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Bart Barnard, PGAPGA Certified

Resides in Phoenix, AZ

Bart has been affiliated with the PGA and teaching golf for over 16 years and is a Class A Professional Certified in Teaching and Coaching.  He is also Titleist Performance Institute Certified Level 1.  Bart has been a club professional for over 20 years and is currently teaching golf at The Legacy Golf Resort-Teaching and Learning Center.

Bart has been teaching all levels of golf from beginners, intermediate and advanced golfers. He also ran the biggest Enrichment Junior Golf Program in Arizona from 2008 to 2015 and was 2012 Top 50 Kids Coach Honorable Mention by U.S. Kids Golf.

Bart has been teaching with the Graves Golf Academy Since the fall of 2015 and believes the Single Plane Golf Swing can dramatically change your ball striking. Coupling the Single plane method along with enhanced short game skills will lead to lowering your handicap and enjoyment of the game.

Bart has been living in Phoenix since the fall of 1989 and is married to his loving wife Kara.

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Pat Pohlen, PGA Class A InstructorPGA_Logo_4c

Resides in Orange County, CA

GGA Licensed Instructor since 2015

Masters in Coaching & Athletic Administration, Concordia University

Graduate of University of Notre Dame, BS in Finance

Pat currently resides in Villa Park, just a few miles from Disneyland. He grew up in Southern California, but attended Univ. of Notre Dame in Indiana on a football scholarship. He was a member of the 1973 National Championship Team and a starter on the 75’ team. The same season the movie, ‘Rudy’ is based on. Pat returned to Southern California after graduation and began a business career that lasted 30 years.

Pat started his 2nd career in 2008 and it has been all things golf ever since. The last 6 years he has been coaching Boys and Girls golf at the high school level and instructing golfers since 2009. He earned his PGA credentials in 2012 and even had a hole-in-one during PGA Player Ability Test.

The first time Pat was exposed to the SPS was in the late 90’s when he tried to teach himself the Natural Golf swing. He now uses the SPS exclusively with his game and believes the GGA ‘system’ of connecting all the swings is the best learning tool available for those who want to improve their ‘ball striking’ and their ‘score’. He enjoys working with clients and helping them on their path to more enjoyment on the course by understanding the value of ‘a model’, Moe Norman and ‘a system’, the GGA Instructional methods.

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Jerry D. Martin

Resides in Palm Springs, Ca.

GGA Licensed Golf Instructor.

Born in Spokane, WA, Jerry graduated from the California State University, Northridge with a BS Degree in Physical Education/Sports Kinesiology.

Jerry began playing golf after returning home from the service with the U.S. Army.  Probably the biggest influence in golf was his brother Randy Martin.  Randy was 10 years younger than Jerry and was an outstanding player.  The major contribution Randy made was the fun he had playing golf and the fact he introduced Jerry to the “game”.  Randy’s influence gave Jerry a start in golf that has lasted many years. Within a short time of taking up the game Jerry met a club pro named Angelo Ruggerio who taught him the Single Plane Swing.  After working with Angelo for 3 years and playing in Amateur Tournaments improvement came quickly.

Over the years Jerry was very fortunate to have coaching instruction for his golf swing from some very good Pro’s.

  • Bob Bayer who played on tour in the 30’s and 40’s who taught him the importance of ball striking.
  • Paul Runyan who taught him how to make those all important short game shots.
  • Claude Harmon who taught him how to mentally play the game and to visualize every shot.
  • Bob Roseburg who taught him the importance of practicing.
  • Bill Cullum who taught him that he had an “eye” for seeing things in people’s golf swings that others could not see.
  • Roger Dunn, since Jerry is left handed there wasn’t much in the way of equipment so Roger had a set of Stan Thompson blades made for him which allowed him to improve his play at the tournament level.

Jerry has met a lot of great golfers through the years, but nothing had impressed him more than when he met Moe Norman for the first time.  “Watching Moe strike a golf ball was unbelievable. I had not seen any one like him before in my life and I have seen some great players.”

Jerry & Judy moved to Palm Desert in 1995 and shortly after they arrived Jerry was introduced to Natural Golf thus his teaching career with Natural Golf began. He already was a Single Plane player so it was a perfect fit for him.

