Posted: 21 November 2008
Titleist Brand Ambassador Zach Johnson and his 909D2 driver.
Titleist Brand Ambassador Zach Johnson was fit recently for his 909 driver by Titleist PGA Tour Representative Fordie Pitts. Having three driver models with unique performance characteristics allowed Zach to dramatically increase his driver performance.
"Our goal during Zach's fitting was to increase launch and reduce spin while meeting his preferred look, feel, and ball flight preferences," said Fordie. "Zach is a player who's swing produces a fairly steep angle of attack. This condition with a driver will typically produce low launch and high spin launch conditions - the most difficult conditions to fit. If you increase launch with loft you will typically increase spin resulting in a loss of distance. The great news with Zach is that we were able increase his launch and reduce his spin. This was due to Zach shallowing his angle of attack and the lower and deeper CG location of the 909D2."
Zach notes, "I'm very pleased with the performance, great looks and outstanding feel of my new 909D2. At the Valero Texas Open, I really noticed the 909D2 increased my launch angle and decreased my spin and helped guide me to victory."
See a summary of Zach's before and after launch conditions below:
Titleist Brand Ambassador Steve Stricker and his 909D3 driver.
Titleist Brand Ambassador Steve Stricker was fit for his 909 Driver earlier this summer by Titleist PGA Tour Representative Fordie Pitts. Having three driver models with unique performance characteristics allowed Strick to select a driver that both fits his eye and significantly increases his driver performance.
"Strick is a high ball speed player who could use less spin, and he likes the look of a driver with a smaller head," said Fordie. "It's been difficult for him to move into a 460cc head and maintain the profile he likes. I knew we had the driver for him. The more compact profile of the 440cc 909D3 exceeded Strick's demand for great looks, and the lower CG reduced his spin rate almost 300 rpm giving him valuable gains in distance and accuracy."
Strick added, "I like a driver that sits square at address and a profile that's pleasing to my eye. In addition, I want to turn the ball over with less spin. My 909D3 does all of that. I can even tee the ball lower with this driver and hit bullets without worrying about the ball up-shooting."
See a summary of Steve's before and after launch conditions below:
Posted: 19 November 2008
Davis Love III's golf equipment is similar to the man himself, in that "what you see is what you get." He doesn't have the club builders do a lot of custom grinding, nor are his specs far from standard; his bag is pretty plain vanilla.
His driver is the new 909D3, 8.5°. It contains a UST Proforce V2 76g shaft in an X flex, and the finished length is 45" with a swingweight of D-5. Not surprisingly, his F3•05 (13°) and 906F3 (18°) prototype fairways are similar, both with UST Proforce V2 86g shafts in X flex and D-5 swingweights.
Sometimes Davis replaces the 18° fairway with a 2-iron depending on course set up and conditions. That 2-iron matches the rest of his 680 forged iron set (3-9). The heads are standard, the shafts are Dynamic Gold X-100s. The length is 1/4" longer than standard and all the lies are 1° flat.
DL3 carries 3 Vokey Design wedges. His pitching wedge is a 250-08 in tour chrome and like all three of his wedges, has a Dynamic Gold X-100 shaft cut to 1/2" over standard. Davis' sand wedge is a bit customized in that he started with a raw finish Vokey 456-10 and had it bent to 55° of loft and 9° of bounce. His lob wedges is a 60° with a standard E grind and raw finish.
True to his Tarheel roots, all of Davis Love's clubs have "Carolina Blue" Golf Pride New Decade grips, 60 Round put on upside down (logo underneath).