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The Big Miss: My Years Coaching Tiger Woods Paperback – Unabridged, March 12, 2013
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“Insightful...Advance coverage of The Big Miss focused on the sensational...but those revelations misrepresent the primary focus of the book, which is to convey the experience of working with Woods as an instructor and to dissect what makes Tiger Tiger...Golf fans will put the book down feeling as if they were an eyewitness to history, and glad for the experience.”
--Wall Street Journal
“An alarming look at an athlete whose public glories masked a day-to-day existence of profound superficiality…Even more revealing than the swing material is evidence of Woods’ emotional blank wall: his indifference to people around him, his inability to empathize, and an obsession with military training and the Navy SEALs that, according to Haney, probably led to the leg injuries which have hampered Woods’ golf career.”
“I learned more about Tiger in The Big Miss than I have in eleven years of covering him on the PGA Tour…I actually thought the book was very fair, it was honest.”
--Damon Hack, Senior Writer, Sports Illustrated
“While The Big Miss is many things -- a coach’s story; an account of a collapse; a deep dive into the swing mechanics and the art of golf – it also offers a welcome and unvarnished look inside. Books about major athletes are often authorized pabulum or arm’s-length agglomerations. Haney’s recollections are his own, and subject to dispute, but this is a rich and compelling rendering of a complicated athlete undone less by embarrassing details than by a self-inflicted, unsustainable myth.”
--Jason Gay, The Wall Street Journal
“Offers fascinating insights…The biggest strength of The Big Miss is the breadth of its insider view of the Tiger Woods phenomenon, a scrutiny previously unavailable to the public.”
--Kansas City Star
“Incredibly interesting—especially if you play golf...Haney does a great job of simply telling it like it is...The "why" behind the mystery of Tiger's perplexing personality weaves its way through the entire book.”
-David G. Kindervater, Featured Columnist, Bleacher Report
“After flying through this 247-page, mostly breezy and fascinating look into the life of a champion, I suspect most readers will ultimately have a newfound respect for Woods. I know I do....For the first time in the history of golf literature, we get a behind-the-scenes look at how an all-time great works. Many times the details are not pretty, but most of the journey Haney takes us on reveals a relentless passion to thrive in an era when so many professionals appear content to occasionally contend and collect healthy checks. If I were asked to recommend a book for an aspiring young golfer, The Big Miss would be the first title I’d select if for no other reason than most of today’s Tiger-wannabes will be motivated to work much harder than they currently do.”
“Thoughtful…Haney makes his case fairly and honestly, emerging not as a self-serving, tell-all author but as a man who has devoted his working life to the intricacies of the golf swing and who, finally, remains thankful to have spent six years with the best golfer on the planet.”
"The Big Miss is the most extensive and interesting portrait of Woods you're ever likely to read...[it] shines a light on the most opaque celebrity in sports. For that reason alone, it's a can't-miss."
--Orange County Register
About the Author
HANK HANEY coached Tiger Woods from early 2004 to the spring of 2010 and is considered by many to be the world’s number one golf instructor. He has tutored more than 200 touring professionals and runs several teaching facilities around the world. In addition to hosting the top-rated Golf Channel show The Haney Project, Hank also contributes to numerous publications and has appeared on the cover of Golf Digest seven times.
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With the credibility only a select few have earned, Hank Haney adds in some pretty useful stuff on the game of golf which I found to be a nice bonus. Hank never promised this to be a golf improvement book but it really is. Mostly it is a fun book loaded with "aw-ha moments." I certainly feel like I understand the complexity and the greatness of Tiger and to my own amazement I find I like him far more than before reading this little book. Any golfer who has ever followed PGA golf and its strange cast of characters, will love this book. Well done Hank
1) Tiger's success has mostly to do with his ability to execute clutch shots and to grind it out till the end, not some "god-gifted talent" or "invincibility".
2) Tiger could be SO much better off in his golf career and more so in his personal life if he only was more considerate and respectful to those around him.
As Haney says, Tiger is a bit of a loner and though I know that is how he has been for most his life because of his high expectations father and his extraordinary accomplishments so early in his life, you would think that after such a huge fall from grace he would try to improve himself.
But either way, you have to read it for yourself. I do respect Tiger's work ethic even more, but it feels strange knowing just how human he is after all.
I was initially skeptical reading this book because I didnt want to hear a bias opinion from a jaded coach who was piling on an easy target when he was at his lowest. But this book was not that at all. I was very pleased to see how little Hank Haney talked about tigers personal life. I personally could care less about tigers personal life dramas but enjoy him as an elite athlete.
Hank did a great job of documenting his journey and experiences with tiger before he became his coach and transitioned well into becoming his coach. The insights into Tigers preparation work ethic was awesome because none of what Haney spoke about came across as bias or with an agenda.
Any golfer looking to take their game to the next level should read this book because it shows what it took for tiger to become the best golfer in the world. I believe the 2007 tiger was just as good as the 2001 Butch Harmon tiger which is depicted incredibly well in this book.
The most interesting part of the book to me was what made Tiger great is what tore him apart, His sickening work ethic, his ability to distance him self form distractions and people, and his complete control of his work life in the end gave him no balance in his personal relationships. But hey don't take my word for it read this book and Hank will tell you everything you need to know about Tiger Woods as a golfer and an athlete.
However, as an avid golfer and fan of the game, I can review this fascinating insight into this interaction. What strikes me about the account is that it fits the life we know of Tiger, a secret one that he doesn't like revealed at all, e.g. just recently at Quail Hollow he refuses the typical press conference and does his own. That is his M.O. He does it his way, and then everyone else must cope. He has this affinity to live in his own special world, and the rest of us? Well, you know the answer we get. Silence or manipulation.
Hank did a nice job coping, but then grew weary and hung it up. I admire him for both. He is a fine teacher and student of the game. Especially enjoy and agree with his assessment of John Jacobs: finest instructor with the ever prevalent "ball flight" school of golf teaching. My game has been truly blessed by this JJ foundation.
Tiger's was, but his alleged military training and strong mindedness to his own swing desires caused this relationship to come apart. To the end, Tiger and his team tried to paint it different, even now. Truth does hurt people like that. I admire Hank. Thanks for the insight of this remarkable golfer but as a human, one that doesn't impress me nor garner much of my respect. Give me some other solid golfers, i.e. Jack, Byron, Bobbie, Mark O., Bernhard, etc.
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