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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 – 9 Apr 2009

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  • Hardcover: 168 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 1 edition (9 April 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470407484
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470407486
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 1.8 x 23.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 371,716 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.

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"Hank knows more about ball flight and what controls it than anyone in the game." Masters and British Open champion Mark O′Meara

Get back to basics and build your best possible golf swing

Lots of golf instructors can show you tricks to correct a hook or to stop hitting the ball fat, but these are just quick fixes that leave you with a swing built on mistakes. In Hank Haney′s Essentials of the Swing, the world′s premier expert on the golf swing takes you back to step one to master the essentials and build a complete, powerful, and consistent swing that will improve your game quickly and keep you playing better for years to come.

This step–by–step guide brings you the same careful analytical approach that Hank has shared with the hundreds of touring pros who have been his students including the world′s #1 golfer. It walks you through every aspect of your swing, from grip to contact to follow–through, and shows you how to analyze ball flight to shape your shots and put the ball where you want it more frequently and with much more consistency.

Packed with helpful pictures, invaluable practice tips, and insightful pointers on everything from club selection to the difference between a good miss and a bad miss, Hank Haney′s Essentials of the Swing is the resource you need to hit the top of your game and stay there.

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Haney's book may teach a sound model golf swing, however I am not certain that it is a realistic model for the average golfer who just wants to lower their scores and enjoy the game. If you are technically minded and have the time and inclination to re-model your swing to fit Haney's method then this book will work for you. Haney's golf is definitely more science than art.

My major reservation about this book, however, is the chapter on the grip. The grip, as Haney stresses, is a crucial fundamental to learn and will have a major influence on your swing. As a golf professional, I found the grip Haney teaches very strange and would urge club golfers to be cautious of trying to copy it. His grip may work for very strong players who create lots of clubhead speed but are prone to hook shots-these players can give up some power for accuracy. For the club player who lacks clubhead speed and who is prone to slicing (90% of my membership) his grip could only exacerbate these problems.

It has been said before that Ben Hogan's grip created a generation of slicers in America, and I think Hank Haney falls into the same trap-just because something works for a tour player doesn't mean it will automatically benefit the less gifted golfer.
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I rarely review books but felt it fair to review this one on the basis that it has helped me improve so much. I rate this as one of the most important (if rather slim) books/videos I have accumulated in my substantial collection. The grip he proposes really works, and has improved my aim immeasurably (but be careful to follow it exactly). I have referred back to the book several times, and find something new each time. Highly recommended.
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This is a really nice book and I haven't seen a better, modern book on the full swing. The key thing is that it is useable.

Everything in it is clear with just enough detail to answer most questions without getting bogged down. There are enough basic drills to give you the right feeling for various aspects of the swing but nothing is over complicated.

I am learning golf. Male, average height, slim build and small hands (need a ladies large glove not a men's small) ..... there is nothing about Haney's grip that is causing a slice ..... I am hitting consistent, solid shots that fly straight.

You'll find Hogan's book describes a similar grip and people say it's the best golf book ever ..... whereas Haney is rejected ? The only quirk is that Haney wants the butt of the handle well into the left palm but its still running through the left forefinger, still shows 2 knuckles, still advocates a 'short' thumb etc i.e. pretty standard stuff. Everyone's hands are different so read the pointers and adjust if necessary.

There is nothing fantastically new here .... just a 'much better assembled than most' description of the golf swing's fundamentals. You're not expecting to read about some sort of magic move are you ?

There are some typo's and editing errors which are mildly irritating which is why it gets 4 stars. They should have been caught but it won't stop me using and enjoying the book.
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I really should have known better.

When I saw the Vardon grip sloppily referred to as the Verdun grip in the index of the Amazon 'Look inside' feature, I should have known this would be a flat, shoddy, cynical handbook that has nothing new to say on the golf swing.

Hank Haney is not literate enough to have written this book himself, but you would think he would have the professionalism to at least employ a proof reader.

Howlers aside however the really annoying aspect of this handbook is the cynical attempt to rehash every swing cliché, every banal maxim, invoke the spirit of John Jacobs, and attempt to flog it as a seven point plan for building a better swing.

Haney offers up a plethora of swing thoughts that will serve only to get in the way of any golfer's natural ability. Read Hogan's Modern Fundamentals of Golf or Seve's Natural Golf if you really want to know the basics.

This book really has nothing new to say and the bland photography and dull layout don't help.

What really stands out is the total absence of endorsement by Tiger Woods for Haney's work. Haney is supposed to be Tiger's coach after all.

Woods has clearly distanced himself from this far from seminal tome. Maybe Tiger thinks that styleless Hank is merely cashing in!

You should distance yourself too.
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This book covers the basic fundamentals of the golf swing quite well. As a previous reviewer has stated, I would recommend that anyone who buys this book completely ignores the chapter about the golf grip. 90% plus of all golfers will say that they struggle with the occasional slice, those who admit that it is a slice and not a power fade that is! Any of these honest golfers who flirt with the "neutral" grip advocated by Haney, and while I'm at it, also by Hogan, will slice, and will slice a lot. To be fair to Haney, the book does contain a lot of sound knowledge.
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This is an excellent book for both the beginner and the low handicapper. It contains all the information you need to either get you off to a good start in the game of golf or to improve your existing game. It covers grip, stance, swing plane, backswing etc and explains everything in a straightforward and understandable fashion. Usually you are lucky if you can pick one useful piece of information from a golf instruction book but this book has instructional gems all the way through. A great book.
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