PALM SPRINGS GOLF SCHOOLS
Just a short drive from downtown Palm Springs, California and only about five minutes from the Palm Springs International Airport, The Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort and Spa enjoys a prime 360-acre setting in sunny Rancho Mirage. This fantastic resort boasts luxurious accommodations, two championship golf courses and over 75,000 sq. ft. of meeting space. Relax at one of the three pools or just admire the mountains and golf course views from your private patio or dine at the Pinzimini Tuscan inspired restaurant.
The resort features two championship golf courses, the challenging Pete Dye course and the very popular and player-friendly Gary Player course. Both courses have double-sided practice tees and several pitching and chipping greens, making them both ideal venues for working on your golf swing. Overall, The Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort and Spa is the best facility in the Palm Springs area to have a Golf School or take private golf lessons.
Meet The Pro
The Lead Instructor for your VIP Golf Academy in Palm Springs is Jack Gibson, Life Member of the PGA of America. Jack has been teaching the game for over forty-five years and has been teaching for the VIP Golf Academy for eight years. From 2005 to 2016, Jack was the Director of Instruction at La Quinta Country (home of the Bob Hope Tournament). For ten years prior to this, he was the Director of Instruction at the famous Cabo Del Sol, in Los Cabos, Mexico and for about twenty years he served as Head Golf Professional at private golf clubs in Kansas and Wisconsin. In earlier years, Jack played on the TCU Golf Team and worked as an Assistant Golf Professional at Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas (better known as Hogan’s Alley.)
While working at Cabo Del Sol, Jack taught for the Nicklaus-Flick Golf School and formed the Cabo Del Sol Golf School using the talents of local Mexican Golf Professionals along with Professionals from Canada and the U.S. visiting or retired in Mexico. Since returning to the States, Jack has taught for the VIP Golf Academy at La Quinta Country Club, The Golf Club at Terra Lago and since September, 2018; finally at the best of all facilities, The Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort and Spa.
Jack has been honored by GOLF Magazine as a nominee for their “Top 100 Teachers in America” and has claimed his place as one of the top teachers in Southern California by finishing consistently in the top ten of the yearly Southern California Teaching Competition.
Think Less-Play Better
When Jack became Director of Instruction in Mexico, in 1995, he soon discovered that the old “body position” instruction he had used for years and was taught to teach in those PGA classes young Golf Professionals had to go through, didn’t get results for tourists just in the area for a few days. He gradually abandoned his overly mechanical teaching in favor of having his students work more on balance, timing, reducing tension and thinking less, while just learning to swing their golf club toward their target.
While in Mexico, Jack read the book “Swing the Clubhead” written by the great teacher, Earnest Jones, after World War One and discovered that he had started using some of the phrases that Jones had used, before even reading the book. Jack was fortunate enough to have played with the great teacher, Manuel De La Torre and finally understood what Manuel was teaching. Jack was also encouraged to continue his teaching methods by Jim Flick shortly before his death.
Jack’s book, “Thought Reduction Golf” emphasizes simple and proven fundamentals while making the golf swing as simple as possible, avoiding those often uncomfortable mechanical positions of the body and club head and eliminating as much conscious thought as possible. He continues to teach simple and repeatable feelings, especially working to “feel” the club head throughout the golf swing. Jack is a great believer in what Arnold Palmer said in a commercial a few years ago: “Work to improve the swing you have and don’t try to swing like somebody else.”
Jack believes that students get the most for their money and improve more when working as a couple or individual. VIP is the country’s oldest, largest and best Golf School for students who are really serious about improving.