Sure, there was that 153-foot putt in October during the second round of team play at the Dunhill Links Championship in Scotland, but what else do we really know about his progress?
Not much. But earlier this month, the 22-time Olympic medalist took a few minutes to talk to the media about his new biggest challenge: conquering the golf course.
“It’s the most humbling sport in the world. I literally can’t think I’ve ever done anything where I can’t like semi pick it up, and it’s been a challenge and a struggle,” Phelps said of golf from from the course of the Annexus Pro-Am in Arizona. “But I have been able to pick up some things alone the way that make my game better and stronger and more consistent.”
Phelps has been working with famed golf instructor Hank Haney in order to improve his game, and his efforts will be featured in the upcoming season of The Haney Project, which is set to air on the Golf Channel. Haney was previously coach to Tiger Woods.
Phelps enjoys working with Haney, and though his golf game isn’t quite where he’d like it to be yet, he knows he’s getting closer to his goal, he said.
“Hank and I, we have a great relationship,” Phelps said of Haney from Arizona. “We can both throw comments back at each other and joke around and have a good time and I think that’s something we have thats sort of good as a coach-athlete relationship. And we both have a goal that we want to achieve and that’s what we’re both working towards.”