Craig A Susalka was born in Nashua NH one of 9 children. He holds an Associates Degree in Business Management. from University of Lowell in Lowell, MA. Craig started playing golf at age 22 and his first job as Head PGA Professional was with Passaconaway Country Club in Litchfield, NH. He moved to the Philadelphia area in 1992 and spent 14 years as the Head Pro at Springfield Country Club. His career low score of 63, also the the current course record, is on that course. Best tournament performances includes a tie for first in the Doylestown Open in 2005, a tournament round at Applebrook in which he made 9 birdies and a tournament round of 66 (1 shot away from the course record) at Scotland Run in the Pro/Assistant in 1999. Craig currently has 4 Holes-in-one to his credit, the most recent being hole #2 at Radnor Valley Country Club in 2013. Craig became the Head PGA Professional at Edgmont in 2011. Craig is the father of two college graduate daughters.
Craig was awesome. He geared his lessons to exactly what I wanted to learn and made it fun along the way. Easy to get along with and very knowledgeable. I overestimated the depth at which I wanted to dive into the game but either way Craig was diligent about our goal and elevated my game.
I start with an evaluation of the student. Obviously their swing mechanics, but also an assessment of their goals and aspirations. If we are only doing a single lesson, I will correct the most serious flaw in their mechanics. If we are doing a series of lessons, I'll start with a general overview of the swing in the first lesson then work on a single issue in each subsequent meeting.
I have participated in multiple teaching seminars through the PGA and have taught thousands of lessons in my career.
One private lesson of 45 minutes for $60.
A series of 5 lessons for $275
I became a golf professional at the age of 28 and have been teaching ever since. I enjoy seeing my students improve their game and I love it when they get that "Aha moment" when they make a breakthrough.
I've worked with virtually every type of student there is. From totally blind, amputees, young (5 years old) to old, male, female, beginners to advanced, right handed or left handed. I've had other professionals ask me for input on their game.
First I would ask if the instructor is a PGA Profesdional. Then I would like to know a little about their style of teaching (do they use a "system", do they use video (if that's important to you), will they let you decide what you want to work on (if you have a preference)), how much experience do they have.
Do you have the time and motivation to put in the time and effort to practice what you learn. Too many people think that the lesson(s) will cure their problems when in fact the lesson will identify and help you understand the problem and how to fix it, but it's the repetition in practice that brings about the improvement.