Swing Sequence by Pete Cowen: Dustin Johnson

“Dustin Johnson is a bomber of the tee but he’s accurate. He’s a great athlete and he leads the US PGA Tour ’s driving average with 319.4 yards. I would love to be hitting from where Dustin lands his ball with a driver. The scary thing is, he has the ability to go even longer when he wants to and last year he recorded the longest drive on Tour with a 428 yard tee shot! He has a great technique and in this swing sequence I will explain where that power and distance comes from” – Pete Cowen, Master PGA Professional

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Looking at the first picture he has a great posture. He is a tall, athletic guy with long levers, so the hang of the arms and the club looks almost spot on.
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In the second image he has a wide take away, nice wind up.
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Third frame, he’s loading his shoulder and sitting his right arm down. Left wrist bows a little bit and it appears that a lot of people are upset about the bowing, but it does not bother me because there is no rotation through impact.
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So then at the top, when I look at the classical position it is: left arm, right arm and then the bow on the left wrist sits on the right hand – it might look as though the clubface is shut but it is not.
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In images 5 and 6 you can see the squeeze down into the ground and a great athletic movement to the change of direction.
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His hips open up quickly but the shoulders closely follow so the club would not get trapped behind on the downswing as the left wrist is holding position.
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Dustin is really solid through impact.
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He deloads his club a little bit and that is why he gets a little bit more stretch leverage with a nice balanced end to the swing.


Dustin’s left wrist and right hand position does not concern  me, although it might concern others. By using downforce he  is going to stop excessive rotation and therefore he hits it very straight and very easily, even from a strong  grip.

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