At 6’4″, Dustin Johnson has the perfect physique to deliver power through a graceful motion that features a ton of leverage. In February, Johnson captured his second consecutive AT&T Pebble Beach championship. With the victory he joined Sean O’Hair as the only other American under age 30 to win three PGA Tour titles.
Johnson has a beautifully controlled swing that produces powerful clubhead speed. He ranks third in driving distance on Tour, but there’s more to his game than raw distance. This sequence shows Johnson nailing a short-iron knockdown shot — a great play when you’re between clubs or when you’re hitting into or with the wind. The key to his success is his ability to trap the ball at impact. If you want to improve your iron accuracy, copy DJ’s technique.
|1. Dustin takes a wide stance to help support his broad shoulders, but most amateurs could probably narrow up a bit and reduce the risk of swaying. Play the ball in the middle for a wedge or short iron.|
|2. Dustin’s takeaway shows a stable lower body with quiet knees and legs. He’s on his way to a full 90-degree shoulder turn. Notice the extension of his left arm and how his wrists have started to hinge on plane.|
|3. Notice the width in his swing radius — his left arm is fully extended, and even though he’s only three-quarters of the way through his backswing, his wrists are hinged so that his left arm and clubshaft form a 90-degree angle.|
|4. Dustin has completed a full shoulder turn; however, he’s stopped his hands at the 10:30 position. Dustin is a tall guy, so his hands still appear above his head. Amateurs should try to stop their hands in a lower position, more even with your head.|
|5. As Dustin starts down, notice that he has started to create a lot of wrist cock and lag. Amateurs: Don’t be aggressive or fast in the transition — that comes later!|
|6. Check out how his left wrist is slightly bowed and his right wrist is still bent. The straight line from his left shoulder through the club is a trait shared by all great ballstrikers.|
|7. Notice how Dustin’s head has swiveled with his body turn. Many players keep their head and eyes pointing toward the ground way too long, which prevents turning and puts strain on the neck.|
|8. The low, abbreviated follow-through keeps his trajectory low, which is ideal for punch shots. His left leg is straight, allowing his hips and shoulders to turn left well into the finish.|