We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access.
Call anytime(888) 283-5051
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....
Regular Price:$28.00
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

Your Likes make Audible better!

'Likes' are shared on Facebook and Audible.com. We use your 'likes' to improve Audible.com for all our listeners.

You can turn off Audible.com sharing from your Account Details page.

OK

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

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

4.0 (219 )
5 star
 (78)
4 star
 (90)
3 star
 (38)
2 star
 (9)
1 star
 (4)
Overall
4.1 (196 )
5 star
 (88)
4 star
 (65)
3 star
 (30)
2 star
 (8)
1 star
 (5)
Story
3.8 (189 )
5 star
 (60)
4 star
 (60)
3 star
 (51)
2 star
 (13)
1 star
 (5)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    E. L. Robertson Southern California 03-28-12
    E. L. Robertson Southern California 03-28-12 Member Since 2004

    TourOnly

    HELPFUL VOTES
    74
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    290
    12
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Very Mixed Feelings"

    First let me say that I am an ex-professional golfer and totally understood everything Hank says. But, I seriously doubt that the average golfer will understand or comprehend the vast amount of technical swing comments made in this book.

    Secondly, I do not agree with the fact that Hank felt the need to write this book. There is so much personal trust in the relationship between athletes and those that surround them that there is an unspoken code that must be respected. I feel that Hank shattered that code and I will never respect him for that... only time will tell how Hank's reputation is effected.

    But, thirdly, for those out there who want to get a glimpse of the intense work and pressure that a world class athlete is under, Hank does a nice job of getting that across. Had there not been the stigma of "kiss and tell", I would have thoroughly enjoyed the book. And, of course, this was Hank's opinion and story... I'm sure Tiger's recollection would be much different.

    Was the book fair... maybe. Should it have been written... absolutely not.

    I would also like to make a technical comment about the narration. Hank did a great job which is unusual for a writer who chooses to narrate. But, there were times in the narration, that there seemed like another voice came in like a voice over... I'm not sure if it was Hank doing a voice over or some other narrator cleaning up mistakes. Whatever, it wasn't annoying.

    21 of 23 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Jeff Murrieta, CA United States 05-18-12
    Jeff Murrieta, CA United States 05-18-12 Member Since 2004
    HELPFUL VOTES
    7
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    14
    7
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Fascinating Insigt into Tiger"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Big Miss to be better than the print version?

    Unless you have lived in a dark cave for the last 20 years, you have heard about Tiger. I have always wondered: Why is he so good? Why is he so much better than everyone else? Why is he so muscular (for a golfer)? Why did he have all those affairs? Why does he seem so odd?

    This book provides potential answers to all those questions. This is a book about personality, not golf, so you don???t need to be an avid golfer to enjoy this book. It???s fast paced. It addresses other golfers which is interesting. If you have ever wondered about Tiger, this book is for you! I highly recommend it!


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Mark Raglan, New Zealand 09-10-12
    Mark Raglan, New Zealand 09-10-12 Member Since 2011
    HELPFUL VOTES
    236
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    50
    50
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    26
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "insight into the mind of a phenomenon"

    You pretty much have to like golf to enjoy this book, but if you do, it is a good listen. Some of the technical aspects of the swing discussed are beyond my understanding, but it is nevertheless a fascinating look at the character of a golf genius, and a legend. Tiger isn't always a nice person, but in this book Tiger's tendency to be unsociable is forgivable, because it is seen as an integral part of his obsessive focus on just one thing - being a winner

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Krista Golden, CO, United States 05-25-12
    Krista Golden, CO, United States 05-25-12 Member Since 2011
    HELPFUL VOTES
    32
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    21
    14
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    5
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "My Husband Made Me Read It! (But I'm Glad.)"

    It is so rare for him to want to read anything that I willingly obliged, plus I am fascinated by Tiger and Hank. This was remarkable insight into Tiger's character, even if only from a couple of peoples' perspectives. I would like to read the same story from his viewpoint, but know that is highly unlikely since Tiger is far from being an open book or the type of person to tell his (real) story. It's part of what makes him a champion, an addict, an icon. Even during the parts that were golf-technical, I remained interested and it produced good conversation.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Dan White Post, VA, United States 05-21-12
    Dan White Post, VA, United States 05-21-12 Member Since 2006
    HELPFUL VOTES
    2
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    91
    3
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Great insight into Tiger's persona..."
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Big Miss to be better than the print version?

    Yes, because Hank Haney, himself, does the audio.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Tiger. For anyone who has wondered what is going on behind the scenes with Tiger, this book reveals a lot.


