After U.S. tour, Ishikawa yearns for more distance
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After U.S. tour, Ishikawa yearns for more distance

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After spending five consecutive weeks competing in the United States, Ryo Ishikawa has honed in on what he needs to improve to become more consistent on the PGA Tour.


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"It was like solving a mystery every time on how to conquer the course and look for winning opportunities," Ishikawa wrote in a column for The Asahi Shimbun. "Every time I played, I realized what skills I needed to polish."

Ishikawa was pleased with his shotmaking ability, as well as the small increase in distance from a more intense strength-training regimen. The 20-year-old from Japan, however, realizes he will never be one of the game's longer hitters.

"I wish I could hit 20 or 30 yards farther like the big hitters on the PGA Tour. But I think that’s just a dream," he said. He added, "I had long been wanting to drive the ball as far as possible and use the shortest club possible for my second shot because I lacked confidence in my long irons and mid-irons. In a way, I had been running away from my real problem."

Earlier this season, Ishikawa finished second in the Puerto Rico Open - his best finish on American soil. During his five-week run, he missed three cuts with a best finish of T-9 at the Memorial Tournament. Though he did not fare as well as he would like, Ishikawa returned home encouraged.

"I don’t think I’m in a place where I have no chance of winning," he said. "I can finally see concrete issues I need to work on, and I look forward to the next tournament."

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