Super Bowl Champ Rodney Harrison: Speeding Up the Driver Swing

He has two Super Bowl rings, but Rodney Harrison has some work to do when it comes to his driving. Hank Haney helps the former NFL player with a few simple tips.

Released on 1/26/2015

Credits

Starring: Hank Haney and Rodney Harrison

Shot at Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course in Lake Tahoe, Nevada

Transcript

00:00
I'm Hank Haney, it's time for another five-minute fix.
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(upbeat music)
00:07
My next student, Rodney Harrison, former NFL player,
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I'm gonna get him to reach his true potential.
00:12
You know what happens when you take a fast, lousy swing
00:14
and you slow it down?
00:16
Slow lousy.
00:17
That's what you got.
00:18
(upbeat music)
00:21
I had zero confidence in my driver.
00:23
Conventional teaching has always taught me
00:25
try to control it, slow it down.
00:28
(lively music)
00:32
Rodney's mistake is, what a lot of great athletes have
00:34
as a mistake.
00:35
Everyone tells them, don't try to kill the ball,
00:37
And he's swinging so slow, that it's like
00:39
it's unnatural for him.
00:42
(upbeat music)
00:44
If you could go too fast,
00:45
then you could certainly go too slow too.
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I mean everybody swings too hard.
00:51
As opposed to
00:53
faster.
00:55
So backswing it's more shoulders back
00:58
down swing it's more
01:00
swing your club and move your hips.
01:02
So you want me to swing like that?
01:03
Let's see it!
01:04
(laughs)
01:05
Alright.
01:06
Full speed, c'mon.
01:07
Just like we just did.
01:10
That was more like it.
01:12
That's pretty good.
01:14
(upbeat music)
01:17
With Rodney Harrison, he's swinging really really slow.
01:20
So the big thing I had him do
01:22
was first off make sure he turned
01:23
all the way back with his left shoulder
01:26
getting behind the ball,
01:27
let the golf club swing a little bit more back
01:29
with his wrist hand,
01:30
speed it up, swing faster, not harder.
01:34
He started getting that ball in the air
01:35
and started hitting that driver that had been
01:37
giving him fits.
01:38
If you like this quick fix,
01:39
join in the conversation below.
01:41
Louder, louder
01:44
Louder than that.
01:47
[Hank] Louder!
01:49
Yes!
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