Monday, July 18, 2005

All Hail Haney

OK, can we stop hearing about Tiger Woods' swing changes now?

Tiger claimed major championship No. 10 at the British Open, leaving just eight shy of Jack Nicklaus' record of 18 professional majors. There seems little doubt that Woods will smash the Bear's record, barring injury.

Woods' resurgence this year vindicates all the work he did with Texas-based instructor Hank Haney over the past couple years. An endless spate of speculation took place while the swing changes were in motion - why is Tiger doing this? is he ruining his game? why did he leave Butch Harmon for Hank Haney? are Tiger and Hank both crazy? - but all that is past, and Tiger is Tiger again.

Hank was always Hank, of course. There's an interesting interview with Haney here; it appeared in a recent Golf Digest. It's a good read; Haney explains how he hooked up with Tiger, and even dares to take a shot at a fellow instructor.

Yep, times are good for Haney. He's No. 4 in GD's rankings of the Top 50 instructors. And his practice facilities are even getting noticed. Haney's home base, the Hank Haney Golf Ranch in McKinney, was recently named one of the Top 10 Short Courses in America by Golf Range Magazine.

3 comments:

  1. Anonymous1:05 AM

    Sounds like Duval should take some lessons from Mr. Haney.

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  2. I'm pretty sure Duval was working with Haney at some point. I remember hearing about Duval shooting in the 60s at The Vaquero Club in Dallas, with Haney. But Duval's worked with everyone ... maybe that's why he's so screwed up!

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  3. Well he must be great, just look at the results of his work.

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