THE POWER LIFTER
Lee Cox is a specialist in helping people hit the ball far. In most cases, really, really, really far… This is how he does it
There are lots of ‘speciality’ coaches in golf. EX-NASA scientist Dave Pelz has carved out a reputation as a short game guru through his work with Phil Mickelson. Southport’s Phil Kenyon is a putting maestro, with the likes of Rory and Rose on his books. But if you want to hit the ball a long way – and we mean a really long way – there’s only one man to see, and he’s a Brit called Lee Cox.
As one of the best coaches on the long drive circuit, Cox counts double world champion Joe Miller and a handful of other bombers as his students. His speciality is helping the likes of 6”4’ Miller smash the skin off the ball, while keeping it inside a 55yard grid. Miller won the 2016 world title with a knock of 423 yards…
What set out as a hobby has turned into a big-hitting business with Cox recalling: “We did a deal – he (Miller) didn’t pay me any money for teaching him – stupid deal – until he won the World Championship. So I got paid in the end! We’re great mates and obviously I was lucky I was given someone who had amazing skills, but when it comes to the crunch, it’s whether you’ve got the nerves for it. Obviously, Joe has.” Cox also teaches a handful of other promising long drive stars, as well as average golfers at his home club, The Shire in London. He told us: “I reckon I can get everyone an extra 10mph clubhead speed which can mean 30 yards more distance.”