Great insight into what it's like to be (one of) the greatest golfer of all time and the pressure to come with it. Hank gives a spot on assessment of the life of a swing coach managing not just the game of a pro but the attitude, mood and ego of one of the greatest winners of all time. The story reads a little technical at times when Hank discusses the swing down to the minuscule detail but all in all one of my favorite books.
Hank reveals a lot of the detachment Woods brings into relationships. Hank also shines a light on the toll society takes on a prodigy forced on to center stage. It's a good read.
Informative, Interesting, Surprising
Hank's candidness about the world that Tiger Wood's lives and operates in.
His tone and perspective
The Rise and Fall of a Lengend
For whatever reason, Hank Haney took sharp criticism for writing this book. Many of the personal items that came from this book were already known or suspected. Many believed that his experiences with Tiger Woods were Tiger's alone and that no one had the right to share those moments, but Hank is giving a first hand account of the inner workings and psychology of one of the top golfers in the history of the game. Much of the book focuses on the quiet courtship as a coach, tournament prep, in-tournament adjustments, and the decision to part ways. He filled in those gaps with stories (often times funny and kept Tiger in a positive light) and touched on some of the darker days for Tiger. This book, in my view, made Tiger a very sympathetic character even during his worst days. The book humanized a man that the world simply viewed as the world's greatest golfing machine. What the book left behind was a bit of a sour taste in that Hank ended the book on a sour note. He spent time at the end defending his record with Tiger as well as putting his record against Tiger's previous coach Butch Harmon. The book and record spoke for itself and was outlined brilliantly throughout the story. I came away feeling like Hank was expecting some push back and has always been compared negatively to Butch Harmon, thus he felt the need to defend himself against an invisible opponent. Hank Haney has professionally coached two tour players and between those two they have eight majors combined during his coaching period with them. Overall, this book is fantastic. I recommend it to anyone who loves the game of golf, or just simply enjoys an excellent story.
This book my have been intended to tell a story about Coaching a genius,Tiger Wood, but it's more about the genius than the coaching. It brought out many emotions. It made me happy, sad, frustrated and and much more. I don't think I'll ever get closer to an athlete with as much super human ability, fierce determination, incomprehensible stubbornness and inferior social skills. Tiger never had a chance, he was a celebrity since he was 8 and never was able to do things mere mortals take for granted like pumping gas.[ See PS below.]
I listened to this book just before the PGA Tournament started at Valhalla in Louisville not knowing if Tiger would play. After he announced he was going to play, based on the authors analysis there was no way Tiger would contend. He played hurt and didn't have enough time to prepare. Haney's words were like that of wise old sage.
Tiger expected to win, fans flocked to see him, hoped for a miracle, even me, didn't happen.
If the author and a healthy Tiger could get back together there's no telling how great he'd be in the future but that's not happening. I pray Tiger gets healthy and contends every time he tees it up, Golf needs him but he needs Golf much more!
PS: I just read an article that showed a picture of a young girl with Rory McIlroy as he got gas after he played 18 holes today. He was portrayed as being friendly and approachable.
I doubt Tiger would or could have been done it. His personality and fame would have been prevented him of being a regular guy. That's so sad. This is a great book, a sports psychological thriller.
Great Eye Opener!
I liked that Hank didn't hold anything back. While at times, I'm sure, he made sure to avoid slander and remains mostly PC, you still get a great insight into what life is like in Tiger's circle. That is, there is no such thing as truly being in Tiger's circle. I have always loved to watch Tiger's game, but hated to watch his antics and attitude both on and off the course (even prior to downfall). This book practically confirmed what we already knew about Tiger. He's not normal. For better or worse, he is not like the rest of us. A great listen for all golf and sports fans.
Not unless he wrote it about another athlete he coached. His "reading out loud" abilities rival that of my 7 year old nephew. Though I must give him credit for "sounding out" the difficult words.
Moved may be the wrong word, but I was definitely very surprised by some of the behind the scenes moments with Tiger and the Navy Seals training. This was a side of him I was unaware of, and shocked to hear.
Slow starter, but you'll be sucked in after a few chapters. Especially if, like me, you love that someone finally had the stones to write some thoroughly critical and sometimes negative insight on the great TW.
The story itself. Although it does make Mr. Haney sound a little insecure with all the comparisons. Interesting to learn about the worlds greatest golfers rise and fall.
Stick to Teaching.
I really enjoyed the story, Hank is narrator though. Good listen overall.