Michael Phelps may be the most successful Olympian of all time with 22 medals, but the swimming legend will definitely be like a fish out of water in his next endeavor. Phelps was recently announced as the next participant of the popular Golf Channel show “The Haney Project”, where he’ll work to improve his golf swing. Season five of the show will begin production in September and will once again be hosted by top golf teaching professional Hank Haney as he works with his star pupil to improve their golf game.
This edition of “The Haney Project” will follow Michael Phelps and Haney in their golf lessons as well as interviews with Phelps’ mother, Debbie Phelps, and his longtime swim coach Bob Bowman. Phelps eagerness to expose his golf game to the world is courageous and seems to be a logical next step for the man who has accomplished nearly everything in the swimming pool.
“As I enter this next chapter of my life, I think I will be able to shift my competitiveness to anything I put my mind to and golf is one of the things I want to focus on,” said Phelps. “I want to play all the world’s great golf courses, but I’d like to play them well. I’m excited about this project with Golf Channel and I’m looking forward to working with Hank and see what we can do together on the golf course.”
Hank Haney is best known for teaching PGA Tour stars such as Tiger Woods and Mark O’Meara. Haney owns and operates four teaching facilities in the Dallas, Texas area and has worked with celebrities such as Charles Barkley, Ray Romano, Rush Limbaugh and Adam Levine in previous seasons of “The Haney Project”. Haney was named in the PGA Teacher of the Year in 1993 and has been named a Top 100 Teacher multiple times by Golf Digest, Golf Magazine and Golf World.
Phelps has shown a passion for the game of golf, previously hosting his own charity golf tournament, The Michael Phelps Foundation Golf Classic. The event benefits his Foundation and its mission of growing the sport of swimming and promoting healthy and active lives. The Michael Phelps Foundation was founded with the $1 million bonus the swimmer received from Speedo after winning his 8th Gold Medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
Based on this video of Michael Phelps golf swing, Phelps’ world-class athletic ability could be a springboard for a low handicap, especially working with a golf coach of Hank Haney’s caliber. Phelps already has tremendous flexibility and a huge shoulder turn that should produce intense clubhead speed once properlu calibrated on “The Haney Project”.