Golf Digest editors picks

PIA NILSSON

Vision54 / Talking Stick, Phoenix, Ariz. vision54.com

Pia Nilsson (pictured on right), best known as Annika Sorenstam's coach, believes in the complete-game teaching approach. She and fellow teacher Lynn Marriott operate the Vision 54 golf schools -- named for the score you would have if you birdied every hole. Nilsson and Marriott start with the idea that every player has "unlimited" potential. Ranked 19th on Golf Digest's 50 Best Teachers in America, Nilsson was awarded the King of Sweden's Medal of the 8th Dimension for her leadership in sports in 1998.

LYNN MARRIOTT

Alongside Pia Nilsson, Marriott uses an integrated teaching philosophy that focuses on the physical, technical, mental, emotional and social aspects of the game. Her students include the PGA Tour's Kevin Streelman and LGPA Tour standout Ai Miyazato. Marriott is ranked T-37 on Golf Digest's 50 Best Teachers list (2008-09). In 2008, the LPGA's Teaching & Club Professionals division (T&CP) honored Marriott with the Ellen Griffin Rolex Award for her contributions to teaching golf.
Pia Nilsson and Lynn Marriott: 3 Skills Every Golfer Needs
Play Your Best Golf Now

3 Skills Every
Golfer Needs

Before you start tinkering with your swing -- which usually makes you worse before you get better -- check your BTT: Balance, Tempo and Tension Awareness. These are three essential skills that every golfer needs to master.
Breaking 100/90/80/70: See Your Full Game
Breaking 100/90/80/70

See Your Full Game

Golf is an integrated experience: physical, technical, mental, emotional and social. By taking an expanded view of your game and learning how to visualize, you can get those elements to work together. Numerous tour players have used these techniques from Lynn Marriot and Pia Nilsson with great success.
Our 60 Best Tips Ever
60th Anniversary

My Best Tip Ever

Try Putting With Your Eyes Closed Or Blindfolded

We often say golfers have gotten "line drunk." They focus too much on finding the line and not enough on finding a feel for distance. Putt with your eyes closed, or wearing a blidfold, and estimate where the ball stops. You'll quickly build trust in your stroke and a better awareness of the target. Placing a glove in the cup limits auditory feedback and helps you rely even more on feel.
May 2005

The latest on golf digest

Phil Mickelson
Not So Fast . . .
7 players who've never had the top spot.
What's In My Bag: Billy Horschel
What's In My Bag
Billy Horschel
World's 100 Greatest Golf Courses
Course Rankings
World's 100 Greatest
Swing Sequence: Adam Scott
Swing Sequences
Adam Scott

Golf Instruction Tweets

. Close

Thank you for signing up for the newsletter.

You will receive your first newsletter soon.
Subscribe to Golf Digest
Subscribe today