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.
I don't read books. I like to be read to.
Extremely insightful look at one of the biggest celebrities in the world.
I love it when the author reads their own book.
Hank can seem a little petty on the surface (sugar free popsicle) but he was very honest and willing to take blame when it was warranted.
I know a lot of people have said that Haney violated some "bond" by writing this book; I think that he is a grown man and so is Tiger. If Tiger really wants to have privacy then that should be spelled out in his contracts with people or he should treat people with respect. I don't know Tiger but I tend to believe how Haney has portrayed him. Haney doesn't malign his character nor is he vindictive. I believe that this is how their relationship was and that is all. I really didn't have a solid opinion about Tiger one way or another although I've heard less than flattering stories about him from people who've had encounters with him at tournaments. After reading this book I still don't have strong feelings about him one way or another. I just don't care about him as a golfer or a person. I believe he has done some great things on the course but I truly believe that it is over for him as a golfer. He will be remembered as a golfer who could have been the best ever.
The book was engaging and I enjoyed the behind the scenes around the life of a pro golfer. It was worth the read.
One of the best.
Many. It was very interesting to listen to all the details about Tiger and the what he is really like.
If you play golf you will like this book. I also learned a lot about how Tiger plays golf. Even for him the game is difficult.
Good not great
A Good Walk Spoiled
Anyone - Edward Hermann, Scott Brick, Dan Hicks, David Feherty
No, it was best broken up into sections
Writers should write, Narrators should narrate
Hank Haney did a good job of explaining what is was like to be around Tiger.
Hank as the story is told from his viewpoint.
When he realized he was done with coaching Tiger.
No, I have never been able to do that with any book. I need a break from time to time.
After listening to this book you will come away with a whole new perspective on what it is like to be around Tiger and how difficult that can be. You will also get a better idea of what it takes to be a successful professional golfer and how difficult that can be. Even though this book is written from Hanks view point, you will have a better under standing of who Tiger Woods is and maybe gain some insight into his self destructive tendencies and demeanor recently seen on the golf course and TV.
The insight into Tiger's preparation and the dedication it takes to be great was interesting. I was not surprised as to the personal aspects since it always seemed that Tiger was cold and unapproachable.
Hank Haney spent the entire book trying to get credit for Tiger's success. In fact the last chapter was an accounting of Tiger's success with Hank vs. his time with Butch. While he repeatedly stated that Tiger is the best golfer ever, he seems to want you to believe that he would have been nothing without his two coaches.
You know the ending and I don't think it would have mattered if Butch, Hank or Sean were his coach, I think he would stil be sitting on 14 majors today.
I never like when the author narrates the book. The production was suspect as well since it seemed like he constantly was adding or redoing certain sections of the book. Hank's voice would suddenly change volume and cadence.
Other than describing Tiger's work ethic it didn't shed any new light on anything. The whole Thanksgiving crash and subsequent "fall from grace" was basically glossed over with nothing new added.