Padraig Harrington was interviewed by the Pga Tour: “What’s the once facet of my game that is most responsible for my success? Oh, my mental game, followed by my short game. Chipping. Not necessarily putting, but chipping.
I was always a demon bunker player. But my mental game would be my No. 1 trait”
Padraig Harrington, statements
“We’re a competitive family. The brother just older than me, 20 months older, everything I did was to compete against him and beat him.
Fergal. If I treated him as my equal, that pushed me on. Golf. Cards. Snooker. Anything. It was competitive. All four of my older brothers started working when they were 13. They all took jobs in bars, cleaning tables, you would call it a busboy.
Because of the money they earned trickling down into the family, I didn’t work. I got to play golf as a teenager. I got the opportunities. “What’s the one facet that held me back in my career? Too much practice on the range, not enough time on the course.
I didn’t have a range when I was a kid; I had 100 yards to practice. Once I got on TOUR, it was the draw of trying to hit the next shot better. Unfortunately, I’m a really good range player” A new career as a mental coach, alongside some of the best golfers in the world to drag them to success and support them in times of difficulty.
This is what Michael Phelps, the most decorated athlete in the history of the Olympics, seems to have undertaken (also in the name of friendship). A great golf enthusiast, many now define him as the “secret weapon” of green totems such as Jon Rahm, number one in the world ranking, and Jordan Spieth, the Texan who, after a long period of crisis, is back in 2021 to amaze.
“He’s a good guy, he’s been through a lot as a sportsman and he’s the greatest Olympian of all time with a lot of tricks up his sleeve. I’m not going to reveal what I asked him but I can say that he has helped me a lot in the last period.
” These are the revelations of the Spaniard Rahm. For the legendary swimmer, nicknamed ‘the Baltimore Shark’, important words also came from Spieth, today 12 / o in the world ranking. “The mental aspect is something I’ve worked on a lot with him lately.
I’m really lucky to have him around. Besides, he’s a great lover of golf and having him now more and more in our world is an added value.” This is the opinion of Spieth who yesterday, alongside Phelps, played the Pro-Am of the BMW Championship, the second event of the Play-Offs of the Pga Tour starting today in Owing Mills (USA), Maryland.
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