Hank Haney, former swing coach to Tiger Woods, has written a book about his six years working with the golf legend. Titled “The Big Miss,” the book is set to be released in March.
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In a recent interview, Haney told the Associated Press he’s not trying to take pot shots at Woods.
“I get asked all the time about Tiger, what it was like to work with him,” Haney said in a telephone interview. “I felt like I had a front row seat to golf history. It just kind of chronicles a little bit of what I went through, what I dealt with, how I coached and the observations I made.”
Crown Archetype, a Random House imprint, will publish the book on March 27, which is a week before this year’s Masters Golf Tournament. Jaime Diaz, a “Golf Digest” writer who first covered Woods when he was a teen, co-authored the book.
Haney worked with Woods from 2004 to 2010. During Haney’s tenure, Woods’ position as one of golf’s best took a major blow as he became embroiled in an infamous scandal over a series of extra-marital affairs.
Haney, who claims he didn’t know about Woods’ adultery, does not discuss it in his book except to write about Woods’ return to golf later. Haney tweeted that he only has one goal with “The Big Miss”:
“Anybody who witnesses greatness on a daily basis wants to describe it, The Big Miss was my opportunity to share my observations.”
“My goal w The Big Miss was to be fair, honest and insightful and I think everyone will say I was, once u start the book u won’t put it down.”
According to the Random House website, the book focuses more on Woods’ “aura of invincibility,” his ability to deal with pressures on the golf course and his complicated personality. All the assets that made Woods a champion.
“Always haunting Tiger was his fear of ‘the big miss’ – the wildly inaccurate golf shot that can ruin an otherwise solid round – and it was because that type of blunder was sometimes part of Tiger’s game that Hank carefully redesigned his swing mechanics.”
Still, whether you’re a sports fan or not, it’s hard not to wonder what kind of insights Haney may have on Woods’ personal life or if he really didn’t know about the affairs. That may be the biggest miss of all.
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