About James Leitz

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JAMES LEITZ

James Leitz is the P.G.A. Golf Professional at Tchefuncta Country Club in Covintgon, Louisiana. James was formally the Head Golf Professional at Pinewood Country Club for 33 years. He has been named Golf Professional Emeritus for life at Pinewood. James was named the Junior Promoter of the Year for the Louisiana P.G.A. in 1988. He has been ranked as one of the top 50 Junior Golf Instructors in the U.S. by U.S. Kids Golf. James has been the featured speaker at over 100 P.G.A. Educational Conferences for Golf Professionals all over the world including , Madrid Spain, Copenhagen Denmark, Helsinki Finland, Sweden, Ireland, St. Andrews Scotland, London England, Zurich Switzerland, Gold Coast of Australia, and Albert Canada. James was a 3 time featured speaker at the M.I.T. Better Golf Through Technology Conference. James is known worldwide as the “Teachers  Teacher”.  James’ Golf Studio includes some of the best technology available in golf in the world: Gears 3-D, Trackman, and Boditrak.

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BORN

  • August 8, 1959, New Orleans Louisiana

 

POSITION 

  • Head Golf Professional Tchefuncta Country Club, Covington, Louisiana
  • Golf Professional Emeritis at Pinewood Country Club, Slidell, Louisiana
  • P.G.A. Class A-1 Member Since 1986

 

P.G.A AWARDS 

  • 1988 Junior Promoter of the Year – Louisiana Chapter P.G.A.
  • 1989 Horton Smith Award Winner Gulf States P.G.A.
  • 1991 Golf Professional of the Year, Louisiana Chapter P.G.A.
  • 1993 Golf Professional of the Year, Gulf States P.G.A.
  • 2002 Teacher of the Year, Gulf States P.G.A.
  • 2005 Teacher of the Year, Gulf States P.G.A.
  • 2006 Barbato/Thomas Lifetime Achievement Award Presented by Louisiana P.G.A.
  • 2012 Teacher of the Year, Gulf States P.G.A.
  • 2013 Horton Smith Education Award, Gulf States P.G.A.
  • 2015 Horton Smith Education Award, Gulf States P.G.A.

 

OTHER AWARDS 

  • 2000 Rated #2 Teacher in Louisiana by Golf Digest
  • 2001 Rated #3 Teacher in Louisiana by Golf Digest
  • 2002-2003 Rated #4 Teacher in Louisiana by Golf Digest
  • 2003 Rated as One of the Top Instructors in the South by Golf Magazine
  • 2005 Top Fifty Junior Golf Instructors in the United States by U.S. Kids Golf
  • 2007-2008 Rated #2 Teacher in Louisiana by Golf Digest
  • 2011 Top 100 Clubfitter in United States by Golf Digest

 

PGA SERVICE 

  • 1989-Junior Golf Blitz Coordinator Gulf States Section P.G.A.
  • 1992-1993 Louisiana Chapter P.G.A. Vice President
  • 1994-1996 Louisiana Chapter P.G.A. President
  • 1992-1994 Gulf States P.G.A. Education Chairman
  • 2000-2001 Gulf States P.G.A. Awards Chairman

 

OTHER CERTIFICATIONS 

  • One of 8 Clubfitting Instructors Certified by the National P.G.A.
  • Trackman University Master Status

 

