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Saturday 25 November 2017

Harrington using electrodes in 'battle' with the left side of his brain

PADRAIG HARRINGTON will wear glasses for the first time in competition during tomorrow’s opening round of the Cadillac Championship, but it was an astonishing hi-tech hat worn by the Dubliner that really turned heads.

Harrington’s cap bristled with electrodes to measure his brainwaves.

 

They were transmitted to an iPad held by a technician nearby .It charted which areas of Harrington’s brain were active as he played shots.

 

“One side of your brain (the right) lets you get on with stuff and the other clutters what you are trying to do.” said David Alred.

 

Asked which was more important, Dr Bob Rotella said: “We want Padraig in the right brain. During a round, you shift back and forth but when he’s trying to swing, you definitely want him in that right side.”

 

Harrington admits he tends to think too much on the course, confessing in South Africa in January: “In a reactionary sport, obviously you’re getting your right brain involved. If you get your left brain involved, you’re going to be slower, so that’s the last thing you want in a reaction sport.”

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