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Padraig Harrington Needs a Change

Padraig Harrington calls it a day with his longtime swing coach, Bob Torrance, yes, Sam Torrance’s father.

Harrington who’s been in a bit of a slump since winning his last major, the PGA Championship, back in 2008 needs a spark of sorts to get him back on track.

“I’m not thinking of changing personnel. I’ve got to change something in myself, attitude or something along the lines of that,” he said.

He goes on to say “While I don’t want to completely break the relationship with Bob, I have got to see what else is out there.  We haven’t split. We are having a break because I am getting very frustrated.  Until I am ready to listen to what he has to say, we are having a break.”

Torrance has been Padraig’s coach for 15 years and thinks of him more “like a son.”  It see as the two are at opposite ends of the spectrum and with Harrington turning 40 soon he’s trying to shake it up a little to get back to the top, as he’s now ranked 64th in the world, but Torrence believes “You cannot make changes at 40 in golf. You can make them when you are in your 20s, but once you get to 40, it is too late.”

And goes on to say:  ”We discussed it and I said, ‘I don’t know what road you are taking. Do you think it is right road?’ Then I said, ‘go ahead then’. We talked about it, I told him, ‘you’re going down the wrong road’, but he carried on.”

Every once in a while a golfer needs another set of eyes on their swing, but that’s not what Torrance thinks.

“His game is in bad shape because of his mind, not because of his golf.”