Golf with Gil

Phoenix, AZ

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How does your service stand out?

My goal is to enhance the golf experience for each player I have the privilege to serve. In everything I do, exceeding each student's expectations is my number one goal. I want to help my student shoot lower scores and increase their enjoyment of the game. I am fortunate to be able to share my passion for golf with everyone I teach. See you on the course!

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

The freedom to teach on the course My goal is to enhance the golf experience for each player I have the privilege to serve. In everything I do, exceeding each student's expectations is my number one goal. I want to help my student shoot lower scores and increase their enjoyment of the game. I am fortunate to be able to share my passion for golf with everyone I teach.I am a Master Teaching Professional with the United States Golf Teachers Federation (USGTF) and a SeeMore Putters (SPI) Certified Putter Fitter. See you on the course!


Phoenix, AZ 85044

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9 Reviews
  • Toby P. Oct 3, 2016
    Golf Lessons
    Verified Review
    Great golf lessons!
    Got a great 1st lesson, looking forward to the next five! Thanks Gil
  • Jason J. Aug 9, 2016
    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 pre-shot 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.
  • Marie H. Apr 10, 2015
    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.
    Gil B. May 9, 2016

    Thanks for your kind words and let's get to that next level

  • Leonor C. Apr 9, 2015
    Golf Lessons
    Verified Review
    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.
  • Kathy R. Apr 5, 2015
    April 4, 2015 I met Gil on the golf course when he was working with one of his students. They joined me and my husband and played a few holes with us. We liked Gil as soon as we met him, and after seeing his coaching style thought he could help me with my golf game. I have only had two sessions with Gil, and my game has already improved. I love his coaching style! We work on the range and then move to the golf course and practice what we have learned. In the past I have struggled hitting the ball over water. Last lesson I hit over 20 balls over the water on three different holes. In four years I haven’t hit that many balls over the water. I am improving and having fun at the same time. I can’t wait for my next lesson! Kathy Rose
  • Ken B. Feb 3, 2015
    Golf Lessons
    Verified Review
    Good initial service but then calls were unanswered & I began to suspect that was the end of the meetings. Finally get a call, although apparently not in response to messages left, & assume all is back on track. Gil is supposed to book a t-time & advise me for Feb 2, no response so far. The session has ended as far as I am concerned.
    Gil B. Feb 3, 2015

    Well ken was very negitive during our lessons not willing to work on what was needed and one more example of a grown man blaming his none actions on somebody else ken I wish you the best and our transaction is compleat 2 -3hour lessons as agreed compleate wish you the best and please do not call my business again as I do not serve difficult customers like yourself I am in the customer service business

  • Katryna N. Jan 23, 2015
    Golf Lessons
    Verified Review
    Gil is a wonderful golf instructor. He's positive, knowledgable, and personable. I will definitely be working with him for the long term. He's very welcoming to all skill levels and makes it easy for his students to fall in love with the game of golf.
  • Jim C. Dec 8, 2014
    Gil has been my instructor for several years. He has been absolutely fantastic and has brought me along at a gradual pace. He has me playing golf for the fun of it,and now, thanks to him, I am really enjoying playing golf. Gil is a real student, he astounds me with his knowledge of every facet of this game. I look forward to playing with him on the course and practicing on the range as I know I will learn something new every time this transpires. I highly recommend Gil, irregardless of your ability to play the game, he feels comfortable instructing beginners as well as the advanced player.
  • Parag A. Dec 8, 2014
    Golf Lessons
    Verified Review
    It has been a delight to work with Gil. I have been impressed by his dedication and professionalism. Gil has helped me in learning golf and after each session with him, I have seen marked improvement in my game.


What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
Ask specific plan for each lesson and look at the overall game and do what I see they need 1 thing they want and 2 I want.... this is the key short game to ensure bogie is guaranteed
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I play professional golf from mini tours to tour events I do 30 lessons a week....Everyday day learning something new from my clients about differnt physical limitations I also play on the mini tours here learning from PGA players rules all aspects of the game I love it
Do you have a standard pricing system for your service? If so, please share the details here.
Each is structured to customers needs I have found that the time I spend with my clients is the only time they practice this is why my sessions can go 2-4hours at a time.... in course personal mentoring and the mental game how to control your emotions 15 seconds at a time....
How did you get started doing this type of work?
For the Love of the game and the simplicity of the game if you just change the way you think not the way you swing
What types of customers have you worked with?
I spend the time on the course with them show them how to develop a sound pre-shot routine and good positive attitude to better their scores and overall enjoyment sound practice routines so you will no how to practice on your own
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
Have a new client 4 birdies in a row. Also them telling me how they know with certanty from a post round analysis what they need to practice..and how to practice with a purpose. ...and whats right is more important than what's wrong the importance of a pre shot routine..
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Fine someone that speaks your language and does not change your natural swing but teaches you how to swing your swing
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
You don't need to change your swing just your thinking to learn that this game is easy and fun