Rising Star Hideki Matsuyama's Four Keys to Chipping It Close

Thursday May 5th, 2016
Hideki Matsuyama won the 2016 Waste Management Phoenix Open in a playoff over Rickie Fowler.
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Two-time Tour winner Hideki Matsuyama is downright deadly from just off the green. His scrambling percentage from 10 to 20 yards in the 2015 season was 74.6, third best on Tour. Copy his four moves and save par every time.

1. GO FULL TILT

Matsuyama's eye line is tilted, as is his right side (toward the ball). Those are signs that he's swung "under" his shoulders, allowing his arms and club to approach the ball on the ideal plane.

2. SLOW YOUR ROLL

Never rotate your right hand over your left when chipping. This shuts down the clubface, inviting a dig. Your goal? Keep the face pointed at the sky in your follow-through. You'll catch it cleaner and produce a higher, softer ball flight.

3. WRIST REWARD

His straight right wrist means that his left wrist has flexed backward through impact— a very good thing. A bent left wrist "throws" the clubhead ahead of the hands, exposing the bounce for pure, perfect strikes.

4. FLEX FOR SUCCESS

"Soften" your knees at address and keep them supple and flexed through impact. This guards against dipping or lifting in your downswing, which helps prevent both chunks and skulls.

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