The Big Miss offers an excerpt in the current issue of Golf Digest that gives some insight into the life of Tiger Woods. The book was written by Hank Haney and co-author Jaime Diaz, who share some revelations about the 14-time major winner, including his professional ambitions and personal desires.
Woods is said to take special care of his injured left knee in how he swings the golf club. Haney says, “To preserve his knee, Tiger wanted some flex in his left leg at impact.”
However, using this adjusted stance leaves the top golfer susceptible to a pull-hook as his big miss.
Haney also mentions the pressure Woods applied to himself as he looked towards Jack Nicklaus. In his writing he states: “(Woods) never mentioned Nicklaus’ record, but it started to weigh more heavily at every major. And Tiger’s actions indicated he believed he had less time to do it than everyone thought.”
The excerpt also reveals that at one point in his life Woods also was interested in becoming a Navy SEAL; perhaps motivated to follow in his father, Earl’s footsteps.
“I didn’t know how he’d go about it, but when he talked about it, it was clear he had a plan,” Haney writes. “I thought, Wow, here is Tiger Woods, greatest athlete on the planet, maybe the greatest athlete ever, right in the middle of his prime, basically ready to leave it all behind for a military life.”