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The 20 Best Teachers in America

November 2011
America's Best Teachers in America 2011-12

Note: The complete ranking of the America's 50 Best Teachers in America will be available in the November issue of Golf Digest in print and on the iPad.

For the sixth time in seven Golf Digest rankings, the game's top instructors picked Butch Harmon as No. 1 among the 50 Best Teachers in America. We polled more than 1,500 teaching professionals, in every state, and in a year when the results for Nos. 2 to 50 were tightly packed, Harmon's peers chose him by the largest margin in the survey's history: 75 votes over second-ranked David Leadbetter. Jim McLean gained one spot to No. 3, followed by Mike Bender, up from No. 9, then Hank Haney. Chuck Cook, Martin Hall, Jim Hardy, Stan Utley and Jim Flick fill out golf instruction's most illustrious Top 10.

1. Butch Harmon

1. Butch Harmon (1)

VOTES: 359
LESSON RATE: $1,000/hour
FACILITY: Butch Harmon School of Golf (Rio Secco G.C.)
LOCATION: Henderson, Nev.
TEACHES: Phil Mickelson, Fred Couples, Dustin Johnson, Nick Watney, Natalie Gulbis


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