The Haney Project: A Slapdash Review

Last night was Episode One (“The Meeting”) of the Golf Channel’s original documentary The Haney Project. The show, shot mostly at the Hank Haney Golf Ranch, features the golf instructor trying to fix Charles Barkley’s golf swing. Which makes it more of a comedy than a documentary. Highlights from the episode: footage of Barkley’s shank-riffic appearances at several pro-ams; Tiger Woods’ impersonation of Barkley’s stutter swing; Barkley’s claim that he hasn’t hit the ball higher than his height in 10 years. I could do without the cutaways to a physics professor to explain what happens when you lower the fulcrum of a golf swing and a psychologist to describe what happens to someone under stress. But I’m already looking forward to Episode Two.

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3 responses to “The Haney Project: A Slapdash Review”

  1. Daniel says:

    Pitch:

    Emmanuel Lewis — famous in the ’80s as TV’s li’l Webster — is having trouble replacing a hinge that has broken on one of his bathroom cabinets. We follow him as he goes to every hardware store in Greater Los Angeles, trying to find an exact match. Along the way, we hear him describe the hinge he is looking for in remarkable detail, repeatedly. Which makes it pretty much a great comedy!

    Meanwhile, we cut away to the This Old House guy, who does an impression of the former child star’s diminutive stature, and a physics professor, who explains the molecular properties of the metal alloys commonly used to make hinges.

    And that’s just Episode One!

  2. Triple Wildcat says:

    Actually, I kind of got the impression we saw all the best (funniest) stuff in the first episode. The rest is just golf stuff. Zzzzz…

  3. Josh Pearson says:

    Sorry I’m a little late to the discussion, but I’ve been a bit… uh… distracted. With all the happenings lately, I completely forgot to set my TiVo and will now have to wait for one of the 6 a.m. re-runs of the show to give my proper thoughts on Episode One. Rest assured that my Season Pass is now set (H/T to my beautiful wife).