For the man who loves to fly under the radar, last week’s Zuzu Championship was quite a challenge. It’s a little mercy, then, that Hideki Matsuyama, the conservative Japanese player and Masters champion, already has some practice in withstanding the nation’s crazy expectations of golf, at an event being played at home. And if the memory of his last participation – the Tokyo 2020 Olympics in which Matsuyama was knocked out by a playoff match – is still painful, the 26-year-old surely used the impending victory as inspiration to play his best. As we’ve seen over the past few seasons – when a guy who’s paused in his upper back starts singing, it’s very hard to go wrong, and almost impossible to keep up. Not surprised, when Matsuyama crashed the title on the final day to grab the lead, took the title and stomped on the gas, taking it out of reach of the chasing group.
for detractors who may refer to less than an entire field; There is no such thing on the PGA Tour these days. With iconic players like Olympic gold medalist Xander Shaveli (who took the crown Matsuyama so desperately wanted), Ricky Fowler – who has finally signaled a comeback to his form by nearly winning the CJ Cup in Las Vegas recently – is among the VIPs – of the players. Classifieds, it wasn’t just a walk in Matsuyama Park. Especially since the event was in Japan – the house feature works in reverse here. For those who may not understand the unique social pressure the Japanese face, to achieve success, not only for themselves, but for the country, Matsuyama’s victory was a wonderful confirmation of the player’s coming of age. With this monkey off his back, don’t be surprised if he rips right now.
Fowler almost won the CJ Cup, so after nearly two seasons out in the cold as the youngster was working on his golf swing, it’s great to see. Fowler takes the game’s appeal to millennials – the game needs it as much as he needs it.
Moving on, upon checking the LPGA Medal of Merit, I was surprised to see that Korean Jin Young Ko had won the race to CME and finished the season as the highest-ranked golfer in the world. I will now admit that I check the LPGA website not only for the latest news and events but also to see budding players I can watch golf swing. One thing I’ve long understood is that it’s much better to watch professional golfers to get a feel of the golf swing’s tempo and tempo than the guys, who, at least for the past few years, have been hitting the ball. For those who don’t subscribe to this line of thinking, may I suggest taking a quick look at the Golf Co swing, and not just for the reasons you mention.
The Ko has a unique movement, similar to what the old Scottish Pros used to say about “turning a barrel”. Stay perfectly centered on the golf ball throughout the swing; Its weight never exceeds the insides of its feet on either side, and the angle of its spine remains incredibly steady. I wouldn’t recommend trying to copy the ko swing: it obviously has less force in the body to be able to swing the way you do. But it’s a great illustration of how irrelevant the swing technique you’re involved in — whatever swing style you’re rocking, just get the job done. Consistently.
It’s a good time to get your swing back in shape, too; What do you think of the wonderful pre-winter days in the capital, this is the perfect place for the year when all you want to do is go out and play.
I’ve been through quite a bit lately when it comes to scoring – a battle that has led me to juggle old Ping Zing brass clubs, my Titleist AP2s and now back to TaylorMade MBs – in search of clubs that will take my mojo back. Finally, it came to me a few days ago while watching Koo swing: I can’t stay stable on the ball, but if you just try to watch the ball, until it disappears, then at least you’ll get somewhere! I know, we’ve heard it a million times, but in golf, it’s the simple things we forget about, and it’s the little things that make a big difference. With the start of the corporate golf season, I hope that, like all of you, after the gap imposed by the virus, I will be in good shape.
On a completely different note, I recently came across news of the reopening of Mauritius to Indian tourists. For those who have never played golf in the Indian Ocean archipelago, I cannot stress enough their qualifications to play golf in the Seychelles and Mauritius. Both are Valhallas, filled with all kinds of golf courses, and holiday resorts, but Mauritius is much less expensive to visit and play. The island nation is also, somewhat oddly, familiar to Indians who find themselves in a foreign country widely populated by the Indian diaspora. I’ll stop here – golf trips in those parts need writing of their own. Having come out of this fantastical dream, I wonder if I’m coping with things by dreaming about playing golf on foreign beaches again. People’s fingers intertwined.
Mirage Shah, a golfer, also writes about the game