Hank Haney wasn’t going to give away the ending before tonight’s final episode of “The Haney Project Rush Limbaugh” – which airs at 9 p.m. (ET) on Golf Channel – but if his enthusiasm is any indication the third edition of the reality show was a success in form if not function.
“Every student is different, but Rush was a great listener for someone who talks for a living,” Haney told GolfChannel.com on Tuesday. “For me success is will the student be able to play better golf when the show is done?
“A lot of people thought Ray (Romano) didn’t reach his goal, but he helped his partner by 15 shots at Pebble Beach last month. That’s improvement.”
Although Haney stopped short of suggesting the third “Project” was a success his optimism was evident. As for who may be in the mix for the next “Project” Haney was also reluctant to say but did suggest, “We’ve got so many people that want to do it. I don’t want to give any names because I’m not the one who picks them, but there will be a new wrinkle next year . . . maybe more than one student.”
Haney also addressed his former student Tiger Woods, who lost in the first round of the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship last week. Woods has now gone nine official-money PGA Tour events without a top-10 finish, the longest such drought of his professional career (he went five consecutive in 2001 without a top 10).
“It looks like he’s trying to get the club deeper in the backswing and more inside and he’s trying not to move off the ball (on the backswing),” Haney said. “His backswing is definitely different, more upright. If he flattens out his swing he has a tendency to get the club behind him and, when I worked with him, he always talked about getting stuck.”
As for those who question Woods’ decision to change his swing for the fourth time as a professional Haney also offered some insight, “By nature he’s always looking to do something better. He’d be changing if he wasn’t changing,” Haney said.