Tiger Woods’ swing coach resigns

According to a report by Golf.com, Tiger Woods’ swing coach Hank Haney has decided to resign.

Haney, who has coached Woods since 2004, has come under criticism during Woods’s recent struggles on the course. NBC commentator Johnny Miller said last week that Woods “should forget the Hank Haney stuff. It’s not working.” His former coach Butch Harmon also weighed in, telling the PGA Tour Network that Woods’s “game is in disarray.”

Haney has defended his record with Woods. In a statement to The Golf Channel after Miller criticized his teaching, Haney said, “In the last two years, Tiger has won 44 percent of his tournaments and finished top three in 61 percent. In the two years before I started working with him, he won 24 percent and finished top three in 43 percent.”

I don’t follow golf closely enough to chime in about whether or not Tiger’s game has fallen apart since Haney started coaching him. But I do know that Tiger has been through a ton of turmoil recently and who knows how that could have affected his game. No matter what the sport, coaches always have to deal with the mental aspect when working with players – not just the physical and fundamental.

If Haney wasn’t doing a good job, I assume Woods would have fired him by now. Thus, his resignation probably had to deal with a lot of factors – not just Tiger’s performance on the links.


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