The Shire Academy Instructors

Lee Cox – Director of Golf

Lee Cox

As a PGA Fellow Professional, Lee Cox is ranked in the top 3% of the UK's PGA Professionals. He achieved this status in September 2012 for his consistent excellence in coaching, with star pupil Joe Miller becoming World Long Drive Champion.

Lee brings a vast array of golf coaching skills to the Academy at The Shire London, and teaches all levels of golf from beginners to Tour pros. He also has a background in sports psychology.

"Swing methods come and go but the laws of physics have not changed since time began. You either deliver the club correctly or you do not! Through the many thousands of lessons I have given, I have learnt what works and what does not. To maximise your potential you must improve all parts of your game; long game, short game, course management and psychology. It has been my privilege to teach the whole game of golf, encompassing all the latest technologies that enables people to reach their goals. I always enjoy meeting new pupils, and working with them to improve their game."
Lee Cox, 2013.
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Chris Whitelegg – Senior Teaching Professional and Junior Golf Specialist

“A good golf swing is about doing less to achieve more. Teach your hands to follow, rather than lead.”
Chris Whitelegg, GSEB Teaching Professional, The Shire London

Senior Professional Chris Whitelegg has lowered the handicaps of hundreds of golfers, and is one of only 30 authorised 'Golf Machine' pros in England.

The Golfing Machine is a classic textbook on the golf swing. Written in the 1950s by Homer Kelly, many regard it as the ultimate teaching manual. As relevant today as it was back then, almost every modern style of golf coaching can be traced back to The Golfing Machine – which is neither a method nor a system, but a detailed study of how the swing works. Find out more at

Chris's teaching style reflects the knowledge he has gained both through The Golfing Machine concept, and through years of teaching adults and youngsters. Chris has a talent for explaining swing physics and geometry in simple ways which anyone - of any age - can easily grasp. Many of his pupils have gone onto become County level golfers, and most have reduced their handicaps significantly. Chris's achievements with Junior golfers are especially spectacular; he truly excels in this sometimes challenging area. He is a Herts County Junior Golf Coach. Chris uses a range of Golf Machine teaching aids, designed to create simple movements which promote a better golf swing.


Tom Davies – PGA Assistant Teaching Professional

Thomas Davies (020 8441 7649 / 07525 159755) recently joined the team at The Shire London and has started his journey with the Professional Golfers Association. As a successful junior county-standard golfer Tom played all over the UK in regional and national tournaments, and he is now combining his knowledge of golf with his passion for coaching. Tom specialises in introducing newcomers to golf, and is ideally located at The Shire London.

“This is the perfect facility to take your first steps on your pathway into golf” he says. “With a modern, relaxed clubhouse, a commitment to accessible golf for all, and high-quality practice facilities, The Shire London makes getting into golf easier than ever before.” Tom recommends that all beginners approach their first experience of golf in a relaxed manner. “The very first thing I will do is to show you how to hold the golf club” he says. “Your grip is the basis of every golf shot you will ever play. I will also show you how to get the ball in the air with a short, basic swing – trust me, anyone can learn to play golf!”

What is Tom’s philosophy on golf? “Not only is golf the greatest sport, which the whole family can enjoy, but also the health benefits are brilliant” he says. “It is a low-impact sport, which means that everyone can play it, including toddlers and people who are well beyond retirement age.”

Tom Davies charges £35 for an hour’s golf lesson, with packages available for multiple lessons. Tom uses video technology in golf lessons, to let you see how your swing looks – and to see how it is improving!



Olly Foster – Personal Trainer

Olly Foster

Olly Foster is recognised as one of the UK's leading personal trainers.

With over 16 years experience, a degree in Nutrition & Health and a TPI certified Golf Fitness Instructor, he knows exactly what it takes to get you looking and feeling your best whilst improving your overall golf performance.

After an initial bio mechanical screening assessment with Olly, he will be able to identify what limitations are holding you back and use this information to create a training and diet plan suited specifically to your needs.

Get in touch with Olly via the main Reception on 020 8441 7649 or email him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.







Stephen Harris – PGA Professional & Personal Trainer

Stephen Harris

During his training as a PGA Professional Steve achieved a Diploma in Sports Science at Birmingham University, and over the last seven years has also studied Golf Bio-Mechanics.

Along with his Strength & Conditioning background, Steve can also teach you out personal nutrition, and particularly the Paleo diet. You can call Steve on 07740 304066 to find out how he can help you.