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Matt Richardson
The view looks bright for Matt Richardson
At 19 years old, Matt Richardson has already had a glittering golf career.

Matt has just won the 2004 Brabazon Trophy and in 2002 Matt was crowned World Junior Champion.

But perhaps his biggest prize was meeting David Leadbetter.

Leadbetter is one of the world's leading golf coaches having worked with Nick Faldo and now with Ernie Els and Ian Poulter.

Here Matt tells how they met and how David helped turn his game around.

Matt Richardson

Ever since I was a kid I've wanted to be a golf professional.

I really started believing I could make it when I was 14 and I won the Under 18 and Under 21 Middlesex Championships in the same year.

It was the same year that I met David Leadbetter on a junior event and as a result I was chosen to go to Disneyland in Florida where we spent a couple of days with him.

David Leadbetter
Leadbetter: The golf swing guru

He obviously remembered me because the next time he was in England, he gave me his number and said that I should go and see him in the US when I had the chance.

I didn't know what to say, I couldn't believe what I was hearing. It really made me think, 'I must be half decent'.

Now I go and see him two or three times a year. The first time I went there Ty Tryon and Charles Howell were practising.

Charles practises like a demon and was hitting 1000 balls a day. Seeing someone train like that makes you want to get up early every day and get straight into it.

It's certainly the best atmosphere to get the most out of your game.

David Leadbetter and Justin Rose
Justin Rose gets a hand from Leadbetter

David speaks with authority and I like that. I've got 100 percent trust in him.

If you look at his record it speaks for itself. He's worked with Ernie Els, Justin Rose and Ian Poulter and turned all their games around.

Turning the corner

Last year was a bad one for me and to be honest I was sick of golf, I didn't want to play at all.

But I've spoken with David about how easy it is to give in.

How if you look at someone like Tiger no matter how bad things are he still grafts around a course.

In amateur golf when it's raining and things aren't going your way it's easy to throw the towel in.

Even top players do it - you can see it in their body language. But now I think I've turned the corner.

I've had a great winter in the US with David working on my swing.

I haven't won anything this year but when my game clicks I think I'll see a big improvement.

Meeting Leadbetter
Matt's ambitions

Who is David Leadbetter?
David Leadbetter is known as one of the world's best golf instructors or swing gurus
He helped Nick Faldo rebuild his golf swing before he won The Open and the US Masters
Golfers he now works with include Ernie Els, Lee Westwood, Ian Poulter and Charles Howell
Originally from England, he played on the European Tour and now lives in Florida which is the home of the David Leadbetter Golf Academy

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