How Pro Coach Hank Haney Can Help YOU Improve Your Golf Swing

By Performance Golf Zone · · 9 min read
Hank Haney swinging his golf club

Hank Haney is without a doubt a pivotal figure in the golf world; we’d venture to say the history of golf may not even be the same without him. If you didn’t know, Hank Haney coached Tiger Woods for six years – including a major swing overhaul at the beginning of his tenure.

He’s also dedicated countless hours to teaching amateur golf lessons, creating golf training series for Performance Golf, and has even helped celebrity athletes like Charles Barkley, Michael Phelps, and Ray Romano improve their golf game. Today we’ll dive into Hank’s successful career and how his knowledge can help you add distance to your golf swing – in no time at all.

Who is Hank Haney?

Hank Haney is one of the most well-known names in golf, thanks in part to his six years coaching Tiger Woods during one of the golfers most iconic periods ever. Hank also worked with tons of other PGA Tour professionals, including Mark O’Meara for 25+ years.

Some other notable achievements include: PGA Teacher of the Year in 1993, Golf Digest Top 25 Teacher (1984-1992), and Golf Digest Top 10 Teacher (1993-1999). He has also established his own award-winning business, Hank Haney Golf Inc., and served as the Dean for ESPN’s golf schools.

Hank’s book, The Big Miss, documents his journey coaching Tiger for more than six years (which is a great read/listen). Alongside the book, Hank Haney produces content on his podcast with nearly 900 episodes, covering all sorts of relevant topics.

Aside from coaching arguably the greatest player of all time, Hank has worked with lots of amateur golfers as well. In fact, he’s given more than 70,000 amateur golf lessons, providing him with a unique understanding of the game for the everyday golfer.

Now, Hank Haney is still coaching and helping all types of players, from pros to amateur golfers. His philosophy is simple –

“My philosophy as a teacher is to teach my students to become their own best teacher by getting them to understand the flight of the golf ball and how it relates to the swing, with emphasis on swinging the golf club on their own correct swing plane.”

Now, one of his biggest priorities is helping players of all experience levels, skill, and age to gain arguably the most sought-after thing in golf – distance.

Why Distance is Everything

If you’ve been playing golf for more than a few years, you know that the game is changing. Distance is one of the most important and debated topics in the world of golf.

Every golfer – amateur or professional – wants to hit it longer than ever off the tee.


With all the data available from the PGA Tour’s Shot Link and apps like Arccos Golf, it’s clear that distance directly impacts your score. The faster the clubhead speed the more likely you are to become a lower handicap golfer.

The average player (about a 14/15 handicap) only has about 90 mph clubhead speed. While a scratch golfer is nearly 15 mph faster.

Generally, one mile per hour equals nearly three yards of extra distance. That means a swing that is 15 mph faster can result in a drive that is 20–30 yards longer. Now that’s adding real distance!

If you’re 20–30 yards closer to every green in regulation, you’ll have 1-3 fewer clubs into the green. So instead of hitting a 7-iron, you’ll have an 8-iron, 9-iron, or maybe even pitching wedge for your approach shot.

This is why everyone in the world is chasing distance. It leads to shorter clubs into the green which are easier to control and should lead to more birdie putts.

If we could sum it up to one thing, more distance equals lower scores.

Why Amateur Golfers Struggle With Distance

After coaching more than 70,000 amateur golf lessons, Hank began to see the same mistakes over and over again. When trying to add distance, these were some of the most common problems he saw:

  • Increasing length of backswing.
  • Trying to produce more rotation in the backswing.
  • Trying to hit up on the golf ball to improve launch angle.

Can addressing these issues help to add more distance to your swing? Yes, but Hank has found overall, players can get overwhelmed and try to work on too many things at once.

Golfers were trying to widen their stance, try out a new driver, fire their hips, and a million other tips from YouTube. But none of them addressed the real reason why most golfers struggle so much off the tee.

The single most important thing when it comes to hitting longer drives is clubhead speed. The faster you swing the club, the longer you hit the golf ball.

