Golf Tip: Start Of The Downswing; Hank Haney

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The first move down should be a transfer of your weight to your front leg from the ground up as the lower body leads the upper body Hank Haney: Listed as one of Golf Magazine’s Top 100 Teachers Golf Digest’s #4 instructor in the world; Instructor to PGA Tour Professionals Tiger Woods and Mark O’Meara; 1993 PGA of America Teacher of the Year

24 Responses to “Golf Tip: Start Of The Downswing; Hank Haney”

  1. infoowetrust Says:

    June 19th, 2010 at 2:42 am

    Hank you loser….when Tiger needs you most you leave him. You suck!!!!!!

  2. OneOfDaKine Says:

    June 20th, 2010 at 3:03 am

    Don’t blame Hank. It’s all Tiger.. He’s looking good but. 3 round (-1)

  3. DonDotta86 Says:

    June 24th, 2010 at 7:40 am

    @pat52010 You had me up until you said the hips shouldn’t rotate until after impact and that it’s a lateral move to the ball. I think when you fire your left hip, naturally a slight lateral motion occurs, but the majority of the motion is a rotation.

  4. helenathena Says:

    July 7th, 2010 at 8:50 pm

    gah hank has no idea what hes saying he makes it complicated, look you should start it by rotating your hips which drops your arms on plane and then you can swing your arms through

  5. Gyro911 Says:

    July 28th, 2010 at 6:43 pm

    I hate when instructors dont fill in the blanks that during the back swing you need to transfer teh weight to the back foot in order to turn the upper body easier.

  6. RobstonPickle Says:

    August 27th, 2010 at 4:37 pm

    Hook or slice depends on swing plane. His instruction at the end was not very helpful.
    If your hooking your swing is too much from the inside, if your slicing then the opposite – too much from the outside eg you’r starting your back-swing almost straight behind you instead of around your body.

  7. Zoneofgolf Says:

    September 4th, 2010 at 6:37 pm

    Geez, no wonder Tiger’s swing was so messed up. This instruction video is absolutely worth nada, zilch and zero.

  8. DASH1ful Says:

    September 19th, 2010 at 4:34 pm

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  9. MOseeU Says:

    October 12th, 2010 at 11:55 am

    Hank sucks!

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  11. steckleinjr Says:

    October 18th, 2010 at 1:29 pm

    @RobstonPickle really pickle. so i can’t hook it or slice it any other way? ever heard of a pull hook or push slice? i can slice it or hook it with any kind of backswing or downswing. ever heard of ball flight laws?

  12. directorwvp2 Says:

    October 30th, 2010 at 6:19 am

    “… weight shifts to your left toe” WTF! I have 5 left toes .. which one HANK for crying out loud. My big toe .. my pinky toe .. my middle finger … what??

  13. TheAussieRose Says:

    November 2nd, 2010 at 11:57 pm

    @helenathena I agree with you on this one. Hank knows this of course but doesn’t emphasize it and his description of how slicers should combat their swing looks like he’s casting a bit, even though I know he wouldn’t. All it takes is one amateur watching this vid listening to very little of what he said and see the arms appearing to start the swing and then its goodbye consistency :) unfortunately the swing is no good if your set up is overlooked and anything static seems mundane. good grip…

  14. golfnutster Says:

    November 4th, 2010 at 5:34 pm

    I’ve got to try it. I’ll let you know.

  15. mrclutch03 Says:

    November 5th, 2010 at 7:53 am

    really hank a graphite shaft?! old people….

  16. GOLFGURUJIM Says:

    November 9th, 2010 at 9:16 am

    In the first instance lateral shift of the hips toward the target allows the club to drop on to plane, if rotation started the downswing the club would be thrown away from the body possibly also causing an early extension in weaker players.

    If you are very flexible, you may be able to rotate first from the waist and keep the club on plane (disassociation) but I would suggest this is a dangerous route to follow as most club golfers aren’t in the gym 24/7.

    Lateral shift with lots of am players

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  18. Gyro911 Says:

    December 3rd, 2010 at 2:54 pm

    This guy managed to screw up Tiger’s golf swing. I checked out his lesson’s and their hard to implement. They require way to much upper and lower body coordination

  19. clipboardcrotch Says:

    December 3rd, 2010 at 3:41 pm

    i tried this tip. I’ve now switched to lefty

  20. telescope3 Says:

    December 10th, 2010 at 6:44 pm

    Totally agree. The shift allows the arms/hands a chance to drop ‘into the slot’, while an early hip-rotation is likely to throw the hands out toward the target line too much/too early/too flat (over the top move), leading to a too-steep shaft angle and mis-aligned clubface coming through.

  21. 1BoomerTEE Says:

    December 23rd, 2010 at 6:19 pm

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  22. rw5791 Says:

    January 10th, 2011 at 1:26 am

    jack nicklaus starts his downswing by planting his left heel and if it’s good enough for nicklaus it sho’ as hell is good enough for everybody else.

  23. RobertMirzakhanian Says:

    January 12th, 2011 at 6:46 am

    It is Not a down swing it is a forward swing. That’s why most golfers pull their left arm down and get into a mess

  24. bocephusnation0 Says:

    January 12th, 2011 at 9:06 pm

    Hey Hank, I was thinking about dropping 5 grand for an hour of your time. Glad I saw this video first. Way too much chatter. No frontal view. No slo-mo. And no final swing putting the ball in motion. Guess TW came to the same conclusion.

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