Balbi Golf

Balbi Golf

5.0 (10)
3 hires on
1 employee
28 years in business

About this pro

1999 NCPGA Teacher of The Year Worked with many students from beginner to Pro. Several students received golf scholarships and went on to become Tour players. I use several high-tech analysis and training systems to ensure that you receive the best, factual information about your swing.

I am passionate about the game and enjoy watching my students improve and get more enjoyment from golf.

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San Carlos, CA 94070
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10 Reviews


  • Henry Kistler

    demeanor and attention to detail

  • Bruce Peltier

    David is the ultimate teacher. He could teach anything. I've been really lucky to have run into him, as I take my golf seriously. He is kind, responsive to my interest and questions, and understands the golf swing thoroughly. He can explain everything--how it all works and why you should do what you should do. I like the lessons better than actually playing rounds of golf. I trust him enough to make necessary changes that feel awkward at first. They have really paid off.

  • Juan Roa

    Coach David Balbi has made a huge difference in my son's game, especially in putting fundamentals. After these lessons he has became a lot more accurate and putting is becoming one of his big advantages. David is really an AWESOME coach ! We love the way he teaches which is always kind and amazingly professional. Coach David Balbi is really one of the best golf instructors we ever met.

  • Marty Lagod

    I asked David to take be back to the basics. I had played golf for my whole life. I generally shot around 100 to 105, with my index from 18 to low 20s. When I turned 50, I decided I wanted to be able to enjoy golf the rest of my life, to have a understanding of the golf swing and how to play. My goal was to be able to shoot mid 80s on most any course. David used his video and sensors to help be understand my mistakes and correct them. I was able to go from a 19 index to 11 in about 6 months and have been under 10 now for the last 7 years. David's style is low key and thoughtful. He did not overwhelm me with changes but took a step by step approach of solid fundamentals. an amazing instructor and a great friend

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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

The first session is generally one hour and will include a full review and evaluation of your golf swing. Once I have identified the key issues and explained them to your complete satisfaction I will explain the 1 or 2 most important changes that will allow you to begin the transformation of your swing into a more efficient motion that is easier to repeat and which produces more consistent results.

Together we will design a personalized improvement program that fits your schedule and your goals.

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

I am a PGA Class A member which means I have completed an apprenticeship of at least three years and passed two PGA Business School tests.

I have been a PGA member for 25 years

In addition, I have attended several PGA National Teaching and Coaching Summits and have been the featured presenter at many PGA Education Seminars. Six PGA professionals that I personally trained have been named the Teacher of The Year in their PGA Section.

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

My basic rate is $150 per hour but I also offer discount packages for multiple lessons. My Junior rates start at $60 for 30 minutes

How did you get started teaching?

I have been teaching golf for almost 40 years. My quest for knowledge as a young player led me to be able to improve my own game and caused other golfers to seek my advice.

I have been teaching full time for 30 years.

What types of students have you worked with?

Everyone from absolute beginners to Tour players. Several of my junior students have received College scholarships and have even gone on to play on Tour.

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

A current student was recently offer a golf scholarship at a major University and chose a local school so that he could return for regular coaching.

What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

Look for someone who can clearly explain their teaching philosophy and can offer instruction in terms that you can easily understand. Good instruction starts with clear communication.

What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

What are your goals for your game?

How much time are you willing to devote to practice and to play?

How much money are you willing to invest in improving your game?

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