Lowry hoping to rediscover his magic touch on the greens

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Open Champion, Shane Lowry feels like one good week on the greens could see him contend again on the PGA Tour.

The Offaly man was speaking ahead of his starring role in a new season of Lessons with a Champion Golfer, an instructional series which premiered exclusively on GOLFPASS.

“I’m just trying to become a consistently better golfer than I have been,” Lowry said.

“I’ve won some big tournaments over the years but have not been as consistent as I would have liked. I really feel like my couple of weaknesses, I need to sharpen them up. I’ve struggled on the greens the opening weeks.

“Tee to green I’ve been good enough to be up there, sort of nearly competing, but if I can just get better on the greens, I feel like I’ll be there or thereabouts. But it’s just for me, it’s all about waiting for it to happen and just not trying to force it too much. I sometimes can force it too much and try too hard to play well and to do well, so it’s just kind of all trusting the process and waiting for it all to happen.”

With his dramatic victory at the 2019 Open Championship at Portrush, Lowry became the first Irishman to win a major championship on the Emerald Isle since the Royal & Ancient last hosted The Open there in the 1960s. With the win, his name immediately vaulted him among the best in the world.

“It’s an amazing piece of history,” he said of the Claret Jug.  “The more you look at it, the more you actually realise how unbelievable it is.

“Obviously, like I go back and I look at Old Tom Morris’s name on it and I look at obviously Tiger Woods and all the greats like Tiger, Jack, Arnold Palmer, Bobby Jones.  It’s kind of the who’s‑who of golf as one of them, and it’s just amazing that I can say my name is on that trophy, as well, and I’ll be forever grateful for that.”

Hosted by noted golf instructor and Golf Channel personality Martin Hall and produced on location at The Club at Ibis in West Palm Beach, Florida, the new season of Lessons with a Champion Golfer will be a 14-episode deep dive of instruction, providing a rare, insider’s look into Lowry’s practice regimen.

He covers a selection swing methods, drills and tips used throughout his career, from bombing the driver to chip shots around the green. Lowry also shares thoughts about his mental game – thought processes during the golf swing and some of his personal traits that may go against common practices.

“First of all, I couldn’t believe how big the production was,” Lowry confessed.

“But yeah, I just enjoyed what Martin wanted to find out about my game. I was fortunate enough to have my coach [Neil Manchip] on‑site at the time so we had a bit of a talk about it and the way we go about things.

“You know, just all of it in general is really interesting, especially my short game. I think people will be interested to find out the way I go about my short game and how I practice and how I play and the different types of shots I can play. Like I said, it should be interesting.”

As with the first season of Lessons with a Champion Golfer, which featured World No. 1 Rory McIlroy, this new season also will utilise top technology, including a Swing 360 camera, specialty graphics, Toptracer and Trackman stats.

The 14-part series will take you through Lowry’s bag and get to grips with how the Open Champion works his magic.

The trailer can be viewed at Lessons with a Champion Golfer

 

 

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