What's in the Bag: Zach Johnson and Ryuji Imada

Posted: May 22, 2007

After he won the Masters Tournament in early April, we ran a listing of the Titleist equipment in Zach Johnson's bag. To commemorate his victory over the weekend at the AT&T Classic in Atlanta, we've posted that listing again. Zach topped fellow Titleist ambassador Ryuji Imada in a sudden death playoff to capture the title after both players posted 15-under 273 four-round totals. Ryuji's Titleist equipment is listed below as well.


Zach Johnson, 2007 AT&T Classic champion.

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 Pitching Wedge 48°
Sand Wedge Vokey Design Prototype Sand Wedge 54°
Lob Wedge Vokey Design Spin Milled Lob Wedge 60°
Shafts True Temper Dynamic Gold Steel
 

 


Ryuji Imada, 2007 AT&T Classic runner-up.

Golf Ball New Titleist Pro V1x
 
Driver Titleist Pro Titanium 905S 9.5°
Shaft Graphite Design YS-7+
 
Fairway Titleist PT 906F2 13°
Shaft Graphite Design YS-6+
 
Irons Titleist 695MB 3-9
Shaft True Temper Dynamic Gold
 
Pitching Wedge Vokey Design Pitching Wedge 48°
Sand Wedge Vokey Design Sand Wedge 53°
Lob Wedge Vokey Design Prototype Lob Wedge 60°
Shafts True Temper Dynamic Gold Steel
 
Putter Scotty Cameron by Titleist prototype
 

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Evman1023


Just an observation...in the picture above of Zach, it looks like a 735.CM 3 or 4 iron, but the small plate that is usually in the back of the cavity that says 735 on it doesn't appear to be there on his. Did he remove them? If so, what is the purpose? Love the blog - keep it coming!

Evman1023


That's the same <a href="www.titleist.com/.../735cm.asp" rel="nofollow">735.CM</a> we sell in golf shops. Please see the close-up of Zach's club below.

<p align="center"><img src="/wp-content/uploads/2007/05/blog_735_zach.jpg" width="250" height="250" border="1"></p>

Evman1023


The weights of the heads we use for steel shafted <a href="www.titleist.com/.../906f2.asp" rel="nofollow">PT 906F2 fairways</a> and <a href="www.titleist.com/.../585h.asp" rel="nofollow">PT 585.H utilities</a> are lighter than the heads we use for their graphite shafted counterparts. This ensures that all of the fairways and utilities have a swingweight around D3, regardless of shaft type.

Evman1023


It was great to see two awesome players battle it out.

Just wondering if there is a way to determine what shaft is right for you.  With all the shafts out there, it seems unmanageable to consider them all, even with the help of an authorized Titleist fitter.  What do the pros do to determine what shaft is right for them.  Do they rely on a launch monitor?

Thanks.

p.s. the new Pro V1x balls are amazing!!

Evman1023


Do many of your players use Graphite Design shafts in their woods or do they stick with companies like Aldila and UST? I saw that Imada used them and I was curious. Also, do any of your players use oversize grips or do most of them stick with the standard size? I know that both of these are feel based for the players but any response you could give would be appreciated.

Evman1023


From your experience, do you find that the weight of a shaft effects ball flight, particularly with regard to trajectory?

Evman1023


Shaft weight has a negligible effect on ball flight. The shaft's kick point is the major contributing factor that determines the golf ball's launch angle and trajectory. The lower the kick point on the shaft, the higher the trajectory you will acheive.

-- MATA

Evman1023


Our Titleist ambassadors use a variety of shafts in their woods.  Check out <a href="www.titleist.com/.../" rel="nofollow">this page on Titleist.com</a> for more information. Regarding grips, most of our players use standard grip sizes, and will customize the size of their grips with additional layers of tape if necessary.

Evman1023


I am currently trying to reduce the spin rate of my driver (905R). I have a Speeder S shaft in it at the moment. Should I be switching to the 907D2 to lower spin? Is there a better shaft available from Titleist to help my cause? Thanks.

Evman1023


We recommend consulting with an <a href="www.fittingworks.com/FindaFitter.aspx" rel="nofollow">Authorized Titleist FittingWorks Partner</a> with the tools to conduct a Driver Fitting so that you can try out several different head and shaft combinations. This will allow you to optimize your driver launch conditions.