Zach was looking to tweak his wedges a little bit in preparation for the Masters, especially his 60°. He is going to experience a lot of tight lies and fast greens at Augusta National, so he was looking for a lob wedge with a little less trailing edge and a little less bounce that he could more easily slide underneath the ball. I also made him a couple Spin Milled backups for all his wedges and sent them to his home so he could practice with them during his off week. His current wedges were getting worn and he wanted a little more bite this week. Zach had a Top 10 finish at Doral. I wouldn’t be surprised to see him get another one at Augusta."- The Voke

Golf Ball New Titleist Pro V1x
 
Driver Pro Titanium 905R driver 8.5°
Shaft Aldila NV 75 graphite shaft
 
Utility Iron 503.H utility iron 19°
Shaft UST iRod Hybrid 90
 
Irons Titleist 735.CM 3-4
Shaft True Temper Dynamic Gold Steel
 
Irons Titleist 695CB 5-9
Shaft True Temper Dynamic Gold Steel
 
Pitching Wedge Vokey Design 200 Series Pitching Wedge 48°
Sand Wedge Vokey Design 200 Series Sand Wedge 54°
Lob Wedge Vokey Design Spin Milled Lob Wedge 60°
Shafts True Temper Dynamic Gold Steel
 
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