Swing coaches offer thoughts on 'The Big Miss'


With the release of Hank Haney's book 'The Big Miss,' several swing coaches have offered up their takes on the publication of the book. Here are their thoughts:

'I would rather be broke and not have a penny to my name before I violate the code of player-teacher confidentiality. In 27 years out here, I've never done that. I'm personally upset with Hank because he's broken and violated our code of ethics. If you have the opportunity and you're privileged to conversations, you will not and should not share anything from them with anyone. I don't care who it is.' - Rick Smith, as told to ESPN.com last week.

“Within the realm of coaching there are a number of things that are said in confidence. There are things that players discuss with you that are very confidential, how they are thinking, their life outside of golf that should not be written about. If it was just about the golf game that would be OK. The golf swing is on public display and I have no problem commenting on that, but nothing that would be personal.” - Dale Lynch, swing coach for Geoff Ogilvy, Aaron Baddeley and Matt Goggin

“If there’s something about him and his wife or his kids or his phobias those are out of bounds. There are certain parts you don’t mess with, that would be out of bounds no matter who you were. But if you’re giving insight into the person you are teaching there is nothing wrong with that. I don’t think Hank gave any type of tomahawk to Tiger, he simply wanted to write about his time with the best player of all time.” - Randy Smith, swing coach for Ryan Palmer and Colt Knost

“When you’re an instruction you become part of a player’s inner circle and in doing so you learn a lot of personal things. What Hank is doing might set a bad precedent going forward when a player is looking at hiring a swing coach. In my books I’ve talked about other players but only from an instructional standpoint, which is fine.” - David Leadbetter, swing coach for Michelle Wie and Trevor Immelman