By John Schwarb, PGATOUR.COM
Did you know that Zach Johnson’s eight PGA TOUR wins span eight years? Yes, his first win was in 2004, at the Bell South Classic.
To put that length of time in equipment perspective, Johnson had a Titleist Titanium 983K driver and DCI irons in his bag for that win in Georgia (three years before his other Georgia win, the 2007 Masters). He’s got newer Titleist stuff now, like a 910D2 driver and AP1/AP2 irons.
But one item has stood the test of eight years’ TOUR time – his SeeMore putter.
All of Johnson’s wins, including last week’s Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial, have included a SeeMore FGP blade-style putter, with the company’s patented RifleScope Technology, also known as the hidden red dot. SeeMore putters have a red dot on top of the clubhead, and when that dot is “hidden” behind the shaft at address, a player knows he has the putter aligned perfectly.
“It may not be the prettiest thing to a lot of people, but I love it,” Johnson told David Dusek of golf.com in a tour of his bag. “It’s simple.”
‘TWO GLOVES’ RETURNS: Tommy Gainey’s third place at Colonial was by far his best of the season, and he did it by leading the field in driving distance and Strokes Gained-Putting – a combination not often seen on TOUR.
Gainey, with a Callaway Razr Fit 10.5-degree driver, averaged 318.5 yards off the tee. On the greens, with an Odyssey Backstryke Blade putter, Gainey’s SGP was 2.664. By comparison, Johnson won the event with a third-ranked SGP of 2.092.
ONE HOLE, ONE CLUB: Golfweek tells a story about how Johnson Wagner customized his bag not just for Colonial, but for one hole. The par-3 fourth hole is a 245-yard brute, and Wagner switched from his usual TaylorMade Rescue 11 (18 degrees) to an 18.5-degree RBZ.
The RBZ flew a few yards longer despite its half-degree higher loft, and after hitting three balls to the center of the green in practice, Wagner put it in play. He missed the cut but made two pars at the fourth hole.
ACCESSORIZE: TaylorMade has made a splash with special hats a couple times this season on TOUR, from red-hearted hats for its “Driver Love” campaign to hats with “17” to tout distance gains with the RBZ 3-wood.
This week at the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide Insurance, its TOUR players will wear hats with stars-and-stripes hearts and carry matching headcovers in honor of those who have served in the military.
TaylorMade is selling the items to the public here, with a portion of proceeds going to military charities
WINNER’S BAG: Johnson at the Crowne Plaza
Invitational at Colonial:
Driver: Titleist 910D2 (Mitsubishi Diamana Blue Board, 9.5 degrees)
Fairway woods: Titleist 910F (15.0 degrees) and 909 F2 (18.5 degrees)
Hybrid: Titleist 909H (21 degrees)
Irons: Titleist AP1 (4) and AP2 (5-9)
Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design (48, 54, 60 degrees)
Putter: SeeMore FGP
Ball: Titleist Pro V1x