Jerry had his own radio show for 4 years in the Palm Springs area called The Natural Golf Hour. Jerry also being Director of the Natural Golf Travel Club has traveled with some of his students to play some of the best golf destinations in the world.

Since Jerry has been a part of Natural Golf and now the Graves Golf Academy he feels his main success comes from helping golfers understand the swing and how they can improve their golf games.  One of the biggest challenges people have says Jerry “is over-coming their fears of failure”.

One of the greatest teaching tips that was taught to Jerry was to teach your students one thing at a time.  Let them get that right and then move on to the next thing.  That is what Jerry has based his teaching career on to this day.

Jerry currently resides in Palm Desert, Ca. with his wife Judy and their dog “Riley”.

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Frank Corby, CPGAPGAcanada

Resides in Ajax, Ontario, Canada

GGA Licensed Golf Instructor

Born and raised in Toronto, Ontario, Frank grew up playing many sports. The game of golf became a part of his life during his early teen years.

In 1979, Frank attended a junior golf camp at Golf Haven Golf Club in Gilford, Ontario. This is where he met and witnessed Moe Norman for the first time.

In 1986, Frank became a member of the PGA of Canada. Frank spent his first 14 years as a Golf Professional at Rosedale Golf Club; a private club, established in 1893, situated in the heart of Toronto. During his time at Rosedale Golf Club, Frank qualified for and played on the Canadian Tour for 2 seasons in 1991 and 1992. Around this time, Frank spent numerous winters in Titusville, Florida at Royal Oak Golf & Country Club working on his game and playing mini tour events. This just happened to be the golf course where Moe spent his winters too. Frank was able to study/watch Moe’s Single Plane Swing and was lucky enough to have played and practiced with Moe.

From 2000 through 2014, Frank was the Head Professional at The Royal Ashburn Golf Club in Whitby, Ontario. The Canadian Tour held it’s Fall Qualifying School there for 34 years in a row. During 29 years as a Club Professional, Frank taught all levels of golfers from beginners to playing Professionals. He has designed, coordinated and led clinics, camps and elite junior programs along with conducting private lessons. Frank has written articles for Golf Illustrated magazine plus was interviewed by Pink’s drummer, Mark Schulman to be in his book “Conquering Life’s Stage Fright”.

In 2015, Frank committed himself solely to his true passion…teaching. As a PGA of Canada Professional and the only certified Graves Golf Academy Instructor in Canada, Frank is excited to be a part of this exceptional team of North American Teaching Professionals!

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Paul Tessler, PGAPGA_Logo_4c

Resides in Newton Falls, OH

GGA Licensed Golf Instructor

Born and raised in Northeast Ohio, Paul graduated from Bowling Green State University (1975), with a BS in business marketing. He became a PGA Member after college and played professional golf extensively until buying his own golf teaching center in 1983.

With an eye for teaching and a desire to help golfers improve their game, Paul has spent 42 years operating a successful golf learning center. In addition to operating his business, Paul spent five years as an instruction editor for the Ohio Golfer Magazine. His instruction articles have also appeared in Golf Magazine and The Tribune Chronicle. The Cleveland Plain Dealer,along with regional publications for Time, Newsweek and US News, have featured his One Day Golf Schools.

Paul spent eight years coaching high school golf and continues to coach many high school and college players. His busy schedule still allows time to consult area golf coaches and aspiring golf professionals. Paul takes great pride in developing those who have a desire to pursue golf professionally and many of his students have gone on to full-ride golf scholarships, PGA membership and become high school/college golf coaches.

Paul first met Moe Norman at Ocean Palm Golf Club in Flagler Beach,FL.  It was there that he had the opportunity to start studying his swing. His most memorable “Moe-ism”, was when Moe was asked “How far do you hit your 7-iron?” Moe’s reply, “I don’t play golf by yardage. I play by trajectory.” He then proceeded to hit pure 7-iron shots over and under a tree branch to demonstrate his skill.

