I can honestly say that, except for exceptionally poor editing where the voice changes so much it sounds like another person is reading the book, I enjoyed Hank's version of his interaction with Tiger Woods. Overall, I found his viewpoint balanced and quite complimentary towards his student.
During my listen, I considered this book a rendition of Mr. Haney's experience working with Tiger and the dificulties he had as his coach. But just as a suspense novel reaches it's conclusion in the final chapter, so does this book. In my view, this was not a book written to relate Hank's experiences with Tiger. The final chapter makes it obvious that Hank is very concerned about comparisons of his record with Tiger vs. that of Tiger's record when being taught by Butch Harmon.
The last chapter breaks down Tiger's records in numerous ways and detail just to show that Hank Haney's record with Tiger was just as good, or even bettter, than Tiger experienced with Butch Harmon. Being experienced in finance, I know there are many ways people manipulate information to make it show results the way the want it to. I came away feeling that was what Mr. Haney was doing in order to prove he is every bit as good a coach as Butch Harmon.
Why was this book written? For me, it was more to promote Mr. Haney's legacy as a coach than to relate what it is to work with one of the greatest athletes in history. It makes me wonder if Mr. Haney's coaching methods were less to do about making Tiger Woods the best golfer he could be and more about trying to beat Butch Harmon's records with Tiger. Essentially, just as Tiger Woods was trying to beat Jack Nicklaus's record in Majors, Hank Haney was trying to better Butch Harmon.
As an amateur athlete in baseball and tennis, I competed at levels that required lots of practice and dedication to my sport. Ultimately my success was based on Playing to Win rather than Playing Not to Lose (aka Avoiding the Big Miss). It seems like Hank Haney taught more of the latter and I am curious if that is why Tiger Woods is now struggling.
Loved hearing about the inside world of Tiger.
Loved to get an insiders view on Tigers world
It was nice to hear it directly from him
Yes, Great book on golf and people.
Hank had to ask for a popsicle.
Over indulged, narcissist, star athletes often fall under the weight of there aggrandizement!
Great book, Hank Haney is a class guy who gives an accurate account of what it was like to train one of the greatest athletes of our time.
I would in a year or so but not tomorrow, hopefully the time away will let me pick up on something I missed the first time.
Don't have a comparison at this time due to the fact that I'm new to Audio books.
I would say it was Hank himself, it was a pleasure to hear the book read from him, it was like he was telling just to me.
I don't have the time for that but if I could I just might. I listened in my car going to work and back.
Glad I picked it. I thought it would just be a rip on Tiger but it really was just the facts and I think Hank treated Tiger with respect, maybe more than he gave Hank.
It is obvious that Haney was trying to get a little revenge and also make some money with his kiss and tell story.
faction not fiction.
I suspect they are about equal.
I was mainly interested in Hank as a coach since I have his books. "The Big Miss" gave me great insight into his objectives and methods. The information about Tiger was interesting but not my main interest. I can now work Hank's plan for golf development much more easily.
It didn't make me laugh or cry but it sure helped my golf.
If you are a serious golfer, this book will show you how it's done, from beginner to Tiger.
Some books are hard to get through but couldn't stop listening. This Made the hours I spend practicing golf go quick.
Loved the audio done by Hank himself.
I didn't think that Hank was being cutting to Tiger and made me think more of all involved.
The ending; its about someone rejecting the money and the fame and choosing to be true to themselves.
Hank Haney is easy to listen to and credible.
I listen when driving and when I walk out the door in the morning and look forward to the drive you know it is a compelling story.
Tiger was reportedly upset about the book I think it was fair and balanced it dealt with some sensitive issues with understanding and compassion and by the end I had a much deeper insight into what makes Tiger Woods. Having said that I am on Tiger's side, I really want Tiger to rise from the ashes and return to his greatness, perhaps if he read the book with an open mind and an open heart it would help him along that journey.
It is a very good sports book. Not as good as Hogan or The Grand Slam, but much better than Jack Nicklaus' book.
It gave incredible insight into Tiger Woods and his thought process as a golfer. We also learned that his interest in the Navy Seals may have cost him a chance at some all-time records.
He is not a pro reader, but since he is the author of the book, it was like he was telling us his story. I liked that.
The story of a champion golfer and flawed person.
Although I loved the insight into Tiger, it seemed that Haney was way too concerned with his own place in history. He took great pains to justify everything he did with Tiger and to defend his record with Tiger vs. Butch Harmon's record with Tiger.