How We Differ


Real game improvement, award-winning instruction, an intensive golf learning experience, our unique "alternative" approach, lots of fun, real value for your investment of time and money and our graduate Follow Up Support Program.

  • Results - our student's improve. Permanently! Our track record for turning out highly successful golf students at both the recreational and competitive levels is legendary in the golf instruction industry. Balance Point Golf School students achieve real shotmaking consistency, lower scores and more enjoyment from the game. Students tell us they hit the ball solid, longer, and straighter both during our schools and months after graduation. And they continue to improve due to our proven golf skills practice program. But don't just take our word for it. Click here to read the many positive testimonials from our graduates. We are happy to provide serious inquiries with a list of our graduates who are eager to share their Balance Point golf school experience with you.
  • Our quality of instruction is unparalleled in the golf school industry. Jim Waldron has won numerous teaching awards and our school was awarded Golf Magazine's prestigious Top 25 Golf School award twice, in 2001-2002 and 2003-2004, and was a nominee for this award in 1999-2000 and 2005-2007. Recently, Balance Point Golf Schools was included in GOLF Magazine's list of the Best Golf Schools in America for 2008-2010, one of only 45 golf schools that were honored, out of over 2,400 schools in the nation. The primary criteria for these awards was "quality of instruction" based on survey results from actual golf school graduates. Every single fundamental that we teach has been rigorously researched, tested and proven. You can trust a curriculum that has this kind of scientific validity and proven record of success. We believe that we are the best golf school in America, primarily because our instructional content and ability to communicate it clearly to our students is second to none
  • Intensive learning using Total Immersion, seven to eight hours a day of in depth instruction, is the norm at a Balance Point Golf School. Unlike every other golf school, where you are given a few simplistic "band-aid" type swing thoughts to supposedly help counter your innate impulse to make the wrong move in your swing, we show you WHY you are making that bad swing move in the first place. Once you know the root cause, you can start to see rapid and dramatic improvement.You will have many "light bulbs" including several of the "super nova" variety at our schools. We call our rapid learning method "Deep Insight" . This kind of profound understanding at the subconscious mind level is the crucial first step in learning great golf swing and short game technique.

About Balance Point Golf Schools

Since our founding in 1995, we have been deeply committed to helping our students really breakthrough to better shotmaking and lower scores. Results matter in golf. What kind of results can you expect from attending one of our cutting-edge golf schools? High quality golf shots - longer, straighter and more solidly at impact in the Long Game, deadly accurate shotmaking in the Short Game, and rolling the ball on the proper line and speed in the Putting Game.

Whether you choose one of our award-winning small group golf schools or your own Private Custom Golf School for the very best in one-on-one personalized instruction, you are sure to find a cutting-edge golf instruction program to fit your interests and your budget.

We offer both golf schools and private golf lessons, as well as corporate outings, clinics and seminars. Our home base is in Portland, Oregon where we spend the busy summer teaching season. Portland golf lessons and golf schools run from mid-May through October.

Our Hawaii golf schools are conducted each year in December and from April 1 through May 10th. Honolulu golf schools feature our signature cutting-edge golf instruction on full swing mechanics, short game and mental game. Our California golf schools are held January through March. Our Palm Springs golf schools cover all of the game's fundamentals in a picture perfect Desert environment.

Our golf school graduates tell us that we are most unique and most effective golf school in America. We are revolutionizing the golf instruction world with our groundbreaking new holistic model for helping golfers achieve their dreams of playing better golf. The Balance Point way is the critical missing link in golf instruction. A balanced blending of both physical/mechanical and mental training is the key to success in golf.

This mind/body connection model also simply means that when learning golf's physical skills, your mind must first clearly understand exactly what it is you are trying to accomplish. Then - and only then - will you be able to train your body to effortlessly execute the proper swing and short game mechanics.

This very clear conceptual understanding of your golf swing at a deep layer of your mind (where all skills/habits come from) is the foundation for all physical learning of golf's fundamentals. This means having powerful learning breakthroughs on a regular basis as the key to mastering mechanics. Understanding brings clarity, which creates proper mechanics, which allows you to hit fantastic golf shots, which then gives you unshakable confidence. Most golfers - and most golf schools - skip over this vitally important first step of insight/understanding. The golfer then tries to "make" their body perform better mechanically. This creates a "mind/body disconnect" which never works and only leads to terribly inconsistent golf shots, higher scores and lots of frustration.

We coach our students in three primary areas: the outer game of golf swing and short game mechanics, the inner game of mental focus and emotional self control, and the keys to low scoring by mastering course management and playing skills on the golf course. We understand how the mind and body work together to create great golf shots! We only teach the proven fundamentals of the game - no bandaids, "swing thoughts", or magic moves. Fundamentals are forever - tips, new swing theories, fads and "secrets" fade away as quickly as they arrived.