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Hideki Matsuyama - Major Champ Waiting To Happen?


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Impressive performance by Hideki Masuyama at the World Golf Championships in Shanghai.  Any time you whip the field by 7 strokes you know you've had a good weekend.  

 

Here's his WITB:

 

Driver: Callaway Great Big Bertha (9.0°) with Graphite Design Tour AD DI-8 TX

 

Fairway: TaylorMade RBZ Stage 2 3-wood with Graphite Design Tour AD DI-9 TX

 

Irons:

TaylorMade M2 Tour 3-iron with True Temper Dynamic Gold AMT Tour Issue S400

SRIXON Z 945 4-PW with True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400

 

Wedges: CLEVELAND GOLF 588 RTX 2.0 Precision Forged 52°, 56°, 60° with True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400

 

Putter: Scotty Cameron Timeless 

 

Ball: SRIXON Z-STAR XV

 

Hat, Bag, Apparel, Glove and Umbrella: SRIXON

 

 

I love the steadiness of Matsuyama's game -- he's a Major champ in waiting.  Watch for him at Augusta...

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What's in the bag:
 
Driver:  :titelist-small:TSi3  
FW Wood: PXG Gen4 2-wood
Hybrids:  PXG Gen4 18-degree
Utility Irons: :wilson_staff_small: Staff Model Utilities 18, 21, 24*
Irons:; PXG 0211; :Hogan: Pro Combo; :benhogan-small:FTX Combo;:benhogan-small:'99 Apex Plus; :benhogan-small:'99 Apex blades; :macgregor-small: 2010 VIP irons; :macgregor-small: VIP 1025 V-Foil MB/CB; 

Wedges:  :cleveland-small: RTZ ZipCore: :benhogan-small:Riviera 52-56-60
Putter: :scotty-small: Newport Special Select;  :edel-golf-1:  Willamette,  :bettinardi-small: BB8; :wilson-small: Buckingham; MATI Monto

Ball: :bridgestone-small: Tour B X; :srixon-small: Z-STAR XV; :wilson-small: Triad

Stat Tracker/GPS Watch: :ShotScope:


 
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it's only a matter of time for him......his game fits any major venue in my opinion

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Driver:   :honma: TR20 10.5*

Fairway: :callaway-small: Epic Speed 5w

Hybrid:   :callaway-small: Epic 4h 23* 

Irons:    :mizuno-small: JPX900 Hot Metal 5-GW

Wedges:  :cleveland-small: CBX2 52* 56* 60*

Putter:  :mizuno-small:M Craft Type V

Ball:   :bridgestone-small: Tour BXS

 

 

 

 

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He has the game just needs the lucky bounces one needs to win those tight events when everyone is on their A-game.

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Driver:   :callaway-small: Epic 10.5 set to 9.5 w/ Tour AD-DI 44.5

FW:   :cobra-small: F6 baffler set at 16º

Hybrid:  NONE
Irons:   :taylormade-small:  3i 2014 TP CB  4-PW 2011 TP MC w/ TT S400

Wedges:   :nike-small: 52º :nike-small: 56º  :edel-golf-1: 60 º w/ KBS C-Taper XS Soft-stepped

Putter:   :ping-small: Sigma G Tyne 34 inches Gold dot

 

 

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As long as he putts well, he will be in the mix every time he tees it up... anywhere!

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I like watching him play, agree with last two post.

 :taylormade-small: Stealth + 9*

:taylormade-small: Stealth 5 wood 

:taylormade-small: Stealth 3 Hybrid 

:taylormade-small: Stealth 4i / 7i

:taylormade-small: P790 8i / AW

:taylormade-small: MG3 52/9  56/14 58/8                   

:taylormade-small: Spider FCG SB

:srixon-small: Z Star Diamond

 

 

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His game reminds me a lot of Adam Scott actually. His ball striking is so good, he can be in the mix on any type of course. His putter is what typically holds him back. If he putts well, watch out. Sometimes I wonder if his full swing tempo doesn't translate well to his putting stroke.  

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He can definitely play with the best when his A game is working but I wonder about how well he can compete when his swing isn't all there. Majors are won just as much with good misses as they are with good shots and he can be sporadic when he gets off. If he gets it together though he's a very good pick for the masters.

 

 

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Right Handed

4.5 handicap

Driver: Nike Vapor Flex with Mitsubishi Rayon Fubuki ZT60x5ct S-flex shaft and stock grip.

3-Metal: Nike VRS 15 degree with Mitsubishi Rayon tour issue Diamana S73x5ct X-flex shaft and GolfPride MCC midsize Black/White grip.

Irons: Ben Hogan PTx 22, 26, 30, 34, 38, 42, 46 degrees standard length and lie with KBS Tour-V stiff shafts and GolfPride MCC midsize Black/White grips.

Wedges: Ben Hogan TK15 54, 58 degrees with KBS Tour-V X-flex shafts and GolfPride MCC midsize Black/White grips.

Putter: Nike Method Converge B1|01 with Superstroke Flatso 2.0 grip.