FEATURED SPEAKER 

  • 1990-1993 Featured Speaker-Instructor for 7 National P.G.A. Clubfitting Workshops Hosted All over the U.S.
  • 1993-1994 Instructed 4 Playing Workshops throughout the nation with Co-Instructors Hank Haney, Craig
  • Harmon, Pat Fitzsimons, David Glenz, Lonnie Nielson, Bob Ford, Rick Acton, & Dr. Bob Rotella
  • 1994 Featured Speaker Tommy Armour Coaching & Teaching Summit, National P.G.A.
  • 2006-2008 Featured Speaker at the Better Golf Through Technology Conference Hosted by M.I.T. Center for
  • Sports Innovation, Cambridge Massachusetts
  • 2007 Featured Speaker P.G.A. Merchandise Show Orlando
  • 2009 Featured Speaker P.G.A. Merchandise Show Orlando
  • 2009 Featured Speaker at the Trackman Worldwide Conference
  • Featured Speaker for over 20 P.G.A. Section Educational Workshops from 1988 until Present
  • 2011 Featured speaker at the Mitchell Golf Conference at Merchandise Show, Orlando Flroida
  • 2011 Featured speaker at the P.G.A. Coaching & Teaching Summit in Orlando Florida
  • 2011 Featured Speaker at the Trackman U.S. Users Conference, Port St. Lucie Florida
  • 2011 European Trackman Users Conference, Madrid Spain October
  • 2012 Featured Speaker, Gulf States Section P.G.A. Teaching Summit, Jackson Ms.
  • 2012 Featured Speaker, Mid Atlantic P.G.A. Teaching Summit
  • 2012 Featured Speaker with Sean Foley, Illinois Section P.G.A., Chicago
  • 2013 Featured Speaker at Preston Trail, Dallas Texas, Staff Training
  • 2013 Featured Speaker at TPC Sawgrass for TPC Directors of Instruction, Jacksonville, Florida
  • 2013 Featured Speaker PGA of Canada, Alberta
  • 2013 Featured Speaker Australian Amateur Coaches in Houston Texas
  • 2013 Featured Speaker BioSwing Dynamics Certification, New Jersey
  • 2013 Featured Speaker Golf Magazine Top 100 Summit
  • 2013 Featured Speaker New England PGA Section, Boston, Massachusetts
  • 2013 Featured Speaker Met Section PGA, Golf & Body, Manhattan
  • 2014 Featured Speaker USA Junior National Golf Team, Orlando Florida
  • 2014 Featured Speaker Sweden PGA, Halmstead, Sweden
  • 2014 Featured Speaker Finland PGA, Helsinki, Finland
  • 2014 Denmark Golf Seminar, Copenhagen, Denmark
  • 2014 Featured Speaker Ireland, PGA, Dublin, Ireland
  • 2014 Featured Speaker Scottish Golf Union, St. Andrews Scotland
  • 2014 Featured Speaker U.K. PGA, London England
  • 2014 Featured Speaker Trackman University, London England
  • 2014 Featured Speaker Switzerland PGA, Zurich Switzerland
  • 2014 Featured Speaker Met Section PGA, The Hamptons NY
  • 2014 Featured Speaker College Golf Camps, Dallas Texas
  • 2014 Featured Speaker Trackman University, Gold Coast Australia
  • 2014 Australian PGA Coaching Summit, Gold Coast
  • 2014 Featured Speaker LPGA Teaching Summit, West Palm Beach Florida
  • 2015 Featured Speaker College Golf Coaches of America, Las Vegas Nevada
  • 2015 Featured Speaker Golf & Body New York City with Sean Foley
  • 2015 Featured Speaker at the Nike Oven to Advanced Club Design Team

SPECIALTY EXPERIENCE 

  • Performed Clubfitting & Repair for Dozens of P.G.A. Tour Players and Foreign Tour Players
  • Operate one of the Busiest Club Repair Operations in the South
  • State of the Art Teaching/Research Building that Includes: Mitchell Digital Iron & Putter Loft & Lie Machines
  • Bending Systems, Tomi 3-D Putting System, Trackman, Gears 3-D Measurement System
  • Certified Titleist TPI Fitness Level 1
  • Junior Student Golfers won 23 State Championships
  • Inventor – The Golf Impact Model

TCC Learning Center Rendering

 

ARTICLES & PUBLICATIONS 

  • Golf Tips Magazine, June 2011, “Make an Impact” Article about impact point and alignments.
  • Golfpro Magazine, February 1998, “Tool Time” Article about the clubfitting process.
  • Golf Digest Magazine, December 1993, Equipment Buyers Guide, “How to Go Custom” Article about fitting & teaching together.
  • Golf Magazine Contributing Author for the upcoming book “The Best Driving Instruction Book Ever” October 2011
  • PGA Magazine Teaching the Teachers Article “Impact Point” August 2013
  • Golf Magazine Article, “Cure Your Slice – Case Closed” August 2013
  • Golf Magazine Cover Story, March 2014, “Dial in Your Perfect Driver”
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