Golf equipmentApril 3, 2016

Winner's Bag: Jim Herman, Shell Houston Open

Clutch chip in with Titleist Vokey wedge spurs win
HUMBLE, TX - APRIL 03:  Jim Herman of the United States celebrates his victory on the 18th green during the final round of the Shell Houston Open at the Golf Club of Houstonon April 3, 2016 in Humble, Texas.  (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
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HUMBLE, TX - APRIL 03: Jim Herman of the United States celebrates his victory on the 18th green during the final round of the Shell Houston Open at the Golf Club of Houstonon April 3, 2016 in Humble, Texas. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

Jim Herman hit the pitch shot of a lifetime on the par-3 16th hole. He lifted the ball onto the green with his 60-degree Titleist Vokey wedge and watched as the ball rolled into the hole for a birdie that put him in the lead for the good en route to his first PGA Tour win and a berth in this week’s Masters. Another key club for Herman was his Bettinardi Inovai 1.0 mallet putter. The putter—which is 37 inches long with 2 degrees of loft and lie angle of 69—has a silver anodized finish, a recent change from a darker finish that he had been using. Herman also switched from a TaylorMade AeroBurner driver to the company’s new M1 model.

Ball: Titleist Pro V1

Driver: TaylorMade M1 (Aldila Rogue Black 70x), 9.5 degrees

3-wood: TaylorMade AeroBurner, 15 degrees

Hybrid: Adams Idea Pro, 20 degrees

Irons (4-9): TaylorMade RSi TP; (PW): TaylorMade Tour Preferred

Wedges: TaylorMade Tour Preferred (52, 56 degrees); Titleist Vokey (60 degrees)

Putter: Bettinardi Inovai 1.0

2016 Golf Digest Hot List TaylorMade M2 driver