Garry Rippy Golf

Austin, TX

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About this pro

How does your business stand out?

I am dedicated to your long term improvement. After each lesson I will provide notes with pictures reviewing the lesson along with written drills to help you get the feel of your swing. I believe it is very important to work on the short game. You can make a vast improvement in your scoring by utilizing my simple, yet comprehensive short game system. I am an Eyeline Golf Certified Putting Instructor and teach the "4 Putting Elements".

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

I have been playing the game for over 50 years and teaching the game for almost 40. I know how good I feel when I play well and I enjoy it when my students get the same great feeling about golf!

Location

Austin, TX 78730

Years in business

39

Times hired on Thumbtack

74

Reviews

41 Reviews
  • Thumbtack Customer Aug 3, 2017
    He listens and observes well and got right to work. He's respectful and paces your lessons to your need.
  • Greg P. Jul 8, 2017
    Golf Lessons
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    Garry was a great teacher. With so many years of experience he has a variety of ways to describe the proper feelings and movements in golf. He pointed out some of my consistent misses in my swing and got me on the right track. I highly recommend taking a lesson or lessons with Garry. He definitely will improve your game!
  • Kelly F. Jul 5, 2017
    Golf Lessons
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    So phenomenal I'm speechless! Garry is the best of the best!
  • Chari K. Jun 8, 2017
    Golf Lessons
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    Garry provided me the instant feedback that I needed to start correcting a long time slice. From easy to remember tips, to photos and videos of my swing, he has both a practical and innovative way of getting you to perfect swing form. Additionally, after each lesson, he provides detailed follow up information and drills as homework. He's fun, easy to understand and an overall great coach. I don't have enough good things to say about Gary!
  • David S. Jun 6, 2017
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    Garry has worked with my son for several months, and my son has made tremendous progress. Garry's method of working with the player to refine the player's skill rather than trying to fit the player into a certain mold is remarkable. I can't say enough positives about Garry as a coach. I would highly recommend Garry as a coach to any player.
  • Tyler M. May 15, 2017
    Golf Lessons
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    Mr. Rippy is very knowledgeable and his teaching style is simple and and effective. Players of all skill levels can improve using his techniques.
  • Don K. Apr 4, 2017
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    Great experience!!!
    I spent three hours working with Garry on short game and wedge play. He taught me a lot in a short period of time. He also followed up with an email so I have notes to remember setup and execution of his methodology. It was a great experience and I look forward to practicing my new skills and improving my handicap from a 4.0.
  • Scott C. Mar 29, 2017
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    Wonderful
    Amazing!
  • Chris H. Aug 23, 2016
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  • Anne R. Jun 23, 2016
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    Garry has consistently helped my daughter achieve her goals of playing college golf. He is very flexible, and easy to work with, and my daughter wants to continue golf lessons with him when she goes to college.
  • Jantzen M. May 9, 2016
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  • Ross R. Apr 8, 2016
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  • Sean D. Apr 1, 2016
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    Great teaching style! Has helped me with my game.
  • Wendy O. Feb 19, 2016
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    Excellent lesson!
  • Kristin S. Feb 15, 2016
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    Garry contacted me almost immediately after I made my Thumbtack request. Had my first lesson today and I loved it! Garry is patient, communicative, and fun. I can't believe how quickly I progressed today. Looking forward to many more lessons!
  • Alex M. Feb 10, 2016
    Golf Lessons
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    Extremely knowledgeable and easy to understand Garry's thought process and translate it to your game. One of the best instructors I've seen and far more beneficial than other big box golf lessons.
  • Amy G. Oct 10, 2015
    Golf Lessons
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    It is hard to say anything critical about my experience, as I have only worked with him one time. However, at this point I could not be happier with my experience. I feel very comfort with Garry and his knowledge of Gold is more than I had dreamed of getting. After I have had a number of lessons I will be able to be more specific. O would however recommend him to anyone who is serious about their golf game.
  • Dylan D. Aug 12, 2015
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    Over the course of four lessons with Garry I was able to significantly improve my overall game. Each lesson consisted of a different aspect of my swing, and after each lesson I went to the range daily to work on that aspect. After each lesson he will give you videos and pictures to help give you an idea what your swing should look like from all angles. Before taking lessons I had no idea what my handicap or scoring average was, but after 4 lessons and daily trips to the driving range I have been scoring in the low 80's. I highly recommend Garry, and will be referring friends to him in the future.
  • Rob B. Aug 11, 2015
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    Friendly, patient and helpful
  • Ryan C. Jul 7, 2015
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  • Joel B. Jul 3, 2015
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    Garry is a really good teacher of the game of golf. I came into our efforts with a swing that is a mess and Garry is working with me through the Extremely Challenging effort to fix that. He has great knowledge of the sport and does a great job conveying the message. I recommend a session or two with Garry, if you are willing to put in the work you will get better.
  • Don B. Jun 15, 2015
    Golf Lessons
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    Very knowledgable, and professional. Quickly saw some things I was doing that were hindering my putting. Gave concise, well organized lesson. He introduced me also to several tools and drills to improve. Garry also send me a summary e-mail that evening!
  • Mike T. Jun 6, 2015
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  • Paul F. May 28, 2015
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    Very happy with my first lesson with Garry. I have seen tons of golf pros, and he is definitely one of if not the best. His years of experience clearly come through on his lessons, and I would highly recommend him to anyone.
  • Cynthia R. May 11, 2015
