David Leadbetter

David Leadbetter 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.

David has coached a number of players—including Greg Norman, Ernie Els, Nick Price, Charles Howell III, Michelle Wie, Lydia Ko and Byeong Hun An—to 26 major championship titles and more than 150 individual worldwide tournament victories, and seven of those players have held first place in the Official World Golf Ranking.

David has also authored eight books that have sold more than two million copies and produced countless instructional videos and training aids, including the world-famous SwingSetter and Boomerang.


Since its inception in 1983, the Leadbetter business has grown into a global network of 40 Leadbetter Golf Academies spanning 15 countries around the world. With 100 Leadbetter Instructors and growing, this network now delivers more than of 50,000 golf lessons per year.

Various LGA locations also host corporate events and elite junior golf programs, including the full-time Leadbetter Junior Golf Academy at LGA’s world headquarters in ChampionsGate, Florida.

The world-class instruction found at the Leadbetter Golf Academies have produced many elite juniors that went on to successful NCAA and professional careers, and helped thousands of amateur players enjoy the game of a lifetime.

Shaping the Future with Golfzon

In 2018, Leadbetter was acquired by Korean golf technology company Golfzon Newdin Holdings with a singular goal in mind: making golf more fun and accessible to people around the world.

Golfzon’s simulators have made indoor “screen golf” a sensation in South Korea. Young people are flocking to the game, and Golfzon cafés have become social hubs and after-hours meeting points for workers of all ages, with approximately 59 million rounds played on GOLFZON simulators annually.

“We’re taking fresh ideas and new technologies and growing an exciting new culture in the game. We look forward to combining Golfzon’s VR technology with LGA’s brand power to grow the game by furthering the development of professional players, junior golf and amateur golf.”

Duk-Hyung Choi
CEO/COO, Golfzon Newdin Holdings

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