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The Haney Project: Michael Phelps

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#1 prorobo

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 12:52 AM

So who watched the first episode tonight? I caught the re-air after playing some hockey and was really impressed with the new format of the show. I feel that they got a bigger budget, some new producers and writers, and really did an excellent job with the first episode. I always felt the older series were a bit campy and just not all that interesting, but the solid writing and narration really improved the overall feel of the show now.

Haney definitely has his hands full with Phelps' swing. I wonder how it turned out or will turn out if they haven't completed production of the series. The guy's arms are so long he should be able to generate some high club head speed with that arc. Good stuff!


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Posted 26 February 2013 - 12:56 AM

I like it! I like phelps and I think you're right, it is presented better.

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 01:33 AM

I haven't watched the show, but in one of the promo commercials, they show Phelps throwing a white driver.  Anyone else saw or noticed what I'm referring to?  I don't know whether to comment on his behavior or the equipment.  Which driver was it?
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Posted 26 February 2013 - 09:35 AM

Phelps has a attire contract with Under Armor.  I'm pretty sure he is ALSO spronsored by Taylormade (and wears adidas shoes - Taylormade again) for his equipment for the show.

I'm a little taller than Phelps but he has crazy long arms and out of this world flexibility.  First time I saw him swing I said to myself...Haney will shorten that takeaway up in a heartbeat.  His lower body is also really noisy, I'm sure they'll work on that as well.

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 09:47 AM

Didn't Phelps just sign a new contract to play all Ping clubs?


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Posted 26 February 2013 - 09:49 AM

Yep....here you go ;)

http://ping.com/abou...g.aspx?id=15441

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 09:51 AM

You are right, he did...I guess?  I tried to link the artilcle but it won't let me copy and paste.  That whole white driver threw me off.  He plays the G25 supposedly.

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 10:02 AM

The show looks pretty good
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Posted 26 February 2013 - 10:07 AM

View Postsomaplr, on 26 February 2013 - 09:51 AM, said:

You are right, he did...I guess?  I tried to link the artilcle but it won't let me copy and paste.  That whole white driver threw me off.  He plays the G25 supposedly.
Yes.  I'm sure they'll figure out a way to put a G25 driver in his hands eventually.

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 10:26 AM

Haven't seen it yet, dvr'd it. My guess regarding the gear is that most of this show was filmed months ago. His deal with PING is fairly recent, so my guess is since HH is a TM staffer, Phelps got hooked up with TM clubs.

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 10:31 AM

i enjoyed watching it last night. Phelps has a interesting swing. Looking forward to see what Haney and do with such an impressive talent.
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Posted 26 February 2013 - 10:31 AM

View PostPhilMickFan, on 26 February 2013 - 09:47 AM, said:

Didn't Phelps just sign a new contract to play all Ping clubs?
Yep...and there was some older footage of him with Callaway gear...

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 10:50 AM

Anyone catch the old footage of Hank with the Nike hat?  The swoosh on his hat got pixeled out.  I guess that means TM is kicking in some dough?

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 11:33 AM

I enjoyed the opening segment. I was watching and thought " Hmm theres somthing different about this episode"  How tall is phelps? Im thinking by the time Haney is finished with him he will have a nice long lanquid swing.
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Posted 26 February 2013 - 11:41 AM

I'm guessing this was filmed before the PING deal and he was TaylorMade(d) at the time due to Hank's show.  Hank is a TaylorMade guy.


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Posted 26 February 2013 - 11:50 AM

View Postmiddie8, on 26 February 2013 - 10:50 AM, said:

Anyone catch the old footage of Hank with the Nike hat?  The swoosh on his hat got pixeled out.  I guess that means TM is kicking in some dough?
That simply means nike did not pay for any advertising during the show airing.....not unusual at all for thew GC.

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 11:54 AM

View Postsomaplr, on 26 February 2013 - 11:41 AM, said:

I'm guessing this was filmed before the PING deal and he was TaylorMade(d) at the time due to Hank's show.  Hank is a TaylorMade guy.

This was filmed before the PIng deal, In fact episode one featured sometime with Phelps play in a proam before the ryder cup last september.

The new format I feel features  a bit more education for the potential new viewers  that may or may not have any golf experience and are tuning in for Phelps, rather than Haney, golf or the golf channel.

