April 20, 2014
By Jonathan Wall, PGATOUR.COM
- Matt Kuchar used a 63-degree Titleist Vokey SM4 Spin Milled wedge on his winning hole-out. (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
Matt Kuchar holed out from the greenside bunker on the 72nd hole with a 63-degree Titleist Vokey SM4 Spin Milled wedge (62-07 degrees bent to 63 degrees) to win the RBC Heritage by one shot over Luke Donald on Sunday.
When it comes to his bag setup, Kuchar doesn't play favorites. He carried clubs from five different equipment manufacturers at the RBC Heritage, including a Bettinardi Matt Kuchar Signature Model 1 putter he launched last year at THE PLAYERS Championship with founder Bob Bettinardi.
Kuchar finished 13th in strokes gained-putting for the week with the 44.75-inch putter. While his flatstick is the length of a typical belly putter, Kuchar rests the grip against his left forearm to stabilize the putter head. USGA Executive Director Mike Davis said last year that when the anchor ban goes into effect in 2016, Kuchar's "arm lock" method will still be legal.
"We would consider this not an anchored stroke," Davis said of Kuchar's method, "even though that the club is resting against him. For those that follow the PGA TOUR, this is a stroke that Matt Kuchar has used the last several years."
According to Kuchar, he started using the arm lock method after talking with instructor Dave Stockton at an event in Palm Springs a few years back.
"This has been a learning process," Kuchar said. "My style of putting with putting the putter up my left forearm started with a chat with Dave Stockton. I've always admired the way he putts and we were at a clinic together in Palm Springs and I just wanted to hear some of his thoughts. Before long, we were out on the green hitting a few different putts the way he used to do it.
"I wasn't doing it the way he wanted, so I said, ‘What if I just take your putter, choke down on it and have the grip come up to my wrist and hit some putts?’ Dave said that was a great reminder, and it reminded me of the way I used to putt as a kid because I had a big forward press. It ended up feeling like an extension of my left arm."
Here's a look at the rest of the clubs in his bag.
Driver: Bridgestone J40 430 (Accra M4-55 Tour Prototype shaft), 9.5 degrees
3-wood: PING G25 (Fujikura Speeder 757X shaft), 15 degrees
Hybrids: PING Anser (20 degrees; Aldila Tour Blue Hybrid 85X shaft), PING Anser (23 degrees; Aldila Tour Blue Hybrid 85X shaft)
Irons (5-PW): Bridgestone J40 Cavity Back (Aerotech SteelFiber i95 Constant Weight S-Flex shafts)
Wedges: Bridgestone J40 Black Oxide (52 degrees; True Temper Dynamic Gold S400 Tour Issue shaft), Cleveland 588 RTX Satin (58-12 degrees; KBS Wedge 120S with Black Nickel Finish shaft), Titleist Vokey SM4 Spin Milled (62-07 degrees; True Temper Dynamic Gold S400 Tour Issue shaft)
Putter: Bettinardi Matt Kuchar Signature Model 1
Ball: Bridgestone Tour B330-S