Griffin has served as the Director of the Grand Cypress Academy of Golf in Orlando, FL, since it opened in 1986.  He’s a Golf Magazine Top 100 Teacher and a regular on Golf Digest’s Best in State list.

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Grand Cypress Academy of Golf

Grand Cypress Academy of Golf

Orlando
, FL

Jack Nicklaus, 18-time major champion

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fred griffin 

Griffin has served as the Director of the Grand Cypress Academy of Golf (formerly the Jack Nicklaus Academy of Golf) in Orlando, FL, since it opened in 1986. A Golf Magazine Top 100 Teacher, Griffin teamed with CompuSport International and Dr. Ralph Mann to create the first science-based curriculum program based on high-speed video and computer graphics in the golf instruction industry. The SwingModel video teaching system has become a staple of the Academy, which was recognized by Golf Magazine as one of its Top 25 Golf Schools in America.

Griffin’s and Mann’s research on the biomechanics of the swing spawned the golf instruction book, Swing Like a Pro, which became a model for the many swing sequence articles you see in magazines today. Griffin’s work has also been published in Golf Magazine, Golf Digest, and Golf Illustrated, and he has filmed several instruction tips for the Golf Channel.

A regular on Golf Digest’s Best in State list, Griffin has served on the National PGA Presidents Council and National PGA Teaching Committee and spoken at four PGA Teaching and Coaching Summits. His many other professional achievements include: North Florida PGA Section Teacher of the Year (1988), North Florida East Central Chapter Teacher of the Year (2009), and Golf Digest’s America’s 50 Greatest Teachers.

Among the many players who have taken lessons from Fred at Grand Cypress are Jack Nicklaus, Greg Norman, Payne Stewart, Seve Ballesteros, and Bernhard Langer.

Grand Cypress Academy of Golf

Grand Cypress Academy of Golf

Orlando, FL

www.fredgriffingolf.com

The Academy’s 21-acre practice complex designed by Jack Nicklaus offers a full-length double ended driving range and three regulation practice holes (a par 3, par 4 and par 5). There is also an extensive short-game practice area with a large putting surface, chipping and pitching areas plus a practice bunker. For protection from the elements there are multiple outdoor canopies and tented areas along with two indoor hitting stations.

Orlando golf coach Gus Holbrook

Gus Holbrook

Gus has been with the Grand Cypress Academy of Golf for more than 20 years. A fixture on Golf Digest’s list of the Best Teachers in Florida from 2003 through 2010, Gus was an All-American collegiate golfer at the University of Georgia, placing fifth individually in the 1977 NCAA Golf Championships.

Orlando golf coach Todd Meena

Todd Meena

Todd is a former European PGA Tour member with top-echelon teaching credentials. He has been selected to Golf Digest’s list of the Best Teachers in Florida for 10 consecutive years, and has led numerous instructional workshops for the PGA. Todd is originally from California and has been with the Academy for 22 years.

Orlando golf coach Harry Zimmerman

Harry Zimmerman

A member of the Academy’s instructional staff since 1997, Harry joins Fred Griffin and Todd Meena on Golf Digest’s most recent list of the Best Teachers in Florida. He was also named Teacher of the Year in the East Central Chapter of the North Florida PGA Section in 2000.