Swing Analysis: Matt Kuchar’s Radical Swing Change

By Wayne | Videos: Swing Analysis

So how do you stay under the radar with a swing change as radical as what these videos show Matt Kuchar has implemented? Easy: you just have to be almost a superstar (but not quite), relatively uninteresting in the personal gossip column, and you have to just not tell anyone what you are up to. I would be fascinated to talk to Matt about what he has done with his swing and why, but suffice it to say that I believe it is a great move on his part and gives him an opportunity to become one of the top few players of the era. I could go into detail here about the differences in the swings from just last year’s Ryder Cup and what we saw at Firestone and Oak Hill, but the video will provide the visual evidence. I think the new move looks great, and wouldn’t be surprised to see him do quite well in the near future. Of course, he may still be getting used to it, but it looks awfully good.

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Patrik Hermansson September 3, 2013

I really think this look better. In some way this swing seems easier to repeate and more free . It wouldent surprise me if this gives Matt that little bit of extra power that he needs to develop and win more tournaments.

When are you doing a swing analys on Henrik Stenson?
My gess i that he also have done some changes in the swing that avoide him from getting stuck. Perhaps starting the downswing more agains the ball and swinging left?

Patrik from Sweden

Clinton September 4, 2013

Kuchar’s now taking it up the plane on the backswing instead of way way under and behind him. This up the plane takeaway is promoting the higher hand position at the top, as compared to his signature position at the top of being more “one-plane” with the left arm and shoulder tilt. As you’ve chronicled Wayne, the elite players don’t actually DO a lot of what Jim Hardy preaches. Now, with Kuchar’s new higher hands at the top of the swing, Hardy is losing even a bit more relevance. Hardy can no longer point to Kuchar as having a truly one-plane position at the top, nor a one-plane type takeaway.

I think Patrik might be right about Kuchar making this change at least in part to get a little bit longer. The driving distance stats aren’t reflecting this yet, but that’s not strange considering he just now implemented this. In 2013, he’s 114th in driving distance at 285.9, compared to 2012 ranking 128 at 286.2. So not much difference there. I also think the slightly higher hands should help raise the ball flight just a shade, which would help in the majors with the firmer greens, and also give him a tad steeper attack out of the thick rough at the majors. All of this could help him reach that final tier of being a major champ. He’s done almost everything else in the last few years (WGC, the Players, the Memorial, a playoff win, zillions of top 10s, etc).

Matt Wood September 14, 2013

Clint, you obviously don’t know much if any about Hardy’s teachings. Kuchar is still in a one plane position as defined by Mr. Hardy at the top which is the arm plane being on or slightly near the shoulder plane. That is it. One plane is not defined by the takeaway or follow though, just the arm plane at the top which for Kuchar is dead on. Mr. Hardy is not nearly as literal and rigid and others make him about to be and for the most part doesn’t really focus on making someone one or two plane, but matching the different parts of the swing to go together. It’s your post that doesn’t have any relevance, not Mr. Hardy.

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