Pádraig Harrington is a believer in the power of motivational speaking but the Dubliner thinks his biggest job on the eve of the Ryder Cup will be keeping players relaxed.

Harrington - who tees it up in this week's Dubai Duty Free Irish Open - will captain Europe against the USA in the 43rd edition of the trans-Atlantic tournament at Whistling Straits on the last weekend of September.

But he won't be trying to get inside too many of his team's heads in Wisconsin.

"The week of the Ryder Cup is not a training week," he told Marie Crowe in RTÉ Sport's We Become Heroes podcast.

"The right time for motivational speaking is during the off-season, before you start out. It's a winter thing, a training thing and getting used to it.

"The night before the match is not the time. The night before the match is entertainment, keep the people in a nice relaxed ready-to-go mood.

"I really am a fan of the motivation stuff but that is a day-to-day thing. You do the right thing today and unfortunately you've got to get up tomorrow again, and the day after that.

"The person who does it every day continuously is the one who will have the most success. Once you go down the road you have to keep going, you can never stop.

"There is going to be motivation from me but I don't want to change the players themselves during the week of the tournament."

In the podcast, Harrington also discusses what drove him to become a three-time major winner, his alternate sporting life as a goalkeeper and the upcoming Irish Open.

Watch it in full above or listen on Spotify, iTunes or Soundcloud.

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