It was almost like he knew he was going to write a book, so he remembered to keep even text messages that were sent to Woods. First of all I received this book as a Goodreads First Reads winner. I wonder did Butch Harmon have the same complaints? And clearly Woods sacrificed being a decent human to be a great golf god. Haney comes across as a man making an attempt at self-defense. I found it well written and east to read and even better - very hard to put down. I liked the book, primarily because it is detailed about the 'true life' of a professional golfer and Haney does a great job of coming across as sincere and respectful. And winning gave him permission to remain a flawed and in some ways immature person.
And he really wanted a popsicle. But, as his golfing successes accumulated so did his curiosity about other sports' stars. Even if you're not a big golf fan I think you may find fascinating the relationship between Tiger Woods and coach Hank Haney. If you enjoy golf you will find his insights helpful as there is a great deal of golf talk. He was going to be complicated and he was going to surprise him with his bad moods. An insider's view of the real Tiger Woods. I liked this book well enough.
Other than that a good and interesting read. In fact, according to Haney, friendship wasn't even an option when with Tiger Woods. In the end I am glad I read it and would recommend it. Still, a sad story all the way around and not sure Haney kept his integrity. Very insightful, very interesting book about what it takes, and what it takes from you, to be a legend.
The book was published in 2012 and therefore does not cover the many surgeries that have kept Tiger out of competitive golf for almost the all of the past year. Tiger didn't give him a popsicle. One cannot have it all. I would've quit after the first 60 pages if I wasn't crazy and had to finish everything I start. I'm a fan of Tiger the golfer, not so much of Tiger the person off the golf course and this book did nothing to change that except increase my sense of tragedy in Tiger's life. Especially compelling for me were the insights into Tiger's belief that intense range practice provides the foundation for success. Hank Haney is a really good golf instructor.
Much of what Haney reveals about Tiger doesn't make pleasant reading, but Haney just objectively describes his behaviour and is never bitchy. I'm not sure what I was looking for when I picked it up. It provides a rare, inside look at what it was like to work with the best golfer of his time. In the last chapter he spends time validating Wood's record with his time vs the prior swing coach and i suspect that is the point of the book, to shut up those that complain Haney's work wa I read this to find out why he wrote it, why he chose this time to reveal personal things about his former employer and private person. Even if you're not a big golf fan I think you may find fascinating the relationship between Tiger Woods and coach Hank Haney. We pretty much knew that.
I feel that anybody could read this book, even if they are not avid golf fans. We already know he's rude, self-absorbed and clearly his behavior on and off the golf course isn't how true golf legends conduct themselves. If you are a golf nut, as I am, this is big fun. Hank Haney has written a very respectful account of his time coaching Tiger. The big miss is also the propensity for many of us to overlook the obvious because questioning might call too much of our own values into question. At nine, 90 minutes of hitting balls on the practice tee. I would've quit after the first 60 pages if I wasn't crazy and had to finish everything I start.
Can't shake the feeling though that there was too much Hank was trying to take for himself in Tiger's achievements. From that moment in 1993 when Haney met the then seventeen-year-old Tiger Woods at his golf ranch in Texas, he knew he was going to be something special. I'm not sure I can put my finger on exactly why, but I felt that is was a very surface coverage of a lot of his relationship. The issue I have is with how often in this book, Haney discusses his own desire to stay out of the spotlight. At the end of the book, Haney spends a decent amount of time justifying the job he did coaching Tiger.
I was surprised he wasn't aware of Tiger's whoring. The fact that this complex relationship involved one of the premier golfers in the world and a highly reputed swing instructor only enhanced my enjoyment and learning. As huge as Tiger's ego seems to be, this book suggests that Harney's is even bigger. I really enjoyed this book. I don't really regret finishing it, but it wasn't worth starting to begin with. Haney does a great job illustrating his passion for teaching the game of golf along with the thrill of the challenge. I have to say I liked this book more than I expected.
I recommend this book to any avid golfer. It doesn't really give too much insight into Tiger. It provides a rare, inside look at what it was like to work with the best golfer of his time. And I got a better picture of Tiger than I did before. If you are not, this book would mostly be boring beyond tears.
I don't regret reading the book because it gives insight into Tiger's insane world and I had never really learned about him before or put too much thought into his life. Let's hope his relationship with his children softens him up a bit. What Hank soon came to appreciate was that Tiger was one of the most complicated individuals he'd ever met, let alone coached. Golf fans will put the book down feeling as if they were an eyewitness to history, and glad for the experience. Kind of a fun sports sidecar that I rode while I have been working on a really big book at the same time.