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

    Yes.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Michael Brighton, MI, United States 03-29-12
    Michael Brighton, MI, United States 03-29-12 Member Since 2011
    HELPFUL VOTES
    3
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    19
    1
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "My review is biased but this book is aggravating"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A better book... The book is a self-indulgent attempt to stabilize and uphold Haney’s reputation. It is a golf book I will give him that but it is only a golf book because he is very descriptive of Tigers stroke and his coaching in an effort to cover up the underlying message of the book which runs along the lines of...


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Payne Stewarts Biography


    How could the performance have been better?

    the outtakes and voice dubbing could have been more streamed lined...


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Big Miss?

    around chapter 3 or 4 when he starts getting critical of Tigers swing you can tell portions of the audio recording / book were edited for PC reasons...


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Joe lexington, KY, United States 08-09-14
    Joe lexington, KY, United States 08-09-14
    HELPFUL VOTES
    64
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    202
    42
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    5
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "A Sports Psychological Thriller"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Bryan 06-25-14
    Bryan 06-25-14 Member Since 2014
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    4
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "For guys who love Tiger's game, but hate Tiger!"
    If you could sum up The Big Miss in three words, what would they be?

    Great Eye Opener!


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Hank Haney?

    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.


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

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Landon Salt Lake City, UT, United States 04-20-14
    Landon Salt Lake City, UT, United States 04-20-14 Member Since 2012
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    8
    2
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Great Story. Not so great Naration."
    What made the experience of listening to The Big Miss the most enjoyable?

    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.


    What three words best describe Hank Haney’s performance?

    Stick to Teaching.


    Any additional comments?

    I really enjoyed the story, Hank is narrator though. Good listen overall.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Todd MUSKEGON, MI, United States 03-08-14
    Todd MUSKEGON, MI, United States 03-08-14
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    1
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "The real life of Tiger Woods"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Big Miss to be better than the print version?

    I don't read books. I like to be read to.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Extremely insightful look at one of the biggest celebrities in the world.


    What about Hank Haney’s performance did you like?

    I love it when the author reads their own book.


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

    No


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Showing: 1-10 of 37 results PREVIOUS124NEXT
Sort by:
  • Neil
    LEEDS, United Kingdom
    7/13/12
    Overall
    "Great Listen"

    I'm really enjoying this. It is a great insight into Tiger Woods and specifically how he plays golf. It is not the tell tale expose people might expect and although there are some colourful details about Tiger's character in the main these are things people already know, he's sullen, super focused etc etc.

    There is brilliant stuff about how Tiger learns, how he adapts to change and how he prepares to play. His relationship with Haney and how Haney felt during his association with Tiger is fascinating stuff.

    There are few account of golfers playing in their prime that are written from such a close perspective. Golfers themselves are not necessarily able to disengage enough to write such a detailed and insightful account of what made them play the way they played or act the way they acted (Mark James' book on the Ryder Cup for example...). Haney's position as coach makes him a brilliant observer of Tiger and the account he gives feels remarkably authentic.

    It would be churlish to say that Haney's narration lets the book down, however his narration is very much in the good not great category. Also, some of the editing of the audio is clunky and should really have been better.

    Overall, if you are interested in Tiger this is a fantastic book. If you interested in gossip and tittle tattle about his lifestyle then there are other places to get that info.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Robert
    Sheffield, United Kingdom
    4/18/14
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Fascinating insight into a very interesting person"
    What did you like most about The Big Miss?

    Hanks account is so personal and extremely candid. He's obviously an expert in reading people as well as swings.


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

    I read Bernie Ecclestones biog. Again very interesting subject matter.


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

    Tiger.


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

    It does bring you both the joy of his success and the despair of Tiger's fall from grace with the ruination of his marriage.


    Any additional comments?

    Get it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • __Steve__
    Celbridge Ireland
    7/3/13
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "A Good Listen But....."
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Big Miss to be better than the print version?

    Yes


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Well its about Tiger Woods so Tiger Woods


    Did Hank Haney do a good job differentiating each of the characters? How?

    Yes


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

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    I did enjoy this book but found the audio at times to be very annoying

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mike
    Larbert, United Kingdom
    4/6/13
    Overall
    "Interesting content, below-par production values"

    To be honest, I'm a bit disappointed with this audiobook. It certainly has some interesting and insightful content, but the style with which Hank narrates is monotonously flat, with little intonation or expression, and an idiosyncratic and somewhat distracting rhythm.



    There are also sections which have clearly been recorded during a separate session and then added in the edit, which further spoils the listening experience.



    So, in summary: Interesting, but not a particularly sparkling 8 hour listen. Basically, this need re-recording by a narrator with more character.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • David
    Dorking, United Kingdom
    12/29/12
    Overall
    "The Big Miss"

    Fantastic Book, Well read by the author making this a must get book for all Golf fans.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Showing: 1-5 of 5 results

    There are no listener reviews for this title yet.

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank You

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.