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.
Frank Corby, CPGA
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!
Paul Tessler, PGA
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.
Resides in Charlotte NC
PGA Professional Since 1989
GGA Licensed Golf Instructor
As a PGA Professional, Michael took lessons from David Leadbetter and Jim Mclean in the early 90’s. His game struggled to improve. He saw his students struggling with the same teaching method.
One night he saw Natural Golf Single Plane Swing and Moe Norman, on the Golf Channel and was so intrigued by the simple swing method he went is his backyard and tried it with a whiffle ball,. He was so impressed by how he could hit it and also about how he could teach his students. He met with an instructor to learn more. He got certified in 2001 and never looked back.
Michael met Moe and Todd Graves back then and learned as much as he could from watching and speaking with them. With Todd and Tim continuing to teach the SPS, Michael wanted to keep teaching the SPS so he reached out to Graves Golf Academy.
Now a licensed instructor with GGA he is teaching the method he believes will help golfers at any level improve and stay healthy.
I believe the best way to grow the game of golf is to be able to teach a simpler model of how to play golf. It is something that every player can understand and continue to improve and enjoy.