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 12:07 PM

View Post2putttom, on 26 February 2013 - 11:33 AM, said:

I enjoyed the opening segment. I was watching and thought " Hmm theres somthing different about this episode"  How tall is phelps? Im thinking by the time Haney is finished with him he will have a nice long lanquid swing.
Phelps is 6'4" with 32" inseam and 38" sleeve length. Apparently he has the perfect physique and dimensions for swimming.

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 12:20 PM

View PostKadin 25, on 26 February 2013 - 10:31 AM, said:

View PostPhilMickFan, on 26 February 2013 - 09:47 AM, said:

Didn't Phelps just sign a new contract to play all Ping clubs?
Yep...and there was some older footage of him with Callaway gear...

http://www.golfwrx.c...sink-with-ping/

yup saw him with a full Cally bag and a full TMAG setup.

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 12:46 PM

View Postarb44, on 26 February 2013 - 12:07 PM, said:

View Post2putttom, on 26 February 2013 - 11:33 AM, said:

I enjoyed the opening segment. I was watching and thought " Hmm theres somthing different about this episode"  How tall is phelps? Im thinking by the time Haney is finished with him he will have a nice long lanquid swing.
Phelps is 6'4" with 32" inseam and 38" sleeve length. Apparently he has the perfect physique and dimensions for swimming.


He's built like a fish.  Long torso long arms.  I've never heard of another 6'4" guy have a 32" inseam thats insane.

Unfortunately, I have a feeling because they are trying to capture a little more of the "non-golf" crowd that its being filled with some fluff pieces, ie.  Denzel, Jordan, etc.  Ho


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Posted 26 February 2013 - 01:12 PM

Haney can't teach.  Same old same old, have a guy hit hundreds of balls when he is exhausted, how does this help.

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 01:28 PM

They showed some ryder cup footage and i realized how long ago the footage was taken and the time it took to get to actually air. i'm guessing Phelps' play at the pebble beach pro am was post Haney coaching? is this correct?
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Posted 26 February 2013 - 02:03 PM

all world olympian, flexibility is off the charts, fast twitch muscles, mental focus .. and he's into the game .. i hope haney doesn' screw this up

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 02:36 PM

I liked it, will be watching it every Monday before ferety

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 02:47 PM

Hank has a good track record of helping already great players get even better, but I wonder if he has the ability or energy to make a decent player out of a crappy one.

They require different ways of going about the improvement process, and his track record with the Barkleys and Romanos of the world isn't great…


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Posted 26 February 2013 - 02:52 PM

I didn't watch it but I will.  Thanks for the info.

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 03:14 PM

I hope Hank actually helps Michael's swing.  He couldn't get Charles to quit the head bob, didn't get Ray Romano to break 80, and didn't seem to help out those 4 celebs from the last show.  (I didn't watch the Limbaugh series).  Maybe Hank should stick to teaching the tour guys, he seems to struggle with hacks.



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Posted 26 February 2013 - 04:10 PM

View PostTJCDAS, on 26 February 2013 - 01:12 PM, said:

Haney can't teach.  Same old same old, have a guy hit hundreds of balls when he is exhausted, how does this help.
You just won a set of lessons from Haney in a raffle .... are you gonna use em?
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Posted 26 February 2013 - 04:15 PM

curious to see the thoughts from actual instructors on this site on haneys methods of teaching. not necessarily on the type of swing, but how he goes about fixing the swing or which parts he chooses to fix first .does the 100 swings without a ball really help? maybe opinions on what you would focus on in helping phelps. looks like hank is starting off with the backswing starting more on plane and shortening the swing. is this the approach other instructors would start with with phelps or similar student.
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Posted 26 February 2013 - 04:17 PM

View Postdamnorcross, on 26 February 2013 - 03:14 PM, said:

I hope Hank actually helps Michael's swing.  He couldn't get Charles to quit the head bob, didn't get Ray Romano to break 80, and didn't seem to help out those 4 celebs from the last show.  (I didn't watch the Limbaugh series).  Maybe Hank should stick to teaching the tour guys, he seems to struggle with hacks.


problems is the students they dont have time or want to put in the work.  they want a quick fix.


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