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Hank Haney's Essentials of the Swing:A 7-point Plan for Building a Better Swing and Shaping Your Shots
on 15 December 2009
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.