America's 50 Best Teachers

Our exclusive 2013-14 ranking of the best instructors as ranked by their peers

A familiar name sits atop Golf Digest's 50 Best Teachers ranking for 2013-'14, and a new star has joined him. A panel of 1,200 leading golf instructors nationwide has voted Butch Harmon the No. 1 teacher in America for a seventh time, and Sean Foley surged from 35th in the previous ranking to No. 2, no doubt because of his high-profile work with Tiger Woods, Justin Rose, Hunter Mahan and Lee Westwood. Rounding out the top 10 are Jim McLean, Mike Bender, David Leadbetter, Chuck Cook, Jim Hardy, Todd Anderson, Mike Adams and Martin Hall.

The voting panel chose the new 50 Best Teachers as well as a state-by-state ranking that recognizes 492 instructors. Joining the 50 Best this time are: Claude Harmon III, Andy Plummer, Brian Manzella, Mike Bennett, Charlie King and Grant Waite. This is the first ranking without teaching legends Jim Flick, who passed away last November, and [Peggy Kirk Bell, who has retired from the lesson tee. Both would make any all-time-best list, and their contributions will be missed.

(2011-12 Ranking In Parentheses)

VOTES: 1,240 | LESSON RATE:$1,000/hour

FACILITY: Butch Harmon School of Golf (Rio Secco G.C.),

Henderson, Nev.

TEACHES: Phil Mickelson, Dustin Johnson, Natalie Gulbis, Jimmy Walker

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__VOTES:__729 | LESSON RATE:$250/hour

FACILITY: Core Golf Junior Academy (Orange County National)

Winter Garden, Fla.

__TEACHES:__Tiger Woods, Justin Rose, Hunter Mahan, Lee Westwood, Sean O'Hair, Edoardo Molinari

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VOTES: 628 | LESSON RATE:$2,500/half day

FACILITY: Jim McLean Golf School at Trump National Doral, Miami

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VOTES: 622 | LESSON RATE:$300/hour

FACILITY: Mike Bender Golf Academy (Magnolia Plantation G.C.)

Lake Mary, Fla.

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David Leadbetter (2)

VOTES: 511 | LESSON RATE: $3,500/3 hours

FACILITY: David Leadbetter Golf Academy at ChampionsGate, Orlando

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VOTES: 476 | LESSON RATE: $300/hour

FACILITY: University of Texas G.C.Austin

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VOTES: 467 | LESSON RATE: $500/hour

FACILITY: Jim Hardy Golf, Houston

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VOTES: 458 | LESSON RATE: $375/hour

FACILITY: Sea Island G.C., St. Simons Island, Ga.

TEACHES: Brandt Snedeker, Billy Horschel, Nick Watney

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VOTES: 43 | LESSON RATE: $250/hour

FACILITY: Hamilton Farm G.C., Gladstone, N.J.

TEACHES: Scott Langley, Briny Baird, Belen Mozo

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VOTES: 417 | LESSON RATE:$200/hour

FACILITY: Ibis G. & C.C., West Palm Beach

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VOTES: 383 | LESSON RATE: $15,000/day

FACILITY: Hank Haney Golf Lewisville, Texas

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VOTES: 381 | LESSON RATE: $250/hour

FACILITY: Toski-Batters by Golf Learning Center,

Coconut Creek, Fla.

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Michael Breed (23)

__VOTES: __364 | LESSON RATE: $500/hour

FACILITY: Michael Breed Golf Academy at Manhattan Woods G.C.,

West Nyack, N.Y.

Host of "The Golf Fix" on the Golf Channel

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VOTES: 360 | LESSON RATE: $1,500/3 hours

FACILITY: Grayhawk G.C., Scottsdale

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VOTES: 339 | LESSON RATE: $250/hour

FACILITY: Malaska Golf, Mesa, Ariz.

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Dave Stockton (13)

VOTES: 327 | LESSON RATE: $600/hour

FACILITY: Stockton Golf, Redlands, Calif.

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VOTES: 307 | LESSON RATE: $350/hour

FACILITY: Vision 54 (Talking Stick G.C.), Scottsdale

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  1. Jim Suttie (T-17)
__VOTES:__290 | LESSON RATE:$230/hour

__FACILITY:__Mistwood G.C., Romeoville, Ill.

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Mac O'Grady (T-25)

VOTES: 288 | LESSON RATE: N/A

FACILITY: Mac O'Grady Golf School, Palm Springs, Calif.

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VOTES: 276 | LESSON RATE: $800/2 hours

FACILITY: Rick Smith Golf Academy at Oakland University, Rochester, Mich.

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Manuel de la Torre (T-17)

VOTES: 268 | LESSON RATE: $80/hour

FACILITY: Milwaukee C.C., Milwaukee

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Craig Shankland (20)

VOTES: 263 | LESSON RATE: $200/hour

FACILITY: LPGA International, Daytona Beach

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VOTES: 252 | LESSON RATE: $250/hour

FACILITY: Oak Hill C.C., Rochester, N.Y.

