Internationally recognised as the best golf instructor in the world, David Leadbetter is the author of six books that have sold over one million copies world-wide. Involvement with students such as Faldo, Price, Els and Norman, who have all held 1st place in the world rankings, along with many more of the world’s best golfers, Leadbetter is known as the “master of the art of teaching the golf swing.”
If the tone sounds reverential, there’s a good reason. Leadbetter has turned his career as a golf instructor into a mini-industry with golf academies bearing the Leadbetter logo located around the world. World-wide, he has been described and defined by the legendary names in golf in terms of his “lucidity in communicating” all aspects of golf techniques and for his “inquisitive mind”, focusing on all matters of instruction and his “remarkable grasp of the elusive element we call ‘feel’” -as he teaches students to analyse the workings of their swing.
His list of students ranges from PGA legends to successful, established pros and also includes the games brightest young professionals. Ernie Els, Per-Ulrik Johansson, Aaron Baddeley and Mark McNulty, all Leadbetter clients. The future is even more exciting, Charles Howell III, Justin Rose and Ty Tryon, the youngest player ever to hold a full USPGA Tour Card, ensure that David will be the games best instructor for years to come. Through innovative drills and methods - ranging from high-tech computer programmes to old fashion drills and practice, practice, practice - Leadbetter’s techniques and influence are without peer in golf.
The titles of his best-selling books - ‘The Golf Swing’, ‘Faults and Fixes’ and ‘Lessons from the Golf Greats’ - tell a small part of the story. He is a fixture on television’s Golf Channel, senior instructor editor for ‘Golf Digest’ and ‘Golf World’ Magazines, and his videos and dvds - including ‘The Full Swing’, ‘The Short Game’, ‘Taking In To The Course’, ‘Faults and Fixes’ and ‘Simple Secrets’ - expose him to millions of golf enthusiasts. David’s video ‘From Beginner to Winner’ launched in 1997 and the books ‘Positive Practice’, ‘Fundamentals of Hogan’ and most recently ‘100% Golf’, continued this trend.
Originally from Worthing in Sussex, England, Leadbetter began his career in golf playing on the European and South African tours. He was more interested in the techniques of golf than in playing the game itself, and started spending more time instructing than competing. Now, 15 years into a legendary career as the foremost golf teacher, he leads a world-wide team of certified instructors at the DLGA sites, and is one of the most quoted experts in the history of the game.
David and his wife, Kelly (an LPGA Tour Professional), their sons Andy and James and their daughter Hally, live at Lake Nona, in Orlando, Florida. Leadbetter himself makes about as many stops on the PGA Tour as any of the golfers, and is on-call and consulted 24 hours-a-day by his students about their games. He is also an endorser/spokesman for Callaway, Jos A. Bank and Rolex.
David Leadbetter has worked hard to become the world’s number 1 golf coach, and thousands of professional and amateur golfers credit him for improving their games.