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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: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2012 ISBN: 9780449010853
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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 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 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 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 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Fiona Mcbride | 1/31/2014

    " An interesting read, puts Tiger into perspective when watching him now. Hank seems a little too anxious to prove that Tiger played better under his tutelage than under Butch Harmon. Glad to see caddy Steve Williams comes out well. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Topcatperry | 1/30/2014

    " I enjoyed this book greatly. It doesn't tell you the whole story, but it does give insights into the greatest golfer of the last 20 years. Jack is still my hero. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 James | 1/17/2014

    " Some interesting insight into golfs greatest player ever. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Damian | 12/21/2013

    " Tiger's clearly pretty mentally ill "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lucas Johnson | 12/21/2013

    " View into what it's like to coach an elite athlete. Also shows the power the written word has over spoken at times. Haney texts or emails Tiger the things he truly needs to impart. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Korey Amos | 12/5/2013

    " This book gave an insight into the personal life of Woods. Enjoyed reading it, but went too much into swing mechanics. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Priscilla | 12/5/2013

    " Need to be a golfer to understand how difficult it is to play golf. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andy | 9/28/2013

    " I like Hank, and I see Tiger as more of a person now. Good stories - Tiger was laughing out loud and proud when he was on South Park. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marylou | 9/14/2013

    " Hank Haney really, I think, describes Tiger in a way that makes all these years of watching him make sense. His chapter entitled "greatness" was so enlightening. I enjoyed this book and thought it was extremely well done. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pablo | 7/1/2013

    " Haney is taking a lot of heat for publishing this, but I am glad he did. The inside story of the automaton known as Tiger Woods. Can anyone say "self absorbed liar"? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Adam Molinaro | 2/7/2013

    " Always been a BIG Tiger Woods fan here, at least when he's on the golf course. After reading this book I'm starting to doubt for the first time that he will beat Jack's record, though I'm probably one of the few who can still say I'm a Tiger fan. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matthew Stetz | 11/17/2012

    " Read it in a day and a half. Good insight to Tiger and Hank and years they spent together. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leslie | 5/6/2012

    " I just read a book about golf... Wha??? I blame my father for that. While I found the in depth discussion of swing technique tedious and confusing at times (I am not a golfer) the in depth look at coaching a champion was fascinating. "

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