Hank Haney's candid, strangely insightful account of his tumultuous six-year trip with Tiger Woods, within which the supremely talented golfer accrued six significant championships and rewrote golfing heritage. Hank was once certainly one of only a few humans allowed backstage and saw Tiger in approximately each situation. there is by no means been a e-book approximately Tiger that's as intimate and revealing--or as clever approximately what it takes to teach a celebrity athlete.
From 2004 to the spring of 2010, Hank Haney used to be Tiger Woods's trainer, and Tiger was once Haney's in basic terms patron. In that interval, Tiger gained greater than a 3rd of the tournaments he entered and 6 of his fourteen significant titles. Haney felt highly commemorated to aid Tiger together with his swing, and he approached the task with extreme absorption and a spotlight to aspect. Haney was once with Tiger one hundred ten days a 12 months, spoke to him over 2 hundred days a 12 months, and stayed at Tiger's condo as much as 30 days a year--sometimes affording him extra touch with Tiger than both the athlete's agent or caddy. Haney observed his scholar in approximately each situation: within the locker room; at the direction; along with his spouse, Elin; and stress-free with buddies. Haney used to be there via all of it, gazing how Tiger's public id occasionally meshed awkwardly with the jobs of husband and buddy, and the way the previous baby prodigy got here to have a conflicted courting with the sport that made him famous.
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We’d watch tournaments and examine swings, frequently commenting on specific strikes that he loved. for instance, the way in which Vijay stayed tall and saved his physique relocating during the ball, or Steve Elkington’s method of protecting the membership on airplane, or Hunter Mahan’s shy away from the ball. Even men with supposedly undesirable swings—he’d choose the great factor they did, the object that made them more than enough to play the journey. I consider after we have been observing Allen Doyle in a Champions journey occasion. Doyle’s variety was once unorthodox, yet he hit the ball directly and gained loads of tournaments. Tiger stated, “That membership particularly remains low after impression decades. ” Ben Hogan used to be most likely the single participant whose entire swing Tiger popular. He watched video clips of Hogan heavily. He may possibly relate to Hogan’s athleticism, yet he specially curious about how Hogan stored the membership on airplane regardless of a very competitive lower-body movement. That was once an motion Tiger had a troublesome time with, his decrease physique supposedly “outracing” his top physique, whereas Hogan, who as a more youthful participant had fought a hook simply because he acquired the membership around the line and too flat at the downswing, had solved the matter. I additionally stumbled on it past twist of fate that Hogan’s route to doing away with the large omit was once just like Tiger’s. either males weakened their grips good into their expert careers. And simply as Tiger discovered to expect our “saw throughout” shot as a competent solution to get his driving force in play, Hogan committed loads of his perform time to hitting intentional cuts and slices with a protracted iron in a remedial attempt to groove the facility fade that turned the cornerstone of his maximum golfing. yet Tiger wasn’t in awe of Hogan. in reality, once we referred to it, he famous how Hogan in a Shell’s fabulous international of golfing fit looked as if it would hit loads of low, punchy pictures into the tender greens—shots that wouldn’t cease quick sufficient at the less attackable and speedier surfaces of this present day. I additionally notion it used to be telling how Tiger publicly mentioned Hogan as “Ben. ” there has been not one of the “Mr. Hogan” deference that many glossy gamers confirmed. related as he did with “Jack,” “Arnold,” “Byron,” and “Sam. ” a few humans idea Tiger wasn’t being respectful sufficient, yet i assumed he was once simply being sincere. He knew he’d earned his means into that membership. It was once a good week at Isleworth getting ready for the 2005 Masters, most likely our most efficient to that time. At our final rehearsal on Saturday ahead of leaving for Augusta the subsequent morning, he instructed me, “This is the simplest I’ve ever hit the ball in my lifestyles. ” when we obtained there, i presumed his largest problem will be now not getting too keyed-up. He hadn’t gained an enormous because the 2002 U. S. Open, and the scrutiny was once going to be greater than ever. up to he wanted differently, no matter what cross he’d gotten for his swing adjustments was once over, and his Hank Haney swing will be on trial. On Thursday, due to rain that threatened probabilities of the tournament’s finishing on time, Tiger begun at the 10th tee and was once one over par while he reached the par-5 13th. He had a downhill 70-foot putt for eagle that he hit too challenging and watched roll into Rae’s Creek, resulting in one other bogey.