But how do you swing it faster… hire a trainer? Speed train like you’re a long drive competitor? Simply swing harder on every shot but risk an injury?

For many golfers trying to swing faster – the most common strategy – leads to:

  • An over the top swing.
  • Missing the sweet spot.
  • Loss of consistent tempo.
  • Loss of clubface control and big misses.

If you really want to hit longer drives Hank Haney stresses one thing above all else – getting the club in the slot.

Getting the Club in the Slot

If the club isn’t coming from the inside path on the downswing there are three main reasons.

First, you’re releasing your speed before you get to the golf ball and losing out on precious power. This happens from an outside to inside path that most amateur golfers know all too well (which leads to a nasty slice).

Second, you’re releasing your speed after you get to the ball. This also leads to a slice but sometimes a push slice which leads to an even bigger miss.

Lastly, you’re releasing all your swing speed into the ground thanks to downward angle of attack. These three moves kill your chances of releasing the club and hitting the ball longer and straighter than ever.

Swinging from the inside leads to 3-7 mph and attacking the golf ball at the ideal angle of attack. It’s what Hank Haney calls the Speed Slot Sequence.

The Speed Slot Sequence is the fastest and most effective way to start hitting longer drives without endless hours in the gym or at the driving range.

All it takes is five minutes and one range session to start seeing results quickly. This is the exact step-by-step system taught inside Hank’s Get Real Distance training program.

Get Real Distance Video Training

The Get Real Distance Video Training program from Hank Haney is the most realistic and simple way to add distance to your tee ball. If you want to gain a quick 10–30 yards (regardless of age or flexibility) this is the program for you.

Hank Haney is without a doubt a pivotal figure in the golf world; we’d venture to say the history of golf may not even be the same without him.

This program will teach you to get the club in the slot using the Speed Slot Sequence system.

It simplifies everything you know about gaining distance to avoid frustration and confusion. If you’re tired of feeling overwhelmed with endless information on YouTube and social media, this is the solution.

Once you learn this system, it only takes about five minutes and one session on the range to start seeing results. It’s the fastest way to add distance and overcome the embarrassment of short drives that leave you long, challenging approach shots into greens.

Get Real Distance will help you become the longest player in your group so you can step up to the tee box with unbelievable confidence. This program is normally $497 but you can get instant access for only $197.

If you need even more incentive to enroll in this distance program, we have some awesome additional benefits:

Get Real Distance Bonuses

We know that Real Distance has everything you need to add crucial yardage to your drives. But this program from Hank Haney also comes with tons of bonuses including:

  • Tour Consistency Cheat Sheets ($250 value) – Get instant access to the most valuable notes from coaching the best players in the world – including Tiger Woods and Mark O’Meara – to apply to your game. These cheat sheets will help you prepare for rounds of golf like a pro so there is no wasted practice time and you can show confidence in your swing. This includes the nine things the best pros do in every warm up, proven mental game rules, and the secret to overcoming first tee nerves.
  • Chance to Win a Spot at Private Distance Academy (Priceless) – When you enroll you’ll get entered into a chance to win an all-expenses paid trip to Arizona. You’ll work with Hank Haney in a 1:1 setting to gain distance and improve your swing!
  • Speed Slot Sequence Livestream ($497 value) – Ask questions and get real feedback from Tiger’s old coach to take your long game to the next level without leaving home. He’ll help provide quick fixes so you can play better golf fast. If you can’t attend live don’t worry, a replay of the incredible event is available to access afterward.

We also offer a risk-free 365-day money-back guarantee so you can ensure this proven system is right for you. That’s one year to learn how to crush it off the tee and transform your long game.

Get started with Real Distance Training today.

The Hank Haney Difference

Don’t let a lack of distance hold you back from playing your best golf any longer.

Imagine what it would be like to hit your driver 10,15, 20, or even 30 yards longer off the tee. It would give you one to three fewer clubs into the green which means more scoring opportunities and lower scores.

If you can gain 30 yards off the tee that makes every course 400 to 600 yards shorter. The more lofted club into the green, the more accurate the approach shots which means lower scores, and a more enjoyable game.

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