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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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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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    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

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    Richard Hong Chatsworth, GA 04-23-12
    Richard Hong Chatsworth, GA 04-23-12 Member 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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    Don Del Mar, CA, United States 04-23-12
    Don Del Mar, CA, United States 04-23-12 Member Since 2011
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    "big miss"
    What made the experience of listening to The Big Miss the most enjoyable?

    Easy read from author.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Finding out how Tiger really treats people within His private circle.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Finding out selfish and cheap tiger is.


    Any additional comments?

    Hearing people who have read book saying they liked the book and the Golf Channel and media in general people who haven't read book, running Haney down .for

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Bob Kenner, LA, United States 04-23-12
    Bob Kenner, LA, United States 04-23-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Self promoting"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    As a golfer and golf fan and Tiger fan, I found Haney's book somewhat interesting. If you aren't in these categories, don't bother. Haney's book is totally self promoting of Haney.


    Would you recommend The Big Miss to your friends? Why or why not?

    Not really.


    What three words best describe Hank Haney’s voice?

    Voice was fine.


    Do you think The Big Miss needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    I question whether a personal coach should write such a book. It revealed more about Haney than Tiger.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Steven MCKINNEY, TX, United States 04-23-12
    Steven MCKINNEY, TX, United States 04-23-12 Member Since 2011
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    "INSIGHTFUL"
    If you could sum up The Big Miss in three words, what would they be?

    MISUNDERSTOOD, SAD & CAREING


    What did you like best about this story?

    Hanks & Tigers true love of the game....


    What about Hank Haney’s performance did you like?

    Well read and truely inspirering....


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

    no


    Any additional comments?

    none

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    James Long Beach, NY, United States 04-05-12
    James Long Beach, NY, United States 04-05-12 Member Since 2006

    Retired 35 year policeman from So CA, relocated with my wife to South Carolina with "Toby" our cat. I listen to two books a week

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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    No one really, very flat


    What was most disappointing about Hank Haney’s story?

    Spent the entire story justifing his work with Tiger.


    What didn’t you like about Hank Haney’s performance?

    Not much, and I was looking forward to a view behind the scenes of the PGA tour.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Complete disappointment in both Tiger and Hank


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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