Swing coach Hank Haney has been taking shots all year, but the online criticism and verbal abuse was nothing compared to the physical pain suffered earlier this month on a beach in Hawaii.
On vacation at Kukio on the Big Island near Kona with Discovery Land founder Michael Meldman and former NHL star Brett Hull, Haney was paddle boarding when a gust of wind blew him into the rocks. Trying to break his fall in 3 feet of water, Haney reached back to break his fall and dislocated his left shoulder.
Once he was out of the water, Haney had to walk a half mile on a scorching hot beach with his feet and hand bleeding, wait 25 minutes for an ambulance, drive 50 minutes to a hospital and another two hours before his shoulder was put back in its socket. Luckily, Hull's wife, Darcie, is a former paramedic. Haney is at his home in Meldman's Vaquero community near Dallas, recovering.
"What a mess," he said in an e-mail. "Big setback to my golf."
--* Tim Rosaforte*