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Hank Haneys Blog Entry 4

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Wow, I am excited because a lot of people are tuning into The Haney Project this year. Our ratings went up again last week, so thanks again for watching the show.

Show Four was really cool because it showed some of what Rush and I were doing when we weren’t together. Suzanne and I went to China for the grand opening of my new Hank Haney Golf Academy at Mission Hills Hainan. That was our third time to China in the past year and we have had a great experience each time we have been there. My academy is part of the most amazing resort for golf that I have ever seen. Mission Hills Hainan just opened with 10 golf courses and there are many more planned or under construction right now. It is really a dream come true for me to have an academy in a country that is just developing golf like China is. The Chinese island of Hainan will be certainly one of the biggest tourist destinations for golf in the world so I hope we give a lot of golf lessons there.

Part of what I was doing in China in addition to filming some of The Haney Project, was commentating for the Star Trophy at Mission Hills Hainan. The Star Trophy was a tournament with 16 Touring professionals and 16 celebrities. The players included Greg Norman, Nick Faldo, Annika Sorenstam, Lorena Ochoa, Michael Phelps, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Matthew McConaughey, and it was a fun event. It was a great experience for me working on the commentary alongside Alan Wilkins who does a lot of golf commentary in Asia, and the comedian, Alan Thicke. Those guys were great to work with and I learned a lot working with them. I also got a chance to teach a few of the celebrities that were playing in the Star Trophy and we filmed that for The Haney Project. That was fun. I got to help Michael Phelps - - what a great guy and what an athlete; wow, he could be a great golfer with a little work. I think he loves the game so maybe when he gets done with the next Olympics he will get serious about golf. I also worked with Catherine Zeta-Jones and she has a nice golf swing and is a wonderful lady.

While I was away, Rush was doing a little practicing, which was good to see and he even played a little golf. One of the things about the show this year is that my student Rush Limbaugh is a little limited in the amount of time that he has to practice and play golf. I think that Rush really wants to get better and is willing now to practice but he works so hard at his real job that he just doesn’t have a lot of free time. I gave him a goal of just taking 100 practice swings in his back yard each day and it looks like he is serious because he is taking 200 practice swings everyday. Just taking a lot of practice swings will make any golfer more coachable and it is working that way with Rush.

The next show will be from a very special and beautiful place so you won’t want to miss it. I also will get to see if Rush has really been practicing. Thanks again for watching The Haney Project.

All the best,

Hank