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First let me say that I am an ex-professional golfer and totally understood everything Hank says. But, I seriously doubt that the average golfer will understand or comprehend the vast amount of technical swing comments made in this book.
Secondly, I do not agree with the fact that Hank felt the need to write this book. There is so much personal trust in the relationship between athletes and those that surround them that there is an unspoken code that must be respected. I feel that Hank shattered that code and I will never respect him for that... only time will tell how Hank's reputation is effected.
But, thirdly, for those out there who want to get a glimpse of the intense work and pressure that a world class athlete is under, Hank does a nice job of getting that across. Had there not been the stigma of "kiss and tell", I would have thoroughly enjoyed the book. And, of course, this was Hank's opinion and story... I'm sure Tiger's recollection would be much different.
Was the book fair... maybe. Should it have been written... absolutely not.
I would also like to make a technical comment about the narration. Hank did a great job which is unusual for a writer who chooses to narrate. But, there were times in the narration, that there seemed like another voice came in like a voice over... I'm not sure if it was Hank doing a voice over or some other narrator cleaning up mistakes. Whatever, it wasn't annoying.
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I remember when this title came out. My first thought like everyone else was an opportunity for everyone to pile on Tiger's fall from grace but now I see that's a bit harsh. I was at Torrey Pines on the Monday, 2008 U.S. Open playoff rooting for Rocco Mediate, hoping, just hoping Tiger would lose and everyone would be able to see that he was mortal. As history shows, that didn't happen. Tiger won the 2008 U.S. Open, and his legend continued.
Hank Haney gives an inside look into what it takes to be the world's greatest golfer, and what it must be like to be Tiger Woods, and his swing coach. Remove the sex scandal, and the speculation of PED's (adequately outlined by Haney) and you'll find a very driven, complex individual that is difficult, if not impossible to figure out let alone beat after 72 holes. The guy is amazing!
I chose this title in preparation for the 2017 golf season and sort of a primer for my game this year. I've never been a big Tiger Woods fan though anyone can see that his golf game has elevated the demands, and expectations of the sport to a new level over the last 20 years. Everyone wants a game like Tiger even on his bad days. And he sets the standard even when he's not playing as confirmed by his fan base. After he missed the cut at the 2017 Farmers at Torrey Pines, the gallery was almost empty, and television coverage noted their absence on Saturday/Sunday.
If you're a golfer preparing for this season, or are simply looking to understand how one of Golf's greatest players became the games best for a period, add this title to your queue. Even though the narration is a bit unpolished, you won't be disappointed.
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I'm really enjoying this. It is a great insight into Tiger Woods and specifically how he plays golf. It is not the tell tale expose people might expect and although there are some colourful details about Tiger's character in the main these are things people already know, he's sullen, super focused etc etc.
There is brilliant stuff about how Tiger learns, how he adapts to change and how he prepares to play. His relationship with Haney and how Haney felt during his association with Tiger is fascinating stuff.
There are few account of golfers playing in their prime that are written from such a close perspective. Golfers themselves are not necessarily able to disengage enough to write such a detailed and insightful account of what made them play the way they played or act the way they acted (Mark James' book on the Ryder Cup for example...). Haney's position as coach makes him a brilliant observer of Tiger and the account he gives feels remarkably authentic.
It would be churlish to say that Haney's narration lets the book down, however his narration is very much in the good not great category. Also, some of the editing of the audio is clunky and should really have been better.
Overall, if you are interested in Tiger this is a fantastic book. If you interested in gossip and tittle tattle about his lifestyle then there are other places to get that info.
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Very good all round other than the final chapter where Hank veers off to get caught up in himself and the stats. Which made me re think that the whole book was indirectly about him. Overall though the book was a great listen/read.
Such a great insight into Hank Haney's experience with Tiger, detailing what he really was, or in this case wasn't, like as an employer, a person and a friend.
There's two sides to every story as you know, but having heard Hank's version of his relationship with Tiger, he deserves a medal what what he achieved as a coach
Hank gives a short but interesting recount of his early years, how he came to be a coach, and his first interactions with a teenage Tiger.
He gives a detailed chronological and in depth recount of how he came to be Tiger's coach, the best and worst rounds under his tutelage, and explains how Tiger came undone following his infamous scandal.
Having personally developed a passion for Golf after Tigers scandal, most of what was said in this book was new to me and I was quite surprised to learn how cold and self centred he was from Hank's honest and very believable recounts.
This book has completely changed my opinion of Tiger the man, but also made me realise exactly why he was, and still is the best player to ever pickup a golf club.
A 10/10 listen for any golf lover!
If you could sum up The Big Miss in three words, what would they be?
Insightful. Enthralling. Honest.
What was one of the most memorable moments of The Big Miss?
Tiger training to be a Navy Seal.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
No. I was excited to listen to it every time I hoped into the car. I didnt want it to end.
Any additional comments?
I have been a huge fan or Tiger's since I was a kid. This insight into his "Behind the Scenes" life was incredible. Its not often that you get this sort of look into such a huge Inspirational Figures life. Such a gutsy move by Hank to write this, but I for one am wrapped that he did.