Fast-forward to the present, June of 2011. He’s ranked in the Top 10 in the world. He’s considered a favorite to win the 2011 U.S. Open. In 2010 he had the lowest scoring average on the PGA Tour and was its leading money winner. A big reason for Kuchar’s turnaround is a new swing.
Kuchar’s swing looks unusual because it’s rare to see a 6-4 golfer swinging on such a flat plane. Golf instructor Wayne DeFrancesco says: “Matt Kuchar swing should be enough evidence for anyone paying attention to prove that just about any combination of backswing arm, hand and wrist positions can be utilized to play great golf.”
Photos of Matt Kuchar’s Swing
• Matt Kuchar swing sequence in Golf Digest
Characteristics of Matt Kuchar’s Golf Swing
• Strong lefthand grip
• Brings the club WAY inside on the backswing, which means that the hands are deep and behind him.
• Flat backswing
• Full shoulder turn
• Club face is closed at the top
• Downswing plane is steeper than the backswing plane, which is almost inevitable, given how far he brings the club to the inside on the takeaway
• In the downswing, hips make it possible for him to get his arms back in front
Chis O’Connell Explains Matt Kuchar’s One-Plane Swing
Chris O’Connell, Kuchar’s swing coach, offers a two-part analysis of Kuchar’s swing.
In part one, O’Connell explains why he doesn’t think Kuchar’s swing is especially flat.
In part two, O’Connell explains Kuchar’s swing changes.
Compare Matt Kuchar’s Swing To
Video Vault of Matt Kuchar’s Golf Swing
Kuchar’s swing, down the line, slow motion:
Wayne DeFrancesco’s analysis of Kuchar’s swing:
Kuchar’s swing, side view, practice range:
Kuchar’s swing, back view, practice range:
To Learn More About Swing Plane, You Might Be Interested In:
• “The Plane Truth for Golfers: Breaking Down the One-plane Swing and the Two-Plane Swing and Finding the One That’s Right for You,” by Jim Hardy
• Hank Haney Plane Finder
• SKLZ Rick Smith Perfect Plane – Swing Plane Training Board