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Dustin Johnson talks new BodyArmor partnership, golf fitness

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Premium sports drink BodyArmor announced Wednesday that Dustin Johnson will be the company’s first endorser in the professional golf realm.

Kobe Bryant is among the shareholders in the electrolyte-rich sports drink, and other athlete-investors include Andrew Luck, Mike Trout and James Harden. The company highlights the product’s superior hydration relative to other sports drinks because of the inclusion of coconut water, as well as the competitive advantage of all-natural ingredients. 

I spoke with Dustin Johnson by phone to ask him about the new partnership and the role of fitness and nutrition in his golfing life.

Tell me a little bit about the partnership with BodyArmor and how that came about?

DJ: It came about a few months ago…I loved it…love the ingredients since it’s all natural. No artificial sweeteners. And the hydration: As anybody who plays sports or golf understands, it’s very important to stay hydrated. When you get dehydrated, it’s never at the beginning [of a round], it’s at the end, and it affects everything.

…And you see this as an on-course drink in addition to water or in place of water?

DJ: Yeah. I’ll have one in the morning, before, and one while I’m playing, and then obviously water along with it. It’d be tough to carry eight bottles; I don’t think my caddie would like that. And then I’ll have one when I’m done, and that works really well for me.

So you see the key benefits to golfers as the hydration element and the all-natural ingredients?

DJ: It has coconut water. Low in sodium. A lot of potassium. To me…it’s way better than the other products that are out there that are loaded with sugar and artificial flavors. With the trend in society toward people being more health-conscious, it’s…a no-brainer.

How does it fit into your general fitness as a golfer?

Whether I’m playing in a tournament or I’m at home, it’s part of my everyday diet. I’ll have one before I’m working out and while I’m working out to stay hydrated. And if I’m playing golf, I always have one with me.

From a fitness standpoint, you’re regarded as one of the best athletes on tour and certainly have never had any issues with swing speed, so I’m interested in what your fitness goals are.

DJ: Well, I’m always trying to get stronger. And a lot of preventive stuff, because you don’t want to get hurt. I do a wide array of things: Olympic lifts, plyo, I do everything that you can think of. And I train at home, on the road…before I play, I’ll do a full-on workout. The last couple of years, I’ve been doing that.

Is the way you work out consistent throughout the year?

DJ: Yeah. I’ve got a trainer, Joey D [Joey Diovisalvi], he puts together our programs, and he travels with me. And he lives here in Palm Beach. And our workout regimen stays pretty much the same whether we’re at home or on the road. And we workout pretty much every day, although I had five days off last week [after the Masters] at the end of a long stretch.

Do you workout for a set amount of time or is that variable?

DJ: It varies. Anywhere between 50 minutes and an hour-and-20 minutes, hour-and-30 minutes.

How has getting to know the Great One, Wayne Gretzky, impacted you?

DJ: Anytime you have someone like Wayne, who is the greatest that’s ever played his sport, maybe the greatest athlete of all-time — to me he’s the greatest athlete, if you look at all the records he has and everything he’s done, it’s miles above. Anytime you have someone like that, to pick their brain, spend time with, and get advice from, you just can’t beat it. It’s been great. He’s a great dude, great father, and he’s been a great role-model for me.

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  1. 4pillars

    Apr 21, 2016 at 8:02 am

    It’s a well known fact that hydration is the key factor to good putting.

  2. poser

    Apr 20, 2016 at 12:16 pm

    Wonder if cocaine is on the ingredient list

    • TCJ

      Apr 20, 2016 at 1:08 pm

      I think that is part of the training regime!

    • Dick Woodcock

      Apr 20, 2016 at 4:30 pm

      Haters gonna hate…

    • digitalbroccoli

      Apr 21, 2016 at 3:45 pm

      Assuming the reports are correct, the guy had a problem, spent some time cleaning it up, and is clean now. At what point does this sort of comment just come off as small minded jealousy? I think right around….now.

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10 interesting photos from Tuesday & Wednesday at the U.S. Open

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GolfWRX is live this week from the 2019 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach Golf Links!

We have plenty of general galleries packed with a bundle of great photos in our forums, as well as specialized and WITB galleries for you to enjoy. Here are ten interesting photos from Tuesday and Wednesday to get you fired up ahead of today’s opening round!

Bernd Wiesberger testing the new Aldila Rip X proto shaft.

Checking out Paul Casey’s custom Mizuno irons.

New Mitsubishi iron shaft.

Tiger Woods’ famed and trusty Scotty.

Justin Rose rocking Nike’s Roshe G Tour shoes from their “No Denim Allowed” pack at Pebble this week.

Amateur Matt Parziale gaming the “old school” ProForce V2 shaft in his 3W.

Up-close and personal with Kodai Ichihara’s wedges.

Rickie Fowler showing off the Cobra x CRU’s Headcover from Puma’s U.S. Open Patriot Pack.

Brett Drewitt getting into the spirit of things this week with appropriate wedge stampings at Pebble Beach.

Austin Eckroat’s Ping Redwood flat-stick has been impressing our members in our forums.

Check out all of Tuesday’s photos in our forums.

Check out all of Wednesday’s photos in our forums.

 

 

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Wednesday’s photos from the 2019 U.S. Open

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GolfWRX is live from famed Pebble Beach for the 2019 U.S. Open.

From Wednesday’s pre-tournament action on the Monterey Peninsula, we have four general galleries, a Renato Paratore WITB, and a very cool look at Paul Casey’s Mizuno irons.

Check out links to all our photos from Wednesday, below.

General galleries

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See Monday’s photos here

See Tuesday’s photos here

See what GolfWRXers are saying about the shots from Pebble in the discussion thread.

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Tuesday’s photos from the 2019 U.S. Open

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GolfWRX is live from famed Pebble Beach for the 2019 U.S. Open.

From Tuesday’s pre-tournament action on the Monterey Peninsula, we have four general galleries, a few WITBs (including Tiger Woods), additional looks at Titleist’s new 620 and T100 irons, and an intriguing new shaft from Mitsubishi.

Check out links to all our photos from Tuesday, below.

General galleries

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See Monday’s photos here

See what GolfWRXers are saying about the shots from Pebble in the discussion thread.

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