Want to play like a pro? Here’s a start

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Rhys Davies at the European Tour Performance Institute.

The European Tour wants to get your handicap down.

Yes, you.

Recently, the tour has co-launched the initiative “Tour Fit for Golf” to help recreational golfers optimize health and improve performance on the course.

Working with the European Tour Performance Institute, the program gives weekend hackers access to the advice and expertise employed by players on tour. The Performance Institute was established in 2010 and uses the collective knowledge of tour professionals (players, physiotherapists, medics and biomechanics) to design, and make available to all golfers, models for peak performance.

Tour Fit for Golf

Register for free at EuropeanTour.com and then go here for your first lesson from Lee Westwood.

Through online videos, the tour promises to help golfers of all ability begin to look at ways to improve their swing “within the limitations of your existing physiology.”

First, the program asks golfers to take a free 10-minute online health risk assessment.

As golfers continue through the program, Tour Fit said it will aid participants on how to strengthen their physical state in key areas of performance. Videos featuring stars such as Lee Westwood and Ian Poulter on its website will show exercise drills and tips that can be practiced at home.

The catch?

The tour said some features are free but for a larger vault of instructional video, there’s a US$24 annual fee, which includes entry into some amateur competitions.

I signed up but probably won’t pay the membership. But Westwood did give me a tip on how to gradually shift my feet weight when teeing off.

No doubt I will be hitting like Westwood in no time (cough, cough).

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