Dempsey moved Johnson into a TaylorMade R9 TP driver with a really deep face, so that Johnson would make contact a little lower on the clubface. Johnson had been making contact a little too high on the face, causing the ball to fall out of the sky due to a dramatic decrease in spin. They also bent his driver so the lie angle would play a little flatter, keeping the launch angle to around 12-14 degrees.
The adjustments paid immediate dividends on Thursday as Johnson fired a 6-under-par 66, one off Ben Crane's first-round lead. The Swede's best finish so far this season is a tie for 9th at the Bob Hope Classic.
FuZion Golf, a custom club-building business based out of Jupiter, Fla., recently opened a new location at the TOUR Academy at TPC Sawgrass, just a pitching wedge away from the practice range for The Players Championship.