Toy Box: Johnson relies on Titleist in victory
Zach Johnson captured his second Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial on May 27 carrying a bag with mostly Titleist gear.
His bag included: Titleist 910D2 driver (9.5 degree), 910F 3-wood (15 degree), 909F2 5-wood (18.5 degree), 909H hybrid (21), AP1 (4-iron), AP2 irons (5-9), Vokey Design wedges (48, 54 and 60 degree) and a Pro V1x ball.
His only non-Titleist club was a SeeMore FGP putter.
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Donald wins with mixed set
Luke Donald returned to No. 1 in the Official World Golf Ranking after his second consecutive BMW PGA Championship victory.
His bag included: TaylorMade RBZ driver (9.5 degree), TaylorMade RBZ 3-wood (15 degree), Mizuno Fli-Hi CLK hybrid (17 degree), Mizuno MP-59 irons (3-PW), Mizuno MP T-11 wedges (54 and 60 degree) and an Odyssey White Hot XG No. 7H. He used a Titleist Pro V1x ball.
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Colonial’s top 2 carry Mitsubishi
At Colonial, Johnson played a Mitsubishi Diamana Blue Board 73X in his driver, while runner-up Jason Dufner used a Mitsubishi Diamana ’ahina 60X in his Titleist 910D2 driver (9.5 degree).
Meanwhile at the BMW, Donald had an Accra XC65 in his driver and an Accra XC75 in his 3-wood.
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Wagner’s one-hole club
Always a detail guy, Johnson Wagner had a TaylorMade RBZ hybrid built for one particular hole at Colonial, the 245-yard par-3 fourth. So he switched from his old TaylorMade Rescue 11 (18 degree) to the RBZ (18.5 degree).
Though it was a half-degree weaker, the RBZ (with an Aldila RIP hybrid shaft) went 5 to 7 yards longer for Wagner, who walked from the range to the fourth tee to test the club. He hit three balls to the middle of the green, after which the new hybrid went into his bag.
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Gainey gains with Callaway
Callaway staffer Tommy Gainey, third at the Crowne Plaza, found a great statistical combination: first in driving distance (318.5 yards), first in strokes gained/putting (2.664).
Gainey used a Razr Fit driver (10.5 degree) and an Odyssey Backstryke Blade putter.
Gainey’s driving distance was impressive at a tight Colonial course, but nobody can catch fellow Callaway staff member Alvaro Quiros, who led the BMW field in driving distance with a 337.3-yard average. He also used a Razr Fit driver (8.5 degree).
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Short shots: Former U.S. Open champion Lucas Glover used a new Nike VR_S 3-wood (15 degree) at Colonial, and it was flattened 3 degrees to fit his swing. A rule of thumb in golf equipment: The flatter the club, the less the likelihood of a hooked or pulled shot. . . . At the Senior PGA Championship, former Masters and Open Championship winner Sandy Lyle switched to a Black Swan putter (the large, black putter used earlier this year by Matt Every on the PGA Tour). Lyle, who tied for fourth, totaled 22 birdies for the week, including seven in both the third round and fourth round (finishing 66-64). . . . Y.E. Yang and Blake Adams switched into new TaylorMade drivers at Colonial, Yang using an RBZ Tour (10.5 degree) and Adams playing an R11S (9 degree).
– James Achenbach