A minute-by-minute look at Dustin Johnson’s loose and lazy warm-up routine

February 25, 2019

Dustin Johnson is one of the smoothest characters on tour. Whether he’s warming-up for the day or walking down the final hole of a major, he looks like he’s in a perpetual state of relaxation — and that was never more true than when I observed him on the range ahead of his first round at the Hero World Challenge last December.

8:01 a.m.: Arrives on range.

8:02 a.m.: Hits first shot.

8:04 a.m.: DJ’s caddie AJ forgets iPad for Trackman, runs back to hotel.

8:04 a.m.: DJ picks up Bubba Watson’s lefty club, makes swings.

8:07 a.m.: DJ boasts he can fly it 285 yards with his lefty swing.

8:09 a.m.: Makes more swings, returns to range spot, hits four wedge shots.

PARIS, FRANCE - SEPTEMBER 28: Dustin Johnson of the United States practices on the range prior to the morning fourball matches of the 2018 Ryder Cup at Le Golf National on September 28, 2018 in Paris, France. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)

8:11 a.m.: Wipes off club, talks to Justin Thomas.

8:12 a.m.: Hits three wedge shots, looks around.

8:14 a.m.: Takes practice swings with Gary Woodland’s new club. Watches Woodland hit balls, talks.

8:18 a.m.: Walks with back to his own bag.

8:19 a.m.: Asks what time it is, hits two wedge shots.

8:20 a.m.: Watches Bubba hit a drive, looks at his Trackman numbers, makes fun of his clubhead speed.

ST LOUIS, MO - AUGUST 09: Dustin Johnson of the United States talks with Bubba Watson on the 11th green during the first round of the 2018 PGA Championship at Bellerive Country Club on August 9, 2018 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/PGA of America/PGA of America via Getty Images)

8:21 a.m.: Caddy AJ returns with iPad.

8:22 a.m.: Hits wedge, AJ shows DJ funny YouTube video on phone. The pair laugh.

8:24 a.m.: Signs autograph, switches to 7-iron, hits six shots rapid fire.

8:27 a.m.: Pulls driver, hits eight shots rapid fire checking Trackman numbers.

8:30 a.m.: Leaves range.