My name is Merdad Meraban and I am a professional realtor in the valley and I started playing golf about 3 years ago. I learned to play on my own and I got by but soon I Found out that I can no longer improve my score since I was struggling with my putting pretty bad. Therefore I seeked the assistance and expertise of Mr. Gil Benavidez in April 2017 in order to help me improve my putting. I have only had two, two hours sessions with him but I have made significant improvement in my putting which is unbelievable. Mr. Benavidez is a committed instructor who cares about his students and he is also very quick in finding out the challenges of his students and he applies his unique and personalized techniques to swiftly correct them. I am very happy with the results I received and I recommend Mr. Benavidez to anyone to wants to improve his or her game.
All The Best!
My name is Andrew Osburn. I am the Assistant Golf Professional at Ken McDonald Golf Course.
In my time here I have work with, played golf with, and enjoyed my time with Gil Benavidez. Over the last ten months I have witnessed Mr. Benavidez give quality golf lessons, sell merchandise to a majority of his students, and be a great ambassador for the game of golf. Not only does Mr. Benavidez know a lot about the game of golf and how to teach it; but he also understands the ethics and behaviors that are required on the golf course. He teaches his students to abide by these standards and he holds himself to theses as well. Every time that I have played golf with or seen Mr.Benavidez on the golf course, he takes care of the grounds by parking the cart correctly, fix ball marks on the greens, and fill divots in the fairways. He makes sure to leave the course in better condition after he and his students have played the course. Mr. Benavidez has been a staple of our success over the time he has been here and will continue to be a valuable asset in the future. Please consider Mr. Benavidez as a fundamental part of what is Golf Tempe and Ken McDonald Golf Course.
Ken McDonald Golf Course
Gil is better than “as good as it gets.” Over the past 20 years I have taken a variety a golf lessons – some specific, some general, some singles, some as a series. Gil is the best … by far. We did a series of lessons at Ken McDonald Golf Course in Tempe, Arizona, covered all the basics, homed in on some specific areas where I struggled, and I am better for every minute we’ve spent. Though with plenty of physical and technical instruction, Gil adds a mental and attitude instruction that perhaps has been the most valuable benefit of all. He also did an amazing club fitting for me and assisted in ordering new irons and rescue clubs tailored to my specifications. I happily recommend Golf with Gil to any and all and will no doubt take more lessons with Gil myself. Oh, and he’s fun, too!
Kent Nelson, Arizona Snowbird
March 3, 2017
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- REHEARSE YOUR FULL SWING
- MAKE DEAD AIM A GAME
- DIAL IN YOUR CHIPPING DISTANCE
- BE AMBITIOUS FROM FIVE FEET
- GET A FEEL FOR YOUR HALF WEDGES
- GET SERIOUS FROM THE SAND
1. REHEARSE YOUR FULL SWING
Don’t be a mindless range rat when working on your full swing.Ensureyour personal “pre-swing routine” as you would on the course is followed to the second……take one deliberate, mindful practice swing before each shot, mimicking the feel or technique you’re working on that day. For example,1-breath 2-visualize your shot and the swing that goes with it 3-intermediate target I got this for your mental preparation , make a purposeful rehearsal that employs your new swing routine every time …..then repeat it when hitting the shot. This helps you reinforce the new motor skill you’re trying to learn. It also keeps you focused on the all-important process of the swing, not just the quality of the contact. The key point. (GET OUT OF RESUTS! GET INTO PROCESS )
2. MAKE DEAD AIM A GAME
On the practice tee, visualize a course you know well and “play” an entire nine or 18 holes [minus putts]. If the first “hole” calls for driver, then 6-iron, then wedge, hit those clubs in succession; choose a specific target for each shot, and follow your normal pre-shot routine. This drill makes you hit your clubs in random order, just as you would on the course, and it also helps you work on visualization. Turn it into a game. Give yourself a score — one point for a quality swing, zero for each so-so shot, and minus-one for poor shots [tops, chunks, etc.]. Your goal? Beat the previous score by at least one point. The key point “DO WHAT YOU WOULD ON THE COURSE”
3. DIAL IN YOUR CHIPPING DISTANCE
On the practice green, take five balls and hit chips of various lengths to your target hole until you knock all five to within a club-length of the cup [make it two or three club-lengths if chipping isn’t your strength]. Once you go five-for-five, repeat the drill, this time trying to knock them all inside, say, the steel of the club. Hey, we told you this would be hard! Key point (Different targets each time) play for a score of 22 for 9 holes putting out 17 is my goal 1 chip in and 8 2s…… fun
4. BE AMBITIOUS FROM FIVE FEET
Find a straight five-foot putt on your practice green and keep rollin’ ’em until you make 50 — yes, 50! — in a row, going back to zero after every miss. Is this easy? Heck no. It might take you two hours, it might take you two days. But it’s doable. Once you get to 47, 48, 49 putts…well, that’s where you’ll learn what pressure is. This drill smoothes out your short stroke and banishes the fear of knee-knockers. Don’t give up until you’ve rolled in No. 50, or until your wife sends out a search party. [And take the occasional break to stretch your lower back!] key point ….. do it or lower your expectations.
