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2021: Year in Review

As we ring in the New Year, we look back at some highlights and achievements over the past year. From academy openings to major partnerships, even launching our own app, here are a few of our proudest moments from 2021.

We launched the Golfzon Leadbetter app!

One of our biggest projects last year was creating our own app for golfers, instructors, and academies to come together under one roof. This inclusive Leadbetter community has added great value to our clients and our instructors who just can’t get enough golf! The app features hours of game improvement content for players and educational resources for instructors of all experience levels. We have a lot of exciting new projects coming up in the app, so sign up and stay tuned–it’s free! Download the app here.

Training Aids made a comeback

With some minor tweaks and a brand new look, David Leadbetter’s infamous golf training aids made a comeback in 2021, nearly selling out of every aid. Fan favorites, The Boomerang, Leadbetter Glove, and the Short Club have been wildly popular. Keep your eyes peeled because this year we will welcome our best-selling training aid, The SwingSetter, available for purchase in early Spring 2022.

Tips and drills featuring Leadbetter’s infamous training aids are now live on the platform. We filmed a wide variety of instructional and how-to videos to help golfers after they have purchased their training aid. The videos are free and available to everyone on the app. Training aid customers will receive a post-purchase email directing them to the app and the video for their training aid. Click here to view.

New Academy Openings

LGA Maui

January 2021, LGA Maui opened its doors with familiar faces. Director of Instruction Eddie Lee is a longtime Leadbetter Instructor and PGA professional recognized as one of Hawaii’s top instructors, voted Best in State in the 2019-2020 Golf Digest rankings. Consider a tune-up here on your next Hawaiian getaway, located just a short drive from the Maui airport.


LGA Parys Golf Club

Parys Golf Club is the newest addition to the Leadbetter family of licensees. Academy Director Francois Van Rensburg is a former professional golfer and coach from South Africa. Having grown up in South Africa and played on the local tour there, he also worked with renowned coach Moose Gammon. Whilst based in South Africa he spent two years working at one of the country’s top academies in Johannesburg, BDGA Golf Academy, where he worked with amateurs, juniors, and aspiring professionals. Previously based at LGA Royale Jakarta as an instructor, Francois is excited to bring his teaching knowledge back to his home country to grow the game and help develop future South African instructors.

LGA Zimbabwe

David Leadbetter and LGA Zimbabwe Academy Director Ryan Cairns host an official welcoming to staff and students of the academy over a Zoom call next week. LGA Zimbabwe joined us early this year but has been working hard on renovations and special additions for the patrons of the academy. David was delighted to be a part of this special moment of opening an academy where he grew up and where his teaching career began.

Providing Opportunities to Tour Players

Golfzon Leadbetter University is proud to partner with tournament organizations in an effort to offer more support to aspiring tour players. The Leadbetter Associate program powered by CoachNow gives Tour players the ability to teach and pursue their dream. Being able to coach online allows players to make a passive income to help support their efforts. Partnering with Tour organizations gives us the ability to speak directly to hundreds of touring professionals, the ideal candidates for online instruction.

We are currently partners with the PGA EuroPro Tour based in Europe, the Outlaw Tour based in Arizona, and the Golden State Tour the longest-running professional “Mini Tour” in the country.

Major Partnerships

Therabody

We are proud to announce that Therabody is our Official Recovery Partner of the Leadbetter Golf Academy. David Leadbetter alongside his global network of academies is excited to team up with Therabody and their team of experts to provide a more effective and more enjoyable lesson experience. Therabody is a global innovator in tech wellness and the creator of Theragun®, the world’s first handheld percussive massage therapy device. 

Learn more about our partnership with Therabody here.

Payntr

David Leadbetter, Golfzon Leadbetter and PAYNTR Golf have announced a new exclusive agreement that will see David Leadbetter become a Brand Ambassador for PAYNTR Golf and the innovative footwear brand become the global supplier to the worldwide network of Leadbetter Golf Academies.

PAYNTR Golf will now service the footwear needs of more than 150 Leadbetter Instructors across 15 countries, as they deliver over 50,000 lessons each year, putting PAYNTR’s biomechanically advanced footwear in play during instruction, lessons, and competitive play. Check out their shoes at payntrgolf.com or visit them at the Golfzon booth at the PGA Show this January.

Sportsbox AI

Founded in 2020, Sportsbox AI is an AI-powered technology company that develops AI Coach mobile applications in sports and fitness, using patent-pending 3D Motion Analysis and Kinematic AI technology. David Leadbetter

LGA ChampionsGate Hosted Drive, Chip and Putt

It was a great honor to host the Drive, Chip and Putt Championship local and subregional qualifier at LGA ChampionsGate. This free nationwide junior golf development competition is aimed at growing the game by focusing on the three fundamental skills employed in golf. We were delighted to welcome nearly 300 competitors and their families to LGA ChampionsGate including LPGA superstar Annika Sorenstam and her son, William.

Our Academy in Hawaii, LGA Maui Lani, also served as a local qualifier for the Maui region. This event has been a tremendous opportunity to showcase all our Academy offerings.

LJGA Celebrates Two College Signees

Seniors Benjamin Cai and Regina Plascencia signed their Official Letter of Intent on November 11, 2021, College Golf National Signing Day. The LJGA Full-Timers accepted golf scholarships from their respective schools. Third-year LJGA student Benjamin Cai, a senior from Taiwan, will compete for Purdue University Men’s Golf in West Lafayette, Indiana for the Boilermakers. Second-year LJGA athlete Regina Plascencia of Mexico will compete for the Georgia Southern Eagles Women’s Golf next fall in Statesboro, Georgia. Congratulations to both for all of their hard work and for securing NCAA Division 1 scholarships!

Thank you to all our clients, worldwide instructors, and partners who made 2021 a success!