Tiger Woods' former swing coach writes Tiger tales

Sun Jan 8, 2012 8:03pm EST
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Jan 8 (Reuters) - "The Big Miss", a book written by Tiger Woods' former swing coach Hank Haney, will be released in March and offer a personal account of the six tumultuous years they spent together before the golfer's life imploded in scandal.

The book, described as a "candid and surprisingly insightful account" by publishers Crown Archetype at Random House, Inc., reviews the highly successful partnership between Haney and Woods which led to six major championship victories.

However, the book also addresses Haney's two biggest challenges while working as swing coach for 14-times major winner Woods - arguably the greatest player of all time.

"Always haunting Tiger was his fear of 'the big miss' - the wildly inaccurate golf shot that can ruin an otherwise solid round," Crown Archetype said in a synopsis of the book on the Random House, Inc. website.

"It was because that type of blunder was sometimes part of Tiger's game that Hank carefully redesigned his swing mechanics."

The book will be published March 27, a week before the 2012 Masters.

Haney's biggest task was to try and solve "the riddle of Tiger's personality", Crown Archetype said.

"Wary of the emotional distractions that might diminish his game and put him further from his goals, Tiger had developed a variety of tactics to keep people from getting too close, and not even Hank - or Tiger's family and friends, for that matter - was spared 'the treatment'.

"Toward the end of Tiger and Hank's time together, the champion's laser-like focus began to blur and he became less willing to put in punishing hours practicing - a disappointment to Hank, who saw in Tiger's behavior signs that his pupil had developed a conflicted relationship with the game."   Continued...