It’s not like the game of golf doesn’t give you enough to think about—hitting the ball, putting it in the hole, all while trying to stay out of the rough, the sand traps, and the rocky tundra. But if you can find ways to improve your game, you’ll shoot better scores, make fewer mistakes, and enjoy the game more.
Dustin Johnson has been at the top of the PGA Tour these past few years, finishing as a runner-up in three major championships and winning the FedEx Cup. His father, Bob, has been working with him since he was a child, and the two have built a winning partnership that has propelled Dustin to his current success. In a recent interview with Golf Digest, Dustin revealed five simple yet brilliant recommendations that have become his personal blueprint for success.
We’ve all heard the right-on clichés about how we should do things better, and we should end things we don’t like with a bit of dignity. That’s great if you’re a celebrity or a politician, but what about the rest of us? Whether it’s a relationship, a job, a hobby, or a TV show, it’s hard to walk away from something we’ve fallen in love with.
Do you want to improve your golf game but are unsure where to begin? Dustin Johnson is on hand to assist you.
Johnson, a 24-time PGA Tour winner and the current FedEx Cup champion, recently talked with Golf.com’s Zephyr Melton and provided four simple but brilliant suggestions to help you cut strokes off your game right now. Let’s get started, shall we?
1. Find a shot form that you like and stay with it.
Dustin Johnson grins at Royal St George’s Golf Club during the Open Championship | Charlie Crowhurst/R&A/R&A via Getty Images
Every golfer on the PGA Tour has a stroke shape that they like. Bryson DeChambeau blasts huge drives and laser iron shots with a little draw, while Jon Rahm prefers to play a cut whenever possible. Johnson, like Rahm, is a natural fader of the golf ball, but it wasn’t always that that.
Johnson told Melton, “I was really suffering off the tee – my misses were very awful.” “So I told myself, ‘I’m going to cut it today,’ and I went out and cut it, hitting a lot of fairways.’ The following day, I went out and shot a lot more fairways. ‘You know what?’ I said. From now on, I’m going to chop it.’ That’s all there is to it.”
Essentially, Johnson is advising you to select the shot form that feels most natural to you and stay with it. If you feel more comfortable hitting a fade, use it whenever possible.
2. It is necessary to have a calm mind.
How does Jon Rahm get back on his feet after a setback?
“For all you Ted Lasso lovers out there, I gotta say, be a goldfish.”
And who is the most skilled at it?
“Dustin Johnson, without a question. He has an uncanny capacity to forget bad things faster than anybody else.”
August 26, 2021 — Dylan Dethier (@dylan dethier)
“A five-and-a-half-inch course — the area between your ears — is used for competitive golf.”
Johnson’s second piece of advise was inspired by Bobby Jones’ famous remark on the mental grind of golf.
“[My swing idea] may change, but I like to have just one,” he said. “It’s usually not a good day for me if I have to think about more than one thing.”
When setting up a shot, keep your body silent and your thoughts even quieter. While swinging, you can’t be thinking about what might go wrong or what to do with your hips. A little goes a long way in this instance.
3. Develop self-assurance in your wedges.
Johnson has always been renowned for his power, but in recent years, he’s quietly developed into one of the greatest wedge players on Tour. He claims that honing in those shorter approach shots at the end of the day can substantially enhance your final score.
He stated, “I constantly concentrate on distance management.” “I have shots where I hit 85, 95, and 105, and I can alter my statistics based on that… I try to leave pictures where I know I’ll be able to get a good look at them.”
Go to the range, find out how far you can hit each wedge, and practice until you have it down to a science. Your scorecard will thank you if you can hit the green nearly every time you have a wedge in your hand.
4. Keep hydrating, hydrating, hydrating.
The majority of golf advice will clearly concentrate on putting the ball in the hole, but the little nuances are just as important. Johnson, who plays in temperatures of 90 degrees or more on a regular basis, believes that staying hydrated is critical to maintaining peak performance.
He added, “I drink BodyArmor all the time.” “I have to make sure I receive all of the nutrients and other things I need in my body.”
It may seem pointless, but you won’t be able to increase your grades if your body lacks the nutrition it need to function properly.
Put DJ’s four golf recommendations to work on the course and watch your handicaps fall.
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