Fred is the founder of Fred Griffin Golf and previously served as the Director of the Grand Cypress Academy of Golf (formerly the Jack Nicklaus Academy of Golf) in Orlando, Fla., 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.  

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. This dedicated passion for research-based instruction is what sets Griffin apart from other programs. In fact, he and Dr. Mann have spent years together and as a result have completed scientific research on all aspects of the game from full swing, putting, pitch and run, pitching and bunker play.

A regular on Golf Digest’s Best Teachers in Your State list, Griffin has served on the National PGA Presidents Council and National PGA Teaching Committee and spoken at four national PGA Teaching and Coaching Summits.

His many other professional achievements include: North Florida PGA Section Teacher of the Year (1988, 2019), PGA National Finalist Teacher of the Year 2019, North Florida East Central Chapter Teacher of the Year (1988, 2009, 2019), and Golf Digest’s America’s 50 Greatest Teachers. Among the many players who have taken lessons from Fred are Jack Nicklaus, Greg Norman, Payne Stewart, Seve Ballesteros, and Bernhard Langer, Liselotte Neuman, In Gee Chun, Amy Yang and Jihee Lee.

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Fred would welcome you to visit him for instruction in Orlando, Florida at Bella Collina Golf Club (September-May) and in Cashiers, North Carolina (June-August) at High Hampton Resort.


  • Golf Magazine Top 50 Teacher in America (1991)

  • Golf Magazine Top 100 Teacher in America (since 1996)

  • Golf Digest The Best 50 Teachers in America (2000-2008)

  • Golf Digest The Best Teachers in Your State (2009-2020)

  • Golf Digest America’s 100 Best Clubfitters (2011-2020)

  • Golf Magazine Top 25 Golf Schools in America (1999-2019)

  • PGA Class A Member

  • Two-Time North Florida PGA Teacher of the Year (1988, 2019)

  • Finalist National PGA Teacher of the Year (2019)

  • PGA Professional Faculty Member

  • PGA Teaching and Coaching Summit Committee (1989-1990)

  • Golf Channel Academy Lead Coach

  • K Vest Level 1 and 2 Certified Instructor

  • Swing Model Biomechanics Master Instructor and Partner

  • Co-Author with Dr. Ralph Mann Swing Like a Pro

  • Gears 3-D Motion capture Certified

  • AimPoint Green Reading Certified

  • Swing Catalyst Level 1 Certified

  • Boditrak Pressure Mat Certified

  • Flightscope Master Certified

  • Sam Putt Lab Certified (since 2007)

  • Employed Sports Phycologists: Dr. Ryan Caserta, Dr. Patrick Cohen and Dr. Richard Coop

  • Mitchell Golf Club Repair Certified

  • Wilson Golf Advisory Staff Member

  • UpStep Golf Orthotics Advisory Staff Member