Richard Johnson finds new TaylorMade R9 TP driver


TaylorMade-Adidas Golf staff pro Richard Johnson has been searching for a new driver the last few weeks, and he may have found it. Johnson and FuZion Golf vice president Chris Dempsey were hard at work on the range Wednesday at The Players Championship, trying to find an equal to the Adams Insight XTD driver he used to win last year's U.S. Bank Championship in Milwaukee.
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.