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Lee Westwood gets putting advice from snooker player

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British golfer Lee Westwood has enlisted help from a former snooker player to help with his putting after a poor showing at the Ryder Cup last month. 

The world number 45 lost all three of his matches during the tournament at Hazeltine and missed a series of short putts while on the green.

He will now be working with snooker coach Chris Henry at the Turkish Airlines Open this week, in the hope that his putting game will improve.

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Westwood's manager Chubby Chandler explained the golfer's situation and spoke highly of Henry's training methods, saying: "He finished third at the British Masters and he started that week with a sports psychologist who is a bit different - a snooker player called Chris Henry. 

"The magical words obviously worked. He got him to quicken up his putting routine – he has to hit it within six seconds from the moment he stands over it. It has definitely helped him, definitely cleared his brain out.

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"It has definitely helped him, definitely cleared his brain out."

The Englishman has missed a number of important putts during his career, and Chandler believes the problem is more psychological than technical, so training to hit the ball on instinct alone may help Westwood find the target.   

Westwood will be putting his new technique into practice in the first tournament of the final series that takes place in Turkey from November 6.  

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The 43-year-old has had a glittering career, winning titles on five different continents, including victories on European and PGA tours.

He will be hoping his unorthodox training can help him climb back into contention for success once again. 

For Chris Henry, Westwood isn't his only high-profile client, as he's also worked with snooker stars; Stephen Hendry, Shaun Murphy, Peter Ebdon, Jimmy White, and Ding Junhui.

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