Harrington impressed by Learning Centre; recalls Christy Jnr "double act" with Darcy

Padraig Harrington's brilliant start to the season is a great advertisement for proper winter practice. And that will have pleased his brother Tadhg, who has just opened The Learning Centre at Balcarrick Golf Club in conjunction with local professional Stephen Ennis.

Harrington impressed by Learning Centre; recalls Christy Jnr "double act" with Darcy

The legend of John Jacobs and 50 years of Leopardstown Golf Centre

Golf was a popular sport in Ireland, with great traditions and a proud history of achievement, when John Jacobs entered the fray in the mid 1960s with his vision for taking the game to a new level in this country.

The legend of John Jacobs and 50 years of Leopardstown Golf Centre

Attention — ILGU launches search for girls under 12

The search is on for the next Stephanie Meadow and the ILGU are inviting all girls under 12 years of age (born in 2003 or later), with an interest in trying golf, to attend free taster sessions with ILGU development coaches at centres across the country next month. 

Attention — ILGU launches search for girls under 12

McGinley announces Allianz Golf Camp at St Andrews

Master and pupil. Paul McGinley helps a budding young player with her game at St Andrews. Paul McGinley would not have become a European Tour player or Ryder Cup captain if he hadn’t been introduced to the game by his father Michael Snr. Now he’s teamed up with Allianz to announce a new mentoring scheme that gives young golfers around the world the chance to take part in a special five-day golfing adventure at St Andrews Links.

John Garner: "Kids don't appreciate what's being given to them - but they did in those days"

PGA Master professional John Garner at the Manukorihi Golf Club in Taranaki, New Zealand.Former Ryder Cup player John Garner, the Golfing Union of Ireland’s first National Coach, has been awarded the PGA’s highest accolade of Master Professional in the year when two of his former pupils are vying for the European captaincy.

Harrington changing little for 2013 - except his putting

Pádraig Harrington grinds on the line of his putt on the 13th green in the opening round of The Open at Royal Lytham and St Annes. Photo Eoin Clarke/www.golffile.ieTwo years ago Pádraig Harrington made at least a dozen changes during his winter break. This year he’s focussed on just one thing - his putting.

Top coaching sessions for Edmondstown

Edmondstown’s 18th.Earlier this year Edmondstown based professional Gareth McShea undertook a series of elite training sessions in Smithtown Landing Golf Club, New York with renowned golf coach Michael Hebron, writes Shaun McBride

As a result of these sessions Michael Hebron and Susan Berdoy-Meyers have agreed to come to Ireland to deliver a number of exclusive seminars at Edmondstown Golf Club this September.

Harrington and Bob Torrance part company

Harrington and Torrance work on his swing at Turnberry in 2009. They didn’t see eye to eye then and still don’t.A desperate Padraig Harrington made one of the toughest decisions of his career in Killarney yesterday when he decided to part company with veteran coach Bob Torrance.

The frustrated three-time major winner, 39, has slumped from third to 64th in the world since his US PGA win three years ago, suffering his sixth missed cut of the season in this week’s Irish Open.

He admitted on Friday that he needed to make changes but ruled out sacking members of his back up team. But within 24 hours the architect of his success was out in the cold - Harrington says temporarily - and wondering what had just happened.

Importance of Functional Assessment for golf

The use of the expression “Functional Training” has gained a lot of attention over the last number of years. Athletes across all sports have been seeking out new methods and approaches to training in the hope it will improve performance.

During the course of this, they have talked about making their training more ‘functional’. But do they know what this really means and is it another fad in the strength and conditioning industry?