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The Big Miss: My Years Coaching Tiger Woods | [Hank Haney]

The Big Miss: My Years Coaching Tiger Woods

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....
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Publisher's Summary

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

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    Doug San Bernardino, CA, United States 05-14-12
    Doug San Bernardino, CA, United States 05-14-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Great Book"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, Great book on golf and people.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Big Miss?

    Hank had to ask for a popsicle.


    Have you listened to any of Hank Haney’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Over indulged, narcissist, star athletes often fall under the weight of there aggrandizement!


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Rick MUNDELEIN, ILLINOIS, United States 05-05-12
    Rick MUNDELEIN, ILLINOIS, United States 05-05-12 Member Since 2012
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    "The Big Hit"
    Would you listen to The Big Miss again? Why?

    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.


    What other book might you compare The Big Miss to and why?

    Don't have a comparison at this time due to the fact that I'm new to Audio books.


    Which character – as performed by Hank Haney – was your favorite?

    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.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Clyde Burns 04-30-12
    Clyde Burns 04-30-12
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    "revenge"
    What would have made The Big Miss better?

    It is obvious that Haney was trying to get a little revenge and also make some money with his kiss and tell story.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    faction not fiction.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    ??


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I suppose.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    jeffrey BONITA SPRINGS, FLORIDA, United States 04-30-12
    jeffrey BONITA SPRINGS, FLORIDA, United States 04-30-12 Member Since 2015
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    well written and seems an honest attempt to let the reader know what has happened to Tiger

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    michael t mc auliffe Adrian, Michigan, US 04-30-12
    michael t mc auliffe Adrian, Michigan, US 04-30-12
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    "If Hank Haney Is Your Coach"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Big Miss to be better than the print version?

    I suspect they are about equal.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Big Miss?

    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.


    Have you listened to any of Hank Haney’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It didn't make me laugh or cry but it sure helped my golf.


    Any additional comments?

    If you are a serious golfer, this book will show you how it's done, from beginner to Tiger.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jill phoenix, AZ, United States 04-29-12
    Jill phoenix, AZ, United States 04-29-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Loved it! Loved it! Loved it!"
    Where does The Big Miss rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Some books are hard to get through but couldn't stop listening. This Made the hours I spend practicing golf go quick.


    What does Hank Haney bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Loved the audio done by Hank himself.


    Any additional comments?

    I didn't think that Hank was being cutting to Tiger and made me think more of all involved.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jeffrey N. Kelly Australia 04-23-12
    Jeffrey N. Kelly Australia 04-23-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Big Miss is a Big Must"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Big Miss to be better than the print version?

    Yes


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Big Miss?

    The ending; its about someone rejecting the money and the fame and choosing to be true to themselves.


    Have you listened to any of Hank Haney’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Hank Haney is easy to listen to and credible.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Hebern Clinton, NC, United States 04-23-12
    Hebern Clinton, NC, United States 04-23-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Great insight into Tiger"
    Where does The Big Miss rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It is a very good sports book. Not as good as Hogan or The Grand Slam, but much better than Jack Nicklaus' book.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    What about Hank Haney’s performance did you like?

    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.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The story of a champion golfer and flawed person.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    jean Gatineau, QC, Canada 04-23-12
    jean Gatineau, QC, Canada 04-23-12
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    "verry intersting and allways wanted more"
    If you could sum up The Big Miss in three words, what would they be?

    very interesting a side of Tiger that I did not know


    What other book might you compare The Big Miss to and why?

    na


    What about Hank Haney’s performance did you like?

    yes I did very good


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yes i would off


    Any additional comments?

    na

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Richard Hong Chatsworth, GA 04-23-12
    Richard Hong Chatsworth, GA 04-23-12 Listener Since 2007
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    "Great golf book!"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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