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The Big Miss: My Years Coaching Tiger Woods Audiobook

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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (956 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Hank Haney Narrator: Hank Haney Publisher: Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Review by Mae | 2/14/2014

    " Interesting observations on Tiger's ability to compartamentalize his life and keep everyone at arm's length - his not trusting anyone - influence his upbringing had on developing this shield and some inside knowledge of other professionals on the tour. Read this to Jim as we traveled back from Phoenix (book on tape a dud)....overall interesting if you like professional golf. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Review by Sean | 2/13/2014

    " Great inside view of what a champion goes through to be the best. Great book, and no big deal about the scandal "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Review by A | 2/10/2014

    " I was intrigued by this book, so much so that I asked the library to order it and was the first to receive it. It is very well done, honest and forthright. Although, I am sure there is another side of the "story" that may not be heard from Tiger himself. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Review by Bryan Mullalley | 2/10/2014

    " Some good insight on what it's like to work with a person at the level of Tiger Woods. Personally, I am a big Woods fan (although I do not condone his infidelity) and I've enjoyed watching his golfing career for the last 15-20 years. Thus, my perspective on this book is from a pro-Tiger standpoint. For that reason, I think Haney almost gets to the point of whining about not receiving constant gratitude from Tiger. If you're on the other side of the fence with Tiger, you may feel differently about their relationship. "

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