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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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  • Keith
  • Palmetto, FL, United States
  • 11-02-16

Not negative like I first thought it would be

What did you love best about The Big Miss?

I thought this book would be Haney complaining about being fired and therefore I stayed away from it for a long time. But it is not like that at all. It is obvious Haney has great respect for Tiger and wrote a great book about their time together. It truly is an enjoyable read.

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A glimpse of what it's like to be Tiger Woods

I credit Hank for writing this book. I'm a golf nut and couldn't stop listening. Ignore the negative reviews, this book gives a glimpse into what it's really like to be Tiger Woods. I don't think any of us truly know the pressure to perform that Tiger has on him and HH gives us a front row seat of how Tiger prepares for a major among much more. Thanks Hank, I truly enjoyed this book.

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Great book

Very interesting look inside one of the greatest athletes of all-time, Tiger Woods. Hank did a great job with this book.

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Good listen

Very good listen. There are some weird choppy audio parts to the story but it's not too distracting. I am an avid golfer, but it gets a little too technical at times. However, it is a good listen and if you're a Tiger Woods fan you will be hooked.

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A greater understanding of a legend

I fully expected to dislike Tiger after reading this book. The opposite is true. He is actually quite pitiful, but so much like all of us. Full of mistakes and confusion. Yet so gifted. This is boring narration, extensive swing language and tedious at times. But you won't have a solid understanding of Tiger without it.

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Very interesting.

Great insight to the behind the scenes life of Tiger and Hank. Tiger was under tremendous pressie and scrutiny, Hank seemed to be handcuffed while being couch at same time.

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  • DB
  • 01-28-16

Love golf? Like Tiger? Give it a listen

What made the experience of listening to The Big Miss the most enjoyable?

Insight into TW is incredible..

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

Slaying the Tiger

Would you be willing to try another one of Hank Haney’s performances?

nah

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

more incredulous about some of the s*** Tiger said and did.

Any additional comments?

At points in the middle of the book, a random voice will take over Haney's and it's really distracting.

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Great book about Tiger Woods coaching

Obviously, Tiger woods is the key player for this book. There are Good attitude building stories. We need more performance techniques, technology, technical problems solving skills highlights so on.

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Fascinating

Couldn't stop listening. Great story and insight about being a coach around a sportsman of that level.

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Great read and insight into Tiger Woods

Great insight into what it's like to be (one of) the greatest golfer of all time and the pressure to come with it. Hank gives a spot on assessment of the life of a swing coach managing not just the game of a pro but the attitude, mood and ego of one of the greatest winners of all time. The story reads a little technical at times when Hank discusses the swing down to the minuscule detail but all in all one of my favorite books.