Pia Nilsson, LPGA
VISION54 at Talking Stick Golf Club, Scottsdale, AZ
Pia is the co-founder of VISION54, a unique coaching program that integrates both the technical and human skills of the game. VISION54’s core intention is to help golfers play better ON the course and enjoy the game more. VISION54 looks at every golfer’s unique possibilities and teaches them how to be their own best coach ON the golf course.
A world-renowned coach, best-selling author and consultant to college teams, international teams and PGA organizations around the world, Pia was the head coach of the Swedish National Golf Teams from 1990-’99. Among her pupils was 10-time LPGA major champion and World Golf Hall of Famer Annika Sorenstam, whom she also coached on the 1998 European Solheim Cup team. Besides Sorenstam, other notable students of Nilsson’s include LPGA major champions Suzann Pettersen and Na Yeon Choi, Ai Miyazato, Brittany Lang, and PGA Tour winner Kevin Streelman.
The top-ranked woman (No. 17 overall) on Golf Digest’s biennial rankings list of America’s 50 Best Teachers, Pia also heads the magazine’s rankings of America’s 50 Best Women Teachers and is a member of Golf Magazine’s Top 100 Teachers in America list. An accomplished player, Pia joined the teaching ranks after playing several seasons on the LPGA Tour (1983-’87), and quickly distinguished herself as one of the best coaches in the sport, earning PGA of Europe Professional of the Year honors in 1994 and the PGA of Europe Five-Star Professional Award in 1995. She is a class A PGA member and an honorary member of the PGA of Sweden and LPGA Teaching and Club Pro Division (T&CP). Pia is also a member of Nike Golf’s Swoosh Elite Advisory Staff.
Pia and fellow VISION54 co-founder and head coach Lynn Marriott have written hundreds of articles for such notable golf publications as Golf Magazine, Golf Digest and Golf for Women, and authored several game-changing books, including Every Shot Must Have a Purpose, The Game Before the Game, and Play Your Best Golf Now.
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