GOLF DIGEST HAS PUBLISHED AN EXCERPT of The Big Miss: My Years Coaching Tiger Woods by Hank Haney with Jaime Diaz. This book is bound to be an interesting read, a peek into the cloaked world of the era’s greatest golfer.
Following are five revelations released last week. You can read the full book excerpt here. And you can listen to a podcast with Haney’s pen man, Diaz, here.
1. Tiger’s troublesome left knee affected his golf swing.
Haney says that trying to protect Tiger’s left knee while maintaining top swing performance was not simple.
Comment: This doesn’t surprise me at all, especially with the benefit of hindsight.
2. Tiger feared the driver.
Haney says that he realized Tiger wasn’t as fearless as he looked. That was certainly true with the driver. Tiger joked with Haney about being named Woods.
Comment: Several people have said through the years that Tiger is a head case with the driver. Someone once said he had driver yips. I believe anyone who watched him play on a regular basis would be able to tell he lacked confidence with the driver.
3. Catching Jack Nicklaus’s record of 18 professional majors added pressure.
Haney: “Tiger’s actions indicated he believed he had less time to do it than everyone thought.”
Comment: You bet it added pressure, and still does.
4. Tiger’s extreme workouts that included parachute jumps, hand-to-hand combat exercises and four-mile runs wearing combat boots risked his left knee.
Comment: This is what I don’t understand about Tiger. Why do all that stuff? Obviously, he enjoyed the intensity and wanted a life outside of golf, but didn’t he realize he was risking his golf career? Or did he think he was indestructible?
5. Tiger was obsessed with the military.
Haney says that Tiger was thinking about becoming a Navy SEAL. “It was clear he had a plan.”
Comment: I guess this explains all the knee-obliterating workouts and answers my above questions.