About David Leadbetter

Originally from Worthing in Sussex, England, David began his career in golf on the European and South African Tours. He soon realized his interest was in the technique, mechanics, and intricacies of the game, which eventually led him to spend more time teaching than playing. David’s career took off in the mid-1980s through his documented work with Sir Nick Faldo which produced 6 Majors.

Soon after David’s retirement from playing, he began to incorporate his methods and philosophies into a stringent, holistic training program for qualified instructors that remains unmatched even today. Many of the world’s top teachers have come through the Leadbetter Academy system.

Since launching the first Leadbetter Golf Academy over 30 years ago, David has coached players to 22 Major Championship titles and over 100 individual worldwide tournament victories. Seven of those players have even held first place in the Official World Golf Ranking.

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, The A Swing, was released in May 2015 is set to transform the golf swing once again.

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.

Today, David remains a revered voice in golf instruction and continues to coach several top PGA, LPGA, and European Tour players, host his own satellite radio show, author new publications, develop new training aids, and continue to bring the same innovative and elite level instruction to players everywhere. He has a great passion for growing the game and developing junior golfers, and his Leadbetter Kids Schools continue to expand across Asia. 

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Major Winners

Kathy Baker - 1985 U.S. Open
Ian Baker - 1991 Finch British Open
Ernie Els - 1994, 1997 U.S. Open, 2002, 2012 British Open
Nick Faldo - 1989, 1990, 1996 Masters, 1987, 1990, 1992 British Open
Trevor Immelman - 2008 Masters
Danielle Kang - 2017 KPMG 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. 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 British Open, 1993, 1994 PGA Tour Player of the Year, 2003 World Golf Hall of Fame
Michelle Wie - 2014 U.S. Open, 2018 HSBC Women's World Championship

The Leadbetter Academy has trained students who have won hundreds of PGA Tour, European Tour, LPGA Tour and International tours. The Leadbetter Academy has also trained many of the worlds current top teachers.

Other Successful Players

Gregg Norman, Tom Watson, Seve Ballestero, Sandi lyle, Ian Woosnam, Bernhard Langer, Lee Westwood Frank Nobilo, Brandle Chamblee.

David's Publications

The A Swing
The Golf Swing
Leadbetter's Quick Tips
100% Golf
David Leadbetter's Faults and Fixes
David Leadbetter's Positive Practice
The Fundamentals of Hogan
David Leadbetter's Lessons of the Golf Greats

David's Digital Publications

Greatest Tips
Faults & Fixes with Nick Price
Simple Secrets for Great Golf
The Swing
Unplugged with Nick Price
Practice Makes Perfect
From Beginner to Winner
Leadbetter Interactive