Fitness Blog

Dustin Johnson's Golf Fitness Program from Men's Journal

Coach Joey D May 8, 2020 7:57:00 AM

We're in some interesting times as people. Something bigger than us all has ground life-as-we-knew-it to a halt. Humans, as a species, are a resilient crew, though. If we keep our wits about us and stay smart, we will come out of this in one piece. At some point, we'll get the green light to resume our normal lives again. And when that happens, you'll once again be able to stop worrying about viruses, ventilators, and empty supermarket shelves and get back to worrying about what really matters: your slice, your inability to maintain spine angle, and your lack of mobility through the hips. (After you've disinfected everything you've ever touched, of course.)

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Connecting with the Club…or...Showing Your Wrists Some Love [VIDEO]

Coach Joey D Jul 21, 2018 9:48:32 AM

1. Prevent injuries due to instability at the wrist
2. Lessen chances of an overuse injury
3. Create a more consistently accurate shot

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Method to the Madness…or Joust your Way to Lower Scores! [VIDEO]

Coach Joey D Jun 8, 2018 11:01:00 AM

I've been in and around the fitness industry for my entire life -- as an athlete, as a coach, as a lecturer. I know that different people learn things and respond to things in different ways. Some people are more apprehensive than others; they need to be steadily pushed to achieve their goals. Some people are more analytical; they need to know the exercise science behind what they're doing -- right down to the cellular level -- before they'll try anything new.

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Stabilizing Your Golf Swing…or Ankles Aren't for Rolling

Coach Joey D May 26, 2018 3:33:00 AM
1. Increase Power and Accuracy
2. Reduce the Chance of Injury
3. Improve Balance
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Are You Built For Speed? [VIDEO]

Coach Joey D Apr 24, 2018 12:00:00 AM

How To Add Velocity and Club Head Speed To Your Swing

1. Understand the biomechanics of club head speed.
2. Get your lower body activated.
3. Get your upper body in sync.

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Are We Having Fun Yet?

Coach Joey D Apr 4, 2017 2:15:00 PM

I'm going to ask you a question about your golf game and it's not the typical question you'd expect from me.

I'm not going to ask if you're loading properly into your left side or if you're able to comfortably maintain your spine angle or if you're staying connected to the ground throughout your swing. I'm going to ask you a far more simple -- but no less important -- question: Are you having fun?

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Know Your Miss!

Coach Joey D Mar 15, 2017 3:19:00 PM

If you're constantly slicing the golf ball or never feel like you're getting enough power in your swing, my guess is that there's something not quite right with your body.

Most golfers have very selective memories. I'm sure you know players that can give you a network-TV-quality play-by-play of a brilliant approach shot they hit 23 years ago or of a drive to within a foot of the cup they hit in college. Ask them -- at the end of a round -- why their shoes are full of sand or why they're a couple of sleeves of balls lighter than when the round began, though, and suddenly memories become foggy.

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Earning Your Luck

Coach Joey D Jul 11, 2016 7:11:08 PM

It was truly amazing to see Dustin Johnson overcome all sorts of obstacles, dig deep, and win his first major at Oakmont.

In the week after the US Open, I must have been asked roughly eight million times if I think DJ had discovered some brand-new gear -- some “Beast Mode” -- that was going to let him go undefeated for the rest of the PGA Tour season. And while I told people that I’d like to be able to say “yes,” the answer -- to be really honest -- was “no.”

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Growing the Game of Golf

Coach Joey D May 20, 2016 2:40:55 PM

I’m a big fan of social media.

It not only lets me stay connected with friends, family, and colleagues wherever my crazy schedule takes me, but it also lets me have some great conversations with my ever-growing gang of Twitter pals. A few years ago, someone might have recognized me out on the course or while I was going about my day-to-day business down here in Florida and we’d be able to talk about golf, fitness, whatever. Today, though, anyone – anywhere! – can start a Twitter conversation with me 24/7. It’s a little bit mind-boggling.

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Why is 2016 Starting in 2015?

Coach Joey D Feb 25, 2016 12:20:29 PM

I've been in the fitness world for most of my life. I've been involved with the PGA Tour for almost 20 years.

I've seen plenty of things that have caused a player to lose his edge and slip athletically: injuries, lack of focus and discipline, improper nutrition, etc. Over the past couple of years, though, another factor has become more and more responsible for players not being able to perform at the top of their ability: economic pressure. With the PGA Tour season now being essentially a twelve-month long schedule of events, the lack of any real off-season is leaving many pros dealing with burnout both physically and mentally.

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