The Cut : The Cut - Winter 2016
78 THE CUT IF IT AIN’T BROKE... Butch hasn’t tried to “fix” Dustin’s unusual bowed left wrist at the top because it works for him. WIDE TAKEAWAY He likes the clubhead to track back low and just inside the target line as his shoulders turn. BUILDING POWER Player and coach have worked hard on maintaining some flex in Dustin’s right knee. SET UP LIKE THIS! As Dustin says, a flexed right leg helps him maintain spine angle. How do you set up the weights on the bottom? I have the front track weight in the middle/neutral position, and the back track weight all the way back. What are the most important Trackman numbers to you? I use Trackman to get a general feel for my launch, spin and ball speed numbers. However, there is no substitute for seeing my ball flight on the course under playing conditions. How important is the right ball? The right ball is very important. A ball with too much or too little spin can dramatically influence both distance and accuracy, especially at the professional level. The TaylorMade Tour Preferred ball has worked very well for me. What’s the best drive you’ve ever hit? That’s hard to say, but the one I hit on the 72nd hole at the US Open (Chambers Bay) last year was pretty special (he smashed one 370 yards (338m) straight down the middle). Do you admire any other long games? Jason Day has a beautiful long game, as does Adam Scott. Do your playing partners ever say “Jesus, that’s long!” Haha! Yeah, I hear some pretty funny comments, especially when I really catch one. Are Tour players hitting it further every year? It certainly seems that way. The younger players are bigger, stronger, more focused on their fitness, which is a good thing.
The Cut - Spring 2016