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The Big Miss: My Years Coaching Tiger Woods Hardcover – 27 Mar 2012


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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: 109,612 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By John Raine on 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Gail Cooke TOP 500 REVIEWER on 23 April 2012
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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 By Mr. A. P. Jackson on 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Andrea Whiteley on 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 By MR P MCQUILLAN on 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 By Frank Oliver on 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Monika Ziegler on 10 May 2012
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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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