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

ISBN: 9781299088900

Published: February 26th 2013



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

Big Miss, The: My Years Coaching Tiger Woods by Hank Haney
February 26th 2013 | ebook | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, AUDIO, mp3, ZIP | | ISBN: 9781299088900 | 6.60 Mb

The Big Miss is Hank Haneys 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 mens 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 worlds 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 Hanks help.What Hank soon came to appreciate was that Tiger was one of the most complicated individuals hed 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 couldnt 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 Hanks expert eye was adept at spotting where Tigers 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 Tigers game that Hank carefully redesigned his swing mechanics.Hanks most formidable coaching challenge, though, would be solving the riddle of Tigers 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 Tigers family and friends, for that matter-was spared the treatment.Toward the end of Tiger and Hanks time together, the champions laser-like focus began to blur and he became less willing to put in punishing hours practicing-a disappointment to Hank, who saw in Tigers 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 didnt 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, couldnt save Tiger from.Theres 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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