Dustin Johnson is tied for the lead at the AT&T.

We are going to hear and read about the benefits of bowing the left wrist and diving at the ball for increasing lag, speed and distance.

Never mind Johnson is a world class golfer, a great athlete and practices for who knows how many hours a day, which allows him to have a swing that is not fundamentally sound…and horrible to copy…yet still be a great “player.”

That is something most fail to realize. The distinction between being a great player and a great swinger of the club.

Johnson is the former and not the latter.

Please don’t misunderstand. This is nowhere near approaching a criticism of Johnson. It is a criticism of the gurus who are right now sitting in a dark room, in front of their computer, inventing a swing system based on Dustin Johnson’s swing.

They will say Johnson’s swing is a more refined and powerful version of Trevino’s swing and come up with 2-3 new technical terms and cliches to go along with the system. They will charge $49.95 for a book, 3 easy payments of $49.99 for the DVD set, $300 an hour for private lessons and your first born male child for a weekend golf school.

You are all laughing…I am ready to cry because a few years from now, I am going to have to cure all of the poor souls who implement the new system and regale in 300 yard drives and controlled draws, only to be left with the shanks and duck hooks 6 months later.

That is the problem with systems. People want to get the best results out of a new venture, so they practice really hard…failing to realize the initial improvement is from the extra practice and not the system. This ingrains the system and makes it difficult to unlearn it when you figure out it’s not for you.

Just like everything else on this blog…I am not judging…I am speaking from a painful experience. Today’s topic is no different.

Link to GolfSwingSurgeon.com

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6 Comments

  1. momentum

    Hi, a few words to what I´ve seen in Dustin Johnsons swing.
    He has quite a strong grip. Nevertheless at top of the swing he is in a classic hook position with bowed left wrist and closed clubface.
    In the transition he flattens his spine angle. In the downswing he has a more flat swingplane compared with his upswing. The left wrist remains bowed.
    Regards from Frankfurt, Stefan

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  2. bobinpa

    I’ve experimented in the past with different wrist positions at the tip but whether I bowed or cupped the wrist each of them seemed like a forced move. I suspect for Johnson it is a natural bowing which is the reason for my question. The wrist hinges at the top should feel natural given the position of the hands on the club at address. Whether it is flat, bowed or cupped it should be the result of swinging the club back naturally and not manipulated into a particular position. I asked my pro years ago to comment on the cupped position I had at the top of the swing. All he said was “it’s fine”. Is this correct thinking?

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    • momentum

      Yes, I just see that I mentioned “nevertheless”. I guess the opposite is right: a strong grip like Johnsons will result in a bowed left wrist at top.
      A strong grip is often recommended to avoid slicing and the best result will be a flat left wrist at top of backswing. For Johnson this bowed left wrist is his natural move. And know “nevertheless” will be right: this position at top is a hook position. Also because of his closed clubface.

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    • Monte Scheinblum

      To Bob and Momentum. Dustin is a great player and I agree it has become natural for him. What I am against is someone inventing a system based on his swing and making people swing that way.

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  3. Frank Knox

    He could very easaly become a SHANKOPOTUMOUS!

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  4. Clayton

    I love this post.

    Not only because it is both very funny and quite possibly true, but because I have been thinking that I can’t wait to get to the range and try hitting with a super bowed wrist.
    I started as a fader, but with a stronger grip and a focus on coming inside, I now have a strong draw — often too strong. My miss is a pull draw – and we may as well call that over the top with a closed face. Not so good.

    I picked the game up very late in life and while I work very hard at the range, I have a swing that is seriously under construction.

    Somebody please talk me out of disappearing down the rabbit hole of another ill-advised swing tweak.

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