Dustin Johnson Swing Analysis



As Dustin begins to approach the top of the backswing we can see he has maintained a fantastic angle on the golf club, pointing almost directly at the golf ball. In this position we can see a much clearer image of DJ’s often talked about left wrist position and also how it affects the club face throughout the swing. If we look closely we can see that Dustin’s wrist is bending in such a way that we can start to see the logo on his glove, this is commonly known as a “bowed” left wrist position. From the face on view on the right you can see he has maintained an exceptionally stable lower body while beginning to create a powerful and wide turn with his upper body. When we combine Dustin’s width and turn we can begin to see why he is the longest hitter on the PGA tour.



Dustin’s position at top of the backswing is a phenomenal example of his athleticism, strength and flexibility. As you can see his lower body has had little or no lateral movement, and he creates a huge amount of separation between his upper and lower body which will translate into power and club speed in the downswing. As you can see on the right hand side the club has gone significantly past parallel but more interestingly DJ’s wrist is still in a bowed position and the club face is still “closed” pointing almost directly up towards the sky.


As Dustin starts the downswing we can see he begins the movement by bumping his hips towards the golf ball, allowing him to unwind his power from the ground up. Looking at the down the line image on the left hand side we can see he has kept his hands nicely in front of his chest on the way down, and the club has remained on plane throughout. This is extremely important as if it gets stuck too far behind him or under the swing plane it could result in a significant amount of right to left curvature in DJ’s game when combined with his “closed” club face position.


Looking at Dustin’s impact position on the left its amazing how much he has managed to open up his hips which allow’s him to square the club face to the target. I recently heard Claude Harmon III mention that the harder Dustin hits it, the straighter the ball goes and that when Dustin begins to slow down he will end up hitting the ball into trouble. This would often go against the status quo, but with Dustin’s swing it is completely understandable. If Dustin’s body slows down and allows the club face to catch up, he will most likely be unable to stop the ball going left as his closed club face position in the backswing will catch up with him.

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Jamie McConnell
Originally from Co Meath, Ireland, Jamie McConnell moved to Dubai in 2013 to take up a full time coaching position at the Butch Harmon School of golf. As a full time teaching professional Jamie coaches both professionals and amateurs of varying abilities using the Harmon Family fundamentals to help them improve their game.

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