Kuchar leads by example

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Kevin Flynn believes up-and-coming young players can take a leaf out of Matt Kuchar’s book after spending time with the Ryder Cup star recently.

The Tournerbury professional is a highly-regarded coach and has worked in Estonia, Poland and Slovakia recently – both with talented players and with the coaches themselves to help their tuition.

But Flynn joined up with the man behind the Plane Truth concept – Jim Hardy – and then met world number seven Kuchar in Phoenix, Arizona, to get an idea of what it takes to become a multi-winner on the US PGA Tour and play in two Ryder Cups.

Flynn said: ‘It’s his mindset. He has a clear vision of where he wants to get to and knows exactly what he is working on with his swing.

‘He has taken ownership of his own game.

‘A lot of players I teach want the answers from me.

‘But Matt will know the answers himself.

‘He works with his coach but he already has a good idea of what he needs to do.

‘So if things start going wrong on the golf course, he knows how to put it right.

‘A lot of good players have no idea until someone tells them what they are doing.’

While many of the world’s top golfers have plenty of dedication to their sport, Kuchar showed another side to his personality as well.

Flynn said: ‘It was great to watch him hitting balls. But he’s hilarious. He’s a brilliant guy.

‘He’s very personable and would happily stand there for hours having a chat. It shows you can still be friendly and be dedicated.

‘They were doing a level one course and he sat the exam as well.

‘We haven’t had his results yet, though!

‘Someone asked him whether he preferred to play in the Ryder Cup or the Presidents Cup and I said it must be the Presidents Cup because he couldn’t win the Ryder Cup. He took it on the chin and loved it.

‘He likes the banter, whereas some players can be a bit more uptight.’

But while Kuchar adopts a relaxed attitude, the 2010 leading money-winner on the PGA Tour and six-time winner admitted he has had to make sacrifices to compete at the highest level of the game.

Flynn said: ‘He said the hardest thing about being on tour is the sacrifice you have to make.

‘People don’t realise that you have to give up the social life and then being away from the family for so long is hard.

‘You see good young players but they won’t sacrifice the nights out with their mates.

‘You see some of the young players I teach and they don’t have the same level of dedication.

‘They just don’t put in enough work. Players like Matt Kuchar put in the hours hitting balls.

‘But it was awesome to meet him. You get a glimpse of what it takes to really get to the top and you see some of that hard work.’