TURNING SHORT INTO LONG ut as long as he is playing from short grass, Johnson feels he can neutralise his inherent disadvantage.“If you put me in the fairway at my average distance into a par 4, 175 to 180 yards, and you put another player in the rough 120 yards from the green,” he says,“over time, I’m going to wear him out.”
Conversely, because he is so straight, Johnson is able to hit a driver more frequently than his longer-hitting peers, who often drop down to a 3-wood or hybrid o the tee on more narrow fairways. So there are many holes where Johnson has the longest tee shot in his group.
Second, Johnson is a virtuoso with the wedges. He has used