Finding Inspiration in Every Turn
The Balance & Believe Golf Academy is about more than just mechanics. It’s about building balanced players both on and off the golf course. We recognize how important the mechanics are, but we feel being a balanced person in all walks of life will lead to better play on the golf course. Golf is an incredible sport and it can teach us something new everyday. It also provides a platform for new relationships, business deals, charitable work, and an opportunity for the players to give back to the game of golf.
I have been in and around golf my entire life. I am the son of a PGA professional. I worked as a Caddie on the PGA and Nationwide Tours. I worked on the other side of the business as a sales representative and club fitter. I received an incredible education from Hazelden Addiction Center as a recovering alcoholic. It is my belief that by blending all of these experiences I have gained through life, we have developed a way for players to develop and achieve any goal they have in both golf and life.
There is a strategy that I use for putting together how a player should develop. We live in a world that is about speed and distance and then try to figure it out from there. This is a philosophy for not only the top players. Playing your best in High School, or in the Club Championship, the State Amateur Championship or even the Husband & Wife Tournament at your local Country Club make up the bulk of golfers. The Professional Tours and the highest levels make up such a small portion of the golfing public, so why would we intimidate golfers with big words, fancy technology and teaching methods when making the ball go forward and in the air is a huge accomplishment for most? Our strategy is simply and starts at the green and works backwards towards the tee. No matter what level you are at when you come see us at the Balance & Believe Golf Academy, we will work diligently to help you accomplish your goals in golf, fitness, nutrition, and in life. We look forward to working with you.
Component training is the primary tool
of the Balance & Believe philosophy. Component training selects the most important/relevant components of students' goals and lives and forces them to evaluate those categories honestly to scale. When students have reason to believe an area of their lives is below another, we hold the belief that it will affect their balance and therefore their overall performance.
We are happy to provide our clients with suggested practice schedules to keep their skills sharp. We also have a list of tournaments we recommend. Click below for the current schedule.
We are excited to offer you the latest in equipment from Callaway Golf, the most innovative equipment manufacturer on the market. Additionally, we have the latest Trackman radar technology to Our Certified Callaway Fitters are prepared to help you find more distance, hit straighter shots, and have more fun on the golf course.
B&B 36 Program
The idea behind Balance & Believe 36 is for Junior Golfers to have one simple goal: shoot 36. The only competition is yourself, and once you accomplish this goal, you Level Up.
Golf Director, Instructor
Derek Schnarr is the Founder of Balance and Believe and the lead instructor. Derek has been in the golf business his entire life as his father was an award winning instructor and golf professional. Derek wanted to follow in his fathers footsteps with an emphasis on teaching and partnering it after his recovery from alcohol addiction. After graduating from Hazelden Derek fell in love with the word Balance and after working with young players he also found that a very low percentage Believe in themselves, hence Balance & Believe. Over the years Derek has had players win the Wisconsin State Open, State Amateur, State Match Play, 11 High School State Championships both team and individual along with Players of the Year and over 100 students playing college golf. Derek uses a holistic approach partnered with his knowledge of the golf swing, club fitting and biomechanics of each individual student to help them achieve Balance off the golf course so they can reach peak performance on the golf course.
Matt was born and raised in northern Wisconsin, where he grew up with a passion for the game of golf. He attended Southwest Wisconsin Technical College, where he graduated with a degree in Golf Course Management. Matt spent some time in Arizona working at Quintero Golf & Country Club, before moving back to Wisconsin. Matt is a PGA Member and Head Golf Professional at Blackhawk Country Club in Madison, WI. Also, Matt is also the High School Boys Golf Coach at Madison Memorial High School in Madison, WI. He is the current President of the Balance & Believe Foundation, the philanthropic division of the Balance & Believe Academy. Matt teaches everyone from beginners to professionals, and brings a wealth of knowledge from being a good player himself.
Golf Instructor, Club Fitter
Zach grew up in Waunakee, WI and was a standout high school and amateur player. Zach won the Wisconsin PGA Junior Championship and the WSGA State Match Play Championship as a junior and amateur before turning professional in 2016. He spent 5 years playing on various Professional Tours around the country while living in Scottsdale, AZ and pursuing his professional golf career. In 2022, Zach moved back to Madison and has found a passion in teaching and helping students of all playing abilities. With his experience playing professionally with some of the best players in the world, Zach enjoys helping his players get the most out of their games and teaching them how to best navigate golf courses with their current abilities.
Golf Instructor, Club Fitter
Blake is from Middleton, WI and has lived in the area his whole life including attending the University of Wisconsin. As a high school player, Blake was part of the 2011 state championship team at Middleton. He continued his competitive golf on his own through college, and after college, he chose to pursue a professional golf career. After playing for a few years and having a couple hip surgeries, Blake decided to add teaching and club fitting to his career. Along with teaching individuals, Blake has coached girls and boys golf at Middleton High School. As he is still playing, Blake enjoys sharing his passion for the game and equipment with his students and customers.