Joel Dahmen has mixed feelings on ‘Full Swing’ after popularity takes off like ‘rocket ship’

Joel Dahmen may be the most famous golfer you’ve never heard of — until now.

The 35-year-old from Clarkson, Wash., finished 84th this year in the FedExCup Standings, compiling a body of work that teases a career on the cusp of breaking through.

Nowhere was that more evident than during his appearance on Netflix’s “Full Swing.”

Dahmen (and his signature bucket hat) was one of a handful of golfers featured in the eight-episode series which debuted in February.

Netflix also turned its cameras on the likes of Rory McIlroy, Brooks Koepka, Jordan Spieth, Collin Morikawa and Scottie Scheffler for the series, which aimed to show what life is like on and off the course during the PGA Tour season.

In a conversation with The Post, Dahmen talked about his increased notoriety thanks to Netflix.


Joel Dahmen has four top-10 finishes in 2023.
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“Uptick would be one word. You could call it a rocket ship or whatever that is,” Dahmen said.

“I went from basically kind of a no one or a guy who wore a silly bucket hat to every week I’m being noticed, I’m having larger crowds, more autographs, things like that.”

Dahmen was featured in the fourth episode of “Full Swing” and it zeroed in on his relationship with caddie and best friend Geno Bonnalie.


Joel Dahmen swinging his driver.
Joel Dahmen picked up his first PGA Tour win in 2021.
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Among the storylines developed by Netflix was Bonnalie’s belief in Dahmen, especially when the golfer turns to subdued humor to deflect conversations about his game.

While Dahmen said Netflix “did a great job,” he said that if he had been editing the show, he would’ve explored other angles.

“We gave them enough content that they could’ve gone different ways,” Dahmen said, adding he would’ve liked to see “more goofing off” and the “brotherly banter” he shares with Bonnalie.


Geno Bonnalie (left) and Joel Dahmen (right).
Genoe Bonnalie (left) is Joel Dahmen’s caddie and best friend.
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“I’m not as self-deprecating as it made me out to be,” Dahmen said. “If I didn’t have belief in myself and the belief in what I was doing, I would have never made it on tour.”

But he has, and Dahmen is reaping the rewards that come with that success.

Dahmen has been named “whiskey caddie” for Bushmills Irish Whiskey, which is the official whiskey of the PGA Tour.


Joel Dahmen holds a drink.
Joel Dahmen is the official “whiskey caddie” for Bushmills Irish Whiskey.
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Dahmen evenhas a signature drink: “Joel’s Juicy Lie.”

Will it be as popular as an Arnold Palmer (iced tea and lemonade) or a John Daly (an Arnold Palmer spiked with vodka)?

“I’m willing to even buy your first round,” said Dahmen, who cited Bushmills’ website for further details.


Joel Dahmen holds a drink.
Joel Dahmen has his own signature drink: “Joel’s Juicy Lie.”
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Dahmen, who called this marketing opportunity “super special,” plans to get back out on the tour in a couple of weeks “for fun” and will be back on the PGA Tour in 2024.

While he received a “general e-mail” from LIV Golf, Dahmen says he never responded.


Joel Dahmen at the "beach."
Joel Dahmen wants to buy you a drink of Bushmills.
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“I have chosen to kind of stay out of all that stuff,” Dahmen said. “I don’t think anyone knows what’s going on.”

Coming off a career-best four top-10 finishes in 2023, Dahmen will be in pursuit of his second career win on the PGA Tour.

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