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Hank Haney's Essentials of the Swing: A 7-Point Plan for Building a Better Swing and Shaping Your Shots Hardcover – April 1, 2009


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (April 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470407484
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470407486
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 7.5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #166,557 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Hank Haney is one of the most well-respected and sought-after golf instructors in the world today. He is famous for rebuilding the swing of the world's #1 player, Tiger Woods. He has also worked with hundreds of top touring professionals, including Masters and British Open champion Mark O'Meara, who says that "Hank knows more about ball flight and what controls it than anyone in the game." Hank Haney's students have won every major tournament in professional and amateur and junior golf.

In Hank Haney's Essentials of the Swing, Hank shows you how to put his approach to work to develop a powerful, repeating swing that can hit every kind and shape of shot — with every club in the bag — with equal ease and with the consistency of your dreams. He goes beyond tips and quick fixes to lay out the principles behind the ideal swing, along with a plan to help you develop yours. Point by point, he guides you through every aspect of your swing, beginning with the grip; moving through stance, posture, and alignment; and on to the backswing, forward swing, contact, and follow-through.

Hank knows that you can never truly understand his instructions until you get out there and follow them. That's why he leads you step by step through practice sessions at the range, helping you get a feel for how minor adjustments affect ball flight and how to make these adjustments while maintaining that strong and consistent swing. In no time, you'll begin shaping your shots like a pro—deciding where you want the ball to go and executing the shot to get it there.

The place you'll really put your new swing to the test is out on the course. Hank walks you through a pre-shot routine that helps you plan each element of your shot, making the best club selection, eliminating tension, checking alignment before your swing, and preserving the essentials of your swing in any lie, with any club, and with any type of shot.

Complete with more than 160 pictures to help you understand the concepts, check your form, and make corrections as you practice, Hank Haney's Essentials of the Swing is a masterwork from a master instructor. It's the resource you'll return to again and again as you improve your swing, become an expert shot shaper, lower your handicap, and reach the height of your game.

About the Author

HANK HANEY is one of the top three instructors on Golf Digest's list of America's 50 greatest golf teachers. He is the Director of Instruction at the Hank Haney International Junior Golf Academy and the founder of Hank Haney Golf, Inc., which operates golf-training programs worldwide. He is the author of three previous books: The Only Golf Lesson You'll Ever Need, No More Bad Shots, and Fix the Yips Forever.


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Good photos throughout.
rodboomboom
Great book for the beginner as well as the low handicaper, Hank covers everything from the grip to the follow through.
MB
An excellent, easy to follow book about the fundamentals of the golf swing.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By J. Verheyen on June 27, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Hank Haney's "Essentials of the Swing" is a great full swing golf instructional book. That fact his golf swing plan is based on a a-z set of golf principles, rather than a set of tips and tricks to temporarily cure golf swing defects, puts this book heads and shoulders over just about any other golf insturction book you would find at your nearest Barnes and Noble or Borders.

I have read over 40 golf instruction books over the past couples years and this book easily makes it into my top 5 books that I would recommend if you are serious about improving your golf swing and not just looking for a few miracle cures for your slice or hook. Ben Hogan's "Five Lessons," David Leadbetter's "The Fundamentals of Hogan," (Hogan's book dissected with suggestions for improvements), Nick Faldo's "A Swing For Life," (very much influenced by Leadbetter), Jim Hardy's "The Plane Truth for Golfer's Master Class," and Jack Nicklaus's "Golf My Way" are all books worth reading 5 times or more. Although I believe Jack's swing thoughts are a little less relevant to today's golf swing, it is still a classic and great read. I find myself gravitating towards Faldo's book most often. With this said, I would lump Hank Haney's "Essentials of the Swing" in with these as a favorite.

Where Hank makes a contribution is the discussion of the swing arc and swing plane. I thought I had a great understanding of the swing plane until I read Hank's book. The idea of keeping the shaft parallel to the swing plane established at address, but at times above the orginal angle throughout the swing, seemed simple yet a new thought not presented (or presented clearly) by other instructors. His swing model is one built without any compensations and built on sheer neutral and sound fundamentals.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By rodboomboom HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on August 1, 2009
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What I appreciate about Hank is his admiration and thanks for John Jacobs, whom is the teacher that inspired my pro. They are all about essentials: grip, stance, alignment, plane, ball flight. Everytime my swing is way off, it is usually one or more of these.

Hank has so many good points every golfer can achieve much with, e.g. "The club you want to look at the closest in determining your ball-flight curvature mistake is your driver." From this one develops a plan of improvement, with looking at tendencies and paths for corrections with these essentials. More gleanings: "If you are going to get any part of your body alignment correct at address, make it your eyes and shoulders." "If you start your downswing with your upper body, the club will likely come down on too steep a plane." "Don't go out on the range with your favorite club or clubs. .... Instead, work on the clubs you are struggling with." "During Tiger's warm-up, he practices all the shots that he feels will be critical to his round that day."

Good photos throughout. For many this could be the essential book for making our golf better.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Riddler on April 3, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Just read Hank's latest book and found it highly informative and excellent overall. His instruction is straight-forward and easy to follow...he obviously knows his subject and conveys it like you would expect "Tiger's Coach" to do. I believe it is a book that I will reference over and over like Hank states he did with Hogan's "Five Lessons..." and John Jacob's "Practical Golf." Both of which I have read and reference often also. I've also read Nicklaus' "Golf My Way" and of course Tiger's "How I Play Golf," two books that are also well written and highly informative. This leads me to the reason I have rated Hank's book with only 4 stars when I would rank the others I've mentioned with 5 stars. The editing and photographs in Hank's book are average at best (2-3 stars) and certainly not what I would expect from a hardcover 1st Edition. Hank and the reader deserve better from the publisher that he praises, John Wiley & Sons. While I'm not a professional writer myself, I do know how to run spell check on a document and proofread it. One example of several typos and grammatical errors occurs on page xii of the Acknowledgments. The editors didn't catch, "...when I first stared teaching Tiger Woods..." instead of "...started teaching Tiger Woods..." Furthermore, while the pictures of Hank are well done and convey what he is writing, they are all black and white and I don't see one drawing in the book that Hank alludes to in the acknowledgments: "...Scott Addison, thanks for your great work on transforming the pictures that Dom took into the great drawings in this book." I was expecting to see some high quality drawings like Jim McQueen's in "Golf My Way" or Anthony Ravielli's in "Five Lessons..." and "Practical Golf.Read more ›
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Lefty on April 7, 2009
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The book is best read several times, as you would read any good golf instruction manual. I like that Mr. Haney strikes a comfortable tone in his writing and gives us some insight in how he teaches golf along with his interest in defining the swing.
I understood his searching for the just the right way to explain a concept to a student, and that all of his students are working on something.
I also liked that he emphasized that changes in the golf swing take time and that too often we worry and try to adapt the latest fix instead of taking it back to the basics.
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