5. GET A FEEL FOR YOUR HALF WEDGES
Few weekend golfers practice hitting wedges at less than full distances, but you face those shots all the time on the course. Pick three awkward distances — 35, 50 and 75 yards, respectively — and hit ten balls at each target. Give yourself a point for each ball that lands within what you consider an acceptable distance — perhaps 15 to 30 feet. Whatever you score, try to beat that number the next day, with the perfect score of 30 being your Holy Grail. Key point PRE SHOT PRE SHOT
6. GET SERIOUS FROM THE SAND
Instead of mindlessly blasting sand shots from the practice bunker, let a precise goal sharpen your prep. Choose a challenging radius around a hole — it could be 10 feet or 50 feet, depending on your skill level. Using five balls, try to blast all five shots within your chosen radius. Give yourself two points for hole-outs, one point for inside-the-radius shots, and zero points for all others. Once you score five points with five swings, you win! Now shrink your radius, choose a new distance, and start all over.
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I started getting instruction from Gil a couple of years ago after a hiatus from the game of approximately 15 years. Previous of that I took many lessons/classes from numerous club professionals and must say that with Gil’s teaching he has helped me build a base that has allowed my game to grow into something that I never thought possible. The biggest difference I have found is that while most instructors will work with you on the range rarely will they take what you have learned there and apply it to the course in actual gameplay like Gil does.
While I had a foundation of having learned the game during my formative years I still struggled to find the consistency to shoot rounds under 90, and truthfully found myself shooting over 95 more than not.
With Gil’s gameplay focused teaching we didn’t work constantly to rebuild my swing, instead we worked with it to highlight how I could find the sweet spot and deliver the PURE ball striking found in consistent golf.
When we started working together I could say that my weakest aspect was my short game. I would routinely add up shots around the green and rely on gimme putts to finish out holes. I believe our first 5 lessons were nothing more than short game “seminars” if you will and in my actual game play that first month no matter how close the putt I was to finish it out. While frustrating then, I realize now that this wake up call was one of the best things to happen to my game. We built a foundation, including getting a custom fit putter in order to develop that “stroke”. Now I’m one of the top putters in my men’s league, sinking more of those long distance putts, and draining those inside of ten feet routinely no longer relying on those old gimmes to get out of a hole.
In summary, finding Gil was the best thing to happen to my golf game and allowed me to go from frustration club slamming time to actually having a blast on the course. Scoring wise I’m now shooting around 80 routinely and owe a large part to the mentorship of Gil. My swing is not drastically different, but my attitude about everything else on the course is from when I first arrive to my preshot routine.
Even my attitude on the driving range and the practice green has changed. If you’re looking to discover your golf game then I believe you need to look no farther than Gil Benavidez.
I have been taking golf lessons with Gil for years. Everytime I return to him its because an old “bad habit” has crept back into my game and I need his astute observation, diagnosis and correction. He is always friendly, helpful and genuinely interested in making sure that I return to hitting great shots and enjoying the most from my golf experience. I recommend him to golfers of all levels as he truly has something to offer to everyone.
Marie Harder Arizona resident 23 years
Gil has been a fantastic golf instructor. I was fairly nervous to begin learning a new sport and originally began the sport for the ability to play at the conferences that I have to go to for work. I have met with Gil for 4 sessions already and have fallen in love with the sport. He has helped me gain the confidence and build a love for the sport. He is extremely flexible with time and willing to work with you on your own personal goals. He is not only very experienced and professional but he is also a very personable individual with a very positive view on life and learning. I am looking forward to working with Gil for as long as I live and work in Arizona.
Lenor April 2016 Arizona resident 12 years