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  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Crown Archetype (March 27 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307985989
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307985989
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 2.7 x 24.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 431 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #6,261 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.”
--Golfweek
 
“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.”
--GeoffShackelford.com

“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.”
--Booklist

"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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Murph on April 21 2012
Format: Hardcover
Got to hand it to Hank Haney. I was very skeptical when I picked up The Big Miss: My Years Coaching Tiger Woods, but it delivered some entertainment. Don't get fooled, this is not a biography of Tiger Woods, and you'll leave this book probably just as puzzled about the man as you did before picking it up. You probably won't learn anything that will help your golf swing either. What you will get is an inside look into the Life of a very good golf instructor as he tries to cope with the pressure of being the best player in the worlds coach.

Hank's book does disclose some interesting information about key tournaments that Tiger played in. Hank also goes into Tigers obsessions with some interesting training routines off the course and how they would later effect his career.

Bottom line, if you enjoy golf and want to sit down and learn a bit more about Tigers tour experience you will enjoy this one sitting book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Luc on March 28 2012
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A must-read. I couldn't put it down. Not a trash-job to Tiger by any means. Simply a coach relating his experiences. I loved it.
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got it as a fathers day gift, my dad seemed to like it. so i ould reccomend it.

-Ryder Cast
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Hank Haney may have been as close to Tiger as anyone other than his parents. He fills in a few important gaps in the Tiger Woods story although it seems to turn out that the Tiger Woods story is not that interesting after all.
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By Keith Nash on May 4 2013
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I am sure that Tiger would not have read this book and if he did then Hank would not have been invited to his BBQ but who gives a s***!!
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By Steve on May 2 2013
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I liked it. It has a lot of insight into the progression of Tigers golf swing, as well as a behind the scenes look at what tiger is really like when the cameras aren't on him (but it's mostly about his golf swing). I would recommend this book to anyone interested in finding out a little more, than they already knew about Tiger.
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By Joseph Popma on Dec 14 2012
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The book is a bit slow. Very interesting though to have an inside look at one of the world's most competitive people.
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By Allan Gunn on Dec 7 2012
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Hank's book details his career with Tiger not so much incidental as his record or diary of trips to Orlando and communications electronically. It also details Tiger's protection of his privacy which is understandable. What I found most informative how non communicative he was with the people around him. The handling of Haney's resigning as his coach was eye opening. An informative narrative on one of golf's all time great players.
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