Butch Harmon discusses Tiger book

Updated: April 21, 2012, 7:27 PM ET
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During the past few months, many in the golf world shared an opinion on the recently published book by one of Tiger Woods' former swing coaches.

Now one of Woods' other past instructors has offered his take on Hank Haney's book, "The Big Miss," that was released just before the Masters.

Butch Harmon told the Wall Street Journal he was surprised Haney would write the book, in particular the portions where he referenced Woods' wife and children. And Harmon questioned whether or not Haney planned to write a book all along.

"It almost seems the way he has everything documented in there -- too many times and dates and places that you wouldn't come up with from memory -- it's like he kept precise notes all along with writing a book in mind," Haney told the newspaper.

In the story, Haney's agent said the book wasn't gossip, but a portrait of Woods.

Harmon also weighed in on Woods' putting, which has become a source of criticism of Woods' game.

"I think he's lost his nerve putting," Harmon told the Wall Street Journal. "I think his nerves are bad, and he's lost his confidence."

Harmon was Woods' coach during arguably one of the greatest stretches in golf history when Woods held all four major championship trophies at once after winning the 2001 Masters. He also didn't sound surprised the former world No. 1 struggled at Augusta National this year, where Woods finished tied for 40th.

"For me, and I think we saw this at the Masters, he looks like he's playing 'golf-swing' and not golf," Harmon told the newspaper. "In my opinion, he's very robotic. And you could see that at Augusta with all his practice swings and the double-cross shots when he's trying to fade it and he hooks it. I think everyone thought because he won at Bay Hill that he was back. Well, he didn't hit it great at Bay Hill, he hit it OK. And Bay Hill's not a major."

In his career, Harmon also has coached the likes of Phil Mickelson, Ernie Els and Greg Norman, among other world-class players.

Woods will next play at the Wells Fargo Championship starting May 3. He's also expected to tee it up the following week at The Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass.

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