Only a few tour pros have a shot that can make other tour pros stop what they're doing on the range and have a look. Dustin Johnson has one.
Some golfers hide big power in a deceptively compact package. But Johnson is built like an NBA guard, so the 340-yard lightning bolts he hits with his 122-mile-per-hour clubhead speed don't seem that surprising.
His PGA Tour Player of the Year season in 2016 came in big part after moving away from a more volatile draw to a consistent baby fade. "I don't try to fade it," Johnson says. "I just set up a hair more open, aim at the left side of the fairway, and I swing. If I'm working to make the ball go left to right, something is off."
Not much was off last season when he won three times, including the U.S. Open, led the tour in money, scoring and birdies, and was second in driving distance and strokes gained off the tee.
"He probably drove it better than anybody all year," says Butch Harmon, who has worked with Johnson since 2010. "I think he'll have an even bigger year this year."