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  1. Dave Pelz (14)
__VOTES:__251 | LESSON RATE:$20,000/day

__FACILITY:__Dave Pelz Scoring Game Schools, Austin

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Lynn Marriott (32)

VOTES: 229 | LESSON RATE:$ 350/hour

FACILITY: Vision 54 (Talking Stick G.C.), Scottsdale

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  1. Gary Wiren (16)
VOTES: 227 | LESSON RATE: $400/hour

FACILITY: Trump International G.C., West Palm Beach

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VOTES: 226 | LESSON RATE: 150/hour

FACILITY: Royal Oaks C.C., Dallas

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TIED-28: Jimmy Ballard (21)

VOTES: 220 | LESSON RATE: $1,250/4 hours

FACILITY: Ballard Swing Connection (Ocean Reef C.), Key Largo, Fla.

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TIED-28: Michael Hebron (T-30)

VOTES: 220 | LESSON RATE: $150/hour

FACILITY: Smithtown Landing C.C., Smithtown Landing, N.Y.

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Jack Lumpkin (T-25)

VOTES: 208 | LESSON RATE: $335/hour

FACILITY: Sea Island G.C., St. Simons Island, Ga.

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__VOTES:__198 | LESSON RATE: $500/hour

FACILITY: Grayhawk Learning Center (Grayhawk G.C.), Scottsdale

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  1. Gary Gilchrist (T-49)
__VOTES:__196 | LESSON RATE: $500/hour

FACILITY: Gary Gilchrist Golf Academy, Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla.

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Dave Phillips (34)

VOTES: 183 | LESSON RATE: $375/3 hours (group)

__FACILITY:__Titleist Performance Institute Oceanside, Calif.

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__VOTES:__182 | LESSON RATE:$375/hour

__FACILITY:__Butch Harmon Floridian Palm City, Fla.

Son of Butch Harmon, works with Ernie Els, Gary Woodland, Trevor Immelman, Brooks Koepka

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__VOTES:__178 | LESSON RATE: $275/hour

__FACILITY:__Westin Kierland Resort & Spa, Scottsdale

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__VOTES:__174 | LESSON RATE: $200/hour

FACILITY: Brian Mogg Golf Academy (Waldorf Learning Center), Orlando

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__VOTES:__170 | LESSON RATE: $265/hour

FACILITY: Sea Island G.C., St. Simons Island, Ga.

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Mike McGetrick (T-36)

__VOTES:__169 | LESSON RATE: $250/hour

FACILITY: McGetrick Golf, Charlotte

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VOTES: 161 | LESSON RATE: $250/hour

FACILITY: Stack & Tilt Academy, Mount Holly, N.J.

Co-developer of Stack & Tilt, teaches Charlie Wi, J.J. Henry, Brad Faxon, Tommy Armour

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→ 40.Brian Manzella

__VOTES:__156 | LESSON RATE:$150/hour

__FACILITY:__Brian Manzella Golf Academy at English Turn G. & C.C., New Orleans

TrackMan-savvy instructor, works with David Toms and LSU standout Lindsay Gahm

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Tied 41: Mike Bennett

__VOTES:__149 | LESSON RATE: $300/hour

FACILITY: Stack & Tilt Academy, Palm City, Fla.

Co-developer of Stack & Tilt, teaches Charlie Wi, J.J. Henry, Brad Faxon, Tommy Armour III

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Tied 41. Ben Doyle (38)

__VOTES:__149 | LESSON RATE: $100/hour

FACILITY: Quail Lodge & G.C., Carmel, Calif.

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Darrell Kestner (T-44)

__VOTES:__146 | LESSON RATE:$500/90 minutes

__FACILITY:__Deepdale G.C., Manhasset, N.Y.

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VOTES: 139 | LESSON RATE: $200/45 minutes

FACILITY: Todd Sones Impact Golf (White Deer Run G.C.),

Vernon Hills, Ill.

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Kevin Weeks (T-44)

__VOTES:__138 | LESSON RATE: $150/hour

FACILITY: Cog Hill G. & C.C., Lemont, Ill.

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Tied 46: Charlie King

__VOTES:__135 | LESSON RATE: $200/hour

FACILITY: Reynolds Golf Academy, Greensboro, Ga.

A teacher of teachers, wrote the groundbreaking book, The New Rules of Golf Instruction

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Tied 46: Laird Small (T-49)

__VOTES:__135 | LESSON RATE: $200/hour

FACILITY: Pebble Beach Golf Academy, Pebble Beach

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Suzy Whaley (T-44)

__VOTES:__134 | LESSON RATE: $150/hour

FACILITY: TPC River Highlands, Cromwell, Conn.

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Phil Rodgers (T-36)

__VOTES:__122 | LESSON RATE: $300/hour

FACILITY: The Grand Del Mar, San Diego

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Tied 50. Dana Rader (47)

__VOTES:__118 | LESSON RATE: $175/hour

FACILITY: Dana Rader Golf School Charlotte

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Tied 50. Grant Waite

__VOTES:__118 | LESSON RATE: $250/hour

FACILITY: Waite Mayo Golf, Orlando

PGA Tour winner (1993 Kemper Open), works with Mike Weir, Charles Howell III, Brian Gay

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