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The Big Miss: My Years Coaching Tiger Woods Paperback – International Edition, March 14, 2013
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- ASIN : 0753541734
- Publisher : Virgin Books (March 14, 2013)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 272 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9780753541739
- ISBN-13 : 978-0753541739
- Item Weight : 6.6 ounces
- Dimensions : 4.96 x 0.67 x 7.8 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #730,268 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.
The only part of the book that wasn't excellent was the very end when Haney sounds a little defensive when he outlines how his record with Tiger compares with Butch Harmon's record with Tiger. Haney's Tiger comes out looking surprisingly good -- so this is an interesting and under-appreciated analysis. So by the time I finished this section, I was fine with the fact that Haney had included it.
I gave the book to a very skeptical fellow golfer who also couldn't put it down. I'm still not sure how I feel about Haney writing this book, but I'm very sure that it is one of the best golf books I have ever read.
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.
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Very likely some of the narratives- such as the waning motivation around 2006-2008- were constructed only when the Tiger scandals and fall from grace had crystallized.