By DANIEL BATES
Tiger Woods was so obsessed with Navy SEAL training that he once put his swing coach in a special hold and told him: ‘From here I could kill you in about two seconds’.
The champion golfer - who secretly wanted to join the military - told Hank Haney to stand up then put his arm round his neck so he could not move at all.
Faced with the prospect of near-instant death, Haney feebly replied: ‘Please don’t’.
In his explosive tell-all book Haney also reveals that Woods became so obsessed with the soldiering he spent most of his spare time playing Navy SEAL computer games or watching the Military Channel on TV.
Spilling the beans: Swing coach Hank Haney (left) paints a less than flattering picture of golf pro Tiger Woods (right)
He became so concerned about the 14-times PGA tour winner that he sent him an email which read: ‘Man, are you crazy?’
It also warned him that his destiny was to be a professional golfer, not to go 'flushing bad guys out of buildings in Iraq'.
Haney’s embarrassing disclosures are in his memoir ‘The Big Miss’, about his years coaching Woods.
Among the claims already reported are that Woods banned his ex-wife Elin Nordegren from smiling when she was on the golf course when he won because he felt he was ‘supposed to win’.
Violent: An image from a Navy SEAL video game
Woods, 36, also wanted to become a Navy SEAL like his father Earl, who was a green beret who served two Army tours in Vietnam.
In an exclusive extract in Golf Digest magazine, Haney claims that self defence was Woods’ ‘favourite topic’ and that he would ‘really wanted to be able to protect his family’.
Haney writes: ‘After his training, he explained about the different martial arts that are incorporated in the SEAL style of hand-to-hand combat. Once, in his living room, he had me stand up so he could demonstrate some moves.
SEALS: Haney warned Woods in an email that his destiny was to be a professional golfer, not to go 'flushing bad guys out of buildings in Iraq'
‘He got me in one position with his arm around my neck where I couldn't really move. ‘From here,’ he said, ‘I could kill you in about two seconds.’ I kind of laughed and said: ‘Please don't.’
Another source of tension was Woods going on Navy SEAL training courses instead of training for golf, putting himself at risk of serious injury.
Haney writes that to his knowledge Woods did training in parachuting, self-defense, urban-warfare simulations and shooting, along with diving which he was already accomplished at.
Walking on eggshells: Mr Haney says he was afraid to ask Tiger for a Popsicle and said Woods never offered
Just 18 days ahead of the 2007 US Open, Woods went off on yet another Navy SEAL course and Haney sent him a blunt email expressing his disapproval.
He says: ‘Tiger would put on headphones, through which an animated commander would give him orders for the next mission to be carried out.
‘The objective was to keep overcoming increasingly difficult tests. Tiger would get totally immersed, sitting on the edge of the couch, as intense and focused as if he were playing in a major championship’.
Controlling: Tiger Woods told his ex-wife she wasn't allowed to smile on the golf course if he won, according to former swing coach Hank Haney
Woods would go running in his army boots and repeatedly watched the official Navy SEAL training DVD to see if he was doing the moves correctly, Haney says.
As the BUD/S (Basic Underwater Demolition/SEALs) film played yet again Woods would sit there saying: ‘That would be cool’.
Woods’ world came crashing down in 2009 when he was exposed as a serial cheat.
Written off: Woods called Haney¿s anecdotes 'one-sided' and a cheap way to earn money. 'I'm not going to waste my time reading it,' he said
Woods has written off the book, calling it ‘unprofessional and very disappointing’
.He told ESPN.com that the book - which will be released prior to this year’s US Masters - was especially hurtful because ‘it’s someone I worked with and trusted as a friend.’
He called Haney’s anecdotes ‘one-sided’ and a cheap way to earn money.