David Leadbetter (born 27 June 1952) is a leading golf instructor, originally from Worthing in Sussex, England. He began his career on the European and Southern African tours, but had little success as a player. Having an interest in the techniques, mechanics and psychology of the sport he soon moved into instruction and came to wide notice in the 1980s when he rebuilt the swing of Nick Faldo, who then went on to win six major championships.
Leadbetter now runs an international chain of golf academies headquartered at the ChampionsGate Golf Club in Davenport, Florida, U.S. which has 36 holes designed by Greg Norman. There are also branches elsewhere in North America and in Europe, Asia, and Africa. Since launching the first Leadbetter Golf Academy over 30 years ago, David has coached players to 26 Major Championship titles and over 150 individual worldwide tournament victories. Seven of those players have even held first place in the Official World Golf Ranking.
Leadbetter himself concentrates on teaching tour professionals and on instructing other coaches in his methods, who then teach his ideas at his academies. Apart from Faldo his students include Nick Price, Charles Howell III, Michelle Wie, Lydia Ko and Byeong Hun An. Pros who formerly worked with Leadbetter included: Nick Faldo (1984-1998), Greg Norman (1997), and Ernie Els (1990-2008). He was ranked second to Butch Harmon on the 2005-2006 edition of Golf Digest's list of the "50 Greatest Teachers" in the United States.
With a desire to bring that same world-class instruction to players of all ages and abilities, and in addition to the numerous articles written for publications like Golf Digest and Golf International over the past three decades, David has authored eight books on the topic. Together, David's books have sold two million copies making him one of the best-selling golf instruction authors in the world. His latest book is The A Swing, The Alternative Approach to Great Golf. Leadbetter also appears in the 1992 video game David Leadbetter's Greens.
Additionally, David has produced a number of instructional videos, DVDs, an interactive video game, and other mixed media, and developed training aids--including the SwingSetter, SwingSetter Pro and a number of A Swing approved training aids released with the book--all dedicated to helping people play better golf.
In December 2017, he questioned the hunger of the top male pros due to the money involved in golf now and also the media frenzy that follows Tiger Woods everywhere.
Leadbetter and his wife, Kelly (an LPGA Tour professional), their sons Andy and James and their daughter Hally, live in Sarasota, Florida. He is also an endorser/spokesman for SAP, Callaway, Rolex, and Golf Pride grips.
Kathy Baker - 1985 U.S. Women's Open
Ian Baker-Finch - 1991 Open Championship
Ernie Els - 1994, 1997 U.S. Open, 2002, 2012 Open Championship
Nick Faldo - 1989, 1990, 1996 Masters, 1987, 1990, 1992 Open Championship
Trevor Immelman - 2008 Masters
Danielle Kang - 2017 Women's PGA Championship
Lydia Ko - 2015 Evian Championship, 2016 ANA Inspiration Championship, 2015, 2016 Best Female Golfer, 2014 LPGA Rookie of the Year, 2015 LPGA Player of the Year
Se Ri Pak - 1998 U.S. Women's Open, 1998 LPGA Rookie of the Year, 2007 World Golf Hall of Fame
Suzann Pettersen - 2006 Women's PGA Championship, 2013 Evian Championship
Nick Price - 1992, 1994 PGA Championships, 1994 Open Championship, 1993, 1994 PGA Tour Player of the Year, 2003 World Golf Hall of Fame
Michelle Wie - 2014 U.S. Women's Open
Leadbetter Kids classes teach children ages 3-12 physical, mental, and social skills through combined activity stations of golf fundamentals, basic English skills, and other important Life Skills training and learning, all in a fun and safe environment. Leadbetter Kids is an "experiential learning" environment where children learn subconsciously by replicating real-life situations and interactions with other children and adults.
Building on Leadbetter's 40-plus years of teaching experience, including 26 major championship winners, the Leadbetter Golf University was launched in 2019 with the goal of being the first online platform to encompass every aspect of golf instruction. This digital offering provides instructors with a pathway to further their education and development through micro and specialized courses recognized by the PGA of America. Segmented into four categories (mental, physical, technical, juniors), featured courses include:
A new era for Leadbetter began in 2018 through a strategic acquisition from Korean golf technology giant Golfzon Newdin Holdings. Together Leadbetter and Golfzon look to continue to push the possibilities of golf instruction, with the goal of making it simpler and more accessible for golfers to improve and enjoy the sport at every level.
Founded in 2000 in South Korea, GOLFZON has been named "Best Simulator" by Golf Digest Editors' Choice Awards from 2017 - 2019. With the largest industry market share, more than 57 million rounds are played on GOLFZON simulators in 46 countries annually across 5,000 global sites. GOLFZON Live Festival (GLF) is a unique online service that provides all users worldwide the chance to participate in global simulator tournaments. In addition, GOLFZON's cutting-edge sensor technology is internationally recognized as the official training systems of the National Golf Teams of China, Korea and Taiwan.