Padraig Harrington Puts Happy Gilmore to the Test

Sometimes it's helpful to remember that golf is just a game, even if you're a three-time Major winner. Recently, reigning PGA and British Open champion Padraig Harrington revealed his lighter side when he visited the Titleist Performance Institute in Oceanside, CA to film a segment for the Fox Sports Net show Sport Science. Padraig was asked to put a bit of golf pop culture to the test. You see, Padraig has developed a unique talent for driving the golf ball using a momentum-building, running approach made famous by Adam Sandler in the 1996 movie Happy Gilmore. As reported by Michael Walker, Jr. in the Press Tent blog section of, Sport Science producers were curious to find out if the technique could produce more powerful drives. To find out for yourself, click on the video player below.

Titleist Pro V1x loyalist Padraig Harrington mid-Gilmore

To access a high-definition version of the segment on, click here. You can also check out Michael Walker, Jr.'s article on by clicking here.

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  1. Robert Sellman

    I never thought that was possible. Hit the ball yes, but to hit it straight no. I have just seen Padraig in a new light.