Hideki Matsuyama has been slowly trying to ditch the signature pause in his mesmeric golf swing over the last couple of years.
And now it appears to be all but gone per a video released earlier in the week capturing the Japanese golfer in a swing speed training session.
For as long as we can possibly remember, the 2021 Masters champion has been swinging with a pronounced pause when he gets to the top of the swing.
Then he'll unleash hell and in all likelihood finish one handed, expressing utter dismay at a shot that is usually better than most.
The account Twitter @FastEddie, aka Eddie Fernandes, has shared this video...
Watch the clip below:
Speed training with Hideki Matsuyama. PB 191.4 ballspeed and 2 swings later PB 131.4 club speed today for the first sesh. #awesome @PGATOUR for 2023 on notice. #bombs #japan #golf @TheMasters #champ pic.twitter.com/nlzUYDdzR5— Eddie Fernandes (@FastEddie480) July 26, 2022
Fernandes is actually a 51-year-old long drive competitor. And it appears his work with the 30-year-old is actually paying dividends.
A ball speed of 194.4mph and 131.4mph club head speed is certainly admirable.
In fact, it's pretty much Bryson territory. Apparently, it's the fastest he's ever moved it. "Best ball speed," he declares in the video.
To give you a better idea of the numbers, his average club head speed on the PGA Tour this season, per the official website, is 115.164mph.
That ranks him at 84th on the circuit. The Tour average is 114.46mph.
Matsuyama looks in better shape than we have been accustomed to seeing recently.
He's been struggling with injuries and was even forced to withdraw from the most recent PGA Tour event, the 3M Open which was won by Tony Finau, with wrist soreness.
Matsuyama dumped an entire sleeve of golf balls into the water in one memorable hole on his way to an opening round of 77.
Speed is obviously key in this game. It was in large part what Matthew Fitzpatrick attributed to his success at the U.S. Open at The Country Club at Brookline.
Fitzpatrick was bombing it past Dustin Johnson, much to the American's surprise.
His alleged deal is reportedly worth twice as much as what Phil Mickelson signed up for.
Just the $400million, apparently...