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As many have observed given that it is his putting that seems to hold him back in majors I'm not liking him at Augusta.  How about one of the Opens - those seem to be the better fit.

 

Regardless he's a ball striking machine that just needs to get putter up to adequate and look out.  I love his swing.

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Taylor Made Stealth 10.5  Aldila Ascent Red R flex

Ping G410 5, 7, 9 wood  Alta 65 R flex

Wilson D7 forged 5-GW -  Mamiya recoil 460 R flex

Edison Wedges 54 and 59 KBS Tour Graphite 80's

EVNRoll ER 5

Titleist Pro VIx optic yellow with revkev stamped on them

Still on that elusive hunt for a 3 wood that I'm able to hit - I don't know why, I crush the 5 wood and it's really a 4 wood anyway. 

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I don't have a stand out favorite golfer. If I had to choose, it would be Phil Mickelson because he good and uses Callaway. But, I have favorites from different regions of the world. And I been keeping an eye on Hideki M. for awhile and would say he's my favorite from Asia.

 

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As many have observed given that it is his putting that seems to hold him back in majors I'm not liking him at Augusta. How about one of the Opens - those seem to be the better fit.

 

Regardless he's a ball striking machine that just needs to get putter up to adequate and look out. I love his swing.

Putting is a big part of the masters, very true, but I think it's just as important for the Opens. I think I'll switch my pick to having his first major be a PGA Championship but all it takes is his putting matching his ball striking for 4 days and he has the skill to win any of them.

 

 

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Right Handed

4.5 handicap

Driver: Nike Vapor Flex with Mitsubishi Rayon Fubuki ZT60x5ct S-flex shaft and stock grip.

3-Metal: Nike VRS 15 degree with Mitsubishi Rayon tour issue Diamana S73x5ct X-flex shaft and GolfPride MCC midsize Black/White grip.

Irons: Ben Hogan PTx 22, 26, 30, 34, 38, 42, 46 degrees standard length and lie with KBS Tour-V stiff shafts and GolfPride MCC midsize Black/White grips.

Wedges: Ben Hogan TK15 54, 58 degrees with KBS Tour-V X-flex shafts and GolfPride MCC midsize Black/White grips.

Putter: Nike Method Converge B1|01 with Superstroke Flatso 2.0 grip.

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Yeah, I was literally astounded the first time I saw him on TV and saw one of his iron shots. Wow!!!

WITB of an "aspiring"  😉 play-ah ...
..Callaway Big Bertha B21 driver (Recoil ES 450/F3)
..Callaway Bertha Mini 1.5 (UST ProForce V2-HL 5/F3)
..Callaway Epic Max 5W (PX Cypher 50/5.0)
..Callaway Big Bertha 4H and 5H (both Recoil ZT9/F3)
..PXG 0211 6i-GW (Mitsubishi MMT 60/A) 
..Cleveland CBX2 54 and CBX 60 (Rotex graphite)
..EvnRoll ER5 or MLA XDream (Edel EAS 4.0 on the bench)
..all in a Datrek bag on an MGI Zip Navigator electric cart.

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He's a very solid player.  I would rank him in the top 10 of those that will win a major in the next few years.  As I think we all have stated, if his putting becomes a bit better, he'll be hard to beat (of course we can say that in general as the putter can be the difference for a win on tour).

 

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What's In This Lefty's Bag?

Driver: :cobra-small: F8 9.5° Project X Even Flow Blue 65g shaft 

Fairway Woods: :cobra-small: F8 3W Project X Even Flow Blue 75g shaft

Fairway Woods: :cobra-small: F8 5W Project X Even Flow Blue 75g shaft

Hybrid: :titelist-small: 816H2 19°

Irons: :titelist-small: 2021 T200's 4-GW AMT RED shafts Regular Flex

Wedge: :cleveland-small: Tour Satin RTX 4 Wedges in 52° and 56° 2 Dot

Putter: :nevercompromise-small: Gray Matter TDP 2.2 32.75"

Bag: :1590477705_SunMountain: Three 5

Ball:  :titelist-small:  PRO V1X

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I also enjoy watching Hideki play....very powerful presence in the game.  He will get a major someday.

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Driver: PXG 0211 w/Evenflo Riptide CB Regular shaft 

Fairways:  Cobra King F8 3-4W(16*), 5-6W(20*) both w/Mitsubishi ck Blue regular shaft and Tour Edge E521 9W

Hybrid: Cobra F8 3 Hybrid(19*) w/Recoil ES regular shaft 

Irons: Wilson D7 5-PW w/Recoil 460 Regular graphite shafts 

Wedges: Cleveland RTX Zipcore(50*/54*/58*) w/True Temper Spinner Wedge steel shaft  

Putter: 33" Evnroll ER2 w/Evnroll Gravity Grip 

Bag: Vice cart bag(Black).  

Pushcart:  Caddytek 3.0 from Costco

Ball: Maxfli Tour CG & Titleist Pro V1x.

 

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Hideki has one of the most interuppted swings on tour but it totally works and he deserves a big win, to golf on tour with an interupption like that means he has practiced his craft well. I applaude him just being on tour. But a big win is in store.

 

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