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AP writer Doug Ferguson posted about 20 hours ago the news of a new book soon to hit the shelves by Tiger Woods’s former coach Hank Haney. The book will be titled The Big Miss and will chronicle the six years that Haney spent coaching Tiger Woods from 2004-2010. During that period of time many things happened in Tiger’s world, from winning 29 times (6 majors), getting married, having children, his father’s death, the sex scandal, the divorce, the return.
It will be interesting to see what Haney actually writes about and what he doesn’t. Apparently Haney was one of the few close to Tiger who didn’t sign a nondisclosure agreement.
The book is scheduled to be published on March 27th, 2012. I’ll try to get my hands on an evaluation copy as soon as they’re available to the press and post a review.
Wow. Tiger Woods’ world is in a state of disaster to say the least. Missed cut two weeks ago, WD from the Players Championship Sunday, talk of a bulging disc in his neck… Now Tiger’s coach for the last six years has bailed. Hank Haney has resigned.
“I have informed Tiger Woods this evening that I will no longer be his coach. I would like to thank Tiger for the opportunity that I have had to work with him over the past 6 plus years. Tiger Woods has done the work to achieve a level of greatness that I believe the game of golf has never seen before and I will always appreciate the opportunity that I have had to contribute to his successes. I have also enjoyed the association that I have had with Tiger both on and off the golf course as I have had some incredible experiences. In coaching and teaching Tiger I have also learned a lot, not only about golf, but about people and life in general. It has been a great learning experience and along the way Tiger has elevated me in my own profession to a level that I never thought I would achieve before I had the opportunity to work with him.
In many ways because of all the time I have spent with Tiger, I may have learned more from him than he has ever learned from me. However, I believe at this time that it is in both of our best interests for me to step aside as Tiger’s coach. I will always look back upon our past half dozen years together as my best days in professional golf. It would be a dream of any coach to have a student like Tiger Woods and for me it has come true. Just so there is no confusion I would like to make it clear that this is my decision. I know Tiger Woods will be successful in the future no matter who helps him. He is an incredible athlete with an incredible work ethic. As we all know, Tiger has been through a lot in the past six months, and I really believe that given the chance, mind free and injury free, we will all see Tiger Woods play once again like we all know he can.
I wish Tiger well, not only with his golf, but in finding peace and happiness in all aspects of his life. Tiger knows that if he ever needs me in any way, whether it be with his golf or just as a friend he can always call. I will always, as I have been in the past, be there for him. From a personal standpoint, I look forward to being able to make many more contributions to the great game of golf in the days and years ahead.”
I’d like to hear your comments on this.
Being a hack golfer and a rock & roll drummer means my hands and forearms need to be in good shape. The last couple PGA Tour rounds I’ve watched on TV I’ve made sure to keep my Prohands PRO handy, doing some exercises to build up my strength for the upcoming golf season.
Gripmaster’s Prohands is a hand exerciser, much better than squeezing a tennis ball or one of those two handled v-shaped devices. The PRO model is the one I have, because… I’m a pro. Ahem. The unit has individual finger springs for working each finger as well as the muscles and ligaments in the hand and arm.
Tonight is the premier of the Haney Project, where Tiger Woods’ coach Hank Haney will be attempting to fix Charles Barkley’s swing. I wish Hank luck.
If you watch the preview of this show, you’ll see a shot from behind Charles where he’s on a desert course wearing shorts. That was at last year’s Team Challenge and I was standing about 10 feet behind Charles on that swing. Here’s my video of Chuck’s swing:
Charles and me: