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Baddeley defends switch to Leadbetter

Aaron Baddeley has denied reports that high-profile mentor David Leadbetter is not giving the young Australian enough coaching as his game develops.
Baddeley, who recorded a third place finish in last week’s Arkansas Classic on the secondary tour, said that he has been working extensively with Leadbetter, the acclaimed “swing guru”.

"I would just like to let people know that if there are any doubts about Lead having enough time for me, we spent from 10am to 5pm together all Tuesday, breaking for an hour at lunchtime," Baddeley said.

"(Leadbetter) has given me plenty of time and he is always available, either on the phone or at the academy in Florida.

Baddeley, speaking on his website, said that minor changes in his game are starting to pay dividends.

"It's always good after an event to have a look at your swing to see what changes have consolidated and which ones still need a little work,"

"When you are under the gun, under the pressure of a tournament, your body will go to where it's most comfortable and usually...that means old habits.

"But when I got to Leadbetter's place and looked at the video I was nicely surprised because a lot of the changes that we have been making were sticking and my swing looked really good.

"David pretty much just fine-tuned my swing a bit - a majority of the time was spent working on my short game."

Baddeley came under fire from many golf insiders, including Robert Allenby, when he dumped respected coach Dale Lynch in favour of Leadbetter.

Baddeley will play in the Chunichi Crowns in Japan this week followed by the Benson and Hedges International Open in England the week after.

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