Dustin Johnson reveals why he's stopped wearing a WHOOP strap

Many of the best players on the PGA Tour wear a WHOOP strap, but World No.1 Dustin Johnson has decided to stop and here's why...

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Thu, 7 Jan 2021

Dustin Johnson returns to action on the PGA Tour this week at the Sentry Tournament of Champions in Kapalua and during a press conference the World No.1 revealed why he has stopped wearing a WHOOP strap.

Many of the best players on the planet now wear a WHOOP strap to gain a better understanding about their body, heart rate and recovery performance, including Rory McIlroy, Justin Thomas, Xander Schauffele and until recently, Johnson.

Professional golfers spend a lot of time either exercising, practicing or travelling and usually without many days to rest in between, so by wearign a WHOOP strap, players can analyse their recovery data simply by looking at the app on their smartphone.

Johnson has been a fan of the WHOOP strap for a long time and used it throughout his highly successful year in 2020, but speaking to the media ahead of this week's action, he revealed that he became a little over-obsessed with the device.

"I have not been wearing it the last couple months," he sad. "I did, I used to wear it a lot and - or I wore it for quite a while, but then I got to a little bit too involved with what my recovery was saying and everything, so it was just one less thing to worry about, so I took it off.

"But it was just some days like I would feel great, but then it would say my recovery wasn't that good, so I don't know. But, yeah, I got to where every morning I was waking up, first thing I would do is check my recovery, and so I stopped wearing it."

Johnson capped off an incredible year with victory at The Masters, his first ever green jacket and just his second major title and the 36-year-old says he hasn't had a chance to sit down and watch his victory on TV, but plans on doing so soon.

"I have not watched the replay yet," he added. "I'm going to, I just haven't done it yet. I've got it in my e-mail, so I've got the link to watch it. So I am looking forward to that. I'll probably wait until I get back home where I have some time where I can sit down for a couple hours and watch it."

Will DJ pick up things where he left off? Make sure you watch all the action in what is set to be an exciting week, with Johnson paired with defending champion Thomas for the opening two rounds.

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