Dustin Johnson Is Simply Awesome

dustin johnson topIf you’ve been paying attention to this season’s PGA Tour events, you may still have missed out on the sleeper player of the year so far, and that’s Dustin Johnson.

It’s not just the first major win, taking the U.S. Open at Oakmont – that doesn’t begin to scratch the surface of a season that is taking on epic proportions for DJ.

Did you know that he has 11 Top-10 finishes this year?  That’s top of the field, by the way.

How about being the guy with the most wins in consecutive seasons? Yup, that’s DJ, with a win in every PGA Tour season since his first in ’08 (Note: He didn’t have a win in the ’14 calendar season, but he took the WGC-HSBC Champions event in November of ’13 in what was the early portion of the ’13-’14 season).

Have you seen his latest tournament results going back to the Northern Trust five months ago?

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He has one less win in that time than total times out of the Top 10 in finishes!

I woke up this morning after he’d taken a share of the 1st round lead at my national championship, the Canadian Open this week at Glen Abbey GC, to see he’d dropped 4 strokes in 3 holes to start his 2nd round.

I came back to check the scores and guess what?

He’s made back the dropped shots and is again tied for the lead, late in his 2nd round.


*Note: Good God, I’ve just checked again before posting, and he’s clear in the lead at -8 thru 15 holes – this after heading to his 4th tee at -2, he’s 6 under for his last 9 holes!


You can forget the “Big 3” right now, because right now, Dustin Johnson is running the show.

He is #2 in the World Rankings, having blown by two of the “Big 3,” namely Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth, and he is breathing down Jason Day’s fragile back.

And I give Dustin Johnson a greater chance of getting to #1 shortly than in Jason Day holding him off.

Day has a wonky back from a swing model that has been killing his lower back, and DJ simply doesn’t get hurt with his own swing.

Jordan Spieth is yipping wedge shots now, and DJ is the best wedge player in the game currently.

Rory?

Rory’s more interested in looking like a golfing Batman, chest plates and all, and looks bored with his chosen profession half the time.

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The longest guy on Tour, or 2nd, depending on the week.

The best guy from 50-125 yards out.

Leading Fedex Cup in points.

2 wins this season, already.

And finally coming into his own and playing the way a man with his physical talents should be playing.

He’s by far the best athlete on Tour right now, and makes a joke of previous claims that Tiger Woods was the greatest athlete of all time.

Being a golfer and winning tournaments while wearing form-fitting shirts may be nice, but it doesn’t make one an athlete.  Being athletic makes one an athlete.

Tiger’s not even the greatest athlete of his own time in golf – that’s DJ.

The greatest athlete of all time, I’m sorry to say, wouldn’t have wrecked his back swinging a 13oz golf club, nor would he have listened to Sean Foley’s swing voodoo for more than a minute.

But enough of the past – Dustin Johnson is the present, and his future looks very bright, especially if he’s settling down to family life (he’ll actually have to get married, before it’s official, many will say, just pointing out).

I know he’s a Modern Golf Swing guy, but his athleticism and the model he uses give him every chance of getting through his career without major injury (and I sincerely hope I didn’t just put the Wax Golf jinx on him!).

This, as I’ve described in looking at the planted-heel swing and how DJ does it in the “Kinesiology of the MCS Golf Swing” video from last year.

Could be a really fun end to the season if you’re swing fan, because Triple-P golf (plunk, pitch and putt) doesn’t do it for me.


Want to learn more about the MCS Golf Swing Theory? Try one of DJ’s “Secrets of the MCS”video shorts available via download.

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Or you can download the very latest MCS Golf Swing video “MCS – Perfect Pivot based on the flawless pivot action of Ben Hogan.


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6 thoughts on “Dustin Johnson Is Simply Awesome

  1. Laser

    I don’t want to take away from anything that you said.

    But, here’s a story from 2014 about TW, and I grudgingly admit that his winning percentage was awesome.

    http://www.sbnation.com/golf/2014/1/6/5277428/tiger-woods-records-johnny-miller-hyundai-tournament-of-champions-2014

    2014…”It’s a crazy stat,” [Johnny] Miller said in response to colleague Rich Lerner’s observation that Woods’ winning 26 percent of the tour events he had entered was “mind-blowing.”…

    1. D Watts Post author

      His winning percentage sure was awesome. It just doesn’t make him the greatest athlete ever. It just gives him an impressive stat in a game of many stats.

  2. Jess LEUNG

    Mr. Watts, any thoughts on the upcoming PGA championship and its venue? I’m not too familiar about that course.

    1. D Watts Post author

      Well, Jess, it’s impossible to predict who will win, because there are 4 rounds to be played where anything can happen.

      However, considering that Jack Nicklaus won there twice (U.S. Opens ’67 & ’80), and Phil Mickelson the last time a major was held there (PGA, ’05), I expect a highly ranked player to take it.

      Henrik Stenson will do well to get over his “1st Major” hangover and contend, but that rarely happens. I wouldn’t count him out though, because he has the power and game to win.

      Dustin Johnson is on a massive Top-10 roll and has won 2 of his last 3 (and shares the lead on moving day at the Canadian Open this week), and Phil is just coming off that thrilling runner-up finish at Royal Troon…

      Of the former “Big 3,” I just don’t feel anything big coming from Jason Day, Jordan Spieth or Rory McIlroy, but we’ll have to see.

      Day is just a big question mark for me with his back and recent play.

      Rory is playing with his weights and tight clothes, and Spieth – I’ve said Spieth will never threaten to win a major with actual rough and penalties for missing fairways, and I’ll say it ’til he proves me wrong.

      All I know is we’re in the home stretch of ’16, the compressed schedule gives the current hot players the advantage – it should be exciting, whomever wins!

  3. jason

    I still don’t really love DJ’s extremely laid-off left wrist position at the top of his swing, but I do absolutely concede that when he’s got it going, he’s just a beast. Your thoughts DJ?

    Of the Big 3, I think Rory has the best swing, but he does look a bit lost out there. That being said, he had a good final round at the Open.

    Looking forward to the last major!

    1. D Watts Post author

      That bowed wrist actually comes from his back swing, Jason – he is a modern planted-heel swinger, so to get that hip turn and to be cranked at the top, he has to bow that wrist. He wouldn’t have that if he’d let the heel float and the hips turn more naturally on the pivot.

      But he is not going to injure himself swinging this way, which is always my primary concern when evaluating swings. He’s just coming into his own, and if he could bottle that cool, blasé attitude of his on the course – he’d make even more than what he’s earning on the course!

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