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Dustin Johnson's 4 Great Ball Striking Tips

Dustin Johnson’s 4 Great Ball Striking Tips to hit it Long!

Dustin Johnson’s 4 Great Ball Striking Tips to hit it Long!

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When we think of Dustin Johnson, we all think of the short putt that he missed on the 72nd hole of the US Open to miss getting into a playoff with Jordan Spieth. However, the thing that amazed me most about Dustin’s game that week was not only how long he drove it. After all, he is the longest driver of a ball on the PGA Tour, but just how straight he drove it.  

The best drive I’ve ever seen!

After consistently driving the ball down the middle of the fairway all day, he also hit his drive on the 18th hole at Chambers Bay into the most narrow part of the fairway under extreme pressure conditions.  With that kind of pressure in a Major Championship, that’s one of the best drives I’ve seen! The golfing gods seem to be against him in Major Championships, but I am sure his time will soon!  Thanks to Ron Kaspriske of Golf Digest for this helpful instruction article, and J.D. Cuban for the pictures.

When I look at a golf course, I don’t see trouble. I see opportunities. It might have tight fairways or heavy rough or be super long—that’s fine by me. On tour, we expect a tough test. But I’m not sure everyone has that kind of mind-set. I think a lot of golfers see a hard hole or stretch of holes, and instead of revving up, they get defensive. Before they even put their tee in the ground, they’re thinking about avoiding double bogey, not how they can par this sucker. Assuming you’re playing from the right tees for your skill level, there’s no reason to let any hole routinely beat you up. I’ll show you how to turn the tables on tough holes, from tee to green, so you can become the bully. —With Ron Kaspriske


1) TEE.

Here’s where most amateurs go wrong: Instead of being aggressive, they opt for the safe play. That approach is fine if you commit to it and put a good swing on the ball, but that’s not what usually happens. Most people go into “steering mode” when faced with a tough tee shot. When you try to guide the ball, your swing gets short and hesitant, and you usually end up in trouble.

I don’t know about you, but if my drive is going to find the junk, I’d rather be 50 yards closer to the hole.

At the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits last year, I started on No. 10. It has a bunker in the middle of the fairway that calls for a 290-yard carry. Catch the bunker, and you’re looking at bogey or worse. When I was warming up, my coach, Butch Harmon, said it might be good to hit 4-iron to avoid the sand. I said, “Nah, I’m just going to send it.” He loved that term. I ended up flying the bunker and making 3.

So here’s my advice: Grab your driver, think about the best tee shot you’ve ever hit, and send it. Make sure you take your time going back.

Before you start down, feel like you can’t turn back any farther (below). You’ll store extra power and give yourself more time on the downswing to square the face so you put the ball in the short grass.

Dustin Johnson's 4 Great Ball Striking Tips

317.7 Yards Per Drive | 2015 Rank: 1st


2) FAIRWAY.

Assuming you took my advice and hit a decent drive, you gave the hole a nice punch to the gut. But he’s not down yet. You need to be equally aggressive with your irons. I don’t mean fire at a pin tucked next to a water hazard. I’m talking about what you need to do to that little white ball—you’ve gotta go get it.

Dustin Johnson's 4 Great Ball Striking Tips

On the final hole of last year’s U.S. Open, a 600-yard par 5, I needed a birdie to tie Jordan [Spieth] and an eagle to win. I swung almost 100 percent off the tee and ripped one way down the narrow fairway. I had 260 left, but I thought I could get a 5-iron there because of the helping wind and firm ground. Still, I really had to step on the ball. Because I went after it, I made a free swing and knocked my approach to 12 feet.

To see the other 2 great ball striking tips by Dustin Johnson, go here!

Source: Ron Kaspriske    Golf Digest   

Pictures: J.D. Cuban

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