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The X factor is a big hit with pros

PHIL Archer, Lee Sullivan and John Watson are among a growing number of PGA professionals taking advantage of a state-of-the-art facility near Wigan, which embraces club fitting, a putting studio and teaching areas.

Tour X Golf is the brainchild of Nick Hibbs, who set up a club making business in Warrington 10 years ago after representing an international
company on the European Tour.

“When that was bought out I was made redundant so I decided to go it alone,” he said.

“As we expanded we needed bigger premises to showcase our products and we’re very excited about our prospects in our new home. The building gives us the opportunity to grow and Phil and Lee will soon be joined by other PGA qualified coaching staff.

Archer retired from the tour at the end of last season and works alongside fellow professional Freddy Valenti at Warrington club Poulton Park.

Hibbs explained: “He decided he’d had enough of travelling the world and wanted to teach. He likes working outdoors but he also enjoys the computerised technology we have here.

“Lee’s role at Tour X involves running a satellite Harold Swash Putting School which has opened at the premises. He will also work closely with Harold Swash director Phil Kenyon in providing coaching to all standards of golfers.

“They come from far afield. Many travel from Scotland and London so we have a big catchment area. A lot of tour players are on our list, including Brandon Grace and Lee Slattery, plus up-and-coming stars such as Tommy Fleetwood, Chris Hanson and James Robinson. And John Daly once ran a clinic for us!

“We are also supported by several England amateur internationals such as Paul Kinnear and Paul Howard and several past and present United and City players, among them Wayne Rooney and Paul Scholes while Dwight Yorke, Andrew Cole and Joey Barton are regular visitors.”

Hibbs, 48, said that most people were looking to improve their distance, which is why custom-fit shafts are so popular.

“We have a Trackman system which tells you everything about the swing,” he added.

Pictured (from left) are: Lee Sullivan, Nick Hibbs and Phil Kenyon.