Thursday 17 August 2017

'I’m not saying I don’t have any problems' - Shane Lowry opens up on using a sports psychologist

20 May 2016; Shane Lowry of Ireland watches his drive from the 2nd tee box during day two of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Golf Championship at The K Club in Straffan, Co. Kildare. Photo by Matt Browne/Sportsfile
20 May 2016; Shane Lowry of Ireland watches his drive from the 2nd tee box during day two of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Golf Championship at The K Club in Straffan, Co. Kildare. Photo by Matt Browne/Sportsfile
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Irish golfer Shane Lowry has revealed that he has recently started using a sports psychologist to help him on and off the course.

Lowry, who came close to winning his first Major at last year's US Open, has said despite being a 'happy-go-lucky person', he still felt the need to enlist someone that he can 'talk to and open up' to.

Speaking at the launch of the One for Ireland campaign, Lowry said: "For golfers it’s quite a lonely world. Obviously I’ve got people around me that travel sometimes but he’s a guy called Gerry Hussey who’s actually heavily involved in mental health. He’s just someone who I can talk to, someone who’s outside of my inner circle that I feel like I can talk to and open up.

"I’m not saying I don’t have any problems, I’m quite a happy go lucky person, that’s how I try to live my life, but you know, his philosophy is trying to live your life as a good a person as you can and then your sport and your career will take care of itself.

"It’s very early in the stages we’ve been working. We’ve probably only met I’d eight times and our meetings involve walking around the Phoenix Park with a coffee and just talking about how things are at home and how you feel and if you want to get anything off your chest. It’s been very broad so far, there’s nothing specifically that we’ve been working on. I enjoy what I do. I think, for a start, the two of us get on really well. We’re both country people that love our GAA and love our sport. We click, so that’s big for me."

Shane Lowry was speaking at the launch of the One for Ireland campaign, a charitable movement created to change Ireland for young people, which is taking place throughout the May Bank Holiday weekend. For more information and to donate, visit oneforireland.ie.

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