Back in 1998 Matt Kuchar was finishing T-21 in the Masters and T-14 in the U.S. Open as an amateur. People where predicting a bright future for him. Up until today Matt incorporated a lot of changes into his swing which led him to win the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship 2013. Let’s take a closer look at his swing and how you may benefit from a big shoulder turn like Matts in your own game.

Address Position and Takeaway

Matt Kuchar in his address position

Matt Kuchar in his address position

Matt Kuchar leading with his takeaway.

Matt Kuchar leading with his takeaway.

At address Matt keeps the clubhead above the ground and his forearms tight. This look reminds me of the graphic from the Hogan Book you probably know which one I mean.

In his takeaway he gets a nice width off the ball. This gives him the proper angle coming down. You can already see how he’s turning his right shoulder behind his body.

Backswing

Matt Kuchar at the top of his backswing.

Matt Kuchar at the top of his backswing.

At the top of his backswing you can see how Matt took a full turn behind the ball. His back is now facing the target and his legs form the infamous K-shape. His club is a bit past parallel. Notice how softly he’s setting his wrists throughout the backswing. From his backswing upwards they just seem to flow with the swing. Their doesn’t seem to be any conscious move.

His key is really the big and steep shoulder turn which is supported by his hip action.

Downswing and Impact

Matt Kuchars downswing.

Matt Kuchars downswing.

Matt Kuchar at impact.

Matt Kuchar at impact.

In the down swing Matt unwinds from his big shoulder turn and clears his hips beautifully. It’s interesting to see that his shoulders don’t move much from the bottom of his downswing until impact.

At impact he has transferred his weight forward and is still well behind the ball whipping his wrists through it with a full release.

Finish and Conclusion

Matt Kuchars finish postition

Matt Kuchars finish postition

In the finish you can tell that he still has some weight on the backfoot. Probably because he has to stand up from his big turn through the ball. You can also see how he has to tilt his upper body upwards to get into a comfortable finish position.

Try to make an effective shoulder turn like Matt Kuchars doing:

  • Start to turn your right shoulder behind your body with your takeaway.
  • Be careful to keep your spine angle and your head still.
  • Clear your hips and unwind through the ball with a full release of your hands.
If you have trouble to hit the ball solidly or an inaccurate swing path try to focus on your shoulder turn through the ball and it might help you a lot.