Hi I'm Hank Haney and we're here at one of my three teaching facilities in Dallas, Texas the Hank Haney Golf Ranch. I want to tell you a little bit about my teaching philosophy and how I got started teaching this great game of golf.
Golf Instructor Hank Haney - The Beginning
I played golf as a junior in the Chicago area. I went to the University of Tulsa on a golf scholarship. After I graduated with a degree in education, I decided I wanted to teach the game of golf. I had a fellow that helped me with my golf game, his name was Jim Hardy, and he really got me started teaching golf, taught me a lot about the golf swing.
Haney on John Jacobs - "Greatest Golf Instructor the Game has Known"
Working with Jim, I also had the opportunity to work with the John Jacobs Golf Schools. John Jacobs to me is the greatest golf instructor the game of golf has ever known and I really learned my basic teaching philosophy from John. The way that he taught the game of golf is still the way that I teach the game of golf today. Starting with the flight of the golf ball, understanding where each student's swing patterns are and then going on to the correction.
Haney on Ball Flight Characteristics
Every golfer plays the game of golf has a certain ball flight characteristic they slice to the right or they hook to the left. They hit the ball too high or too low, they push the ball to the right or they pull the ball to the left, they may top it, they may hit shots thin. But every golfer has a pattern to their shots and understanding what you're trying to correct is what we work on with our students here at the Hank Haney Golf Ranch. Understanding that the ball flight is caused by a certain impact and that impact is caused by a certain shaped swing, if you change the shape of the swing you change the impact. If you change the impact, then you change the ball flight. So every correction that we give is with an idea in mind that we're going to create ball flight correction and a better-shaped swing.
Golf Students - Their Own Best Instructors
Now teaching the game of golf is a very difficult thing to do, and it's really hard to help yourself. Our goal as always, to make our students their own best instructors, let them understand where their golf ball goes, why it's going there and what they need to do to correct it. That is the basic philosophy that we use with all of the golf lessons that we give.