Category: Michael Phelps


March 09, 2013

Michael Phelps throws club on 'Haney Project'

Posted at 11:32 PM by Golf.com

Michael Phelps is Hank Haney's latest pupil on "The Haney Project," which has seen the Golf Magazine Top 100 teacher, best-selling author and coach teach Charles Barkley, Ray Romano and Rush Limbaugh in its past three seasons with varying degrees of success.

In last week's episode, Phelps tossed his driver at St. Andrews in an over-the-head motion where he jumps off his left leg while slinging the club. His teacher wasn't impressed.

"That wasn't even a good attempt at being mad," Haney said.

Phelps could not only use Haney's help with his swing, but would also benefit from watching Top 100 Teacher Charlie King's video on the proper technique to chucking clubs down the fairway. But the 18-time Olympic gold medalist can take solace in knowing that he is in good company with almost anyone who's ever played golf, as well as several members of the PGA Tour.

The show airs Monday nights on The Golf Channel at 8 pm ET.

October 05, 2012

Video: Watch Michael Phelps drain 150-foot putt at Scottish pro-am

Posted at 2:24 PM by Mike Walker

Who said golf was hard?

Olympic golf medalist swimmer and novice golfer Michael Phelps drained a 154-foot putt at Kingsbarns Golf Links in St. Andrews, Scotland, during the Dunhill Links Championship pro-am on Friday.

According the Daily Mail UK, Phelps's putt was farther than 150 feet.

"It was the longest putt I've ever had and to see it go in was a pretty cool feeling," Phelps, 27, said afterwards.

[Paul] Casey's caddy said he believed the putt was from 159 feet, or 53 yards.

The monster putt was selected as the ‘Shot of the Day’ by Sky Sports commentator, Ewen Murray.

Murray said: 'It was quite simply the perfect putt. Traveling down three different levels at the perfect pace it was well over 150ft (50 yards) in length.'

It was an eventful day for Casey, who, in addition to watching his amateur partner drain a ridiculously long putt, had a dog snatch his ball on the 12th green as he was lining up an eagle putt.

Phelps, the most decorated Olympian ever, took up golf after the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, but he has really embraced the game after his retirement from competitive swimming after the 2012 Olympics in London. Phelps attended the Ryder Cup outside Chicago last week and played in a celebrity golf event there. He also has been working with Tiger Woods's former coach Hank Haney on Golf Channel's "The Haney Project" program. His handicap is still high -- he says it's over 20 -- but it won't be for long if he putts like this.

Related Photos: Phelps at the Ryder Cup | Phelps plays Dunhill Pro-Am

September 26, 2012

Truth & Rumors: Phelps, Lopez win Celebrity Scramble at Ryder Cup

Posted at 12:12 PM by Mark Dee

Ladies and Gentlemen, it's already over. Golf's biggest team event has been decided. And the winners are … Michael Phelps, George Lopez, Hal Sutton and Lanny Wadkins!

That's right, celebrity golf's greatest pressure-cooker, the Ryder Cup Captains and Celebrity Scramble, is in the books. It happened Tuesday at Medinah, before a surprisingly large crowd. Participants included those mentioned above, as well as Justin Timberlake, Bill Murray and former Chicago Bear Richard Dent.

Sean Jensen of the Chicago Sun-Times was on hand, video crew in tow, to provide us with some scenes from the spectacle. The first -- a two minute montage of opening tee shots -- looks like the trailer to an avant-garde slasher film:

The next captures the patriotic, comic stylings of Bill Murray:

 

Finally, we have the Golf Channel's highlight package, which shows some behind-the-scenes yucks. Oh, and it's set to generic inspirational music. Find the feel-good hit of the fall below:

 

Can we please, please, please just start the matches already?

September 11, 2012

Truth & Rumors: Bill Murray, Michael Phelps to play in Ryder Cup pro-am

Posted at 11:02 AM by Mark Dee

The Ryder Cup, that classic test of Continental mettle, is finally getting the same treatment as…every other event that featuring professional golfers.

That's right: The Ryder Cup is getting a Pro-Am. Specifically, "The Ryder Cup Captains & Celebrity Scramble Golf Event." Here's what the PGA of America has to say for itself:

Bill Murray, Justin Timberlake, Michael Phelps and George Lopez are currently scheduled to appear with Chicago sports legends Ernie Banks, Richard Dent, Stan Mikita and Scottie Pippen as participants in the first-ever 2012 Ryder Cup Captains & Celebrity Scramble golf event on Sept. 25 at Medinah (Ill.) Country Club, host venue of the 39th Ryder Cup.

