Hank Haney's candid, unusually insightful account of his tumultuous six-year trip with Tiger Woods, in which the supremely talented golfer gathered 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 used to be Haney's merely customer. In that interval, Tiger received greater than a 3rd of the tournaments he entered and 6 of his fourteen significant titles. Haney felt highly venerated to assist Tiger along with his swing, and he approached the task with severe absorption and a focus to element. Haney used to be with Tiger a hundred and ten days a 12 months, spoke to him over two hundred days a yr, and stayed at Tiger's apartment 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 path; along with his spouse, Elin; and stress-free with pals. Haney used to be there via all of it, watching how Tiger's public identification occasionally meshed awkwardly with the jobs of husband and buddy, 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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Whilst I moved to Sweetwater state membership outdoors Houston, it used to be then the headquarters of the LPGA travel, so I labored with over a dozen girls professionals there. Later, while I moved to Dallas, i purchased the golfing ranch, the place I labored with the Kuehnes, finally increasing to 4 amenities. even if i used to be following my calling, prior to i may fairly excel, I needed to triumph over a private factor. for approximately a dozen years, from the mid-1970s to 1986, I drank an excessive amount of. My grandfather was once an alcoholic, and my father used to be an alcoholic. He was once by no means abusive to me. quite, he was once far-off. He used to be a sensible alcoholic. My mom and dad argued much, yet starting to be up i used to be by no means conscious of my dad’s dependancy. finally he and my mom divorced while i used to be in collage, and he bought remedy and stopped ingesting. i love that he eventually obtained aid and resides a greater existence. I basically want I’d been extra conscious of his challenge sooner than i began to advance one in all my very own. becoming up in a house with an alcoholic left a mark on me. even supposing I’ve by no means passed through treatment for my challenge, I’ve performed loads of studying at the topic and feature spoken to lots of specialists within the box. i do know that kids of alcoholics are at risk of convinced syndromes like approval-seeking, perfectionism, overwork, sensitivity to feedback, a wish to rescue others, lack of ability to take pleasure in good fortune, and, so much essentially, repeating alcoholism. they have a tendency to have belief and vanity concerns. i do know that to various levels all these styles were a part of my existence. I by no means drank in highschool. but if I acquired to school, I speedy fell into the tradition of kegger events and started ingesting beer. I fed on much. on reflection, my excuse used to be that it used to be simply “partying” or “growing up. ” I had a few solid occasions, partly simply because lower than the impression i used to be extra open with humans than i would were another way. yet even then, i used to be conscious that the complete deal wasted loads of time and effort and didn’t go away me feeling excellent bodily or psychologically. consuming used to be a much bigger a part of my lifestyles whilst I entered the golfing enterprise. In these days, it used to be universal for golfing professionals to hang around within the membership bar after paintings to drink and speak. At Pinehurst, the social existence looked as if it would revolve round a couple of favourite neighborhood bars. I’d drink six or seven nights per week and feature as many as ten or twelve beers at a time. whilst I grew to become director of golfing at Sweetwater in Houston in 1984, I had extra accountability and never as many cronies. i used to be nonetheless ingesting, however it was once changing into an empty adventure. i used to be getting bored with the cycle of waking on a daily basis with a hangover and a headache, taking all morning to suppose greater, after which beginning the whole lot another time at evening. I thought of reducing yet didn’t take a decisive step until eventually someday in 1986. I awakened with one other headache after one other lengthy evening. And that’s while I advised myself, out loud, “I don’t are looking to consider this manner anymore. And I’m by no means going to have one other drink the remainder of my lifestyles. ” initially, my strategy was once easily “just make it to the following day.