Swing Analysis: Matt Kuchar 2016

By Wayne | Videos: Swing Analysis

This was a fun one to do because it is rare to see obvious changes to a Tour player’s golf swing. Kuchar has gone from an idiosyncratic backswing that was as deep and behind him as anyone on tour to one where the hands, arms and club stay much more in front of his body. Much of this is accomplished by the combination of up-cocking the left wrist in the takeaway, moving the upper right arm more upward and away from the body than in the past, and restricting his lower body rotation in the backswing. If you watch Kuchar on TV you can see that his rehearsal swing is exaggeratedly in front of him on the backswing and also exaggeratedly out to in in the forward swing. Another interesting item to notice here is how he deals with a very strong grip by keeping the left wrist bent back throughout the swing. Kuchar’s left forearm is already pronated quite a bit when he takes his grip (making it function as a very strong grip) and thus he cannot afford to supinate the left forearm and flatten the wrist in the forward swing like most professionals as this would overly shut the face, not something you see very often among the best players. Kuchar’s lower body rotation is a bit slower than a lot of good ball strikers, but I believer that is because he has to keep the lower and upper more together to accommodate his release.

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Tom June 6, 2016

Great analysis. It’s amazing how much Kuchar’s swing has changed since he first came on the Tour.

It would be interesting to hear Chris O’Connell’s analysis of the Kuchar’s most recent changes. Kuchar’s upper right arm action in transition now is not close to what Jim Hardy advocates in his “One Plane” books.

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