Haney on Tiger: He Has Gotten Too Big
The author of The Big Miss says his former student has made a big mistake.
Speaking yesterday on his SiriusXM PGA TOUR Radio Show, Hank Haney voiced some strong opinions on Tiger Woods, who missed the third-round cut at the Farmers Insurance Open when he struggled to a 79 on Saturday.
Like other analysts before him, Haney, responding to a caller’s question about Tiger’s workout habits, said that Woods has hit the gym too hard.
“My opinion is he did too much of that,” Haney said. “He does a lot of the gym stuff. I know you need to do some for golf, no doubt about it. You need to be in shape, you need to avoid injury, but my opinion is he really overdoes that. … I look at him now and a lot of guys mentioned on the telecast, he looks bigger this year. I think Peter Kostis mentioned that. He looks like he’s gained more muscle mass. When he was thinner and younger he was actually faster then. The strength maybe helps you get out of the rough but I’d agree that he’s overdone it. But he loves to work out.”
As Haney sees it, Tiger’s time would be better spent elsewhere.
“Let me tell you what his real key to golf is, it’s getting out there and practicing his putting. He had five three-putts in 54 holes at Torrey Pines and you’re not going to fix that in the gym. Now Tiger Woods is the best lag putter I’ve ever seen. When he personally asks me, ‘Hank, who is the best putter?’ I said, ‘You are. You’re the best putter and Jack Nicklaus is the best.’ The two greatest putters ever because they’re the greatest pressure putters. But Tiger’s lag putting is phenomenal. For him to go out and three-putt five times at Torrey Pines, I can’t even believe it. There’s just no way that he put in the time on the putting green and practicing. It’s impossible. He’s too good. His stroke is too consistent. He’s too great a putter. So I’m right there with you. Less time in the gym. He’s beat himself up, no doubt about it, but less time in the gym, more time on the putting green. There’s just no way he should three-putt five times. That’s just ridiculous. He’s Tiger Woods. That just can’t happen.”
You can listen to the full audio on Haney’s remarks here. “Hank Haney Golf Radio,” an instructional-based show, airs Saturday and Sunday mornings at 10 a.m. Eastern Time on SiriusXM PGA TOUR Radio.