July 6 2011
Nick Watney won last week's AT&T national with Titleist's newest irons, but that probably won't convince fellow Titleist-sponsored player Zach Johnson to change ... at least this week.
Watney switched from the AP2 710 Series (3-PW) to Titleist's prototype AP2 712 Series (3-PW) last week on his way to a two-shot victory at Aronimink Golf Club. Johnson said Wednesday at the John Deere Classic that he will stick with Titleist's previous models, an AP1 710 Series 4-iron and AP2 710 Series 5-9 irons, that he used to win the 2010 Crowne Plaza Invitational.
"I take a pretty good amount of time in trying to filter new equipment in," Johnson said. "I've seen new irons. I've played them briefly and they're great. I mean aesthetically they're beautiful ... Irons are probably the easiest thing to take in and take out because they're so close to the previous generation, but with some minor aesthetics and probably better technology. So I don't think it'll take that long, but this week is not right for me."
Steve Stricker, the two-time defending champ at TPC Deere Run, also said he’s sticking with the regular Titleists in his bag.