Johnson’s V-Grind Vokey wedge steals show

Zach Johnson holds up the ball he holed out with a wedge to force a playoff that he won over Tiger Woods in the 2013 Northwestern Mutual World Challenge.

Zach Johnson holds up the ball he holed out with a wedge to force a playoff that he won over Tiger Woods in the 2013 Northwestern Mutual World Challenge.

Zach Johnson added Titleist 714 AP2 irons (5-9) to his bag last week, but his 60-degree Titleist Vokey Design Hand Ground 60-V wedge stole the show. Holing a 58-yard shot to force a playoff against Tiger Woods will do that.

“The V-Grind has been around for a while,” said Dave Neville, marketing manager for Vokey Wedges. “It’s one of the grinds that (Bob Vokey) likes the best because it’s a high-bounce, crescent sole.”

Neville said a version of the V-grind wedge has been in Johnson’s bag since 2007, and he used it at Augusta National when he won the Masters that year. The measured bounce of the club is about 18 degrees, but its effective bounce is 12 degrees. That makes it especially good in soft conditions such as the players faced at Sherwood Country Club, but it can be challenging when courses get firm.

The club is available to the public for $350 through the WedgeWorks Hand Ground program at www.vokey.com.

Johnson also had a Titleist 913D2 driver with a 73-gram Diamana Blue Board shaft.

– Jim Achenbach contributed

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