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The Big Miss: My Years Coaching Tiger Woods [Hardcover]

Hank Haney
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27 Mar 2012

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 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.

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  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Crown Archetype (27 Mar 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307985989
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307985989
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 2.7 x 24.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 107,175 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars HANK HANEY TELLS IT LIKE IT WAS 23 April 2012
By Gail Cooke TOP 500 REVIEWER
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Celebs come and celebs go while some are always top news, which is the case with tiger woods as evidenced by the interest in Hank Haney's book and Tiger's tourneys. Haney who has tutored more than 200 touring golf professionals and considered a topnotch golf instructor coached Tiger Woods from 2004 to 2010.

THE BIG MISS is a mix of golf and gossip. Haney relates that he was having dinner with his father the night he received a phone call from Woods. That call was received with a mixture of surprise, happiness, and the knowledge that his life was about to change - little did he know how much. Haney was one of the few in Woods' inner circle, privy to the golfer's moods, comments, and reactions. Hence, there's much new in Haney's story.

Haney devotes much of his story to Woods' swing, however for this listener and so-so golfer at best much of it was beyond my understanding. As for the revelation of comments made by Woods, his opinions of others, etc. - those are all too easily understood.

If you want another look at the life and times of Tiger Woods, The Big Miss is your book.

- Gail Cooke
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Big Miss 17 Jun 2012
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To anyone interested in golf this is a fantastic insight to one of the greatest players ever to grace the fairways of the world. Even for all his misgivings he has brought a new dimension to the game of golf.Might not be a very nice person but a hell of a golfer. this book is a fantastic read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars the big miss tiger woods 28 April 2012
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A real good insight into the person behind the golf club. You learn so much about tiger woods the man and how he behaves and treats other people.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Incredible Insight 17 April 2012
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I was always going to read this book, because I'm a golf fanatic, and it involves Tiger Woods. I also follow the author on Twitter and find his views on golf deeply interesting. This book was therefore pre-ordered, and eagerly awaited.

It gives a stunning glimpse into what makes Tiger the greatest golfer that has lived, but it also points towards the reasons behind the swing changes and the fact that even Tiger, standing on the tee with a driver in his hand, had a shot that he feared (the book's title - The Big Miss). It points towards his motivations and his desire to continually be better. It tells some humorous stories about his life on tour, and relations with other golfers.

It doesn't delve into the scandals that put his career on hold. It does however give great insight into the injuries that have caused his career to stop-start. It talks (sometimes quite technically) about the golf swing, but the book is no less enjoyable for the reader whose head this will fly over.

This is not Hank Haney sticking the knife into Tiger. This is not a warts and all account. This genuinely is about the golf played by the world's greatest golfer, and the scandal, while mentioned, is pretty much glossed over.

Well worth a read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars not much in it to be honest 19 Nov 2012
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headline says it all really to sum it up tiger woods is a moody so in so, probably there is a lot he could have said but seemed more interested in addressing hos own critics and spouting his stats in comparison to butch harmons and firing a pot shot at Shawn folly, most of anything that's remotely you will have read when the book hit the tabloids by them printing the juice as it were, its also overpriced,
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4.0 out of 5 stars Unrivalled access to the worlds greatest golfer 29 Jun 2012
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As the author of Who is the Greatest Sportsman of the Modern Era? which features Tiger Woods as one of the book's subjects I was fascinated by this inside glimpse into his life. It is very rare that you get the opportunity to see behind the carefully crafted and protected corporate image that is Tiger Woods, and this book reveals a flesh and bone person with limitations and weaknesses. From his privileged position the author is able to offer more insight than anyone else has been able to date. Tiger's work ethic and training routines have always been kept a closely guarded secret by himself and his team, so to hear how the world's greatest golfer goes about his business is a genuine treat.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good read for a golfer 8 Jun 2012
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This is an engrossing read for a golfer who understands golfing terms and particularly issues around the golf swing. A non golfer may find it too technical in many areas.

It's a fascinating insight into a man who has dominated golf for years and who has set himself apart from others in many ways. It's very clear that Tiger is totally fixed on golf ... and as a result many of the issues that we regard as friendship have passed him by. There is no doubt that he is the most single minded golfer out there ... and this has had its costs.

It's also comforting to know, as an amateur golfer, that the very best pro's have to battle their own fears and mind games in order to win in this fantastic game we call golf.

Love him or hate him I'd recommend this as a good read for any golfer.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Strange friendship 10 May 2012
It is an interesting book to read, no doubt. But it assumes a lot. It assumes you know a lot about golf already and you know everything about the scandal about Tiger already, too. The book is basically about the relationship of the author with Tiger Woods for the six years that he was his coach. It shows their very strange (by normal standards) "friendship" and the extraordinarily strange way Tiger relates to human beings in general. In the last chapter the author seems to be focused only on proving that he was Tigers best coach and that he did everything correctly. Boring. About half of the book are long passages describing exactly how to hit a ball or describing at which hole of which tournament Tiger did exactly what. The other half describes the way Tiger Woods lets nobody come close to him as a person. Very strange indeed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Got this for my son he loves it
Published 1 month ago by Mary Murray
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
Very informative book of the other side of Tiger. The hidden side of a sporting legend viewed by someone who was close to him and somehow never close enough.
Published 4 months ago by J. MacFarlane
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great product, great delivery.Thanks
Published 5 months ago by joseph neenan
3.0 out of 5 stars Insightful
As a teaching professional I found the book very interesting. From Tigers point of view I am astonished he teamed up with Hank as he has tried to teach a playsafe game to the one... Read more
Published 8 months ago by A. A. Thompson
2.0 out of 5 stars Very disappointing
Not sure what I expected from this book but I'm shocked at the level of unprofessionalism shown by Hank Haney during his time as a coach with Tiger Woods and as an author of this... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Derek B
5.0 out of 5 stars Great insight into the life of the worlds best player
Great , easy read. Close up view of what goes on for the World no 1 golfer. would reccomend to all golfers
Published 15 months ago by theo baker
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting !
It portrays the legend as a driven person, although lonely, who let's noting get in his way of what he wants to acheive. Read more
Published 17 months ago by GARY HATCH
3.0 out of 5 stars Compulsive reading but author comes across as petty
Took me a few days to read this (normally would take me few wks). Interesting to hear some inside info on the life of Tiger e.g. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Eoghan
2.0 out of 5 stars Not as much insight as I expected
For anyone interested in Tiger Woods there is very little in Hank Haney's book that is new or particularly interesting. Read more
Published 18 months ago by A. J. Wentworth
5.0 out of 5 stars A very good read
I don't quite get the one and two stars some people have given the book - it's far better than that. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Capercaillie
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