Ryan brings 20+ years of experience in Player Development Coaching. His passion is developing golfers of all abilities from complete beginners to advanced players. Ryan grew up in Northwest Ohio and excelled at competitive junior golf. He earned a golf scholarship to Trine University, and then transferred to Eastern Michigan University. Ryan turned professional in 1997, earned PGA Class 'A ' Status in 2005 and has conducted many different Player Development Programs at various facilities which include: X-Golf Ann Arbor, Foundation Golf Center, Tecumseh CC/Hantz GC, Oakland Hills CC, Belmont CC, Highland Meadows CC, and Kettenring CC.
The Mission of Ryan Leitner Golf Academy is to provide each Golfer with Instruction tailored to "you" maximizing your potential, improvement, enjoyment, confidence, and competitiveness playing the Great Game of Golf.
As a PGA Professional, it is my assumed responsibility to aid the golfer in comprehending the components of a successful golf game. This is completed through a coaching style that combines the physical element of the game along with the mental approach to the game. The key attributes of a successful golf instructor include knowledge of the golf swing, communication with the student, motivation, and the ability to correctly diagnose swing flaws. Every individual who decides to learn the game of golf is different in their physical attributes, biomechanics, and athletic ability. As a result, there is no one correct method of teaching every student.
The student and the instructor must begin by assessing the student’s expectations, goals, level of commitment, strengths, weaknesses, and physical limitations. Following a review of the proper fundamentals, it is the professional’s job to identify key areas of need and work with basic elements of the swing, along with practice drills to attain muscle memory. Once this is completed, the student can begin to improve their score, as well as their enthusiasm for the game. The best results can be achieved by not only individual instruction, but video analysis, drills, use of training aids, playing lessons, custom club-fitting, and functional movement programs.
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Past LPGA Tour Player / Futures Tour Player / All American & All Big Ten @ University of Michigan
Loyola University of Chicago Men's Golf Team / Head Men's Golf Coach @ Loyola University of Chicago
University of Toledo Men's Golf Team
Wayne State University Men's Golf Team / 2013 Club Champion @ Oakland Hills Country Club
Siena Heights University Men's Golf Team / 2013 Collegiate Series "Player of the Year"
Alma College Women's Golf Team
Siena Heights University Women's Golf Team