WITB: Chris Kirk, 2023 Honda Classic pulled off an emotional win in a playoff. He did it with the new Callaway Paradym driver, TaylorMade Stealth fairways, Callaway Apex MB and Apex Pro irons, plus a unique combo set of wedges. Complementing his combo set of clubs, he made 18 birdies, 1 eagle and multiple par saves with his Odyssey White Hot OG No. 5 putter. His $1.5 million win was Kirk’s first since the 2014-15 PGA Tour season. With the help of PGA Tour, GolfWRX and Honda Classic, we go inside Chris Kirk’s winning bag.
WITB for Chris Kirk – 2023 Honda Classic Winner
- Driver: Callaway Paradym Triple Diamond 9 degrees with the Fujikura Ventus Blue 6 TX shaft.
The Callaway Paradym Drivers have been on a tear – winning 6 of the first 7 tournaments of 2023. Kirk’s adoption the new Paradym replaces his previous Callaway Rogue ST Triple Diamond driver. Learn more about how the new Paradym Drivers are delivering increased distance, accuracy and control.
- Fairways: TaylorMade Stealth 15 degree 3-wood with the Fujikura Ventus Blue 8 TX shaft. And, the TaylorMade Stealth 18 degree 5-wood with the Fujikura Ventus Blue 8 TX shaft.
- Irons: Callaway Apex Pro ‘21 4-iron plus Callaway Apex MB ‘18 5-iron through 9-iron, each with the True Temper Project X LZ 125 6.5 Rifle Shafts.
Chris Kirk’s use of a more forgiving 4-iron is more and more commonplace. Why? Because the increased launch angle, spin control and distance gains deliver strokes gained on approach from longer distances. Whether a player or mid-handicapper, it’s proven that replacing standard long-irons with a more forgiving model can save you strokes.
- Wedges: Callaway Jaws Raw 46- and 50-degree wedges with the True Temper Dynamic Gold S200 shaft. Plus a Titleist Vokey Design SM9 56-degree sand wedge and a Titleist WedgeWorks 60-degree lob wedge each with the True Temper Dynamic Gold S200 shaft.
The combo set of wedges is interesting, but we’ve seen it before. The Jaws Raw wedges can deliver incredible spin rates even in the lower lofted wedges like 46 (pitching wedge) and 50 (gap/ attack wedge). What’s interesting with Kirk is his use of a much softer flex shaft in his wedges. Matching wedge shafts to iron shafts is a proven way to increase consistency from pitching through lob wedges.
- Putter: Odyssey White Hot OG No. 5