The Golf Institute

The Golf Institute


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LEAH BERST - Leah has been a member of the PGA of America since 1987 achieving quarter century membership status in 2012. She is trained in the instructional principles taught by the PGA. In order to stay current with her PGA membership she continues to attend continuing education teaching workshops and seminars. Leah has lived in Dallas since 1984 and has during that time worked as an Assistant Golf Professional at The Northwood Club and as an Assistant and Head Golf Professional at Stonebriar C.C.and is currently the owner and Director of Instruction of The Golf Institute. Leah moved to Dallas from Jacksonville, Fl., where she worked as a Golf Professional at The Sawgrass Resort. Leah graduated from Florida State University where she played on the golf team. Leah’s background knowledge comes from a lifetime of playing, studying, and understanding the game. Leah has given more than 27,000 golf lessons to date, since becoming a golf professional and has owned and operated The Golf Institute since 1991.THE GOLF INSTITUTE The Golf Institute was created by Leah Berst in January of 1991. The purpose of the school was to put together golf education programs for new and experienced golfers. The school presently offers both adult and junior schedules of events. The Golf Institute has comprehensive learning for golfers of all ages and genders. Offered are classes, clinics and private instruction for all. The Golf Institute also focuses on comprehensive junior programs from summer camps, to ongoing clinics during the school year, as well as special developmental programs for juniors interested in playing competitive golf.

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Carrollton, TX 75006
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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

I like to find out about the student first.

Golf history, lessons they have had in the past.

Any physical limits, past injuries etc.

I prefer to work with the student with where they are right now.  "I do not believe in reinventing the wheel."

I work on each students golf basics to improve their game.

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

I am a member of the PGA of America and have taught lessons on a full time basis since 1991 but have been teaching since 1983.  I have taught more than 27,000 lessons during that time.

I also regularly attend teaching and coaching seminars to stay up to date with my teaching education.

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

I do.   You can visit my website at for all pricing.

How did you get started teaching?

After graduting from Florida State University, where I played on the golf team, I turned professional and starting teaching.  I have been in the golf business as an assistant and Head golf professional before starting my own golf school in 1991.  I have been teaching full time ever since.

What types of students have you worked with?


I have taught all ages, all genders, all skill levels.

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

I am excited to have my daughter, whom I have coached, shoot a score of 67 this summer before heading off to college to play on her golf team there.

What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

Find a professional that is either PGA or LPGA that has the credentials to teach.  They have been through the education process to teach, they are also expected to have the playing background so they know the game.

Also be sure to find someone who you can communicate with.  You need to be comfortable with the teaching style as well as what they are saying.  You should always be able to ask questions.

What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

What is your goal?  What is your time line to attain this goal?

What are your limitations? If any. 

How much are you going to play or practice?

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