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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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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 prodeciding 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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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.Read more ›
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book was informative and very easy to follow. I am going to start over with it right now. Yea!Published 7 months ago by Kip Farnum
Digital copy is not as easy to view as print copy, very good book regardless.Published 12 months ago by Amazon Customer
Excellent, clear and easy to understand. Cleaned up several misconceptions.Published 13 months ago by Eugene Delett
It is fascinating complete guide to all level of golfers.Published 17 months ago by William Wong LH
I WAS VERY DISAPPOINTED WITH THIS BOOK. HIS OTHER BOOK(THE ONLY GOLF LESSON YOU'LL EVER NEED)
IS MUCH BETTER - THIS BOOK WAS A WASTE OF MONEY...
Tried to change some things but grip changing can make score escalate. Maybe with time this will improve my game.Published 18 months ago by Country girl