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Dustin Johnson's Swing Secrets

The secret to Dustin Johnson's trademark swing? It's all in the wrists. Hank Haney explains.

Released on 10/12/2015

Credits

Starring: Hank Haney

Transcript

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We're lookin' at Dustin Johnson's swing.
00:01
He has one of the most unique swings in the game of golf.
00:04
Not only is he one of the most powerful players in the game,
00:07
but he has the most different wrist position
00:09
at the top of his swing of any other player
00:11
who plays the game.
00:12
(confident rhythmic music)
00:16
There are three wrist positions
00:17
you can really have at the top,
00:19
a flat-left wrist position, a cupped wrist position,
00:23
and a bowed wrist position.
00:24
Dustin Johnson is very bowed
00:26
at the top of his swing, uniquely so.
00:29
When he swings the golf club back, what happens is,
00:32
is his right wrist bends back,
00:34
and that tends to start to bow his left wrist.
00:37
So as his right wrist bends back, his left wrist bows.
00:41
By the time Dustin gets to the top of his swing,
00:43
you can see how pronounced his left wrist is
00:46
in a bowed position.
00:47
This puts the clubface also in a very closed position,
00:51
which makes it difficult for an average golfer
00:54
to get the ball up in the air.
00:55
This is the most common mistake that ladies have
00:59
when they first start to play the game.
01:01
For one reason or another,
01:02
it seems like every lady who starts to play golf
01:05
gets their left wrist in exactly this position
01:08
at the top of the swing.
01:09
And the clubface has no loft.
01:11
That's one of the reasons why they cannot
01:13
get the ball up in the air.
01:15
I watch people all the time when they're givin' tips
01:17
to their girlfriend, or their wife,
01:20
and they're tellin' 'em to turn their body,
01:22
and do this, and do that, and this is the wrist position
01:25
that they have at the top of the swing,
01:26
and they never will be able to get the ball up in the air.
01:29
How's Dustin Johnson do it?
01:31
Well, at impact, by the time he gets to the impact position,
01:35
he's corrected that.
01:36
Let me show you this.
01:37
So you can see here, he's started to get his left wrist
01:40
in a much better position.
01:42
It's almost flat right now.
01:43
Much different than it was at the top of the swing,
01:46
and by the time he gets to impact,
01:48
he's gonna have that left wrist flat to the target.
01:50
For all intents and purposes,
01:52
your left wrist is your clubface.
01:54
You want the back of your left hand
01:55
to face the target at impact.
01:58
If it's bowed, it's gonna be delofted.
02:00
You want it to be pretty flat,
02:01
so that you've got the right amount of loft on the club.
02:04
This would be too much loft,
02:05
not enough loft here,
02:07
flat would be neutral loft on the golf club.
02:09
And that's where he's gonna be at impact.
02:11
The position he's in now allows him
02:13
to just rip through the golf ball,
02:15
and not have to worry about hittin' the ball to the left.
02:19
(confident rhythmic music)
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