My primary goal as a teacher of this great game is to give my students the insights and information that will enable them to breakthrough to extraordinary golf.
My teaching method is a blend of biomechanics and neuroscience, covering both the "what to do" with your body and club, and the "how to do it" with your mental approach to learning, training and performing in golf."
- Jim Waldron
Twice chosen by Golf Magazine as one of the Top 25 Golf Schools in the nation.
"The most significant advancement in golf instruction in over twenty-five years....alumni of the golf schools told us that their experiences were overwhelmingly positive in helping them to play better golf."
“I learned more about the golf swing and how the game is played in five days with you than I learned in my previous 45 years of reading, instruction and playing. Your knowledge and enthusiasm made for a truly valuable learning experience. Having attended other golf schools and seeing only minor improvement and gaining little real knowledge, I am truly a convert and true disciple of Jim Waldron and the Great Shot! golf school!"
- Herb Hipsher, Hawaii
"My ball striking ability has already improved beyond what I had hoped I could ever achieve. I'm making such consistently good contact that my scores are now regularly in the 70"s...I'm gaining at least 10 yards in distance on all of my clubs and am hitting some of the longest drives of my career. Thanks, Jim!"
- RD Ferren, OR after taking our Great Shot! school
"Outstanding! I am amazed at your knowledge and your ability to breakdown the golf swing on a physical, mental and emotional level. Thank you for making practice so fun, especially on the range. And thanks for already helping me to realize my potential to play better golf - my short game has already greatly improved."
- Bob Jalovi, Spokane, WA after attending our Great Shot! and Short Game schools
"Mr. Waldron – thank you so much for being such a great teacher. You quickly diagnosed by real problem and got my game back on track. Your insights and ability to communicate your concepts has helped my golf game tremendously."
- Clare Dittemore, winner of four tournaments within weeks of working with Jim Waldron
Jim returns to Hawaii in 2020 for our 25th consecutive year offering cutting-edge golf instruction in paradise. Ko Olina Golf Club near Honolulu, Hawaii is once again our host facility.
Ko Olina boasts the best practice range in Hawaii, and nothing compares to spending a full day or more devoted to improving your golf game in the Aloha state – sunny days in the 80’s, cooling trade winds, and the clear waters of the Pacific just steps away.
Our Palm Springs golf schools are held at The First Tee of the Coachella Valley in Palm Desert April 5-10, 2020. Jim will work one-or-one with you on your game improvement plan. Half-day, full-day and multi-day private schools are customized to fit your own individual interests and goals are available.
Our Portland 2020 teaching season will start late May and run through mid-October, at our usual location at Quail Valley Golf Club.
Jim is available for Private Custom Schools October 19-20. Small group public schools will be held on October 17 and 18. Email us for rates and more information.
Instruction is focused on helping our students to breakthrough to extraordinary golf in five key areas:
Jim Waldron is known for successfully helping scores of golfers to overcome their chipping, pitching, putting, and full swing yips issues. His unique system has proven to be very effective at completely and quickly eliminating the root causes of the yips. By dealing with all three root causes from the outset, progress is rapid and permanent. Jim will show you why you yip in the first place, how to use your conscious mind mental focus in a way that makes it virtually impossible to yip, how to shift your emotional state from a negative to a positive in just a few seconds, and how simple mechanical changes will make your brain use new “yip-free” neuromuscular pathways to perform the swing or stroke.
What Jim's students are saying about his Yips instruction...
“For many years, I have suffered off and on from the yips. This spring, while in the middle of a significant swing mechanics change, I developed the full blown swing yips. Only those who have truly suffered from the yips can understand how devastating it can be. I was at my wit’s end and fully intending to give up the game after playing for over 50 years, when I discovered an interview with Jim on YouTube discussing his work with golfers suffering from various forms of the yips. I went to the Balance Point Golf website, and after connecting with Jim, decided to schedule a two-day private lesson in Portland.
The two days I spent in Portland with Jim were nothing short of magical. Jim’s understanding of the mental side of the game, coupled with his vast knowledge of...
Balance Point Golf Schools has twice been chosen by GOLF Magazine as one of the Top 25 Golf Schools in the nation and was also recently included on their list of Best Golf Schools in America.
GOLF Magazine's editors said about Balance Point Golf Schools, "...alumni of the schools told us that their experiences were overwhelmingly positive in helping them to play better golf."
