It’s a beautiful thing

Top American coach Hank Haney analyses Ryo Ishikawa’s beautiful swing. I could watch him forever. Here’s how he does it.

In Matsuyama’s bag is a mishmash of brands. Srixon Z965 irons, TaylorMade M2 fairway wood, Homma hybrid clubs TaylorMade putter, Cleveland RTx wedges and Calloway Big Bertha driver. You would expect him to check in a Titelist ball just to ring the changes there as well but he plays Srixon.

Matsuyama strikes me as ambitious. He took his near misses at the US Open and USPGA last year hard but he said he learnt a lot last year about the need to play consistently. He can be a streaky hot player as his phenomenal bogey free round of 61 at the WGC- Bridgestone Invitational showed. A hard and diligent worker he says he knows that he will only win a major or reach world number one by working on every aspect of his game without taking short cuts. It’s a young man’s swing, flexible and strong and there is time to drink a beer before the downswing starts.

A huge 2017 with three victories, top 10 in birdie average and driving distance.



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