Padraig Harrington hasn't won three majors without putting in some effort. So it was no surprise that around 1,100 people turned up to hear him give the opening address to the National Coaching Conference at City West Exhibition Centre in Dublin on Saturday, organised by Setanta College and Sporttracker.

Padraig Harrington and Dr Greg Rose.Harrington swears by his team of advisers from the Titleist Performance Institute in California - Dr Greg Rose and Dave Phillips. 

Listening to them was fascinating, especially their advice to parents with youngsters interested in taking up the game. The bottom line is - the younger you start, the further you will be able to hit the ball.

Click on the attached file to download Padraig Harrington's opening address.

Padraig Harrington addresses the National Coaching Conference, City West, 25 July 2009