Golfers aspire to play better, hit more gratifying shots, move up a level, experience greater satisfaction playing the wonderful game of golf. Perhaps you need the support from a professional to help you affect the change you are wanting. I am available for remote consultation and coaching.
Gerry has been teaching the sport of golf for over 25 years. He is on a mission to upgrade golf instruction as golfers have known it.
He is intently (and intensely) interested in new discoveries in learning technologies, skill acquisition, neuroscience and human potential. These and more inform his approach to coaching golfers better. He is here to help you play your best golf.
Gerry has been a golf professional at Ptarmigan Country Club and Collindale Golf Academy in Fort Collins CO; PGA West in La Quinta CA; Baylands Golf Links in Palo Alto CA; SportSense Golf Training Centers in Mountain View CA; Sharon Heights Golf & Country Club in Menlo Park CA; Deep Cliff Golf Course in Cupertino CA.
He coached the Palo Alto High School golf team for six seasons, garnering four league championships. Gerry has been featured on the Golf Channel, in the Wall Street Journal and Golf.com for his work with people with dementia and Alzheimer's.
Training received to date: PGA of America • TRACKMAN University • Northern California PGA • Southern California PGA • US Kids Golf • PRO Golf Schools • Titleist Performance Institute • SportSense Golf Learning Centers
How I Can Help You With Your Game
Humans are extraordinary.
Everyone is naturally curious, perceptive, and possesses a remarkable capacity to learn. Learning is natural to us all. This is the core belief I work from to help you become a better golfer. Opening up your awareness, understanding what you feel and do, dissolving barriers that may be between you and your best golf, discovering what is essential for YOU to play your best golf and growing your ability to effectively coach yourself underpin how I facilitate the attainment of your goals.
You may be just starting out in the sport, be a young junior or high school player, a college or competitive golfer or touring professional. I offer consulting to guide you in making decisions that fit your aspirations in golf. My commitment is to advise and support you to get what you want from playing the beautiful, difficult, wondrous game of golf.
When working on technical aspects I choose from an array of methods and tools―from the simplest tried-and-true to technical tools, such as TRACKMAN to help you learn. They all have one thing in common: they are feedback devices. The quicker and more accurate the feedback comes to us, the faster we learn. High quality feedback is key.
I am an enthusiastic advocate of well-fitted equipment. To help you acquire and develop skill with less friction and to compliment your style of play, you need the right tools. Golf clubs that don't fit hinder you and your progress. I promote club fitting as one of the keys to improving easier and enhancing your skills. See me here for the best club fit.
Lane H. says: Gerry is an awesome instructor! You will leave encouraged and something great to work on.
Very Effective Instructor
James W. says: I've now had several lessons from Gerry and he is clearly the most effective golf instructor I've ever worked with. Plus he's fun to be around...makes learning easy.
Great Golf Instruction
Gary D. says: If you are looking to improve your game, I highly recommend Gerry Benton. He has a variety of golf lessons available. He is detailed. He is patient. And, he works with your body and style to improve your game.
Justin H. says:Gerry provides a great blend of modern, data-driven techniques (aided by Trackman) and older-school, feel based tips and suggestions. On top of that he's a super friendly guy who's a breeze to work with interpersonally.
Karoline W. says: It was so much fun to start with Gerry our first golf lesson. He explained everything perfectly, we had so much fun. Thanks Gerry!
Great Instruction and Great Teaching Style
Ian P. says: Gerry has been a great instructor for me for so many years, his teaching style is great and can compliment many people's playing style very well. He is very patient and very educated about golf, as well as being very dedicated to his work. I would definitely recommend Gerry as a golf instructor, I still am taking lessons from him to improve my game.
Fixed my swing with one tip
Paul K. says: I’ve been having issues with my driver for a while and have had several lessons and video sessions with other instructors. I took a lesson with Gerry and in an hour, he gave me one tip that made all the difference. Gerry keeps things simple and clear, gets to the heart of an issue and beyond that is a great person to boot.
Phillip says: Gerry is very patient and thorough. He is very quick at recognizing swing details, and makes amazing use of the Trackman monitor. The session gave me instant feedback and I improved almost immediately.
Ra P. says: I have been very frustrated at times. Gerry quickly spotted some issues and I my shots improved immediately. He makes golf more fun.
Great for Kids
Ron S. says: My 8 year old twins just started lessons with Gerry and are having a blast. Gerry is extremely patient, gentle and knows just how to balance instruction with modeling, where the boys get to watch him and imitate his motions. I highly recommend his teaching style for kids and adults.
Hans W. says: Just had my first lesson with Gerry and it was an excellent experience. All the other reviews about Gerry being a great teacher are dead on!
Nadedja M. says: I had several classes with Gerry through the Los Altos Community Education Program. I was very impressed with his knowledge of the game and his teaching methodology. So I decided to continue my golf practices with Gerry after my classes finished. I am definitely not disappointed. Gerry has a real knack for spotting the deficiencies in the individual performance and offer solutions for the problems. After quite a few years of pursuing golf I believe that I finally found the instructor who can effectively help me improve my game.
Derrick C. says: Gerry is the best. He explains techniques that will allow you to approve independently as well as provides excellent feedback. Invaluable instructor.
Coaching with Passion and Patience
"Grasshoppa" L. says: "Be patient, Grasshoppa. Take smaller steps if you want to learn how to make good golf shots more consistently" This is the best advice I have learned about golf from Gerry. Like most beginners, I just wanted to "hit" that golf ball, and not paying enough attention to the body motions of the golf swing from start to finish. Gerry has opened up my mind about the basic concepts of creating good golf shots, effortlessly. He is a very patient coach/instructor and intends for his students to learn how to play golf more effectively.
Sylvia K. says: I am very glad to have Gerry as a golf instructor for both my daughter and myself. In any of his golf lessons, you will soon discover that he is knowledgeable and passionate to the sport of golf. If you are a kid, Gerry will definitely find a way to lead and motivate you to make the learning of golf fun, enjoyable and thus effective. If you are an adult, Gerry also explains the game very well, from the rules, techniques, the reasons behind them, the physics of the swings, the angles and the impact between the club head and ball, ... etc. He is definitely a good instructor choice for both adults and children.
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Seeing Is Believing
The late John Jacobs, preeminent teacher of the game of golf, stated that your golf game is what your golf ball does. With Trackman YOU see the truth of your ball flight and club movement with stunning accuracy and clarity. Learn to hit it better faster by receiving real-time feedback from the Trackman launch monitor. Learn more.
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