PROFESSIONAL golfer James Harper is taking a swing at setting up his own business.
He has formed a new company called James Harper Golf which is up-and-running at Hub Two on the Queens Meadow Business Park, in Hartlepool, the recently completed extension to UK Steel Enterprise’s Innovation Centre.
James, 34, has invested thousands of pounds in his new business including the latest equipment and technology.
He has installed an indoor putting area, digital video cameras, video analysis software and the most comprehensive putting analysis technology available.
Having played golf since the age of 11, he turned professional in 2006 and is also using his engineering background and his golfing qualifications for his new business.
He said: “I love playing and I love helping people with their golf.
“I want to use my experience and this great technology to provide a first-class all-weather golf coaching and custom-fit facility.”
James will start by analysing the way people use their putters but he plans to extend that “to cover all aspects of the game and set up a driving range.”
James can use the sophisticated technology to analyse the stance of golfers while his ultra-sound measuring system records every movement from a clip on the putter.
Clients take home a DVD of their session and James also provides independent advice on buying new equipment or can adapt existing equipment.
He added: “I look at every aspect of someone’s game from posture to equipment and work with absolute beginners to professionals.
“With the right technique, players also protect themselves from injuries and strains.”
“As a professional I have played many courses and seen the best technology.
“I wanted to provide that in the North-East as, until now, golfers had to travel to Manchester or Leeds.
“I am very excited about starting my own business and Hub Two is the ideal modern environment for me with the benefit of free parking.”
Simon Hamilton, regional manager for UK Steel Enterprise, said: “Having an indoor putting range in our centre is a first for us but it just demonstrates the wide range of new and expanding businesses that we are now supporting in our centres in Tees Valley.”