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A List Of Things Padraig Harrington Could Do To Improve His Game

A List Of Things Padraig Harrington Could Do To Improve His Game
By Conor Neville
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Padraig Harrington spoke to Paul Kimmage in the Sunday Independent in one of the most entertaining and revealing interviews of the year. Harrington bravely revealed some more (slightly bizarre) details about his obsessive, workaholic personality. This personality led him from being someone who was tipped to struggle along on the European Tour for a few years, if he was lucky, to being a three-time Major winner. However, this same personality led him to win two majors on the bounce and say "You know what, this isn't working, I need to completely change my swing." Since then, Harrington has not won a tournament and slipped from 3rd to 98th in the world. But he's hitting the ball much better, if that makes any sense.

1.  Wear a thong on the Driving Range

A thong has been shown to the get one's lower back working harder on the downswing

2.  Stand on a Corn Flakes Box while practicing

Nothing improves one sense of balance and aerodynamic eficency more than standing on a Corn Flakes box while swinging a golf club


3.  If the thong doesn't work, invest in a new pair of Padraig Harrington patented golfing underpants

These beauties have added 50 yards to many a golfer's struggling long game


4. Get someone to lob a bag of cement at you from a distance of 5 feet when you're on your downswing

This will increase your club speed on your downswing thereby generating greater distance


5.  Try playing barefoot a couple of times

This was shown to work by Babs Keating in the 1971 All-Ireland hurling final

6. Invite an aging washed up pro to do nothing much except drive around in a buggy following your progress and get everyone to pretend that he is a vital figure in whatever success comes your way


This has been shown to make struggling golfers play better in the Ryder Cup


7.  Listen to the 'Mooney Goes Wild On One' podcast on the RTE Radio before a round

Nothing has been shown to increase one's sense of furious competitive rage than listening to Mooney before a sporting contest




8. Follow Bob Rotella on Twitter

He doesn't tweet that much but even so that latest tweet on August 12 was dripping with subtle wisdom


9. Unfollow Bob Rotella on Twitter

Soak up that wisdom, but don't feel dependent on it



10. Set up a fake Bob Rotella account on Twitter

Internalise Bob's advice. You can be your own Bob Rotella


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