The Big Miss: My Years Coaching Tiger Woods (Unabridged)
by Hank Haney
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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 ...
The Big Miss
The best book...beautifully written from the heart. Gives us a look inside the real Tiger Woods and the relationship between him and his swing coach. I feel like I know the true story now.
More technical than I expected
I didn't expect that the book would spend so much time on the technical details of golf swings but if you're a true golf aficionado then you'll appreciate it. The book was a classy portrayal of the relationship between a student/employee/friend and someone who keeps an emotional distance from most people in his life. I feel that the book also gives real incite into what it takes to be a champion as well as what it takes to coach a champion.
Haney is a moron
Way to try to capitalize on your years with Tiger, Hank. This book is as pointless as punching yourself in the nuts.