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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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Tour Rundown: Magical stuff on three tours

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Something happened this weekend. Something quite large in the world of professional sport. An athlete with a hearing impediment claimed victory on the world’s stage. Diksha Dagar, former world deaf championship winner and silver medalist in Deaflympics golf, chased down a victory on the Ladies European Tour. In this writer’s mind, the winners of the Players Championship and the Kenya Open, while deserving of praise, take a rightful backseat to a standard bearer.

Ladies European Tour – South African Open goes to Indonesia’s Diksha Dagar

Diksha began the week with a double bogey, and closed it with a trophy in hand. Not the traditional manner of claiming a first, major professional victory, but certainly one for a unique record book. The young Indonesian golfer totaled 76 that first day, but dropped 10 strokes on day two with 66, sitting just two behind the leader. Her only trouble was, the leader was home-country pro Lee-Anne Pace, in search of a 10th Euro Tour win, and first in five years.

On day three, Pace looked every bit a champion, and Dagar, equal parts runner-up. Scotland’s Michele Thomson and Germany’s Esther Henseleit were in the mix as well, ultimately tying for thrid spot at 3 under. As for the challengers? Pace stumbled with bogeys at 13 and 17, to finish at 4 under on the week. Dagar, in Pace’s words, played flawless golf and closed with birdies at 15 and 16, the later on a holed chip shot, to reach 5 under and claim victory. On this occasion, flawless was the diamond.

PGA Tour – The Players Championship has fitting champion on St. Patrick’s Day

At 2:20 EST, 18 golfers were within 2 shots of the lead at TPC Sawgrass. The leaders were in the throes of McIlrahmoid Fever, that wretched illness that strikes most golfers when much is on the line. Even thought it’s not an official major, the Players has every trapping of that august status: a course waiting to bite you on every shot, money, exempt status, peer respect, and P-R-E-S-S-U-R-E. In the end, only four golfers were within two shots of the lead, and two of them didn’t figure until late. Confused? Understandable.

In a nutshell: Jim Furyk made a run for the old guys, but came up one stroke shy. Jon Rahm hoped to claim that first big win of his professional career, but a wretched closing stretch did him in. Tommy Fleetwood, Jason Day, Brian Harman and others all tap-danced their way into, then out, of contention. In the end, it was the leprechaun himself, Rory McIlroy, who recovered from an early double bogey with 33 on the inward half, to raise the trophy of many faces. McIlroy, birdied 11, 12, 15 and 16 on his way to 16-under par. The title certainly cements him as a potential favorite to finish the career grand slam next month at Augusta.

European Tour – Magical Kenya Open ends up in the hands of Migliozzi

Don’t think that others didn’t try to claim the 2019 Magical Kenya Open trophy. The statue of the strutting rhinoceros would make other baubles pale in comparison. The final nine holes of this year’s event were as compelling as the majestic beast whose visage went home with Guido Migliozzi. The first-time champion on the European Tour took the lead early on Sunday, lost it, then found it again with a run of six pars to the finish. His birdies on 10 and 12 were enough to reclaim the top spot, and pars held his space atop the podium.

Last week’s winner, Justin Harding of South Africa, made four birdies and an eagle from holes 10 to 18. It was his unfortunate bogey at lucky No. 13 that kept him one shot behind the Italian. Countryman Louis De Jager also reached 15 under, closing with seven frustrating pars, while in search of the elusive bird to reach 16 under or better. Spaniard Adri Arnaus jumped into the lead with three mid-round birdies, but gave it back with bogey at the par-5 12th. One more birdie coming home was just enough to join the tie for second with the South Africans.

 

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Tiger Woods working with putting coach Matt Killen at The Players

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Tiger Woods says he is fit and healthy ahead of this week’s Players Championship, and the 14-time major champion has putting coach Matt Killen alongside him at TPC Sawgrass as he seeks his third title at the event.

Golf Channel’s Tim Rosaforte broke the news on social media, and the move represents the first time Woods has had an instructor of any type since his split with Chris Como in 2017.

Woods struggled with the flat-stick at his last outing at the WGC-Mexico, where he three-putted six times. That event represented the first time that Woods has lost strokes to the field on the greens at a tournament since the Northern Trust back in August, and over his previous 24 rounds, the 43-year-old ranks 42nd in this week’s field for strokes gained putting.

Killen currently works with Justin Thomas, J.B. Holmes, Bud Cauley and Blayne Barber, and speaking to Golf Digest, the putting instructor stated on Monday that he likes what he sees in Woods’ stroke.

“His stroke looked good. His putting is better. I like what I see.”

Woods tees off on Thursday at 1.27 pm ET alongside Webb Simpson and Patrick Reed.

 

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Francesco Molinari joins Callaway tour staff; WITB details

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Callaway Golf has announced that the 2018 Open Champion, Francesco Molinari, has joined its tour professional staff.

Molinari will make his debut on the PGA Tour as a Callaway staffer this week at the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill, where he will game Callaway woods, irons, wedges, an Odyssey Putter, and a Chrome Soft Golf Ball, as well as a Callaway Staff Bag.

Regarding the announcement, the Italian had this to say

“I am joining Callaway because I’m so impressed by their equipment. More than anything, I’m looking forward to playing the new Epic Flash Driver and the Chrome Soft X Golf Ball. The ball speed gains that I’m getting from the driver are unbelievable. And this golf ball is the best one that I’ve ever played. The performance from tee-to-green, especially the feel and control, is exactly what I want.”

Speaking on the announcement, Callaway Senior VP of Global Sports marketing, Tim Reed stated

“We’re proud to welcome Francesco as our newest Callaway Staff Professional. We’re confident that he will play at an even higher level and enjoy many more great wins with Callaway equipment. He’s added ball speed off the driver with Flash Face Technology, and his performance on approach shots and around the greens has been spectacular with his new Callaway irons, wedges, and our Chrome Soft Ball.”

Currently in the Italian’s bag is an Odyssey Toulon Madison Putter which features a new Stroke Lab Shaft. Speaking on the putter which Molinari is presently using, Sean Toulon, SVP, Callaway Golf & GM, Odyssey Brand, said

“Francesco is a tremendous putter, and he really likes the milled performance he’s seeing from the Madison. And with the Stroke Lab Shaft he’s getting more consistency in the rhythm and the tempo of his stroke. It’s a combination that’s going to help him have a lot of success and make of a lot of big putts.”

Francesco Molinari WITB 2019

Driver: Callaway Epic Flash Sub Zero (9 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei White 60 TX

Fairway wood: Callaway Epic Flash Sub Zero (13.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei White 70 TX

Irons: Callaway Apex 19 (4-iron), Apex MB 18 Irons (5-PW)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold X 100

Wedges: Callaway Mack Daddy 4 (50, 56, 60 degrees)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold X 100

Putter: Odyssey Toulon Madison Stroke Lab

Ball: Callaway Chrome Soft X

 

 

 

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