Tiger Woods: Hank Haney's Book "Unprofessional"
By mustang6560 on 1/20/12
Tiger Woods admitted that he is not happy about Hank Haney's upcoming book, "The Big Miss: My Years Coaching Tiger Woods".
"I think it's unprofessional and very disappointing," Woods told ESPN.com in a telephone interview, "especially because it's someone I worked with and trusted as a friend.

"There have been other one-sided books about me, and I think people understand that this book is about money. I'm not going to waste my time reading it."
Naturally, Hank disputed Tiger's criticism.
"I was a witness to greatness," Haney said Thursday. "And I get asked the question all the time about Tiger. I wanted to talk about it and I wanted to share it with people. That's the bottom line. I'm not sure I understand the unprofessionalism part. He hasn't read the book. There's a lot of positives in there. I think he's the greatest golfer who ever lived.
To be honest, I'm surprised Bob Harig was able to get a quote out of Tiger - I figured he would dodge any and all questions about the book. Well done, sir.

I don't blame Tiger for feeling the way he does. However, I don't think he has anything to worry about. I've not read the book, but I highly doubt there are a lot of "juicy" details in it. I think Hank will spend the majority of the book talking about himself, his teaching methods and the success he and Tiger had in an effort to silence those who said he ruined Tiger's swing and the likes.

I'm debating about pre-ordering a copy...

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[ comments ]
homermania says:
I'll read it if I win it in an Oob raffle.
Banker85 says:
Tiger is right, it is all about money. I think the title is a slap in the face.
TeT says:
I dont think that the title refers to Tiger but to Haney...
BAKE_DAWG40 says:
Idk. Guess I'll have to read it to make a determination.
glenrich says:
Tiger does not have to read the book to know what Hank might have to say. They were both there...
Sounds like Tiger knows that Hank could say some things that Tiger would rather not be told.
It is silly to say that the book is all about money since that is true for 99% of all widely published books. This does not mean that what Hank writes in the book is not true.
SpaceMaNy0 says:
Revenge IS best served cold.
jrbizzle says:
For the first time in a long time, I agree with Tiger. In football, baseball, hockey, any team sport the old adage has always said that you keep things "in the locker room". Just look at the New York Jets recently, and how criticized they all were for letting the secrets spill out.

I think the same should go for coach-player relationships in golf. Haney has seen his fame and income expand tremendously due to his work with Tiger, he's cashed in enough. This seems out of character for him, and timing the release just prior to the Masters? Don't tell me this isn't about the money.
cjgiant says:
Without reading the book, it's hard to tell if it's unprofessional. If the book is about his teaching tactics and how they worked and didn't work with Tiger, then it seems like that would be pretty professional in nature. Maybe he could have used "Student X" and kept Tiger out of the title, but to me that's more giving into marketing than unprofessional. On the other hand, if it's more of a critique of Tiger as a player or person, then it does most likely fall into the category of unprofessional.

Is every ex-professional player's book about his career unprofessional? I figure most athletes' books involve parts about how their teams worked and didn't work or how personalities interacted. What about any other professions? This book as well as those can be viewed as a historical reference, if written properly, instead of unprofessional.
Beekeeper45 says:
Gunna have to read the book and see for myself, what is what. Besides it is always about the money...thats nothing new.
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