Hideki Matsuyama has a terrific streak going over his past five events with the Hero World Challenge being his fourth win. The 24-year- old Japanese star started Sunday’s final round with a seven shot lead, shot even par for the day but still held off current British Open champion Henrik Stenson to win by two strokes. This charity event which is benefits the Tiger Woods Foundation, was also the return to competition by Woods after a medical layoff of 16 months.
Matsyama plays the Srixon Z-Star XV ball that has several key features. First is the coating on the cover (SpinSkin) that increases the friction with clubface at impact by 18% compared to their previous version according to Srixon. Combined with their 324 dimple design that covers a larger portion of the ball’s surface and a dual core it is meant for players with high, i.e. Tour-level, swing speeds.
Matsuyama stayed with the same clubs he used when he won the World Golf Championship-HSBC Champions in late October.
Driver: Callaway Great Big Bertha set at 9-degrees loft (Graphite Design Tour AD-DI 8TX shaft)
Fairway Wood: Callaway Big Bertha Fusion set at 15-degrees loft (Graphite Design Tour AD-DI 9TX shaft)
Irons: 3-iron TaylorMade M2 Tour (True Temper Dynamic Gold S400 AMT shaft) and 4-iron through pitching wedge Srixon Z945 (True Temper Dynamic Gold S400 shafts)
Wedges: 52-, 56- and 60-degrees loft Cleveland 588 RTX 2.0 Precision Forged (True Temper Dynamic Gold S400 Tour Issue shafts)
Putter: Scotty Cameron Newport 2 GSS TimelessWHAT'S YOUR REACTION?