I was asked to take the Hank Haney Power Quiz at www.haneypowerquiz.com. It turns out that that URL is the entry portal for Haney University, or I should say, for the landing page at membership.haneyuniversity.com.
The quiz is a little like the “sorting hat” of online golf instruction: it tells students what Haney class they should be enrolled in. With six simple questions, the quiz narrows down the most urgent area where golf improvement is required.
Step 1: The computer test starts by asking what range my handicap is in. I check the 11 – 15 box because, well, I’m an 11.
Step 2: Next, it wants to know if I have more trouble hitting driver, hybrid/fairway woods, or irons. Truthfully, some days I have trouble with all of them, but overall I select irons, because I hit more shots with irons than either driver or fairway woods, thus I hit more bad shots with my irons than either driver or fairway woods.
Step 3: Then I’m asked onscreen how I hit my typical drive. I select “Short but straight” since “Long not straight” certainly isn’t true and “Neither long nor straight” sounds too pathetic to admit to.
Step 4: For the final two questions the quiz veers deep into the golfer’s psyche.
First, there’s one requiring introspective reasoning: “If I had to guess, I’d say the thing keeping me from maximum distance is…” The responses listed as options include: 1. “I don’t have enough club head speed”; 2. “I’m not making solid contact (hitting off the heel or hitting fat or thin)”; 3. “I cast the club and release too early”; 4. “I can’t make a very big turn”; and the most honest answer for me, 5. “I have no idea”.
I choose lack of club head speed because “I have no idea” doesn’t sound very self-aware for an 11 handicap.
Step 5: The last question asks golfers, perhaps for a moment at least, to imagine that maybe Hank Haney is like a golf genie, available online to grant one wish. The question is, “Aside from distance, if I could snap my fingers and instantly improve one other area of my game, it would be…”
The answer choices are: 1. Short game, 2. Bunker play, 3. Putting, 4. Accuracy in general, and 5. Consistency in general. I’d like to improve all those areas but if I could snap my fingers and instantly change one thing, well, I’m not sure it would have anything to do with golf…
Still, I choose consistency, because it’s a pretty all-encompassing quality.
Ta da! I finished the quiz and I’m ready for Hank Haney’s magic words, be they “Abra-kadabra,” or “You’re still away.”
First though, I have to enter a valid email address to receive Hank’s five best power lessons….Absolutely Free! And while I’m waiting for the first video lesson to be emailed to me, I can watch another free video featuring Hank. The screen looks like this:
The screen looks like this:
I click on it and am taken to a screen announcing a “Special One Time Offer From Hank Haney.”
Here I am informed that for the next 39 minutes and 58 seconds (the clock is ticking) I can “Discover the Secret Behind Hank Haney’s Legendary Amateur Swing Transformations: Lifelong Slices Gone in Minutes, 10 to 30+ Yards in a Single Lesson…
(They like first-letter capital letters on every word at Haney University.)
The promotional video plays—referencing Tiger Woods and finding your natural swing—while I read onscreen that I could save $245 on five of Hank Haney’s best training products including the Haney Blueprint, Hank’s Advanced Distance Training, the Mini-Clinic, and much more…if I’d only pay $140 with a 365-day Money Back Guarantee, One-Time Purchase With No Rebilling. And I still have 36 minutes and 31 seconds to consider the offer…
Oh, and did I mention phone orders are accepted, operators are standing by 9 AM to 5 PM CST?
Everyone’s got to make a living, even Hank Haney, who is world-renowned in golf and, the screen tells me, is an:
- Instructor for more than 36 years
- Coach of more than 200 touring pros
- #1 New York Times best-selling author
- Founder of top-rated US golf schools
- Creator, The Haney Blueprint
Then at last, the ad is over and a new message appears onscreen: “Click link for first lesson video,” it says.
For the next 9:13 seconds I watch as Hank Haney explains the importance of hitting the ball a long way, or as HH succinctly puts it, “Distance determines potential in golf.” The average golfer, he says, has a swing speed of only 86 miles-per-hour, yet most of us think incorrectly that we need to slow our swings down to get better.
Instead, what we need to do is swing faster, Haney says. How do we do that? My class notes reveal the answer: “First, by telling yourself to do it. Start by relaxing…don’t swing harder, swing faster…looser…relaxed…think Fred Couples…make the loudest ‘swish’ sound you can make when you swing…don’t confuse speed with timing…everyone has 4 miles per hour more in their swing…hit the ball like you mean it…how do you walk faster? You try to walk faster…put more into it while staying relaxed…give it everything you’ve got.”
This week sometime, I’ll go to a driving range and try to put Hank Haney’s lesson plan into action. I hope I don’t throw out my back trying to swing too fast.
When the video finishes playing, I read the comments embedded below. There are nine of them, all are positive, though none reveal major success stories. The one that stuck with me was from Peter Daubney, “I’ll be back to let you know the difference,” he said. It was written a year ago and there was no follow-up from Peter Daubney to tell us how he is now getting 30 yards more on every drive.
Still, it didn’t cost me anything for the lesson and I’d say Hank Haney’s swing advice is certainly solid – but be aware: the website that starts with a free quiz is a hard-sell to get you to pay up for what are essentially generic video lessons.
Better advice? Find a local professional instructor that you like and you can work with hands-on for a series of lessons over several months. You’ll spend the same money, but the teaching will be tailored to your individual swing’s strengths and weaknesses.
But go ahead and take the Hank Haney Power Quiz. After all, it’s free.
“First, by telling yourself to do it. Start by relaxing…don’t swing harder, swing faster…looser…relaxed…think Fred Couples…make the loudest ‘swish’ sound you can make when you swing…don’t confuse speed with timing…everyone has 4 miles per hour more in their swing…hit the ball like you mean it…how do you walk faster? You try to walk faster…put more into it while staying relaxed…give it everything you’ve got.”