Leadbetter’s 7-week training program for coaches looking to begin their teaching journey

Our recommended entry point for all aspiring coaches, the Associate Certification from Golfzon Leadbetter University involves a 7-week program with an estimated 26 hours of text- and video-based learning and provides everything you need to begin your teaching journey.

Whether you’re a high school or college golf coach, a high-level amateur looking to lay the foundations for a career as a teaching professional, or just someone interested in learning more about the art of coaching, the Leadbetter Associate training program is the perfect fit for aspiring coaches looking to begin their teaching journey.

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Who is David Leadbetter, and what is the Leadbetter Golf Academy? This section provides a brief glimpse into our mission, vision and values to give you a clearer picture of the organization you’ll be joining as a Leadbetter Associate.


In this section we break down the structure of a great lesson, from understanding clients and the keys of good communication to objective and goal-setting strategies.


From a breakdown of the 3 Ps to a drill library to help your students ingrain the fundamentals, this section delves deep into Leadbetter swing philosophies with a special emphasis on the contents of David’s bestselling “The Golf Swing” and “The A Swing” books (full copies of both books are provided).


In this section, we examine the various laws that govern ball flight. Video lessons with Lydia Ko and a variety of amateur golfers are included, along with access to David’s “Faults & Fixes” and “Lessons from the Golf Greats” books.


An in-depth primer on the psychological characteristics of developing excellence and the various phases of development, the pros and cons of indoor vs. outdoor training, the nuances of coaching junior golfers and more.


From simulators and GPS ball tracking to automatic statistics, 3D and 4D mapping, ultrasound putting machines and more, golf technology has exploded in the past decade. In this section, we break down what you need to know to get the most out of these recent advances… and what you don’t!


David Leadbetter and Leadbetter Instructor of the Year Robin Symes walk you through how they approach coaching the short game, from  chipping and pitching to sand play and putting.

“People skills, self-awareness and the ability to put yourself in children’s shoes are necessities for every level of teaching. Leadbetter Kids Certification not only taught me how to become a better coach, but also how to set a better example for kids.”

Tisha Alyn

Golf Media Personality

“I fully recommend the GLU Certification programs for anyone looking to enhance their coaching skillset and business acumen. The more coaches doing this certification, the more people will be golfing for generations to come.”

Joe Feather

Leadbetter Senior Instructor

“After four months spent working through study and assessments, I’m delighted to earn a Leadbetter Kids Certification and join this great organization. Thanks for all the support from Gavin Grenville-Wood, you’ve been a fantastic guide along the way.”

Roger Shutt

Leadbetter Kids Coach

“After 6 months of hard work and constant learning, I couldn’t be more proud to call myself a Leadbetter Instructor. Many thanks to Stuart and the rest of the Leadbetter team for the opportunity to learn from the best in the industry.”

Jose Rolz

Leadbetter Instructor