OK, so he’s taking a little break from playing pro golf after his little run-in with the PGA Tour’s lab testing unit, but if you look at Dustin Johnson’s swing, I mentioned him last spring with regards to why he has such a big bow in his left wrist at the top.
I had looked at his action and determined that he was actually swinging the club with his right hand and arm only and that his left arm was only there for stability and going along for the ride.
Well, after the week I’ve had looking at the swing, I can confirm my earlier analysis and emphasize that the left wrist position is a result of what he’s doing with his right hand, and not a cause or catalyst.
Dustin Johnson Swings
I had shown in the Wax Golf “Ben Hogan Project” how Hogan kept his plane flat by cupping the left wrist on the back swing.
Dustin Johnson has the complete opposite left wrist position at the top, and he has an amazing if albeit modern swing pivot. He hits all the positions in the back swing that he needs to, even without a swinging gate, and I can only hope he’s a freak of nature and not causing incremental damage to his lower back.
Another long-hitting modern swinger looked as fluid and effortless as DJ does now – Fred Couples had a swing that everyone called “smooth” and “silky,” yet that swing destroyed his back when he was in his mid-30’s. It’s not now that you pay the bill for the modern swing – it’s later, when you discover you’re mortal and not made of rubber.
So, if you’re looking for a true “throwing” motion on the PGA Tour, I will go back to what I wrote over four years ago on Dustin Johnson – he has a “throw” release and all that power comes from the throwing action, combined with a pretty leveraged pivot, even if I wouldn’t ever tell anyone to swing modern style.
Dustin Johnson is a great golfer despite his modern swing model, not because of it.
If he weren’t limber as Gumby and 6’4″ he would be nowhere near as long, nor would he get away with that planted foot pivot. So he’s unique, and not a model to emulate.
The average person would be advised to float their pivot and not try to swing modern style. These guys are destroying their bodies, but at least they’re making the money they’ll need for the doctor’s visits and the joint replacements they’ll require.
Fred Couples takes jet planes to Germany to treat his back.
I’ll just try not to destroy mine for the sake of hitting a golf ball.