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50 Best Teachers


Our exclusive 2013-14 ranking of the best instructors as ranked by their peers
Ranking: The Best Teachers In Your State

November 2013
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.

Butch Harmon

1. Butch Harmon (1)

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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Sean Foley

2. Sean Foley (35)

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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Jim McLean

3. Jim McLean (3)

VOTES: 628 | LESSON RATE: $2,500/half day
FACILITY: Jim McLean Golf School at Trump National Doral, Miami
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Mike Bender

4. Mike Bender (4)

VOTES: 622 | LESSON RATE: $300/hour
FACILITY: Mike Bender Golf Academy (Magnolia Plantation G.C.)
Lake Mary, Fla.
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David Leadbetter

5. David Leadbetter (2)

VOTES: 511 | LESSON RATE: $3,500/3 hours
FACILITY: David Leadbetter Golf Academy at ChampionsGate, Orlando
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Chuck Cook

6. Chuck Cook (6)

VOTES: 476 | LESSON RATE: $300/hour
FACILITY: University of Texas G.C. Austin
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Jim Hardy

7. Jim Hardy (8)

VOTES: 467 | LESSON RATE: $500/hour
FACILITY: Jim Hardy Golf, Houston
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Todd Anderson

8. Todd Anderson (11)

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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Mike Adams

9. Mike Adams (27)

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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Sean Foley

10. Martin Hall (7)

VOTES: 417 | LESSON RATE: $200/hour
FACILITY: Ibis G. & C.C., West Palm Beach
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Hank Haney

11. Hank Haney (5)

VOTES: 383 | LESSON RATE: $15,000/day
FACILITY: Hank Haney Golf Lewisville, Texas
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Bob Toski

12. Bob Toski (12)

VOTES: 381 | LESSON RATE: $250/hour
FACILITY: Toski-Battersby Golf Learning Center,
Coconut Creek, Fla.
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Michael Breed

13. 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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Stan Utley

14. Stan Utley (9)

VOTES: 360 | LESSON RATE: $1,500/3 hours
FACILITY: Grayhawk G.C., Scottsdale
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Mike Malaska

15. Mike Malaska (29)

VOTES: 339 | LESSON RATE: $250/hour
FACILITY: Malaska Golf, Mesa, Ariz.
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Dave Stockton

16. Dave Stockton (13)

VOTES: 327 | LESSON RATE: $600/hour
FACILITY: Stockton Golf, Redlands, Calif.
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Pia Nilsson

17. Pia Nilsson (19)

VOTES: 307 | LESSON RATE: $350/hour
FACILITY: Vision 54 (Talking Stick G.C.), Scottsdale
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Jim Suttie

18. Jim Suttie (T-17)

VOTES: 290 | LESSON RATE: $230/hour
FACILITY: Mistwood G.C., Romeoville, Ill.
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Mac O'Grady

19. Mac O'Grady (T-25)

VOTES: 288 | LESSON RATE: N/A
FACILITY: Mac O'Grady Golf School, Palm Springs, Calif.
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Rick Smith

20. Rick Smith (24)

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

21. Manuel de la Torre (T-17)

VOTES: 268 | LESSON RATE: $80/hour
FACILITY: Milwaukee C.C., Milwaukee
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Craig Shankland

22. Craig Shankland (20)

VOTES: 263 | LESSON RATE: $200/hour
FACILITY: LPGA International, Daytona Beach
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23. Craig Harmon (22)

VOTES: 252 | LESSON RATE: $250/hour
FACILITY: Oak Hill C.C., Rochester, N.Y.
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Dave Pelz

24. Dave Pelz (14)

VOTES: 251 | LESSON RATE: $20,000/day
FACILITY: Dave Pelz Scoring Game Schools, Austin
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Lynn Marriott

25. Lynn Marriott (32)

VOTES: 229 | LESSON RATE: $350/hour
FACILITY: Vision 54 (Talking Stick G.C.), Scottsdale
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Gary Wiren

26. Gary Wiren (16)

VOTES: 227 | LESSON RATE: $400/hour
FACILITY: Trump International G.C., West Palm Beach
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