21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on April 30, 2001
Haney's newest book reflects the approach he takes in personal lessons, and the approach his teaching staff at the golf ranch take in working with students. Haney worked with John Jacobs in his early teaching days, and the "analyze and correct your swing based on ball flight" approach is evident here.
The author's aim is not to give you a perfect swing (if such exists) but to enable you to hit better "misses." To that end, the book starts with the beginner's worst misses, tops and fat shots, and works its way through hooks, slices, pulls and pushes. For each shot, Haney helps you to identify the major flaw causing the bad shot. He then takes you through the bad swing, stage by stage, showing what you should look for and where, then how to fix it. The best part of the book is that it teaches the player how to analyze and correct his own game. I enjoyed it, and would recommend it highly.
22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
on July 3, 2001
This is the most intelligent golf book on the swing on the market. Pictures of poor swings contrasted with good swings demonstrate swing flaws that all amateurs can understand and then correct. This book, unlike any other, helped me understand the importance of the position of the right arm and wrist in the swing. That position includes not only the angle created by the forearm and wrist and the right angle created by the forearm and the upperarm but also the angle created by the juncture of the right arm assembly with the shoulder or torso, the angle that is neglected in most discussions of the golf swing. The correct angle is displayed in the swings of pros; notice when you are viewing the professional player from his/her side looking down the fairway that the edge of the forearm points more toward you than away from you; that is, less of the inside of the forearm is visible. The importance of that angle cannot be underestimated. The correct angle keeps the player from hitting a variety of erratic shots, particularly the pull. This book also provides an invaluable discussion on when a player is laying off the club, a fault present in most amateurs. Based on advice in this book, I also changed the postion of the butt of the club at address, moving it more toward the center of my body, and the results were phenomenal: a much higher and straighter shot pattern. As those who love to swing a golf club know, the devils in the details, and this book has some extremely intelligent advice on those details. Buy it, and study what it offers; it will help your game.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
You can tell this guy is a John Jacobs product -- he sounds just like my pro, of the John Jacobs Golf Schools. One of the many significant things he's taught me is the whole point of this book: "The only difference between you and me Rod is that my bad shots are far better than yours."
Here in one place, in clear words and photos, Haney helps golfers with their bad shots, understanding the cause so that they are minimized as practice and implementation occurs.
His teaching philosophy is solid, and easy to take to the range to fix those bad shots. Also included are good comments on equipment, mind control, course maintenance.
A great addition for golfers who want dramatic improvement by reducing those bad shots. Just to hit it further (although that
is in here too) won't reduce that handicap if the bad shots come out periodically like they do.
Use this book to identify and then attack those parts of the game that cost you shots. This book will provide a big aid wants it's matched with your will to work on it.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on October 25, 2001
This is a good instructional book. It will answer many of the questions a golfer has after a poorly executed swing. It restates much of the same advice in other books, just a little differently to try to get the point accross to the reader. Give it a try.