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The Big Miss Audiobook

The Big Miss: My Years Coaching Tiger Woods

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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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    Joshua 01-23-17
    Joshua 01-23-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Very good listen!"

    It was very interesting to hear some of the stories you wouldn't normally hear about.

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    Lasse 01-04-17
    Lasse 01-04-17 Member Since 2016
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    "decent book"

    Very golf technical, inspiring, and great storytelling. some strange voice changes in the audio but still a decent listen.

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    Keith Palmetto, FL, United States 11-02-16
    Keith Palmetto, FL, United States 11-02-16 Member Since 2014
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    "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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    Jamie S. Jacobus DEERFIELD, NH, US 10-18-16
    Jamie S. Jacobus DEERFIELD, NH, US 10-18-16 Member Since 2016
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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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    Kyle 09-20-16
    Kyle 09-20-16 Member Since 2015
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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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    Cameron Peralta 07-20-16
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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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    Drewcephus Sharpsburg, GA 06-15-16
    Drewcephus Sharpsburg, GA 06-15-16 Member Since 2017

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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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    Tonyj32 03-06-16
    Tonyj32 03-06-16
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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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    Derek Budde 01-28-16
    Derek Budde 01-28-16 Member Since 2016
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    "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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    Balathayaparan Thayaparan 07-06-15 Member Since 2017
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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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  • MR J R MULVANY
    12/8/14
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    "Wonderful insight into being a top coach"
    If you could sum up The Big Miss in three words, what would they be?

    Coaching Tiger Woods.


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

    Tiger's wife banning tv from the dinner table to encourage conversations, resulting in silent dinners.


    Any additional comments?

    Great insight into what it is like to coach such a high achieving athlete as Tiger Woods, as well as insight into Tiger Woods as a person. If you play golf then there is good insight into technique and ways of thinking about both golf, and practice.

    If you don't play golf then the insight into the life of a multimillionaire, world class athlete, is fascinating. Also his relationships, and his attitude to other people.

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  • Robert
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    4/18/14
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    "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.

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  • __Steve__
    Celbridge Ireland
    7/3/13
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    "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

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  • Mike
    Larbert, United Kingdom
    4/6/13
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    "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.

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  • David
    Dorking, United Kingdom
    12/29/12
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    "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

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