METAIRIE, La. – Gulf States PGA Professional James Leitz of Pinewood Country Club in Slidell, La. is one of eighteen elite teachers being named to GOLF Magazine’s distinguished list of the Top 100 Teachers in America for 2013-2014.
“For me, what makes this honor so special is that I am the only one in this class, and in many of the past classes, that is PGA head professional”, said Leitz, whose club was named to Golf Digest’s list of Top 100 Clubfitters in 2011. “I’m just another guy in the trenches.
“I didn’t have to quit being a head professional to be able to teach,” said Leitz. “I am very grateful for that.”
Leitz explained that his extensive research on the science of body position and movement in relation to the swing and how it affects ball flight has allowed him to connect with golf professionals from around the world who reach out to him with questions about the subject.
“I am most proud that I am being recognized for not who I teach, but what I teach,” said Leitz, who is eager to share his findings with fellow golf professionals. “There is nothing more gratifying than receiving respect from your peers.”
Candidates for GOLF Magazine’s Top 100 Teachers in America list are selected from nominees submitted by The PGA, LPGA, United States Golf Teachers Federation, top industry executives and GOLF Magazine readers. More than 250 nominations on average are accepted from the country’s 25,000 instruction professionals.
Among other qualifications, applicants are judged on their teaching efforts and successes, contributions to growing the game, volunteerism and recommendations from their peers.
All of the new members will be recognized at The PGA of America’s Teaching & Coaching Summit at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla. on January 21, 2013. The complete list of Top 100 Teachers will appear in the March 2013 print and digital issues of the magazine, available nationwide February 10, 2013.