Hank Haney Out As Tiger's Swing Coach
By Kickntrue on 5/11/10
Hank Haney has resigned from his duties as Tiger's swing coach. I wonder if "resigned" is a move by Tiger to show some grace and leave Hank with his dignity intact. While this will be the golf talk of the week- nobody following golf can really be surprised by this move. People have been speculating for weeks on the possibility that this could be coming.
Hank Haney, who has been Tiger Woods’ swing coach for more than six years, resigned from those duties Monday and released a statement on his Web site.

“I resigned because there is a time and place for everything and I believed that now was the time for me to step aside,” Haney said in an e-mail to Golfweek late Monday night. “I am very proud of the work that I have done with Tiger and the record that he has had with me helping him.”
Tiger has now worked with two huge swing coaches- Butch Harmon and now Hank Haney. Most would agree Harmon produced the better results, but if we are to believe those "close" to the situation- Harmon and Tiger aren't so hot on each other so it's doubtful they'd get back together. Plus- Harmon is now coaching Phil. I'm guessing Mickelson has something in their agreement about working with certain individuals.

So- where does Tiger go from here? I think he just needs to work it out himself. There are stories about Tiger being able to feel the difference of grams between golf clubs and everyone knows about his meticulous work ethic. I just can't imagine anyone knows more about about a golf swing than Tiger. Maybe 3rd party perspective is good but Tiger should go the consultant route- bringing different coaches in occasionally to offer their opinions on what he's produced for himself.

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[ comments ]
mmontisano says:
i heard he's switching to the Stack and Tilt method.

j/k
5/11/10
 
c5agalb says:
Tiger wrote an instruction book himself, he should be able to help himself.
5/11/10
 
c5agalb says:
"How I play Golf"
5/11/10
 
lazorbeam says:
I was hoping to see a Haney project with HWSNBN as the subject, guess not now.
5/11/10
 
mmontisano says:
Voldemort?
5/11/10
 
sepfeiff says:
Hank seems like a good guy, hate to see him lose some easy money.
5/11/10
 
Swingem says:
Haney realized, correctly, that further association with TW will not benefit, and could potentially damage his brand image. His move is no different then that of sponsors who've cut ties with TW.
5/11/10
 
Kurt the Knife says:
Prolly more trouble than Barkley.
5/11/10
 
coojofresh says:
he needs a shrink, and then he needs to email some video of himself to golf fix.
5/11/10
 
cheymike says:
"Most would agree Harmon produced the better results..." I can't agree with that one. Haney and HWSNBN have had a HELLUVA run. HWSNBN wasn't doing anywhere near as well for two years before Haney stepped into the picture, so things were going downhill with Harmon at that time, as they are right now.
5/11/10
 
Virtuaframax says:
next one will be Nike if things keep going the way they are...
EA Sports has already introduced in the background a "new face"...
5/11/10
 
falcon50driver says:
Ok Ok I'll do it for 10% of the gross.
5/11/10
 
preny says:
He needs to replace his coach with a Buddhist monk who can tell him to stop thinking as hard a NASA scientist and clear his mind to use his superstar athletic abilities.

Also, he should replace his personal trainer with a physical therapist who can explain to him the myriad problems caused by overtraining -- even a legendary athlete needs to understand how much the body needs to recover, especially when its no longer 23. Working out like olympian and then bashing balls for 4 hrs have to be the main reason he's injury prone.
5/11/10
 
scottccherry says:
Well played preny. Well played.
5/12/10
 
sepfeiff says:
@ preny, well said. As you get older, you only have to work half as hard to hurt yourself twice as much.
5/12/10
 
Swingem says:
Personal problems aside, it's interesting to consider that the work ethic that maximized TW's talent up to this point may have also torpedoed his ability to carry the same level of performance into the second half of his career.
5/12/10
 
legitimatebeef says:
Tiger will be fine without Hank. I get a weird feeling about Hank from watching his "Haney Project". Dude has some complicated ideas about the golf swing and is not that great a communicator to boot.
5/12/10
 
Beekeeper45 says:
Have to agree, Tiger will bounce back. Now I want to see Hank and Butch go head to head on Trumps show..
5/12/10
 
preny says:
that would be a really fun trump episode
5/12/10
 
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