The Top 25 award is the gold standard for excellence in the golf school industry and it is based on positive results achieved by golf school graduates
With your laptop, smart phone or tablet webcam you can take a live lesson with Jim Waldron, from your home or practice range no matter where you live. You will be able to see and to interact with Jim in real time. This is an exciting, new and affordable method of instruction that will become increasingly popular in the coming decade.
Jim Waldron will analyze video of your golf swing, short game stroke or putting stroke and then engage in a live interactive lesson with you via Skype webcam. You can send us your video via email, Google Drive, or the link to your own private YouTube account. More...
"I have been suffering from the full swing yips (think Charles Barkley) for roughly 10 years. At one point I was a 4 handicap. As a linear and logical thinker I tried to reason my way to a cure even though I knew it was a totally mental issue. I came across a podcast video of Jim talking about curing the yips. At my wits end I arranged a day and a half one on one session with Jim which I just completed. Jim gave me the strategy and mental program to put the yips in the past where they belong. I am excited to play the game again and see my 9 handicap work its way down. Jim has a positive teaching style and has the ability to make concepts understandable. I would recommend Jim to anyone for help but especially to those golfers suffering from the frustration of the yips." Barry B. Seattle, WA
“I hadn’t managed to get out a bunker for 3 months, and although despair would be an exaggeration, I had accepted it was part of the game I would have to surrender to. Shooting 8/9 over each round with 4/5 shots gone in bunkers isn’t fun. Jim was coaching me online for other aspects of my game but I hadn’t decided to tackle bunkers with him. 3 hours tuition and I have eliminated my bunker yips. He’s also helped every other part of my game tremendously. I have gone from 6 to 10 gir average in a year. If someone is curing people regularly of the hardest golfing “illness” to fix (yips), I would suggest you listen to all his ideas on the game. If you are patient, self aware, able to listen and can control your ego, he will transform your golf to a level you had previously thought impossible - trust me.” Andrew M, London, England
"For years, I have asked various teaching pros (as I struggle for consistent ball striking) if I should “lift” the arms in the backswing or just let them rotate along my body. Every single one of them said NOT to lift. So I continued struggling, becoming more frustrated with every new swing change. After seeing your video regarding lifting the arms and rotating simultaneously for the first time two days ago, I hit a bucket of balls yesterday, one this morning, and then this afternoon I played 18 holes. The results are astonishing. I hit 16 greens in regulation and shot 4 under par. My average score this year has been 77 with only 10 greens in regulation. The 68 I shot today, on a course I have never seen before, has compelled me to write you and express my sincere gratitude. Don’t worry, although well deserved, an accompanying check will not be forthcoming. However, if you’re ever in S. Florida, dinner and drinks are on me. Continued success and good health to you." Ron S, South Florida, referring to our Great Shot Module 2 video on the Arm Swing Illusion.
"Downloaded your e-book...3 birdies resulted in my next round...unbelievable!! Do you ever run teaching events in Australia? Or do you have agents of your technique here? I have learned more in one day of reading than in numerous expensive lessons I have taken. Many thanks." Barry Swords, referring to our Great Shot! training manual
Podcast: Here is Jim discussing his Yips Cure Program with Fred Greene on the #! Golf Podcast on the Web, GolfSmarter. It’s over an hour in length and Jim goes into a lot of detail about the root causes for the Yip Impulse and the Keys that are the foundation of the Cure Program: special techniques for replacing fear/anxiety with rock solid confidence and mental focus and awareness training.
Video: Jim discussing his Yips Cure Program in his video instruction series.
Podcast: Another GolfSmarter podcast with Jim discussing his overall swing instruction philosophy with a special emphasis on his renownwd “Arm Swing Illusion” concept.
Video: An extract from one of Jim’s instruction videos in his “Great Shot!: Mastering the Craft of Ballstriking” series. This particular video extract features Jim discussing some of his ideas about the Transition move in the golf swing, or the detailed Mechanics of the start of the forward swing.
Video: An extract from Jim’s two hour video devoted to his groundbreaking “Arm Swing Illusion” concept, part of our “Great Shot!: Mastering the Craft of Ballstriking” 13 video instruction series covering all of the essential fundamentals and skills of the Jim Waldron ideal golf swing model.
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"Jim Waldron of Balance Point Golf Schools could be the most interesting and compelling of the coaches I've ever spoken to..." Fred Greene, host of the most popular golf instruction podcast on the web, GolfSmarter