What's In My Bag: Hideki Matsuyama

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What's In My Bag: Hideki Matsuyama

July 12, 2015

Photo By: matsuyama: david cannon/getty images

Photo By: chris mceniry

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Photo By: Dom Furore

A TOUGH DECISIONMost players want nothing more than an invitation to the Masters. But I was not sure I would play in 2011 after the Tohoku earthquake in Japan a month earlier. The people there pushed me to play, so I felt an honor and obligation to play the very best I could for them.

Photo By: matsuyama: david cannon/getty images

DRIVER

specs: Srixon ZR-30, 9.5 loft, Graphite Design Tour AD DI-8 TX shaft, 44 inchesI've had the same driver since before I turned professional in 2013. It's an older model (from 2008), but it still works very well. I don't think I will change soon.

3-WOOD

specs: Ping G25, 15 loft, Graphite Design Tour AD DI-9 TX shaft, 42 inchesFairway woods are something I always look at. I need one off the tee and to hit the ball high off the ground. This club and other fairway woods I sometimes use do both of those well. The shaft is heavy, at 95 grams.

IRONS

specs: Srixon Z U45, 2-iron; Srixon Z 945, 4-PW, True Temper Dynamic Gold S400 shafts, S-flex, IOMIC X-GripsThere is lead tape on the back of all my irons. When I hit the ball, I want to feel more mass behind impact. It's not affecting the flight. It just feels better.

WEDGES

specs: Cleveland 588 RTX 2.0, 50, 56, 60 loft, with True Temper Dynamic Gold S400 shafts, S-flexI have quite a bit of bounce on my wedges, including 12 degrees on my 56-degree wedge. I can play a variety of shots because of that.

PUTTER

specs: Scotty Cameron by Titleist GSS Timeless, 35 inchesIt's in my nature to always try to improve, so I'm constantly trying many putters during practice at tour events. But when it comes to game time, I always come back to this one. It's the same putter I used to win the Memorial last year.

One long lineA clean look is what I want when I look down at my Srixon Z-Star XV ball when putting. The long black line is very useful for alignment on the green without being distracting.

Whatever worksA lot of players will use a certain ball marker, but I've never been like that. Whatever I pull out of my bag that day is what I'll use for that round..

The eyes don't lieSeeing the numbers is great, which is why I purchased a TrackMan launch monitor. But what my eyes see is more important.

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Wanna play catch?I like to toss a baseball with both hands to warm up before a round. It helps my balance on both sides.

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A little cup of heavenI won the Silver Cup as low amateur at the 2011 Masters when I was 19.

Photo By: Dom Furore

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