6 Most Famous Golf Instructors in America

6 Most Famous Golf Instructors in America

In order to be a golf pro, one has to endure years and years of practice and hard work. You can’t do it all by yourself though. A golf instructor will help guide you in perfecting your game and prepare you for the rigorous golf tournaments you want to join.

If you wish to be one of the best golf players in the world, it all starts with choosing the best golf instructor who can take you to the top. Below is a list of some of the most famous ones in America right now. 

1. Butch Harmon

Butch Harmon

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Butch Harmon is the world’s top golf teacher having been in the industry for more than 49 years now. He is the President of Butch Harmon School of Golf in Las Vegas, Nevada and sits nicely at the top of Golf Digest’s America’s 50 Greatest Teachers for 14 years in a row.

Harmon has coached tour pros such as Phil Mickelson, Dustin Johnson, Rickie Fowler and Brandt Snedeker among others. His students have achieved over 140 tour wins combined worldwide while under his care, including Phil Mickelson winning The Open Championship in 2013. 

2. Jim McLean 

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Jim McLean was recently inducted into “The World Teachers Hall of Fame”. He has a total of 10 golf schools worldwide with headquarters located at Doral in Miami, Florida. He has taught over 100 tour pros as well as many juniors and amateurs, including Cristie Kerr who eventually won 2 majors, the U.S. Open and the LPGA.

McLean has likewise trained over 100 young golf teachers, who have become directors of golf or directors of instruction in top private clubs. He and his team of instructors also provide hundreds of golf tips a year on the site called Revolution Golf, wherein which he is part owner. 

3. David Leadbetter

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David Leadbetter is originally from Worthing in Sussex, England. He launched his Leadbetter Golf Academy over 30 years ago and since then has coached players to win 19 Major Championship titles as well as more than 100 individual worldwide tournament wins. His Leadbetter Golf Academy World Headquarters is located in Orlando, Florida, and has branches in other parts of the US as well as abroad.

He is one of the best-selling golf instruction authors in the world and has authored eight books on golf, which altogether have sold two million copies. To help people play golf better, Leadbetter has also produced instructional videos, DVDs, an interactive video game, and other instructional materials. 

4. Todd Anderson

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This 2010 PGA National Teacher of the Year is Director of Instruction at the Sea Island Golf Club and is ranked one of America’s 50 Greatest Teachers by Golf Digest. He is also a 4-time PGA Teacher of the Year in Georgia and South Florida. Over 50 of Anderson’s students have earned Division One Scholarships and 23 have been named Collegiate All Americans. His students have played and won on the PGA Tour, Nationwide Tour and other professional local and international tours.

5. Martin Hall


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You might recognize Martin Hall as the host of the popular show School of Golf on the Golf Channel. Aside from that though, he is the Director of Instruction at Ibis and G&CC and has received numerous awards including the 2008 PGA of America National Teacher of the Year, Florida chapter teacher of the year and Florida section teacher of the year.

Hall is frequently invited to speaking engagements, such as at the PGA of America Coaching and Teaching Summit. He keeps up to date with the latest technology available and uses them in his research and teaching. His works with golfers of all levels, many of them major winners and tour players.

6. Hank Haney

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Born on August 24, 1955, Hank Haney from Scottsdale, Arizona, is not only a leading authority on golf but also a professor, entrepreneur, content driver, and corporate ambassador. Haney has instructed the more than 200 PGA Tour professionals such as Tiger Woods and Mark O’Meara and has been recognized as one of the Top 100 instructors in the US by Golf Magazine since the list first started in 1984.

These are just some of the top golf teachers in the US, and there are many others you can explore. While these pros most probably coach their students using different techniques, one thing is clear – they not only have the passion for playing golf but for teaching golf too.

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Written by Jim Cassells

Jim Cassells

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