Like many Team Titleist members, Titleist Brand Ambassador Zach Johnson is starting the new year with a new driver.
When Zach steps to the first tee at 12:20 p.m. local time Thursday at Kapalua's Plantation Course for the first round of the 2011 PGA Tour season, in his hands will be a Titleist Pro V1x golf ball and a new Titleist 910D2 driver, which he will be using at this week's Hyundai Tournament of Champions for the first time in competition.
Over the last few months, Zach has spent a lot of time working with the new 910 driver, many times with a Titleist Tour Rep standing behind him checking the vitals on the TrackMan launch monitor. On Monday of BMW Championship week last summer, he could be found on the Cog Hill driving range testing the new driver, just an hour or so after it was announced that he had been selected as a captain's pick for the U.S. Ryder Cup team.
Not to be considered a tinkerer, Zach for years has used a Titleist 909D2 8.5, bent to about 9.5, with a Mitsubishi Diamana Blue 73 shaft.
This week, he will play a Titleist 910D2 8.5 driver with the same Mitsubishi Diamana Blue 73 shaft and his SureFit Tour (SFT) hosel in the A•1 setting (standard loft, standard lie).
Team Titleist caught up with Zach yesterday on the driving range at Kapalua to talk about his new driver along with the rest of his Titleist equipment (and a few other necessities).
Check out the video below to see what Zach had to say.
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Here's a closer look at Johnson's Titleist equipment:
Ball: Titleist Pro V1x
Driver: 910D2 8.5, A•1 SFT setting (Diamana Blue 73)
Fairway: 909F2 13.5 (Diamana White 73)
Fairway: 909F2 18.5 (ZCOM Pro95 Fairway for Titleist)
Hybrid: 909H 21.0 (Speeder 904HB)
Irons (4): AP1 (True Temper Dynamic Gold)
Irons (5-9): AP2 (True Temper Dynamic Gold)
Wedges (48.06, 54.12, 60V): Vokey Design Spin Milled (True Temper Dynamic Gold)