Golf Books Worth Reading - The Big Miss: My Years Coaching Tiger Woods by Hank Haney

By Ryan Watson

 

With the current coronavirus pandemic disrupting both professional and recreational golfers, it's a great time to brush up on your reading with some of the great golf books on offer. Today, we look at the account of Tiger Woods’ glory years through the eyes of his coach Hank Haney. 

The Big Miss: My Years Coaching Tiger Woods

Hank Haney coached Woods from 2004-2010, during which Woods won 6 of his 15 majors. Haney spent time with Woods both on the course and off, seeing him when he was in the spotlight and at home with his family. In the book, Haney provides behind the scenes stories to illustrate the complicated nature of perhaps golf’s greatest player. This includes both descriptions of the notoriously insular Woods as well as some of his hitherto unknown hobbies. An example is Woods' interest in the Navy SEAL training, including participating in high stress workouts and simulated situations akin to the training SEALs go through. These trainings sometimes affected Woods' golf game but that wasn't enough to get him to stop, much to Haney's dismay. Where Haney succeeds is by coming across as a sympathetic and neutral observer as he’s telling these stories. Rather than being a glorified PR work or some sort of tabloid tell-all, Haney comes across as someone who was genuinely honored to coach Woods and who wanted and wants to see him succeed. This book is perfect for fans of Woods or anyone who wants to understand the life of one of the world's greatest athletes. 
 

 

About The Author

Ryan Watson is a freelance sportswriter and history professor. He has been an avid fan of golf since his father signed him up for golf camp as a young child. Ryan enjoys following the professional game and learning about new equipment and gadgets.

ACTIVITY FEED

Adam H. joined GolfLink
Bob K. joined GolfLink
Willie D. joined GolfLink
Caiden S. joined GolfLink

John R.  left a review of McDonald Hills

View Activity Feed

Video of the Day
Golf Leg and Back Stretches Watch Video>>

Related Articles

Article Image List of Olympic Golf Medalists

The Olympics are considered the pinnacle of many individual and tea...

Article Image 2020 U.S. Open: Full Results and Payout

  The 2020 U.S. Open is best known for being both the largest p...

Article Image 2020 U.S. Open: Full Field

  The 2020 U.S. Open Championship kicks off September 17-20 as ...

Article Image 2020 U.S. Open: Field Preview

  The first major championship of the 2020 kicks off September ...

Article Image History of the U.S. Open

The U.S. Open is the 2nd oldest major championship after the Bri...

View All Related Articles