The celebrities and sports stars will be paired with past Ryder Cup Captains to play 10 holes of Medinah's Course No. 3 as part of a team in a scramble format. Participating past Ryder Cup Captains include Ben Crenshaw, Tom Kite, Tom Lehman, Corey Pavin, Dave Stockton, Hal Sutton, Lee Trevino and Lanny Wadkins.

And so, a beautiful tradition begins. The great European Stan Mikita vs. the battle-tested Scottie Pippen, all while Bill Murray looks on. The biggest challenge of Ryder Cup Tuesday? When to use Ernie Banks's drive.

Whatever. We're sure Sept. 25th will be a beautiful day for a scramble. Let's hit two! (Maybe three! Or four!...)

August 14, 2012

Truth & Rumors: Preview Michael Phelps's pre-Haney game

Posted at 12:29 PM by Mark Dee

Hat tip to CBS's Shane Bacon for scouring YouTube to bring us a preview of Michael Phelps's golf game in anticipation of his appearance on The Haney Project, where Hank Haney will try to improve some of the very improvable moves we see here.

The first video finds Phelps, apparently taking a break from a game of beer pong, to practice some hardwood putting. Phelps makes 12 five-footers in a minute, which is partially relevant to golf. Haney's first task will be explaining to Phelps that no one is timing him. If he makes it to the Tour, he can take all the time in the world, after all.

Another video actually takes place on grass. And, judging from the video, that's bad news for the grass.

And one last video, in which Phelps explains how he came to golf.

Any way he slices it -- see what I did there? -- Phelps will probably be a better canvas for Haney than, say, Rush Limbaugh. One's a world class athlete, after all. Not that it will necessarily help him in the world's slowest game. But it's nice for us golfers to imagine. So, welcome, Mr. Phelps, to your long retirement.

August 06, 2012

Truth & Rumors: Michael Phelps challenges Bubba Watson on course, in pool

Posted at 11:12 AM by Mark Dee

What's next for Olympic champ Michael Phelps, now that he's too laden with gold to stay afloat in the pool? Maybe an amphibious biathalon with none other than Masters winner Bubba Watson, as Phelps told Reuters over the weekend:

Golf with his friend, U.S. Masters champion Bubba Watson is also on the agenda as Phelps confirmed during the week when he said he would not be rescinding his decision to retire.

"Bubba said I'm a good swimmer but still terrible at golf. So maybe I'll challenge him to swimming and we can go on a golf course after that, that will be (all) my competitive swimming after I'm done," he said.

We're pretty sure that contest would end in a 1-1 tie. But, yeah, we'd pay to see it. Especially if the two negotiated a "yours-for-mine" bet involving a green coat and something shiny and round. Granted, Phelps does have 18 gold medals to wager. Bubba may need a handicap.

This is a good week for the games to begin. Watson posted a photo of his digs for this week's PGA Championship on twitter, and, yes, it has a private pool. And views of another, bigger one:

November 02, 2009

Take on Michael Phelps in a speed putting contest

Posted at 4:43 PM by Anne Szeker

Maybe I don't stand a chance against Michael Phelps in the 200-meter freestyle, but I'm pretty sure I could give him a run for his money in a speed putting contest. Thanks to the International Olympic Committee, now I have a chance, and so do you.

The Best of Us Challenge takes Olympic athletes out of their usual areas of expertise, shows off their other "talents" in a series of videos, and asks you to try to beat their "records." For instance, snowboarder Lindsey Jacobellis is a master hula-hooper -- she can hula for 30 seconds. (It's a good thing she can fall back on snowboarding.)

Other Olympians' feats seem even more attainable for us average humans. Jamaican track and field star Asafa Powell thinks he can balance a stick on his foot longer than you can. U.S. gymnast Shawn Johnson touched her ears 54 times in 30 seconds while standing on her hands. (Probably need to watch the video to understand that one.)

Michael Phelps, wearing flip flops and putting on a gym floor, nailed 12 five-footers in 60 seconds.Putt better than Phelps and you could win a trip to the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver.

Entering the competition? Leave us a link to your video so we can check out your speed-putting skills. Now off to practice...

(via Waggleroom)





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