Hideki Matsuyama What's In The Bag?

We take a look at the equipment used by Hideki Matsuyama

Hideki Matsuyama What's In The Bag?
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Hideki Matsuyama What's In The Bag?

Hideki Matsuyama is no doubt one of the best ball strikers in the modern game, but what clubs does the Japanese star play? We have taken a look.

Hideki Matsuyama What's In The Bag

Driver

Srixon ZX5

Hideki Matsuyama driver

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The eight-time PGA Tour winner used to have the Ping G400 Tour 65 driver in the bag and was seen using the Callaway Epic Flash and TaylorMade M5 drivers in the past too. The driver he had been using for a long time was the Srixon ZX7 because it provided him with with a penetrating, lower spinning trajectory. However this has changed as he now uses the Srixon ZX5 driver.

Fairways

TaylorMade SIM2 Ti, Cobra Radspeed Tour

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Moving onto the fairways, the Japanese player has a SIM2 (opens in new tab) three-wood as well as what appears to be a Cobra Radspeed Tour fairway wood as well. We believe the former has around 15 degrees of loft and the latter around the 17.5 degree mark. The SIM2 is a club that many have put into play out on Tour because of the high-level of performance on offer. When we got our hands on one, it quickly got five stars (opens in new tab) and made our best fairway woods (opens in new tab) list because of the combination of distance, launch and looks. 

Irons

Srixon Z-Forged

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As far as utility goes, Hideki does occasionally carry one and he has been spotted with a TaylorMade SIM UDI or Wilson Staff Model Utility on more than one occasion. However these clubs comes in and out of the setup. The rest of his irons are a set of Srixon Z-Forged blades. These go from four-iron down to nine-iron as he often likes to have a specialist wedge in the pitching wedge slot. With a body constructed from a single billet of 1020 carbon steel, Srixon’s Z-Forged irons offer an incredibly soft feel and superb feedback on striking.

Wedges

Cleveland RTX-4 Forged Prototype

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Hideki currently has four Cleveland RTX-4 Prototype wedges in the bag too. These have 46, 52, 57.5 and 62 degrees of loft and in a GolfWRX article a member of his team said of his wedge setup; "All three sole grinds have a similar characteristic. Hideki doesn’t change his 52-degree sole often, but he is constantly tinkering with his 56 and 60. All three soles have a subtle C-grind shape. The 56 and 60-degree have an aggressive heel relief. Hideki also utilizes a similar subtle leading-edge grind that is in his irons. Hideki will vary the width and bounce angles of the three surfaces depending on the conditions and shots that he is looking to hit."

Putter

Scotty Cameron Laguna One Six/Scotty Cameron Newport 2 GSS

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His putter situation has shifted regularly over the last few years. He has been using a variety of Scotty Cameron models as well as designs from TaylorMade and Piretti. However the model that always seems to come back into the picture is a Scotty Cameron Newport 2 GSS, although we have seen using a Scotty Cameron Laguna One Six model as well.

Ball

Srixon Z-Star XV

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His ball is the Srixon Z Star XV (opens in new tab) which is a superb premium golf ball. It will appeal to higher swing speed players that want distance off the tee without compromising on feel around the green. It's four-piece design now features a reformulated FastLayer inner core to aid ball speed and distance so it comes as no surprise that Cameron Champ also uses the XV. 

Full Specs

*The utility iron comes in and out of his setup.

Driver: Srixon ZX5 (9.5 degrees, flat) with Graphite Design Tour AD DI-8 TX shaft

Fairway wood: TaylorMade SIM2 Ti (15 degrees) with Graphite Design Tour AD TP 9 TX shaft

Fairway wood: Cobra Radspeed Tour with Graphite Design Tour AD DI shaft

*Utility: Wilson Staff Model Driving Iron (18 degrees) with UST Mamiya Recoil Prototype Utility 125 F5 X

Irons: Srixon Z-Forged (4-9), Tour Issue True Temper Dynamic Gold S400 Tour Issue

Wedges: Cleveland RTX 4 Forged Prototype (46, 52-10, 56-8 at 57.5, 60-08 at 62)

Putter: Scotty Cameron Laguna One Six/Scotty Cameron Newport 2 GSS

Ball: Srixon Z-Star XV