Paul’s journey to the Single Plane Swing started with his vision of Moe’s swing back in the 1980’s and came to fruition when he first saw Todd’s video explaining the back problems associated with the conventional golf swing. Having given up practicing because of hip and neck pain, Paul is glad to be hitting balls again pain-free using the Single Plane Swing.

Paul joined the GGA Instructional team in 2015, and conducts Single Plane Experience schools throughout the year at his facility in Newton Falls.

Dr. Ron Cruickshank

Resides in Robina, QLD, Australia

GGA Licensed Golf Instructor – Director GGA Australia & International Business Development

For many years, including when he played on the Tour, Ron served as Mental Coach for Todd Graves. It was through this relationship that he met Moe Norman and was fortunate to conduct an in-depth taped interview for Natural Golf with Moe at Pine Needles in North Carolina and have the opportunity to explore his genius further in subsequent meetings.

Many of you will recognize Ron from his frequent articles on the web site as he explored the mental side developments in the game.

Ron has been serving in the role of International Business Development for GGA for several years. He returned to his native Canada to form the GGA Canadian Operation and to perpetuate Moe’s legacy. While there, he introduced to Canada the Moe Norman Experience as it evolved to what is now called the SPE (Single Plane Experience) program.

Ron and his staff of GGA professionals went in early 2014 to establish the GGA operation in China, spending two years on the golf destination island of Hainan in the SW of China. They developed an innovative program with the Canadian International School establishing a program designed to introduce the youth of China to the single plane golf swing.

Recently, pursuing further international development Ron moved to the Gold Coast of Australia to offer a full complement of GGA services to the 66,000 members of our single plane community there. Located in the golfing destination area known as the Gold Coast on the Aussie east coast, he reports he has found ‘golfing paradise’.

A behavioral science innovator Ron has spent 30 years searching for the keys to high performance in business and sport. His personal sports passions are golf and the martial art of Aikido. Eclectic to the core, Doc is also an author and an inventor. He holds eight (8) patents and has written over 100 articles and three books.

Ron holds a BA from Guilford College and was a Dana Scholar.  He was awarded a Masters Fellowship from the University of North Carolina and earned an M.A. and Ph.D. in Sociological Social Psychology from California Western University. He is also the co-inventor of the Advanced Behavioral Modeling™ process and a revolutionary Bio-Feedback System for measuring pre-cognitive emotions called Answer-Stream.

Blade Cruickshank

Resides in Robina, QLD, Australia

GGA Licensed Golf Instructor

One of the favorite stories Blade tells about his immersion in the single plane swing was that he had the distinct and memorable experience of having Moe Norman put his hands on the club at the age of six while accompanying his father during a Moe interview in Pinehurst, North Carolina. According to all present, Moe gave him a firm look and told him in no uncertain terms. “Keep this grip forever and don’t change it.” As Blade likes to point out now…. ‘and I haven’t’.

After a solid university athletic career as a four-year letter man in lacrosse under the legendary Hall of Fame Coach and nine-time All-Star Tom Carmean, he was elected Team Captain his Senior year. After graduation he spent a year coaching for an elite travel club level rising quickly to Head Defensive Coach of the Carolina HillToppers.

In 2013, Blade made a career choice to focus on golf and became a GGA Certified Instructor. Having graduated from Guilford College in North Carolina with a degree in Business and International Marketing he was a natural selection to join the International Business Development team of GGA and went to China as a Certified Instructor. During his tenure in China he rose to become the Director of Golf Operations and then General Manager.

Blade achieved wide spread recognition in China when his student Eric Zhang, at the age of 7, won the China wide Drive, Chip and Putt contest held in Shenzhen. Notably, Eric won for not only his age category, but beat the 8,9,10,11 and 12-year old competitors handily. Returning home with a basket full of certificates and prizes Eric’s father graciously hosted a significant social event to honor both Eric’s achievement but also his number one Coach. Eric continues to thrive and grow as a person and golfer having moved to New Zealand in the later part of 2015.

In 2016, Blade moved to Australia in support of providing a full complement of GGA services to the over 66,000 members of the GGA community there. His HQ in the pristine golf environment of the Gold Coast area (south of Brisbane) gives him the perfect platform to establish GGA.