November 13, 2011
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.