Hutsby goes back to the future

Sam Hutsby
Sam Hutsby
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Sam Hutsby is turning back the clock and enlisting the help of his old coach to help him rediscover his lost form.

The former Lee-on-the-Solent ace has endured a difficult season on the Challenge Tour as he bids to regain his full European Tour playing privileges for the 2012 season.

He decided something had to change in the wake of two missed cuts in big Challenge Tour events.

And he got back in touch with his old coach Martin Butcher to address his disappointing form and hopefully spur him on to a late-season flourish.

Hutsby explained: ‘I haven’t played as well as I would have liked but I’ve just started working with my old coach again.

‘I missed two cuts in a row in big tournaments out in Russia and Kazakhstan and I said to my dad “something’s got to change”.

‘I worked with Martin from the age of 12 up, until I was about 18.

‘I trust him. He knows my swing and that definitely helps.

‘He’s got a fantastic facility at Meon Valley, with all kinds of technology to use.

‘It gives you all the information you need on what you are doing right and wrong.

‘You need to break it down and look at it sometimes.

‘But he is obsessed with getting the fundamentals right.

‘Sometimes it can be the simplest thing you forget if you are working on something else.

‘That meant I lost a bit of confidence in my swing and my game.

‘I know my A game is good enough but my B game is letting me down at the moment.’

With just two events remaining in this year’s Challenge Tour, this week’s event in Lyon is key to Hutsby’s hopes of securing a place at the grand final.

With only the top 45 players on the money list securing their entry, he currently stands in 43rd place.

Meanwhile, he also has one eye on returning to Qualifying School to try to win himself a European Tour card once again.

He said: ‘I’ve only got two tournaments left. Hopefully I can get into the grand final, but then it’s Qualifying School after that.

‘If I make the grand final, I know that I’m into the final stage of Qualifying School regardless of what happens there.’

The 22-year-old has plenty of time on his side. And he has already proved he is capable of competing alongside the cream of European golf.

But he also admits he has matured away from the course in recent times.

He said: ‘Since turning professional, I’ve learned so much but now I need to learn from some mistakes I’ve made.

‘When I turned pro, so many things changed to try to get me to the next level.

‘Maybe you can overdo it and too much new information comes in.

‘Sometimes you go along with someone’s advice and nod.

‘But I’ve learned you need to be confident enough to speak up and decide for yourself which is the best way to go.’