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Dr. David F. Wright

David F. Wright, Ph.D., PGA holds two doctorates.  His areas of specialization are in Research, the Psychology of Learning and Psychophysiology.  He was a member of the full time faculty of the University of Southern California School of Medicine for 4 years and he has been a member of the clinical faculty of the School of Medicine for over 25 years.  Dr Wright has been a golf teaching professional since 1982.  He is the author of 4 books on golf and numerous golf magazine and Professional Journal articles, videos and audio CDs.  Most recently his work appeared in the 2011 book published by Sports Illustrated and Golf Magazine: The Best Putting Instruction Book Ever and he has contributed a chapter on Stance Width and Posture in a Sports Illustrated & Golf magazine book on "Drive the Ball With Power and Accuracy" due out in 2012.


Dr Wright conducted a three year golf research project in Dr. Frank Jobe’s Biomechanics Lab at Centinela Hospital in Los Angeles from 2004 thru 2007.   See the Research section of this site.  He has been described by Sports Illustrated and Golf Magazine as the "Balance Expert" and Golf Digest of Japan as the "Foremost Expert on Balance" and "...leader in balance instruction across all sports and industries."

Dr Wright was also a Coach for University of Southern California Men’s and Women’s Golf Teams from 1999 through 2008.  During his tenure the teams combined to win 2 Team and 3 Individual NCAA National Championships, 7 Regional NCCA Championships and 2 PAC 10 Conference Championships.

He has received numerous accolades for excellence as a golf instructor, including:

  • Golf Magazine Top 100 Instructor
  • Golf Magazine Top 25 Golf School
  • A Golf Digest Top Teacher
  • He has been PGA Teacher of the year for Southern California  twice


Dr. Wright runs his Golf Schools at Arroyo Trabuco Golf Club in Mission Viejo, CA as well as at select national and international locations    He continues his research in a biomechanics lab at the front of the range at Arroyo Trabuco Golf Club.  He begins his golf schools and individual lessons in that lab. He is the founder and owner of

Jim Smith, Ph.D.

Jim Smith, Ph.D. has been a research physicist for over 30 years, receiving a variety of professional awards. He has a doctorate in experimental physics and he completed a postdoctoral fellowship in biophysics. He has served on numerous national committees and advisory boards, and has co-authored over 100 technical research papers and reports. Dr. Smith has been a consultant with Wright Balance Golf Academy for three years. He co-designed the putter face bubble and collaborates weekly with Dr. Wright regarding the grip fitting system, set up and swing measurement systems and the physics of the golf swing as related to set up. He currently lives in Duluth, Georgia with his wife, June.

Pat Burke

Pat Burke is a PGA and Australian Tours Veteran. Pat won the Australian Tournament Players Championship and the Victoria Open while playing the Australian Tour. He finished second in the Australian Tour Order of Merit. Pat played the PGA Tour for 8 years before being sidelined with an injury. He has worked with Dr. Wright since 1990. Currently he assists in Golf Schools. He is closely involved in the research in the biomechanics lab on grip size and balance.


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