The Big Miss: My Years Coaching Tiger Woods

Hank Haney's candid, strangely insightful account of his tumultuous six-year trip with Tiger Woods, within which the supremely talented golfer accumulated six significant championships and rewrote golfing background. Hank was once one among only a few humans allowed behind the scenes and saw Tiger in approximately each situation. there is by no means been a booklet approximately Tiger that's as intimate and revealing--or as clever approximately what it takes to teach a celebrity athlete.
From 2004 to the spring of 2010, Hank Haney used to be Tiger Woods's trainer, and Tiger was once Haney's simply buyer. In that interval, Tiger gained greater than a 3rd of the tournaments he entered and 6 of his fourteen significant titles. Haney felt highly venerated to aid Tiger together with his swing, and he approached the activity with extreme absorption and a focus to element. Haney was once with Tiger a hundred and ten days a 12 months, spoke to him over two hundred days a 12 months, and stayed at Tiger's condo as much as 30 days a year--sometimes affording him extra touch with Tiger than both the athlete's agent or caddy. Haney observed his pupil in approximately each condition: within the locker room; at the direction; together with his spouse, Elin; and stress-free with neighbors. Haney used to be there via all of it, staring at how Tiger's public identification occasionally meshed awkwardly with the jobs of husband and pal, and the way the previous baby prodigy got here to have a conflicted courting with the sport that made him famous.

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By some means, his devotion to excellence, the standard that almost all identifies him to the realm, is lacking. yet what I’ve realized at shut quarters is that excellence, 12 months after 12 months, is laborious. overdue at evening, I’ve been pondering if the 2010 Masters may mark the instant Tiger didn’t are looking to be Tiger Woods anymore. It’s no longer whatever I’ve stated to many folks, since it sounds so absurd, yet I’ve usually proposal, even if Tiger’s online game used to be at its top, that as a result of insane expectancies that even he can’t satisfy, there isn't any tougher individual to be on the planet than Tiger Woods. i glance over at Steve Williams, status a number of toes away subsequent to Tiger’s bag. He’s carried it for thirteen major-championship victories considering 1999, which, with out even counting his lengthy and extremely winning stints with Greg Norman and Raymond Floyd, make him the best caddie in background. He’s been in my nook from the start, partly simply because he’d been in desire of Tiger leaving his former swing trainer Butch Harmon and sought after Butch’s successor to do good. Steve has his hard-ass online game face on and hasn’t acknowledged a be aware, yet we’re brothers in hands, and whilst our eyes meet, so do our options. what's going? Scandal or no scandal, aren’t those the moments Tiger has regularly acknowledged he labored for? Lived for? the days whilst his skill to hyperfocus and be mentally bulletproof supply him his most vital virtue over the contest? the days he’s continually stated he relishes the main? yet Tiger, tellingly, isn't relishing this. His angle is straight-up terrible. Now, in the meanwhile of fact, it’s a defining sign. I doubt an individual has a better appreciation for a way nice Tiger is than I do. He’s a genius within the so much exacting activity there is—physically, technically, mentally, emotionally. Nicklaus may have the best total checklist, yet nobody has ever performed golfing in addition to Tiger Woods, and nobody has ever been larger than his pageant by way of a much wider margin. He’s the best. yet existence is set loss. With the chilly a part of my brain that retains any disappointment momentarily walled off, I make the decision. He’s develop into much less of a golfer, and he’s by no means going to be a similar back. Tiger Woods is sullen the 1st time I meet him. perhaps even a bit impolite. but additionally, undoubtedly, interesting. It’s may well 1993, and Tiger is a 17-year-old novice who has come to Dallas to play within the PGA Tour’s Byron Nelson vintage on a sponsor’s exemption. He and his father, Earl, are staying in the house of Ernie and Pam Kuehne, whose 3 kids—Trip, Hank, and Kelli—are all winning junior golfers I educate. Ernie, Hank, and Kelli have introduced Tiger and Earl to the Hank Haney golfing Ranch—it’s a former horse farm with switched over barns and stables—in the North Dallas suburb of McKinney to teach them the place they perform and introduce them to the trainer who is helping them with their video games. I’m giving a lesson while I see the 5 of them seem from in the back of one of many barns. i believe, Wow, that’s Tiger Woods! Like every body in golfing, I’ve heard much approximately Tiger and am excited to determine him within the flesh.

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