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

Golf Asia - - GOLFING PROFILE - BY KEVIN BROWN IMAGES BOB ATKINS & GETTY IM­AGE

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.”

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