What They're Saying About The Gary Gilchrist Golf Academy
Parents of GGGA Full-Time Junior Program student Regan Shi
"There are so many positive changes and improvements that Regan has accomplished during his couple years at GGGA. That is all because of the GGGA team. GGGA has provided Regan with a very warm and healthy growing environment full of love and patience. It is much appreciated for of GGGA's time and attention. We are very happy with Regan's progress and development."
Parama Chansue, GGGA full-time junior program student 2010 to present
"The environment is one of the best you would be able to find. You have many people at GGGA with the same passion as you and trying to be the best they can. Since I've been at GGGA, my short game has improved a lot, and I've learned how to practice effectively. It's not just about hitting balls, but you have to practice as you want to play. Also, my coach, Bryan Van der Riet, is one of the best coaches I've ever met. He's very enthusiastic and spends a lot of time with us."
Parents of 2011 Summer Camp attendee Jose Daniel:
The truth is that our son, Jose Daniel, had a great time. He improved a lot and and came home very happy and motivated. We are very grateful for the work, care and dedication that the Gary Gilchrist Golf Academy staff gave to us and our son.
LPGA Tour star Yani Tseng of Taiwan, after winning the 2010 Nabisco Championship with Gilchrist:
"Gary's a really good coach and he's always been very positive. He's helped me a lot with my swing and he's pretty simple. And I like the way he talks because he's really positive. The one thing I really like is he told me that we need to build confidence every shot. Just keep building confidence on every shot and think like a champion. ... He's just really nice, and open minded. Also because I'm a very feel player, he can teach that feel too. He's taught me a lot. It's not just technique, but more of the feel, strategy, and what you have to do to be the No. 1 player."
LPGA Tour player "Jenny" Shanshan Feng of China, who's trained with Gilchrist since 2007 as a 16-year-old junior:
"We still work on my swing and grip and technical things. But Gary wants my game to stay simple. So I think one word to explain Gary is simple."
Veteran European Tour player Peter Hedblom, who started working with Gilchrist in 2001 and won the Johnnie Walker Championship in '09:
"Gary's such a positive coach. He doesn't see the problems, he's trying to improve you. That's the key to everything. A lot of coaches want to teach you too much. He wants you to have the trust in your golf swing, not the trust in the teacher. For me that's been great because I don't see him all that much.
"When I do, he wants me to have confidence in my swing and has just been a big, big influence on my swing and on my game. He teaches me in a way that Gary's like a coach, not just an instructor."
Morgan Hoffmann, of New Jersey, 2009 NCAA Freshman of the Year at Oklahoma State, turned pro 2011
"One thing I'll always remember about Gary is just taking one shot at a time. As simple as it sounds, it's just putting the past behind you and looking positive toward the future. You can't learn more of a positive attitude from anyone than from Gary Gilchrist. It's unbelievable the things he says from his years of experience. You can learn so much so quickly, and to me, he just gets the point across so simply.
"Plus, he loves golf more than anyone who's ever played. He is a fanatic. When I came to see him on a recent trip we were out hitting balls and it was pretty much pitch black with mosquitoes all over our arms. And he was still going at it videoing his own swing. It's unbelievable how much he cares about the game. And that passion just piles over into his relationship with all the students."
AJGA Executive Director Stephen Hamblin, explaining why they made Gilchrist their first coaching partnership:
"We really liked what (Gary) was trying to represent. He's working on the whole person."