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Wow! What I deal I received several years ago. Now, I feel like I just hit the lottery!
The Ritz Carlton Members Club in Manatee County invited David Leadbetter, who lives in Bradenton, to give a clinic to its members.
As a journalist covering the event, Leadbetter pulled me out of the crowd to give me a quick lesson on how to grip the golf club.
He spent several minutes showing me the correct grip.
The good news is that he didn’t charge me.
Now, he gets $750 an hour for private lessons and has been ranked No. 4 on the Golf Digest’s newest 50 Best Teachers list.

Many pros will say he is well worth it.  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.

For 20 years, Golf Digest has produced the most comprehensive instructor rankings in the game—anchored by peer evaluation from hundreds of elite teachers across the country. The 2019-’20 rankings are the most ambitious yet. Golf Digest asked more teachers to vote in their two-tiered national and regional survey than ever before—more than 1,500—and expanded the palette of local instructors they could evaluate beyond the borders of their states. The lists you see here are the summary of their collective evaluation.

The results reveal both the giants in golf instruction—like Butch Harmon, who was voted No. 1 nationally for the 10th time in the 11 surveys we’ve done since 2000—and the nearly 1,000 talented rank-and-file teachers on our best-in-state-lists.

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