Tuesday 20 February 2018

What a beast! No surprise Padraig Harrington is still winning tournaments when you see the weights he is lifting

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

One look at Padraig Harrington is enough to tell you that he subscribes to the Tiger Woods school of conditioning for golfers rather than John Daly's.

Like Rory McIlroy, but maybe not to the same extent, Harrington is known for putting in plenty of work in the gym as well as on the course, and it is clearly paying dividend.

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At 45, the Dubliner looks as fit as ever and his substantive physical training appears to is slowing down the aging process judging by Harrington's brilliant victory at the Portugal Masters last Sunday, his first win on the European Tour since 2008.

In an interesting piece in today's Irish Independent, Liam Kelly reveals just one of the exercises Harrington does in the gym that informs his thinking on the golf course.

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The three-time major champion squat jumps with a 90kg barbell on his back. He measures each jump on a power output curve, which tells him whether he needs to work on his power or his speed.

It is mightily impressive for anyone to squat such a heavy weight, but doubly so for someone coming towards the end of their sporting career. The fact that Harrington has linked his gym workouts with his on-course training is another insight into how he has been able to still win tournaments in the back end of his career.

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