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Top Ten Best Golf Coaches of All Time

Top Ten Best Golf Coaches of All-Time
By Keith Allison from Hanover, MD, USA - Sean Foley, Tiger Woods, CC BY-SA 2.0,

Behind every star in the spotlight is a master coach in the shadows. No child learns to walk on their own, and even the world’s hottest golfers have had to take in many lessons from seasoned trainers to become the champions they are today. Every golf coach seems to employ a unique ideology and training philosophy, and the below 10 top trainers have different approaches that have turned them into massive success stories. A particular type of joy and pride comes with seeing your student lift a major world trophy, and needless to say, that also reflects as extra zeros in your bank account.

Below are the Top 10 Highly Regarded Golf Coaches in The World

Sean Foley

Sean Foley is mainly famed for coaching Tiger Woods between 2010 and 2014. The self-taught “Golfing Machine” has established a comprehensive and rich game philosophy that takes more of a scientific approach. With training styles like the “New Generation” Stack & Tilt and Zen Presence, Foley has equipped golfers like Englishman Justin Rose with the recipe for success on the golf course. The trainer stresses the importance of players simply being themselves on the green without faking anything.

Butch Harmon

The golf community widely regards Butch Harmon as the number one golf coach on the planet, and having taught Tiger Woods for 17 years, we can see why. Although Woods left his camp after winning eight majors together, Butch still boasts an array of other star pupils, such as Phil Mickelson, Rickie Fowler, Brooks Koepka, Dustin Johnson, and Greg Norman. Harmon’s training philosophy focuses more on Sound Takeaway and Swing Width.

Hank Haney

Famed for coaching prolific PGA winner Mark O’Meara and Tiger Woods, Hank Haney has carved out a name for himself as a top golf trainer and owns four training facilities in Dallas, Texas. Haney focuses more on the Swing Plane Theory and Practice Drills aimed at helping players fix slice problems and improve swing accuracy, power, and consistency. 

David Leadbetter

“A Swing” inventor David Leadbetter is behind numerous training videos and highly regarded books on swing technique. The top international instructor developed the “alternative swing” to aid golfers facing problems mastering the conventional approach. Leadbetter stresses aligned positioning of the body and club, a well-practiced pivot, athletic posture, proper grip, and observing your natural rhythm as a golfer. His pupils include Nick Faldo and famous female golfer Michelle Wie.

Jim McLean

As the proprietor of the leading Jim McLean Golf Schools, Jim is a highly revered trainer across the golf community and has taught in America’s top private clubs. McLean’s popular training philosophies include The Slot Swing and 25% Theory, and he likes to focus on each player’s ability and needs, teaching them that there is more than one way to play.