The Big Miss is Hank Haney's candid and surprisingly insightful account of his tumultuous six-year journey with Tiger Woods, during which the supremely gifted golfer collected six major championships and rewrote golf history.
Hank was one of the very few people allowed behind the curtain. He was with Tiger 110 days a year, spoke to him over 200 days a year, and stayed at his home up to 30 days a year, observing him in nearly every circumstance: at tournaments; on the practice range; over meals, with his wife, Elin; and relaxing with friends.
The relationship between the two men began in March 2004, when Hank received a call from Tiger in which the golf champion asked him to be his coach. It was a call that would change both men's lives.
Tiger - only 28 at the time - was by then already an icon, judged by the sporting press as not only one of the best golfers ever, but possibly the best athlete ever. Already, he was among the world's highest paid celebrities. There was an air of mystery surrounding him, an aura of invincibility. Unique among athletes, Tiger seemed to be able to shrug off any level of pressure and find a way to win. But Tiger was always looking to improve, and he wanted Hank's help.
What Hank soon came to appreciate was that Tiger was one of the most complicated individuals he'd ever met, let alone coached. Although Hank had worked with hundreds of elite golfers and was not easily impressed, there were days watching Tiger on the range when Hank couldn't believe what he was witnessing. On those days, it was impossible to imagine another human playing golf so perfectly.
And yet Tiger is human - and Hank's expert eye was adept at spotting where Tiger's perfection ended and an opportunity for improvement existed. Always haunting Tiger was his fear of "the big miss" - the wildly inaccurate golf shot that can ruin an otherwise solid round - and it was because that type of blunder was sometimes part of Tiger's game that Hank carefully redesigned his swing mechanics.
Hank's most formidable coaching challenge, though, would be solving the riddle of Tiger's personality. Wary of the emotional distractions that might diminish his game and put him further from his goals, Tiger had developed a variety of tactics to keep people from getting too close, and not even Hank - or Tiger's family and friends, for that matter - was spared "the treatment".
Toward the end of Tiger's and Hank's time together, the champion's laser-like focus began to blur, and he became less willing to put in punishing hours practicing - a disappointment to Hank, who saw in Tiger's behavior signs that his pupil had developed a conflicted relationship with the game. Hints that Tiger hungered to reinvent himself were present in his bizarre infatuation with elite military training, and - in a development Hank didn't see coming - in the scandal that would make headlines in late 2009. It all added up to a big miss that Hank, try as he might, couldn't save Tiger from.There's never been a book about Tiger Woods that is as intimate and revealing - or one so wise about what it takes to coach a superstar athlete.
©2012 Hank Haney (P)2012 Random House
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.
very interesting a side of Tiger that I did not know
yes I did very good
yes i would off
I thought the book is well written, very informative on both Tiger the golfer and as a person and golf in general. I also think Hank did an excellent job of narrating his book. I had two main reasons for reading the book; first for my interest in Hank Haney’s golf training methods and then to find out what all the controversy was about.
Though it’s not being advertised as a golf instructional book, I found it to be very insightful into the mental side of the game, much of which the average golfer can put to use.
As for the controversy, I found nothing in the book about Tiger, the person, to be any big secret to anyone that follows golf. Hank states numerous times in the book how much he respects Tiger’s golf abilities and thanks him many times for the opportunity to coach him. I thought the book was written from a coach’s perspective, with appropriate observations on Tiger reactions on what Hank was trying to teach him, nothing more, nothing less. I think it’s a great book about golf, period.
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