THE GOLF SWING OF SHINGO KATAYAMAGolf Swing Video below
Shingo's Golf Swing Highlights
Weight: 157 lbs.
Born: Jan. 31, 1973
Turned Pro: 1995
Shingo Katayama is one of a growing band of fine young Japanese golfers now playing on the PGA Tour. His success (and that of Shigeki Maruyama, who has won twice on tour in the past year) can only increase the number of his country-men wanting to compete in the States.
Katayama became a fan favorite when he played so well at last year's PGA Championship, finishing fourth. His bubbly personality, trademark hat and fine shotmaking caught every-one's attention -- especially when he warmed up on the practice tee each day by hitting shots left-handed.
Katayama exhibits excellent form, particularly the way he stays down and extends through while maintaining the triangle formed by his arms and shoulders well after impact. Note the way his head stays behind the ball. Just follow Katayama's simple rule: Hat back and extend through for a solid shot.
Many amateur golfers could take a page out of Katayama's book and copy his set makeup. His bag includes five metal woods -- driver, 3-, 4-, 7- and 9-woods. He believes the higher-lofted fairway woods are easier to hit and produce more consistent results than the straight-face long irons they've replaced. Most amateurs would benefit from the same viewpoint.
By David Leadbetter
Shingo earned a special invitation to compete in the 2005 Masters. Finished first on the Japan Golf Tour money list and captured two titles at the Crowns and Woodone Open Hiroshima. Competed in the PGA Championship and played twice in the World Golf Championships. Won 2003 Japan PGA Championship. Finished T4 at the 2001 PGA Championship. In 2000, won three starts in four weeks to capture the circuit's money title. At age 27 he was the youngest earnings leader since 26-year-old Jumbo Ozaki in 1973. Fourth Masters appearance. Best finish: T37 (2003). Shingo is a crowd favorite and is very entertaining to watch.
November 11, 2005
Click on the Video Camera to view Shingo Katayama's golf swing