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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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    David 01-28-15
    David 01-28-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Absolutely superb listen"

    The author did an excellent job keeping the listener riveted. Man, what a ride it must have been. Right on

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    Joe lexington, KY, United States 08-09-14
    Joe lexington, KY, United States 08-09-14 Member Since 2014
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    "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.

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    Bryan 06-25-14
    Bryan 06-25-14 Member Since 2017
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    "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.

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    Landon Salt Lake City, UT, United States 04-20-14
    Landon Salt Lake City, UT, United States 04-20-14 Member Since 2015
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    "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.

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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 Member Since 2017
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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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