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The Big Miss Audiobook

The Big Miss: My Years Coaching Tiger Woods

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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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    Todd MUSKEGON, MI, United States 03-08-14
    Todd MUSKEGON, MI, United States 03-08-14
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    "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.

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    Joe 08-24-13
    Joe 08-24-13
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    "Tiger Woods is human????"

    I know a lot of people have said that Haney violated some "bond" by writing this book; I think that he is a grown man and so is Tiger. If Tiger really wants to have privacy then that should be spelled out in his contracts with people or he should treat people with respect. I don't know Tiger but I tend to believe how Haney has portrayed him. Haney doesn't malign his character nor is he vindictive. I believe that this is how their relationship was and that is all. I really didn't have a solid opinion about Tiger one way or another although I've heard less than flattering stories about him from people who've had encounters with him at tournaments. After reading this book I still don't have strong feelings about him one way or another. I just don't care about him as a golfer or a person. I believe he has done some great things on the course but I truly believe that it is over for him as a golfer. He will be remembered as a golfer who could have been the best ever.
    The book was engaging and I enjoyed the behind the scenes around the life of a pro golfer. It was worth the read.

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    SERA Georgia 08-18-13
    SERA Georgia 08-18-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Great Book!"
    Where does The Big Miss rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best.


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

    Many. It was very interesting to listen to all the details about Tiger and the what he is really like.


    Any additional comments?

    If you play golf you will like this book. I also learned a lot about how Tiger plays golf. Even for him the game is difficult.

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    Bill MC CORDSVILLE, IN, United States 02-25-13
    Bill MC CORDSVILLE, IN, United States 02-25-13
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    "Haney Wrote a Great Read, but can't Read Great"
    If you could sum up The Big Miss in three words, what would they be?

    Good not great


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

    A Good Walk Spoiled


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Hank Haney?

    Anyone - Edward Hermann, Scott Brick, Dan Hicks, David Feherty


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

    No, it was best broken up into sections


    Any additional comments?

    Writers should write, Narrators should narrate

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    Thomas Santa Maria , CA, USA 01-23-13
    Thomas Santa Maria , CA, USA 01-23-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Good Book - Poor Tiger"
    What made the experience of listening to The Big Miss the most enjoyable?

    Hank Haney did a good job of explaining what is was like to be around Tiger.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Hank as the story is told from his viewpoint.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When he realized he was done with coaching Tiger.


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

    No, I have never been able to do that with any book. I need a break from time to time.


    Any additional comments?

    After listening to this book you will come away with a whole new perspective on what it is like to be around Tiger and how difficult that can be. You will also get a better idea of what it takes to be a successful professional golfer and how difficult that can be. Even though this book is written from Hanks view point, you will have a better under standing of who Tiger Woods is and maybe gain some insight into his self destructive tendencies and demeanor recently seen on the golf course and TV.

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    Mike United States 11-19-12
    Mike United States 11-19-12 Listener Since 2002
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    "Interesting perspective"
    What did you like best about The Big Miss? What did you like least?

    The insight into Tiger's preparation and the dedication it takes to be great was interesting. I was not surprised as to the personal aspects since it always seemed that Tiger was cold and unapproachable.

    Hank Haney spent the entire book trying to get credit for Tiger's success. In fact the last chapter was an accounting of Tiger's success with Hank vs. his time with Butch. While he repeatedly stated that Tiger is the best golfer ever, he seems to want you to believe that he would have been nothing without his two coaches.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    You know the ending and I don't think it would have mattered if Butch, Hank or Sean were his coach, I think he would stil be sitting on 14 majors today.


    How could the performance have been better?

    I never like when the author narrates the book. The production was suspect as well since it seemed like he constantly was adding or redoing certain sections of the book. Hank's voice would suddenly change volume and cadence.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    Other than describing Tiger's work ethic it didn't shed any new light on anything. The whole Thanksgiving crash and subsequent "fall from grace" was basically glossed over with nothing new added.

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    Viking16 Ohio, USA 09-03-12
    Viking16 Ohio, USA 09-03-12
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    "Grrrrrreat!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Not only gives you insight into Hank and Tiger's type of relationship, but goes in depth into the types of swing changes Tiger made with Hank.


    What about Hank Haney’s performance did you like?

    Liked that he commentated the book himself.


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

    Yes. Nearly 9 hours of book went quickly when it's all I wanted to listen to.


    Any additional comments?

    I am a huge Tiger fan as a golfer. I was afraid I would lose some of that with the insinuation of the title and as Hank pointed out his faults as a person in society, but I actually sided more with Tiger when Hank and him split. Really enjoyed it.

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    Jeremy Alexandria, LA, United States 07-03-12
    Jeremy Alexandria, LA, United States 07-03-12
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    "A glimpse at the "real" Tiger."
    Would you listen to The Big Miss again? Why?

    Probably not, no need.


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

    Seeing how Tiger truly acts towards people and what was really going on in his life when he was winning everything.


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

    Have not.


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

    Yes.


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    Nick 06-30-12
    Nick 06-30-12
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    "Tiger, Tiger, Tiger"

    I listened to this book just to see if I could find out a bit more about the mysterious side of Tiger Woods and why he did some of the things he's done. The majority of this book is more of Hanks relationship with Tiger and how he was treated by Tiger. I don't know if I learned any more than I already knew about the elusive "Tiger" that I already didn't know.

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    Chris Madison Heights, VA, United States 06-22-12
    Chris Madison Heights, VA, United States 06-22-12
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    "Tiger Miss"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    yes I thought it to be interesting


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

    I listen to a few tips he gave Tiger and it seemed to help my own game!


    What about Hank Haney’s performance did you like?

    His voice was smooth and had a nice flow


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

    Why Tiger is who he is


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