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The Big Miss: My Years Coaching Tiger Woods by [Haney, Hank]
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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

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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 part of Tiger’s game that Hank carefully redesigned his swing mechanics.
Hank’s most formidable coaching challenge, though, would be solving the riddle of Tiger’s personality. Wary of the emotional distractions that might diminish his game and put him further from his goals, Tiger had developed a variety of tactics to keep people from getting too close, and not even Hank—or Tiger’s family and friends, for that matter—was spared “the treatment.”
Toward the end of Tiger and Hank’s time together, the champion’s laser-like focus began to blur and he became less willing to put in punishing hours practicing—a disappointment to Hank, who saw in Tiger’s behavior signs that his pupil had developed a conflicted relationship with the game. Hints that Tiger hungered to reinvent himself were present in his bizarre infatuation with elite military training, and—in a development Hank didn’t see coming—in the scandal that would make headlines in late 2009. It all added up to a big miss that Hank, try as he might, couldn’t save Tiger from.
There’s never been a book about Tiger Woods that is as intimate and revealing—or one so wise about what it takes to coach a superstar athlete.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3758 KB
  • Print Length: 274 pages
  • Publisher: Crown Archetype (March 27 2012)
  • Sold by: Random House Canada, Incorp.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006V3E2PE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars 23 customer reviews
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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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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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I'm torn over this book. While I suspect it may be the most detailed insight into the life of one the greatest golfers of all time and one of the most famous athletes in any sport that you can read, it also feels like a real betrayal by Haney of the trust Woods put in him. I think Haney realizes that when he writes the book as he tempers what ultimately is a book that is generally quite critical of Tiger Woods with lots and lots of compliments about his golf game. What really stood out for me though was the whole notion that you would change coaches and change your entire golf swing when you are the most successful golfer of your generation. Woods had success both before and with Haney as his coach, but you wonder if he wouldn't have had even more success sticking with what made him great before Haney came on the scene? Anyway, if you're into golf and want to know as much as I think you can find out about Woods' then you should read this book. I resolved my struggle over the betrayal aspect I noted above on the basis that Woods is making 100s of millions playing a game and his money is based in large part on his "celebrity" so having some of your warts exposed just goes with that territory.
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Anyone who is interested in psychology, genius, and/or sports will enjoy this book about one of the most talented and successful athletes in history. And also perhaps one of the most guarded and troubled. That's what makes this book so interesting is that it reveals some of the private world of Tiger Woods, and insight into what was going on internally with an athlete who has offered very little of his true self to the public. After reading the book, it is clear why: he doesn't know his true self, and his ability to compartmentalize himself and his life is what feeds his mental toughness and drive to achieve.

Hank Haney is clearly respectful of Tiger and his talents, and his mark on history. He also is aware that Haney himself is part of his group of inner "enablers" that try to keep him achieving without pushing Tiger to become a better human being. Indeed, there is an awareness that any messing with the "package" might ruin Tiger's pattern of success. It is a terrible realization to make and position to be in. In fact, the best effort Haney makes to force Tiger to take responsibility for his actions off the golf course is to resign and leave Tiger to deal with his set of problems.

I found the book fascinating. Anyone who has pursued sport (or any activity) to be at the top of their field will appreciate the immense mental ability Tiger has to perform well in the most stressful situations and to be creative technically to get himself out of trouble when necessary - and the grinding work he has been willing to undertake to give him the confidence to deliver when he needs it.
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When I received The Big Miss: My Years Coaching Tiger Woods, by post, I was slightly apprehensive it would be written from the perspective of a 'doting fan' or; alternatively, another in a long line of 'Tiger bashers', Hank Haney fell somewhere in the middle. I enjoy reading and finished The Big Miss in less than two weeks. I liked Haney's flowing writing style, quick-paced narrative, and the fact that he portrayed Tiger as a mere mortal in a number of different ways, yet arguably, one of the greatest golfers who ever lived. Oftentimes, at the end of a book, I am left wanting more, not wanting the story to end - the Big Miss was different, in that, it told the complete story and ended naturally when Haney's involvement with Tiger, as a coach, ended. Its only flaw, as far as I am concerned, is Haney's rather self-serving comments near the end of the book, where he took virtually every comment made by golf analysts about Tiger's swing changes personally, thereby drawing attention away from Tiger, where it should indeed remain. I typically prefer to read nonfiction books and I would rate this book as excellent overall and would highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys golf, whether you are a scratch golfer or just sitting down and reading about one of the game's best.
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