Life is a lot easier when you play badly and then all of a sudden you get in contention and win one. No one gets on your back. When you finish runner-up seven times, everyone is asking, 'Why aren't you winning?' It's much more fun when you jump into a win out of the blue. It's a much tougher game when you play consistently well.

Off the Course

Entry Date:
May 24, 2011

Earlier today, I conducted a Golf Roots Junior Clinic, which is a Golf Foundation programme introducing youngsters to the game, with funding provided by the R&A. It took place at Sunningdale Golf Club, Berkshire, England, with about 30 young boys and girls from two schools in the Bracknell Forest School Sport Partnership in attendance. I went through different aspects of the long game (although I wasn’t able to hit any shots because of my knee injury) and also the short game.

As an Ambassador for the R&A's Working for Golf programme, it was great to be able to pass on some tips to the young golfers, who I hope enjoyed the session as much as I did. I hope they learned a few things and go on to play the game for many years to come.

Padraig.

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