Who Is Francesco Molinari’s Coach?

Who coaches Francesco Molinari?

Francesco Molinari's Coach

Francesco Molinari has been coached by Denis Pugh for many years and has recently joined up with Dave Alred

Who Is Francesco Molinari's Coach?

Francesco Molinari won the 147th Open Championship to become the first ever Italian golfer to win a Major championship, and has become a consistent feature of the worlds top-10. One reason for this could be his consistent swing that has been put together by himself and his coach. But who exactly is his coach?

Below we take a look.

Who Is Francesco Molinari's Coach?

The Italian has been coached by Englishman Denis Pugh for a number of years.

Pugh coaches Molinari at The Wisley in Surrey, a private members' club where he has been head professional since 2000. He acts as the Italian's main swing coach.

As well as Molinari, Pugh also coaches five-time European Tour winner Ross Fisher and used to coach Edoardo Molinari.

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Pugh also had 12 years coaching former European number one Colin Montgomerie.

He has coached over 200 Touring Professionals according to the Golf College, and coached at over 100 majors and five Ryder Cups.

Pugh is a co-founder of the Golf College in West Sussex along with former European Tour pro Paul Lyons.

Pugh with the Molinari brothers. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)

He got his start in coaching in America whilst working under renowned coach David Leadbetter and was involved in starting up the David Leadbetter Academies in Europe.

Pugh is also well known for his role on Sky Sports as a pundit.

Francesco has recently been working with performance coach Dave Alred, who made his name in rugby, most notably helping Jonny Wilkinson.

Alred has also worked with former world number one Luke Donald.

Molinari said of Alred during The Open, “In many ways, I think he’s been a great addition to the team. He’s probably a personality and a figure that I was missing and the whole team was missing. So I think he pushed us all a little bit more. You can see the results, the difference that he’s made.

He’s worked on a lot of things mentally, on my game, on my short game, on my long game. He’s really helped me a lot. One more day.”

Putting coach Phil Kenyon and Francesco Molinari at this year's Masters. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

Molinari has turned into a formidable putter this year and that can be partly credited with Phil Kenyon.

Putting guru Kenyon has recently joined up with Molinari to add to his current stable including Rory McIlroy, Henrik Stenson, Tommy Fleetwood and Justin Rose.

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Elliott Heath
News Editor

Elliott Heath is our News Editor and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016 after graduating with a degree in Sports Journalism. He manages the Golf Monthly news, features, courses and travel sections as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. He covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as four Open Championships on-site including the 150th at St Andrews. His first Open was in 2017 at Royal Birkdale, when he walked inside the ropes with Jordan Spieth during the Texan's memorable Claret Jug triumph. He has played 35 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Western Gailes, Old Head and Turnberry. He has been obsessed with the sport since the age of 8 and currently plays at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey, where his handicap index floats anywhere between 2-5. His golfing highlights are making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, shooting an under-par round, playing in the Aramco Team Series on the Ladies European Tour and making his one and only hole-in-one at the age of 15 - a long time ago now!

Elliott is currently playing:

Driver: Titleist TSR4

3 wood: Titleist TSi2 HL

Irons: Mizuno MP-H4 3-iron, Mizuno MP5 4-PW

Wedges: Cleveland RTX ZipCore 50, 54, 58

Putter: Odyssey White Hot OG #5