New Golf Monthly Top 25 Coaches List Revealed

Have a look at the updated list that has six new additions

New Golf Monthly Top 25 Coaches

After months of anticipation we have revealed the new Golf Monthly Top 25 Coaches list, with six new faces whose ideas we think will make our instruction content better than ever.

At Golf Monthly, we have always stressed the importance of lessons from a qualified professional.

Whilst information gleaned from the pages of our website can certainly help increase your knowledge base and even provide the killer tip to fix your slice, there is no substitute for the help of a great coach.

For this reason, in 2004, we established the first ever list of new Golf Monthly Top 25 Coaches to celebrate and recognise the achievements of those responsible for helping us play better. Since then, our group of coaches have provided the vast majority of advice you see printed within the pages of this website.

For 2016, we felt it was right to make some important changes to that list. We wanted to recognise some of the new coaching talent to have emerged as well as introducing new faces with fresh approaches and different experiences.

So at the end of 2015 we appealed to our readership for their nominations. The response was incredible, providing us with a broad spectrum of highly qualified and much-loved pros to choose from. Selecting just six for inclusion was always going to be hard.

See The Full List: Golf Monthly Top 25 Coaches

Selection process

How can you tell if one coach is better than another? Of course, judging the merits of prospective teachers is a largely subjective process but to help us make the right choices, we reverted to the process that served us so well in the very beginning.

That is, we turned to the questionnaire first designed for us by Dr Paul Schempp, the man responsible for the research lab at the University of Georgia and the brains behind the US versions of our Top Coaches list. His carefully devised, pointed questions would help us find the coaches that would move our instruction offering forward in the coming years.

From scores of applicants we whittled it down to the six new coaches you’ll see on our new Golf Monthly Top 25 Coaches list. The new coaches are Dougie Bell, Peter Dawson, Alistair Davies, Peter Finch, Rick Shiels & Ged Walters.

From a past Ryder Cup player to a couple of YouTube sensations, we feel these coaches are best placed to serve the golfing needs of our richly diverse audience, both in print and online. And whilst nothing can replace a real-life lesson, we hope that in the coming months and years, the advice you’ll find packed within this site will be even more useful than ever.

What Makes A Good Coach?


  • Extensive knowledge of golf, students and golf instruction
  • Avid and enthusiastic listener and learner


  • Extensive teaching experience (minimum of 10 years)
  • Extensive playing experience


  • Significant portion of lesson devoted to learning about the student
  • Sets only one or two goals per lesson
  • Analyses strengths and weaknesses, but only tells student what they do well and what they could do to improve
  • Finds the single, most important thing to tell a student that will make the biggest difference to performance
  • Uses few words, but can convey a single idea in many different ways
  • An intuitive decision maker
  • Has highly developed routines and rituals
  • Closes the lesson with: student success, a review of important learning cues, recommendations for practice drills (they realise that students only really learn skills by practising them, not by listening to teachers)


  • Teaches people, not golf
  • Accepts responsibility for student learning (successes and failures)
  • Measures teaching success through the learning of their students
Neil Tappin
Digital Editor

In his current role, Neil is responsible for testing drivers and golf balls. Having been a part of the Golf Monthly team for over 15 years and playing off a handicap of 3, he has the experience to compare performance between models, brands and generations. For 2022 he thinks the main trend in drivers is: "In a word, consistency. Whilst all the brands are talking about ball speed (and the new drivers are certainly long), my biggest finding has been how much more consistent the ball flights are. Mishits don't seem to be causing the same level of drop-off or increase in the spin numbers. This means that more shots seem to be flying the way you want them to!" As far as golf balls are concerned the biggest development is in the, "three piece, non-Tour, urethane-covered section. For regular golfers, these models offer superb performance at both ends of the bag without denting your wallet quite as much as the premium Tour-played options."

Originally working with the best coaches in the UK to produce instruction content, he is now the brand's Digital Editor and covers everything from Tour player interviews to gear reviews. In his time at Golf Monthly, he has covered equipment launches that date back well over a decade. He clearly remembers the launch of the Callaway and Nike square drivers as well as the white TaylorMade driver families, such as the RocketBallz! If you take a look at the Golf Monthly YouTube channel, you'll see his equipment videos dating back over a decade! He has also conducted 'What's In The Bag' interviews with many of the game's best players like Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson and Jon Rahm. Over the years, Neil has tested a vast array of products in each category and at drastically different price-points. 

Neil is currently playing: Driver: TaylorMade Stealth Plus Fairway Wood: Titleist TSR2 Hybrid: Titleist TS3 Irons (4-9): Mizuno JPX 919 Forged Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM7 46˚, 50˚, 54˚, 60˚ Putter: Odyssey Triple Track Ten Ball: Titleist Pro V1X