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The Big Miss: My Years Coaching Tiger Woods Hardcover – Mar 27 2012
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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.See all Product Description
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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.
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.Read more ›
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Good read for the golfer who wants to know what went on between the ropes.Published 8 months ago by Dennis Hart
A great insightful read into the game of pro golf and the personalities within it.Published 11 months ago by Bryan Proskiw
A good look into a man that not many people can understand. The interesting part is that hank seemed done with trying to be somebody to someone who doesn't seem to know himself.Published 19 months ago by Scott Eagles
got it as a fathers day gift, my dad seemed to like it. so i ould reccomend it.
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... Read morePublished on May 30 2013 by amy hadley