6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Fascinating, if somewhat flawed, look under the bonnet of Tiger's swing,
This review is from: The Big Miss: My Years Coaching Tiger Woods (Paperback)
Bad points: It is a 'kiss&tell' - albeit with a golf technique focus - account by a person given privileged access and, so, is morally dubious. In addition Haney is clearly very sensitive to the criticism of his coaching, justified in my view, that he was given a Ferrari and turned it into a Ford and, consequently, there's an amount of tiresome, and unconvincing, self-justification. One point deducted for these bad points.
Good points: It is a fascinating and insightful look inside Tiger's world and, specifically, into the challenges faced by the coach of a supreme, and difficult, athlete. For example Haney's account of the apparently never-ending amount of short-term fixes being applied to Tiger's swing is surprising and, for anyone interested in golf technique, riveting. What does come across in this account is that Tiger's obsessive drive produces both good and bad outcomes. In Haney's account it was Tiger's unwillingness to be satisfied with 'maintenance' of the magnificent golf swing developed under Harmon - which was uniquely powerful, and graceful, and simple, and correct - that led to his move to Haney. Tiger's unwillingness to be satisfied ultimately led to deterioration in his swing and Haney's account of the interplay of psychological and physical elements is most interesting.
While a bit conflicted about buying this book, because of the view that Haney acted somewhat in bad faith in writing it, I am very glad to have read it - and would recommend it primarily to others interested in golf technique but also to those interested in the worlds of Tiger Woods and/or top flight sports.