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At 48, can Zach Johnson's equipment choices keep him competitive against younger golfers?

Zach Johnson, one of the most consistent and respected players on the PGA Tour, has built a career marked by precision, strategy, and a strong work ethic. With two major championships and 12 PGA Tour victories under his belt, the 48-year-old has proved himself a force to be reckoned with on the course. 

Known for his meticulous approach to the game, Johnson’s equipment choices remain vital to his success. The 2023 United States Ryder Cup captain is ready to tee off at the 2024 John Deere Classic. In this installment of ‘What’s in the Bag,’ we’ll explore the clubs, balls, and other gear that help Johnson perform at the highest level.

Zach Johnson’s arsenal is almost full of PXG 

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The two-time major winner has expressed, “PXG IS UNDENIABLY THE BEST EQUIPMENT TO HELP ME ACHIEVE MY GOALS ON THE COURSE.” Zach Johnson uses an all-new PXG 0811XF driver with a 9-degree loft. It is engineered to be optimized for outstanding distance and exceptional forgiveness resulting in an explosive driver that delivers unmatched ball speed, distance, and control. The driver costs around $529 but comes with a limited-time pricing of $199. The shaft fitted by the 2007 Masters Champion is a Mitsubishi Kai’li 60 TX.

Polls of the day

Polls 1 of 4

Which piece of Zach Johnson's gear do you think gives him the biggest edge?

Driver

Putter

Wedges

Irons

Who made a bigger impact with their recent move?

Jena Sims

Paulina Gretzky

Both equally

Neither

Do you think Patrick Mahomes should prioritize family over his golf obsession?

Yes

No

Depends on the situation

He deserves his personal time

Is Team USA making a mistake by excluding Bryson DeChambeau from the 2024 Paris Olympics?

Absolutely

No way

Maybe

Not sure

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However, Johnson sticks with TaylorMade M6 Fairway Wood for his fairway wood choice. The only unique brand of equipment is a 3-wood with a 15-degree loft. The American professional likes it with the Fujikura Speeder 757TR X shaft for ensured strength and stability.

Moreover, the 12-time PGA Tour winner golfer chooses two hybrids instead of 5W or 7W, combining features of woods and irons. He carries 0317 X GEN2 hybrids, ideal for those seeking a lower launch with mid-spin performance. With 19 and 22-degree lofts, the hybrids are fitted with the Fujikura Atmos HB Tour Spec 8 X and Fujikura Motore Speeder HB 8.8 X shafts, priced at around $149 each. These hybrids deliver him an optimal blend of forgiveness, accuracy, and distance. Let us now move on to his mid and close-range clubs.

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Irons, wedges, and putters of choice

Notably, the 48-year-old golfer’s iron choice starts from five, relying on 0317 CB Players irons for his 5-9 iron set. The cavity back irons offer superior distance control and forgiveness, enhancing his performance on the course. The set, originally valued at $219 and now on sale for $179, comes with a solid body design that limits face movement and produces a high spin rate performance—now, moving on to the professional’s close-range equipment.

Zach Johnson uses a PXG 0311 Sugar Daddy Wedge with 48, 52, and 56-degree lofts, previously priced at $499, and is now available for $299. It helps to deliver an additional bounce to optimize his play in deep sand traps and provide optimal turf conditions for shots toward the greens. He pairs his wedges with True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400 shaft. The wedges come in two innovative sole designs: BP-Grind, designed for golfers with a steeper attack angle and lush turf conditions, and C-Grind, for firm turf conditions, ideal for skilled golfers hitting creative shots around the green.

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Additionally, Johnson rounds out his bag with a custom ZJ Prototype putter for scoring those putts. He previously used Seemore putters but moved to PXG in 2020. For his choice of a golf ball, the golfer feels like sticking with the Titleist Pro V1x and Golf Pride Tour Velvet for grip.

The 2015 Open Championship winner is competing at the 2024 John Deere Classic. We are waiting to see how he performs with his PXG gear. Stay tuned to find out more!