ORLANDO -- Rick Smith, a long-time swing instructor on the PGA Tour and former teacher to Phil Mickelson and other notable players, including Rocco Mediate and Lee Janzen,
spoke out on Wednesday at the Arnold Palmer Invitational about Hank
Haney's forthcoming book, "The Big Miss," about the teacher's six years
as Tiger Woods' swing coach.
"I would rather be broke and not
have a penny to my name before I violate the code of player-teacher
confidentiality," Smith said. "In 27 years out here, I've never done
that. I'm personally upset with Hank because he's broken and violated
our code of ethics. If you have the opportunity and you're privileged to
conversations, you will not and should not share anything from them
with anyone. I don't care who it is.
"For all the guys who have
committed their lives to teaching, this should be very upsetting and I
know that I'm not the only one that feels this way. What Hank did is
against the rules."
Smith, who stopped coaching Mickelson after
the 2006 U.S. Open at Winged Foot, still retains a close personal and
business relationship with the four-time major champion. For years,
Smith says, he and Mickelson would not discuss with anyone what they
were working on. Smith would get permission from Mickelson and other
players to answer media questions.
"Your relationship with these
players is for a lifetime. All the guys that I have worked with are
still my dearest friends," Smith said. "Obviously, Hank was convinced
that it was great that everybody knew about his work with Tiger and that
it was substantial financially for him to write this book. But you
can't put a dollar value on something that is an ethical violation."
said Haney should "s--k up" any ill feelings that he might have toward
Woods after their working relationship ended in 2010, and be "grateful"
and "appreciative" for the chance to work with one of the greatest
players of all time.
"The Big Miss: My Years Coaching Tiger Woods" will be released March 27.
I am posting the above article which I found on Twitter. I am in full agreement with Rick Smith.
Yea, I agree, just like Sarah Palin's book became a bestseller, it was because almost immediately they moved her book to Walmart at $4.99.....I still didn't buy one but at that price many will; I've already heard that about Haney's book.....on sale at Walmart!
Personally, I think Tiger has that ability now, after being chastised for over 2 years, to "wipe it off his shoulder" and turn it up a notch at the Masters....for some reason when it comes to Augusta, he always seems to.
Thank you for your insight BTW!
sounds like someone who needs some pub.
do you think butch will say anything? absolutely, NOT!!!
TIGER YOU'VE GOOD FRIENDS LIKE RICK SMITH ON YOUR SIDE
THANKS FOR THE POST