Inside Golf : Inside Golf November 2014
30 November 2014 | www.insidegolf.com.au exclusive David Newber y email@example.com S INCE quitting as Tiger Woods’ coach in 2010, Hank Haney has turned his attention to helping club golfers and social players improve their game. In a teaching career spanning more than 30 years, the top American golf instructor has given more than 55,000 golf lessons around the world. Aside from Tiger Woods and Mark O’Meara, he helped hone the skills of more than 200 touring professionals. During a lengthy interview, he happily answered questions about Tiger, Bubba Watson, Jason Day, life on the range and his coaching philosophy. Inside Golf: You worked with Tiger for six years and helped him win six majors. How much time did you spend with him? Hank Haney: 110 days a year. You quit teaching Tiger in 2010. Was he your last individual student? Yes, I don’t give individual lessons anymore. What have you been doing post-Tiger? I give clinics. Last year I gave clinics to over 15,000 people. I train teachers to teach and I have academies all over the world. I also have a (weekend) radio show in the US. Was it difficult to walk away from teaching the best players? Some people can’t get enough of teaching touring pros, but I taught pros for over 30 years and that was enough. Do you enjoy coming to Australia and attending teaching summits? I always enjoy coming here – it’s a great country and the people are so nice. I have such respect for the Australian PGA. The pros are just great. Over the years, I have had five or six Australian pros that have taught for me in the States and they have always been some of my best instructors. Describe your teaching philosophy. When I first started coaching, I worked with John Jacobs who, to me, is the finest golf instructor the world has ever seen. His philosophy is based on the ball-flight. He says, ‘golf is what the ball does’. So I always first look at the ball and see what shot the student is hitting or what shot they can’t hit. I work from there, the ball-flight back, as opposed to working from the swing forward. You still end up at the same point. You have to fix the swing if you are going to hit a particular ball-flight. The most important thing is making a good diagnosis and having a good plan to improve. In order to do that, you have to analyse the ball-flight. What makes a good teaching pro? You have to be able to communicate to get people to do different things. You have to get your point across, not just know what you want to tell somebody. Do some teaching professionals’ methods baffle you? Oh yeah, but everybody is different. They teach their methods because it’s the best way they know. I respect that. I teach what I think because I think it’s the best and works for people. What drives you and are you a workaholic? Golf has always been so much fun. Helping people is fun and seeing people improve and the enjoyment they get out of it makes it less like work. Golf is my hobby. I feel as if I haven’t really worked a day in my life because it’s something I enjoy. How does teaching Tiger and other top pros compare with teaching the less- skilled amateurs? It’s the same. It’s just the average player’s mistakes are more frequent. Obviously, a more gifted player has an easier time changing something, but they are a little more stubborn and harder to get through to. I look at each student just as a student. Was there any one thing you taught Tiger that gave him the edge? He was great before I helped him, but I am very proud of my record with Tiger. He won 45 per cent of his tournaments the last three years I helped him. He was top-10 85 per cent of the time. I would like to think there were a lot of things I helped Hank Haney. On the tee with Hank Haney HOTEL MOTEL Chasing the Sun Golf Festival Ceduna to Kalgoorlie 11 - 18 April 2015 World’s Longest Golf Course, Australia Kalgoorlie Ceduna Nullarbor Links, ‘World’s Longest Golf Course’, is unique. This 18-hole par 73 golf course spans 1,365 kilometres with one hole in each participating town or roadhouse along the Eyre Highway from Ceduna in South Australia to Kalgoorlie in Western Australia. Each hole includes a synthetic green, tee and somewhat rugged outback-style natural terrain fairway. The course provides visitors with a quintessential Australian golfing experience that is unmatched anywhere else in the world. “Chasing the Sun” Golf Festival has established itself as a brilliant Australian golfing experience, from the very first sip of champagne on Saturday morning at Ceduna, through to toasting the setting Sun in Kalgoorlie. “Chasing the Sun” takes you on a drive to Australia’s famous oyster beds in Ceduna, For more information and to view the full itinerary visit www.nullarborlinks.com then down to Fowlers Bay for your first concert. Venture past the whales and the beautiful coastline at Nullarbor to arrive at the beaches of Eucla, you move on to the remains of Skylab at Balladonia and the working sheep station at Fraser Range. Indigenous art and dance of the Ngadju people in Norseman will features strongly in your memories of this festival. Finally you head to Australia’s gold capital Kalgoorlie. On this tournament your entertainment are two fabulous Australian bush poets, Muzz and Marco plus South Australian singer songwriter Allan Wright. They will be performing at Fowlers Bay and the final night in Kalgoorlie.
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