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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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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.

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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.

Richard Jacobs

Resides in Minneapolis, MN

Richard is a dedicated student of golf.

As an accomplished racquetball player, he picked up golf 26 years ago as an off-season hobby and it quickly turned into his passion.

Immediately after his first round of 130 he signed up for lessons from the local golf pro. His thought was, “I may wind up being a terrible golfer but it won’t be because I didn’t ask for help.”

Three months later he was shooting in the 80’s and was hooked for life.

Now many years later Richard has studied with some of the top instructors in the country while accomplishing a GHIN index as low as 2. He has served as a certified putting instructor and fitter for an international putter company for the last seven years and is now proud to be certified as a Graves Golf Single Plane Instructor.

“I love the beauty, the simplicity and the repeatability of the Single Plane Swing. It matches up perfectly with my philosophy that having an effective system constructed of as few moving parts as possible is always the best way to go.”

Parker Elrod

Resides in Atlanta, GA

I grew up in Winder Ga and currently live in Jefferson Ga. I started playing golf when I was 13 and played on the middle school golf team for a year and then played on the Winder-Barrow high school golf team for all 4 years. I was never a great golfer and during the summer between my sophomore and junior year I stumbled across a video of Moe Norman on YouTube and was convinced that Moe had found the solution to golf and I was eager to try and swing like Moe.

I went to the range the next day and changed my swing to what my understanding of Moe’s swing was and I saw instant success almost every shot was going dead straight. I then went out on the course and shot a 79 which is crazy considering I shot a 120 at our high school region tournament just weeks before. I then lead our high school team golf team to its best finishes in our region and section tournaments since the mid 90’s. After I graduated high school I went to work as a warehouse manager at LuxWireless and also came back to be an assistant golf coach at my high school which made me realize how much I enjoyed coaching and teaching people how to get better at golf.

After doing more research on Moe I found out about The Graves Golf Academy and thought what better way to help people get better at golf then to teach what has helped me become the best golfer I can be.