A Look Inside Dustin Johnson’s Yardage Book
Feb, 10, 2014
Golf Digest snapped some pics of Dustin Johnson’s Pebble Beach yardage book. Not a bad idea, considering Johnson’s won the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am twice, and he finished one stroke shy of a playoff this weekend (thanks to a Sunday-best 6-under 66).
So what does Johnson put in his yardage book? Unfortunately for us, it seems like Johnson mostly takes mental notes. But it’s still cool to look at the Tour yardage book, and all the detailed slope arrows that are included.
It’s particularly interesting to look at the yardage book and think of the strategies Johnson employed during the 2010 U.S. Open. Johnson led by three going into the final round, and made a ho-hum par at the first. But then came a fatal triple-bogey-double-bogey combo on Nos. 2 and 3.
A look at No. 2:
Johnson actually nuked his drive on the 502-yard second hole, leaving himself a 150-yard wedge from the middle of the fairway. To give you some perspective, you’ll find the 150-yard sprinkler head in the layup insert, not the supposed landing area off the tee.
Of course Johnson made a mess of the rest of the hole, hitting his wedge into thick fescue hanging above the right greenside bunker. When he was done hacking away (both right-handed and left-handed), Johnson walked away with a triple-bogey 7.
But even though that hole coughed away his three-stroke lead, Johnson was still tied atop the leader board when he stepped onto the third tee.
Instead of playing a tee shot about 260 yards over the second bunker, Johnson stuck with his AT&T strategy, opting to airmail a group of trees and carry the ball nearly 311 yards by cutting the corner on the dogleg left.
Johnson’s tee shot rattled among the trees he was trying to clear and it wasn’t found, leading to a double-bogey 6 that torpedoed his confidence. Johnson ultimately tied for eighth after an 11-0ver 82.
And if you were ever curious why the 14th hole gives pros so much trouble, just look at this illustration of the green:
And imagine trying to hit the 17th green (below) in U.S. Open conditions. The baked-out green is just 14 paces deep near its traditional Sunday hole location (left).
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