I’m not sure why I would expect Hank Haney to be above any certain kind of behavior, but nevertheless I find myself not buying into Haney’s rationalizations regarding the writing and publishing of his Tiger tell-all “The Big Miss”. To sum it up, the book shouldn’t have been written. A golf instructor is many things to a student, but surely one is that of an unconditional supporter who is caring and loyal to the player. While there is a relationship the instructor will never gossip about the player. After the relationship ends the instructor with character will continue to observe the no-gossip rule and refrain from speaking poorly about his former student. That’s just the way it seems to me like it should be: obviously Haney doesn’t feel that way.
When Tiger selected Hank he gave him the ultimate compliment as a teacher and pretty much set Hank up for life. But that’s not good enough for Haney, who wants to transcend teaching golf and become a celebrity golf instructor. And by that I don’t mean one who teaches celebrities, I mean a celebrity in his own right. How else do you explain his serial Twittering? He’s a guy who’s fallen in love with his own voice and reflection, and of course everyone wants to know everything he is doing at any and every moment of every day. He’s got his TV show, now he’s got his book, and everybody wants to talk to Hank. Meanwhile, Tiger is just trying to put his deal back together and now he has this to deal with. Thanks, Hank. I guess Tiger didn’t do enough for you to keep you from describing in detail his personal and private interactions with his wife Elin. Haney claims to be reporting pertinent historical information about a historical figure, but in reality he just wants more attention. Tiger has certainly dug enough of a hole for himself: he doesn’t really need Haney tossing the dirt back in on top of him. Nobody likes a snitch, and it would be hard for anyone to trust the guy after doing this to Tiger.
I certainly will not buy this book, and I hope whoever reads this can find the will to leave it sit there on the bookstore shelf.