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    My daughter has had one lesson so far and really liked the advice that Garry had and the way that he communicated suggested changes. The video of her swing was also very helpful.
  • Gordon R. May 5, 2015
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    Garry is great. By far the best instructor I've ever had. First of all, he began by checking and correcting my grip before he ever did anything with my swing, so he stresses fundamentals. He has a great way of communicating what he is seeing and what he wants done do to correct the issue. He uses easy to understand drills to help correct swing flaws. The follow up e-mail with pictures of my swing compared to a proper swing, along with a summary of my lesson was also very valuable. I highly recommend Garry.
  • Patrick H. May 4, 2015
    Golf Lessons
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    Ver good instructor that helped me identify problems with my grip and swing. Great experience.
  • Bobby R. Mar 28, 2015
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  • Gwen I. Mar 4, 2015
    I received a golf lesson package for my birthday. I was feeling pretty frustrated with my golf rounds. I knew that I could do better and needed help. What I really like about Garry is how he communicates the changes that he is trying to get you to do. If one message didn't click in my brain, he had another one that I could relate to and act upon. The other thing that is very helpful was the email with pictures of my existing golf flaw, my improvement position, and what a pro's position looks like. He also sent drills that were very helpful. He didn't change so much that I couldn't continue to go play golf. That was great, because I wanted to keep playing and not spending all of my time practicing. I really look forward to the next lesson!
  • Leslie T. Feb 15, 2015
    Golf Lessons
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    Garry is very knowledgeable and took time with two of us new golfers. He teaches at Morris Williams where they have a private area for instructors which took away the stress of having people around.
  • Julie E. Dec 3, 2014
    I have been working with Garry for probably 4 or 5 years now and have found him to be an outstanding instructor. He always finds ways to present the game and/or fundamentals in a way I understand. Garry's professionalism, knowledge of the game, and teaching style sets him ahead of the game. Myself as well as friends that have taken lessons from him have all walked. away with a better grasp of whatever skill was being worked on. I really appreciate his attention to detail and the follow up notes he has sent after some of the lessons has been invaluable. His love of the game and eagerness for his students to improve is infectious!
  • Rudi N. Nov 22, 2014
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    Garry has been outstanding thus far. I had my very first golf lesson with him 6 months ago and then didn't engage with him again until 3 weeks ago. I can honestly say that I have improved significantly in the past 3 weeks (with 2 lessons from Garry) compared to the previous 6 months. What sets him apart is that he has tailored his teaching to my needs and looks for different drills to get me to understand the concepts. I feel like I would have been significantly farther along had I worked more closely with Garry over the past 6 months. I am looking forward to continuing to grow my golf game
  • Steven K. Nov 18, 2014
    I've been a Range Grinder for about 2 years now and have attended almost all of Gary's clinics during that time. What really impresses me about Gary is his ability to "see" your swing and identify the area that needs improvement the most, plus his knowledge of the golf swing and the numerous drills and techniques he has to address your swing adjustment needs. I've seen Gary work with several different persons and he always comes up with a technique to help each person improve their swing. In addition, Gary really knows the entire game of golf: golf swing, pre-shot routine, putting, chipping, pitching, course management, rules ... if it's golf, Gary knows it, and he can help you with it just as he has help me with it.
  • Carol B. Nov 18, 2014
    Garry has improved my game significantly, I started with a very high handicap and dropped about 10 strokes. Even won "Most Improved" in my ladies' golf association (twice). He is always professional and respectful and explains things well. I recommend him highly and will continue taking lessons from him.
  • Steve D. Oct 16, 2014
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    Great experience
  • Mikael M. Sep 5, 2014
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    Garry did a great job working with me on my swing. He is patient, friendly and a great golf instructor. I am shooting lower scores and excited to go back for another lesson.
  • George D. Aug 13, 2014
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    So far, so good.... one more session to go... Really am satisfide, Mr.Rippy is very good
  • Ken M. Jul 25, 2014
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    Garry is an excellent instructor for all levels of golfing skill. He quickly identified the cause of my swing problem and showed me how to correct it. He did this in a way that I was able to easily understand and replicate. I would recommend his instruction to anyone who needs to improve their golf game...and that's just about everyone.
  • David V. Jul 21, 2014
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  • Josh J. Apr 26, 2014
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    Garry is friendly and was very quick to diagnose a major issue in my swing. Now I am pinching the ball and getting a ton more distance and crisp shots- taking divots for the first time.
  • Brent D. Mar 13, 2014
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    Very friendly, patient and knowledgable. Look forward to working with Garry in the future!

Q&A

What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?
I do offer a "six lessons for the price of five" package.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
It is a requirement as a PGA Member that we obtain education points every certification period.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
I started playing the game at age 10 and I loved the game from the very first round. I played golf in high school and started working at a golf course at age 16. That's when I decided I would make it a career. I have been fortunate work at some of the most well known courses in America.
What types of customers have you worked with?
Most of my lessons are private, but I do offer group and corporate lessons/clinics as well.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Communication is the most important part of instruction. I try to keep things simple, yet make sure you understand why we are making swing changes and the benefits they will bring.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
As a PGA of America member, I am required to earn education and participation points each certification period. As an association, we are fortunate that fellow PGA members are willing to share their expertise in all areas of the game including instruction. I have attended many seminars from some of the top instructors in the country.