Hank Haney's candid, unusually insightful account of his tumultuous six-year trip with Tiger Woods, in which the supremely proficient golfer amassed six significant championships and rewrote golfing background. Hank used to be one among only a few humans allowed behind the scenes and saw Tiger in approximately each condition. there is by no means been a booklet approximately Tiger that's as intimate and revealing--or as clever approximately what it takes to educate a celebrity athlete.
From 2004 to the spring of 2010, Hank Haney used to be Tiger Woods's trainer, and Tiger used to be Haney's simply shopper. 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 activity with excessive absorption and a focus to element. Haney used to be with Tiger one hundred ten days a yr, spoke to him over 2 hundred days a yr, and stayed at Tiger's residence 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 pupil in approximately each situation: within the locker room; at the direction; along with his spouse, Elin; and enjoyable with acquaintances. Haney was once there via all of it, looking at how Tiger's public id occasionally meshed awkwardly with the jobs of husband and pal, and the way the previous baby prodigy got here to have a conflicted dating with the sport that made him famous.
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He by no means received from now on particular than that in regards to the harm and had by no means advised me he harm his knee. in need of getting an MRI, there has been no approach he can have identified if the ACL used to be absolutely torn. yet assuming it was once, his next vagueness, besides Corey’s later account, makes me doubt Tiger’s public model of ways the damage happened. by means of this time, Mark Steinberg had stated that Tiger’s army obsession needed to be faced. Mark constantly hosted a dinner at his domestic close to Cleveland the week of the WGC Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone in Akron, and he advised me that it was once the place “I’m going to have a conversation with Tiger. ” On Tuesday evening, Tiger, Steve, and that i met at Mark’s domestic, and after dinner, he and Tiger went into Mark’s downstairs place of work, the place they spent approximately an hour. I don’t recognize what Mark informed him, yet later on, Tiger was once various. To my wisdom, he a minimum of cut back at the army journeys. It was once a second that proved to me that Mark had a superb believe for a way to arrive Tiger, and in this get together the message had gotten via. because it became out, Tiger went directly to win the Bridgestone at Firestone. within the final around, he used to be paired with Rory Sabbatini, who had made the “he’s as beatable as ever” reviews after Tiger’s April victory in Charlotte. Tiger accessed his A-game, taking pictures a sixty five to Rory’s seventy four, and received through 8. It was once Tiger’s favourite situation, a silent beat-down of a cocky foe. “Everyone is familiar with how Rory is,” Tiger informed the media. “I simply exit there and permit my golf equipment do the conversing. ” I’d left the event on Thursday simply because my spouse on the time, Jerilynn, used to be having illnesses. It used to be a tricky scenario that required my presence for a longer time period. I wouldn’t see Tiger back till December. It used to be in this interval that Tiger so much validated friendship towards me. We spoke at the cell approximately each day approximately his golfing, however the dialog may additionally veer into the non-public, and he was once fairly supportive. He’d inquire approximately Jerilynn’s growth and question me how i used to be keeping up. He’d usually say, “Don’t fear approximately me, you’ve acquired extra vital issues to accommodate. Do what you gotta do. ” Tiger’s incredible empathy, and my transitority absence from tournaments, led me to visualize how our courting may preferably evolve. I was hoping for a scenario the place Tiger wouldn’t believe he had to see me in individual as a lot, and definitely no longer as a lot at tournaments. I expected a few lengthy classes at Isleworth to begin the yr to put down a origin and a plan, and maybe a number of others earlier than and through the majors. the remainder of the time shall we sign up by way of cellphone. I foresaw a modern day model of what Jack Nicklaus had along with his lifelong instructor, Jack Grout, who used to go to Nicklaus at the beginning of the yr, then essentially depart him on my own until Jack requested for aid. The extra self-sufficiency a participant can deal with, the higher. A trainer soaring for all time could be a crutch. I by no means felt I grew to become that for Tiger, yet as his wisdom of the plan turned extra subtle, i really sought after him to want me much less.