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Sports: Golf Camps

Edward Kiersh
From the Print Edition:
Groucho Marx, Spring 93

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David Leadbetter isn't hot, he's sizzling.

Today's most sought after teacher, he's arrived at this pinnacle mainly because of his two star pupils: Nick Faldo won the British Open this past summer while Nick Price was PGA champion.

Leadbetter's instructional approach also has been hyped in numerous magazine articles. Dubbing him the "King of Swing," Golf World gushes about his teaching magic, while Golf Digest repeatedly splashes him across its cover.

PGA Tour pros flock to the Lake Nona Golf Club in Orlando to have him reconstruct their swings. For example, David Frost had never won a tourney until working with Leadbetter, and after Bob Tway paid a visit, presto, he ended a long drought by winning the 1989 Memorial.

Average golfers can also share in the magic at two-day schools, but it is costly: $3,000 for 8-hour sessions, which comprise six students in a class, Leadbetter and two other instructors. He doesn't conduct these schools on weekends, only Thursdays and Fridays, and all teaching is done at the practice facility, not on Lake Nona's championship course.

Leadbetter may indeed be the ruling swing impresario, the answer to all your golfing problems. But there's also one other catch in playing his special game: There's often a long waiting list, so plan early and good luck. Call (407) 857-8276 for reservations.

Edward Kiersh is a freelance writer based in New York.

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