Matt Kuchar’s motto could easily be ‘Never say Never’ after winning the RBC Heritage Classic last week. His career has been a roller coaster ride since he joined the PGA Tour in 2002.
Kuchar turned pro in 2000 winning the Honda Classic in 2002 in his first full year on the PGA Tour. Matt went into a major slump shortly after the victory. It was so bad, in fact, he lost his Card in 2005 after finishing 159th on the money list.
Failing Q School in 2006, Matt began working with coach Chris O’Connell on a project not too many tour players would attempt. That being a complete overhaul of his golf swing motion. The new swing is known as a One Plane Swing as developed by renown teacher Jim Hardy.
Matt also competed on the then Nationwide Tour during 2006 where he finished 10th on the money list and was able to regain his PGA Tour Card, rejoining the PGA Tour in 2007. His new swing saw Kuchar finish 115th 2007 and 70th in 2008 on the end of season money lists.
Since rebuilding his swing from a 2 plane to a single plane swing, Matt Kuchar has never looked back. In 2010 he was the leading money earner, leader in top 10 finishes and named to the 8th spot on the Ryder Cup Team. ‘Kuch’ won the The Barclays that year and received the Vardon Trophy, Byron Nelson Award and the Arnold Palmer Award. Kuchar finished 12th, 9th and 2nd on the Tour’s money list in 2011, 2012 and 2013 respectively with three wins during the period including the Players Championship.
As you know, in this new PGA Tour schedule, Kuchar has competed in 14 events with 11 top 10 finishes. Pretty good for a player who’s swing is still referred to as ‘somewhat different’.
Matt Kuchar is a player any golfer can learn from. ‘Never say Never’ and learn to enjoy the game. The best golf swing motion is the one that works for you.