Haney Cashing In or Sharing History?

"The Big Miss" by Hank Haney, hits store shelves at the end of March

Word broke in the mass media on Sunday about the new book golf coach Hank Haney is releasing about his six years as the coach of Tiger Woods.

While nobody doubts that the book, scheduled for release on March 27th (a week before The Masters), will be immensely popular, a segment of the golf world in wondering about the ethics of such a tale.

That includes Haney’s golf coaching peers.

Nick Bradley, the former coach to Justin Rose and the instructor to a wide array of pros even took to his Twitter account to point out Haney.  In that medium Bradley posted “Haney breaking the 1st law of Consulting – privacy of client; poor money driven decision.”  Bradley event directed a Tweet right at Haney, asking, “Hi Hank. Would you say you violated any consultancy ethics in regard to Client Privacy. Regards nb.”

Surprisingly, Haney, who is usually quite frank on his Twitter account, did not reply to Bradley, at least publicly.  It’s possible that he may have sent Bradley a Direct Message with a reply but Bradley did not make mention of it.

Haney’s responded to criticism of the book in the Associated Press article linked above but also took to Matt Adam’s Fairways of Life show on XM Satellite Radio on Monday morning.

Haney says he did not sign any type of waiver that precluded him from writing a book about Tiger and says that they had no contract of any kind throughout their six year relationship that Haney chose to end.

“The point of the book was not to justify my work with Tiger, it’s about sharing golf history,” Haney told Adams during their interview.

“I had a front row seat to golf history.  Anybody that close to greatness wants to talk about it.  I wanted to share my experience.”

Haney says the book, titled “The Big Miss” is not a “kiss and tell situation” but more about their relationship and the work they did during their many days together.  The title, according to Haney, refers to the many missed opportunities he and Tiger had during their coach/student relationship.

“(I’m) very comfortable with what’s in the book.  My concern was being fair and honest,” added Haney. “People are always interested to know about him (Tiger), how he practices and what he is like.”

Haney interjected in the interview that these were, “my observations; the facts I gathered,” emphasizing that there should be no concerns from Tiger and his camp because the book is “not based in bitterness  in any way.”

Bitterness or not, this might be the most anticipated golf book of the year.

Whether you view it, as Haney does, as a slice of his personal history, or simply an attempt to cash in on the fame of Tiger Woods, is certainly up for heated discussion.

Expect this topic to be a hot one until the release date when you get to judge the final product for yourself.

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