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

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

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

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

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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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