The Big Miss: My Years Coaching Tiger Woods

Hank Haney's candid, strangely insightful account of his tumultuous six-year trip with Tiger Woods, in which the supremely talented golfer amassed six significant championships and rewrote golfing historical past. Hank was once one in all only a few humans allowed behind the scenes and saw Tiger in approximately each condition. there is by no means been a ebook approximately Tiger that's as intimate and revealing--or as clever approximately what it takes to educate a celebrity athlete.
 
From 2004 to the spring of 2010, Hank Haney was once Tiger Woods's trainer, and Tiger used to be Haney's merely purchaser. 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 along with his swing, and he approached the activity with excessive absorption and a focus to element. Haney used to be with Tiger a hundred and ten days a yr, spoke to him over 2 hundred days a 12 months, and stayed at Tiger's residence 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 enjoyable with acquaintances. Haney was once there via all of it, gazing how Tiger's public identification occasionally meshed awkwardly with the jobs of husband and good friend, and the way the previous baby prodigy got here to have a conflicted dating with the sport that made him famous.

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I will be able to now admit I by no means felt absolutely cozy whilst Tiger used to be status over a force in pageant. while he hit an exceptional one, I felt relieved. i used to be continuously nervous in regards to the immense pass over. and that i comprehend that the majority of the time, he was once too. Tiger’s easy process with the driving force was once to play clear of the part of the outlet with the main hassle, whether it intended going into the tough. ordinarily, he preferred lacking to the ideal, simply because a driven or light shot might land extra softly than a hook and feature much less probability of bouncing right into a particularly undesirable spot. He knew that from an inexpensive lie within the tough, he used to be more than enough to get the ball on or round the eco-friendly more often than not and steer clear of bogey. certainly, it used to be his wonderful skill with the opposite thirteen golf equipment that made him so conservative with a motive force. All Tiger wanted used to be a shot, and he couldn't simply live on yet even cross directly to win. considered one of his taking part in innovations was once to capitalize on holes the place he hit strong drives, in particular on par 5s, to shoot low rankings. due to this technique, the fairways have been in impact part as large for him as they have been for many different avid gamers. He performed to at least one part of the center of the green, to defensively catch up on the place the difficulty used to be. He was once more than enough to manage to pay for part a leave out, yet even he couldn’t find the money for an enormous leave out. His worry was once rather purely with the motive force. it may were since it was once the single membership with which he used to be extra taken with distance than regulate. the largest flaw in his swing—a tendency to enable the shaft get too flat at the downswing—was extra uncovered with the longest membership, which comes into the ball on a flatter airplane. It’s most likely no accident that Tiger used to be a greater driving force early in his profession, while he nonetheless used a metal shaft that used to be forty three½ inches lengthy. whilst, round 2003, he eventually joined different avid gamers in utilizing 45-inch graphite shafts, which have been additionally lighter and will be swung swifter, he had extra difficulties. paradoxically, for many lesser avid gamers, the force, teed up invitingly, used to be the best shot to play. For him it was once the toughest. It wasn’t a special phenomenon. driving force difficulties had attacked many most sensible avid gamers after years of competing, between them Seve Ballesteros, Ian Baker-Finch, and David Duval. as a rule concerns all started with a flaw in method, after which turned as a lot psychological as actual. even though Tiger’s psychological energy appeared to make him the main not going candidate for one of these challenge, after a couple of weeks of operating with Tiger I got here to think that he had the beginnings of such a topic to boot. to house it, with no ever stating it to him, I drew by myself adventure with the driving force yips. From learning the matter, I realized that just a very small percent of inhabitants was once even a candidate for the motive force yips. It used to be certainly an excellent player’s factor. the ability and velocity to hit monstrous blocks and massive hooks are attainable purely with definite swing features: around the line on the best, robust lower-body movement, inside-out swing course, and an overreliance available motion to sq. the membership within the hitting region.

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