My life in golf started over 40 years ago and has taken some fortuitous turns along the way. I started caddying for my 15 year old brother, Padraig, from amateur level all the way to Tour life. My second big break came when I was accepted into the Titleist Performance Institute in California. It was the catalyst for truly understanding and appreciating the game I have always loved. I spent three years there and also some time on the US PGA Tour and garnered a rare insight into the workings of professional golf. Weekends were spent on the road, presenting golf seminars with the TPI team across America and Europe, culminating in hosting my own TPI seminar in Dublin in 2010. To this day, it has left a profound mark on the way I coach golf.
In 2016, I formed a coaching alliance under the "Harringtongolf" banner with Ladies European Tour professional, Rebecca Codd. She brought a wealth of experience from the mental side of the game which allied to my TPI background of long term, structured, coaching programs helped us form the "Errorful Learning" concept which we now present through the pre-eminent American sports platform, Edufii.
To further my golf education I started working with Padraig in the corporate field to enhance my coaching knowledge and ultimately to marry the teachings of TPI with Padraigs philosophies on the game. Myself and Rebecca also delved into the field of Tour golf and have worked with LPGA Tour player, Mariajo Uribe, from Columbia. Trying to cover all aspects of the game from grass roots up to Tour level has enabled us to present a radically different method of teaching and learning golf.
"The ability to separate the technical & audio aspects of the swing from the picture & cadence folder is the difference between a chess player and the grandmaster. Of course players of a certain standard know the moves, it's how they got where they are! Words like commitment, focus and routine are just that, words, as one young pro once asked me... how?"
Dr. Carol Dweck, Stanford University. Her growth mindset theories and the ever evolving field of neuroplasticity are the rock on which I teach golf. Errorful learning through mind games is, I believe, the way forward.
Dr Bob Rotella, 'master of the golf mind' and a firm family friend.
Richard Schmidt, Motor Learning & Performance. Sadly departed but had the pleasure of meeting him at TPI. The bible of how we write motor patterns.
Dr. Liam Hennessy, Setanta College, genius.
Dr. Greg Rose and Dave Phillips, TPI. Pioneers in the field of how we learn golf.
Bob Vokey, Titleist. Extraordinary knowledge of all things short game.
and finally, Padraig Harrington, who knows way too much about golf!