The 2022 Fortinet Championship goes in the books as a repeat win for Max Homa. That’s now how it looked down the stretch, nor three shots into the very last hole. But, wow what a bunker chip-in for Homa. We’ve all experienced the woes of 3-putting from inside of 4 feet; some in match or tournament play. And not enough of us have experienced the joys of a chip-in knowing how huge it is to win that way. Take a dive into the chip-in and Max Homa’s winning equipment with the help of PGA Tour and GolfWRX.
Max Homa’s Winning Equipment at the 2022 Fortinet Championship
- Top of the Bag. Driver: Titleist TSR3 10 degrees with the Fujikura Ventus Black 6 X shaft. 3-wood: Titleist TSR3 16.5 degrees with the Fujikura Ventus TR Blue 8 X shaft. 5-wood: Titleist TSR2 21 degrees with the Graphite Design Tour AD XC 9 TX shaft.
The selection of the Graphite Tour AD XC 9 TX for Homa’s 5-wood was an interesting one to us. First, the 9 TX shaft has a much softer butt section even though it’s not something you’re going to see web specs on. Second, Fujikura does such a great job with the Ventus TR series, offering optimal steps down in flex and swing weight to optimally create consistent feel from Driver through 5-wood or 7-wood. Given the Black 6 X shaft in his driver, and 8 X blue shaft in the 3-wood, we would have expected a similar step down in flex we noticed in Tiger Woods’ recent WITB.
- Irons. Titleist T100 4-iron and 5-iron, and Titleist 620 MB 6-iron through 9-iron with the KBS $-Taper 130 Black PVD shafts.
You don’t have to be a strong player like Homa to get the benefits of a great benefits of a mid-launch, mid-low-spin tour shaft. KBS introduced the $-Taper shafts in weights from 110-gram to 130-gram in black and chrome. So if weight is of concern, be sure to pick the proper weight and either hard step or soft step to get to your desired flex. We can do that for you as part of our build process. Come in for an iron fitting and see if the KBS $-taper can help you achieve the slightly lower launch and spin for your forged irons.
- Wedges. Titleist Vokey Design SM9 46 degrees with the KBS $-Taper 130 Chrome. Titleist Vokey Design SM9 50 and 56 degrees with KBS Hi-Rev 2.0 130 shafts. And, the Titleist Vokey Design SM9 60 degrees with the KBS Hi-Rev 2.0 125 S shaft.
It’s not too often you see a PGA Tour player step down weights and shafts in their wedges. Most, like Justin Suh and Will Zalatoris, match the shafts in their wedges to the shafts in their irons. Max is clearly a unique kind of feel player. Hard to argue with a chip-in on the 18th hole from a wet, soggy, bunker lie. If you’re a wedge feel player there are better ways to achieve feel and consistency.
- Putter. Scotty Cameron Phantom X 5.5 Prototype