Padraig Harrington has asked top coach Pete Cowen to break his vow not to take on new players and help him emerge from his three-year slump.
The Dubliner parted company with veteran Scot Bob Torrance at last week’s Irish Open after 14 years and three major wins together.
And after consulting Cowen in Akron on Saturday - coach to the likes of Lee Westwood and major winners Darren Clarke, Graeme McDowell and Louis Oosthuizen - he’s hopeful they can get together soon.
Ruling out this week’s US PGA as the place to start, Harrington said: “I asked Pete Cowen to have a look and he gave me his opinion and watched me hit a few shots and it is certainly something different.
“But I realise that there is a time and a place for everything and Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday of a major is not that time.
“There is no point in going all out before next week but I like what I heard. It is not like I am going to spend the next three days beating golf balls going into a major.”
Cowen took on English amateur ace Tom Lewis this year but vowed not to take on more clients and still plans to retire when his current crop of players eventually leave him.
Cowen said recently: “I don’t want to be charging around as an 80-year old - you have to take some time for yourself. There comes a time to bow out gracefully and let the youngsters have a go.”
However, Harrington is hopeful that he will make an exception for a three-time major winner after chatting with him for 90 minutes on the range on Saturday night before hitting balls under his gaze.
He said: “I would like to think that any coach would like to teach me but I also think that the fact that I know Pete helped the matter. He has got enough on his plate, that’s for sure.
“We have got on very well over the years and I think he is being polite, because he is full.
“It will be interesting. Pete Cowen will be different because I have never had a chipping coach in my life, or bunker coach, and he does all that. He does the hole gamut.”
Harrington explained that he asked Cowen to give him opinion on a long-term fault that he has stuggled to control and would relish the opportunity to workd with the Englishman on a more regular basis.
“Basically the crux of it is, and I have had this issue for a while, my right shoulder lifts in my golf swing, comes out of its position, is unstable and really I have known these issues but he is working on stopping it.
“I lift the club a lot in my golf swing and that puts it off plane so I have to recorrect that plane. And obviously if my timing is not on. That means I am not on plane.”
Asked if it was like a light switch going as he listened to Cowen, Harrington said: “No, no. I managed to do it a few times in the past and successfully worked my way around it but I just keeping going back to my dominant habit.
“If I was oblivious to it, I can still time it and hit it. But it always require me being on form. It is certainly interesting and I am looking forward to working on it and seeing it.”
One of the things that attracts Harrington to Cowen is the fact that he works with so many different players and many have had success with different methods.
“The reason I asked him is because I looked at his players and while performance counts, I suppose, it’s more the fact that there is not one that looks like the next which is very important,” Harrington said. “There is nothing set in stone and we are not there yet but I have to sit down to talk to him about what he does.”