Gary Alliss

Location: Abbey Hotel & Lea Marston Hotel, West Midlands

Price: £50 per hour

Biography: Son to Peter Allis, Gary was always destined for a career in golf, turning pro in 1973. He gained PGA Master Professional status for his 17,000 word thesis in conjunction with Warwick University on awkward lies and how to cope with them and became the first PGA member to be awarded Master Professional via this route.

Coaching philosophy: “Keep it simple. My method is anti-method – I teach people not systems and it works because I use words golfers actually understand.”

Best tip: “When chipping, pick the nearest spot on the green to you that’s flat to land the ball on. If you land the ball on a slope, the bounce becomes much harder to predict.”

As coaches, we often use the term swing path but before we can talk about the difference between swing path and plane, I think it’s worth underlining exactly what we are referring to. For the majority of golf coaches, swing path is the area of the swing just before, through…

1 Lateral Shift If you want to discover how to stop blocking drives the first fault to check relates to the way your weight is shifting at the start of the downswing. Ideally, as you transition from the top, your hips should ‘bump’ towards the target before rotating through. For…

How wide should your stance be

The width of your stance is not the same for every club in the bag. That’s the first and in many ways, most important element to understand here. The basic rule is the longer the club, the wider your stance needs to be. This is because the extra sshaft length…

impact position

Golf Monthly Top 25 coach Gary Alliss has some tips on perfecting your impact position to greater ball striking consistency.

How to compress the ball

How to compress the golf ball You will often hear coaches or commentators talk about compressing the ball through impact. But what does that term actually refer to? Well, if you look at the launch monitor data of a top player, most of them with an iron in hand, will…

Check your swing plane at home Wet outside? Maybe it’s snowing or maybe you just can’t find the time to get to the golf course? Fear not, here’s a top drill for how to check your swing plane at home that will help you get your swing on a neutral…

how to practice golf indoors

How to practice golf indoors The winter offers every golfer the chance to devote some time to building the foundations for a better 2016. Away from the pressure of the course and without judging the quality of each swing by the results, you can make some serious progress. Here are…

why do i top golf shots

1 Reverse pivot If you are asking yourself why do I top golf shots, your first port of call is to check that you aren’t reverse pivoting. This is when your weight moves in the wrong direction during the swing (your weight goes towards the target as you take the…

how long should my backswing be

How long should your backswing be? There are as many backswing techniques as there are golfers and the length is something that some players get very pre-occupied with. However, there are no technical rules related to the exact length itself – you can have a short backswing or a John…

leg action in the golf swing

Gary Alliss explains the importance of weight weight and correct leg action in the golf swing, and how it can help you play better.