Harrington's links golf tips

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Who better to teach you how to tackle links golf than the two-time Open Champion Padraig Harrington?

We caught up with the Irishman during some downtime on the 18th fairway to get some top tips to help you play better links golf.

"The old adage of swing easy in to the wind still holds true," he said. "There’s no doubt that’s key to playing links golf. The last thing you want to be doing is swinging hard and creating a lot of spin. Swing it smooth when you’re trying to hit low shots."

Harrington recognises that mastering the wind is crucial at St Andrews.

"The difficulty you have on this golf course is that there’s two distinct winds. You’re going to have nine holes of a hard right-to-left wind and then nine holes of left-to-right wind. So a player that’s comfortable in one type of wind might not be comfortable with the other. You really do have to go out there with two games to combat both."

Harrington struggled to recover from a double bogey on his opening hole on Thursday, stumbling to a first round score of 73 (+1), ten shots off the lead held by Rory McIlroy.