Gary is a PGA Class A Professional and Director of Incentive Golf in San Diego, Calif. He has more than 30 years of teaching and professional playing experience. Gary has served as a Teaching Professional at Carmel Mountain Ranch, Rancho Bernardo Inn, Stardust Country Club and Mission Trails golf courses.
Gary has instructed a wide range of students, from the beginner to LPGA and PGA Tour players.
As the Director of Instruction at the John Jacobs Golf Schools, Gary has taught hundreds of students at many of their worldwide locations. John Jacobs Golf Schools is one of the top golf schools in the world, enabling more than 15,000 students each year to become better golfers.
Gary's reward, he says, is to help his students learn the game and to help them get to their next level.
There is not one correct golf swing. Every player should have a customized individual swing. The key elements that all great golf swings have are a square clubface, a path that travels from the inside and a level angle of attack. How a player accomplishes those three things is not important. What matters is accomplishing those three things in the impact area.
“I've improved quite a bit. Thanks for checking in. I think the biggest difference is the fuller turn and more lateral weight shift instead of the quick left hip clearing. Hitting every club in my bag better except for driver, which is sometimes left, sometimes right. If I can't figure it out I'll record it and get another lesson. By the way my friend Patrick Sweeney was so impressed by the immediate results that he has signed up with you. Thanks again. Everything has been very helpful.”
“In my past, I have used three different golf pros. All three have not done anything to help me as a beginner. Each one had their own teaching method and none of them were any good. A little over a year ago I met Gary Cliplef. This man is a magician. He has so many ways to teach a student how to overcome problems with all phases of striking the ball to get the results desired. At least now, when I get up on the tee box, I don’t feel embarrassed that my performance will be below standard. Also, Gary has a great personality and maximum patience with newcomers as well as golfers who need to have their swing polished up.”
“I have played golf on and off for more than 50 years and have endured lessons from several so called professionals who have professed the ability to make the necessary change in my swing to get me to the next level. Before taking lessons from Gary, I watched his interaction with students and how he was able to get his swing thought across in a way that made them successful. I began taking lessons from Gary with the goal of becoming a better golfer and a more polished player. I went through significant swing changes with many highs and lows, but with his professionalism and approach to teaching, my game has reached previously unattainable levels. Due to my success with Gary, I have sent numerous friends to him who have also expressed their satisfaction with his teaching skills and style. The finest compliment you can give an instructor in any field is sending your friends to them. I can’t thank him enough for all he has done to improve my game and make it enjoyable again.”
Getting ready to play golf for the first time this year? Our Swing into Spring series continues with Holly Sonders and Karen Palacios-Jansen. They provide practical tips and warm up drills to help you overcome excessive first tee nervousness.