Pia Nilsson has enjoyed an extraordinary career that has led her to be world-renowned as co-creator of the VISION54 principles, best-selling author and coach.
For many years now, Pia has been internationally regarded as a leader in the coaching arena. As such, she stands apart in the golf and sports world as an intuitive and elevated thinker, whose teachings continue to have a profound influence on coaching in golf, sport, business – and life.
Well-known for her role in coaching Annika Sorenstam on her path to super-stardom, Pia’s other notable students include LPGA Tour players Suzann Pettersen, Ai Miyazato, Brittany Lang, Na Yeon Choi and PGA Tour player Kevin Streelman.
More About Pia
Co-author of smash hits Every Shot Must Have a Purpose, The Game Before the Game and Play Your Best Golf Now
Golf Digest #1 ranked Women Teacher in America 2012
Golf Digest Top 50 teacher
GOLF Magazine Top 100 teacher
PGA of Sweden Class A teaching professional
Honorary member PGA of Sweden and LPGA T&CP
Nike Golf Swoosh Elite Advisory Staff
Level 3 TPI certified golf fitness instructor
NG360 Nike Golf Performance Specialist
Head Coach of the Swedish National Golf Teams 1990-1999
European Solheim Cup Captain 1998
LPGA Tour Player 1983-1987
King of Sweden’s Medal of the 8th Dimension with a Royal Blue Ribbon – for leadership in sports 1998
PGA of Europe Professional of the Year 1994
PGA of Europe Five-Star Professional Award 1995
The First Tee Experience consultant 1999-2005
LPGA Ellen Griffin Rolex Award 2016
Consultant to college teams, international teams and PGA organizations around the world
Pia’s Spirit of the Game
18 Holes In Person with Pia
I am good at keeping promises to myself and others.
My favorite color is blue.
I like to read books that I learn something from.
What I value the most in leaders/coaches is that they walk their talk.
I was national Swedish junior curling champion in 1973.
My Mom taught me that I can do anything that my two older brothers can do.
I started playing golf when I was 6 years old at Torekov Golf Klubb.
When I was younger I wanted to be a doctor.
I don’t like cocktail parties.
When I play golf, I like that I learn about myself, and being out in nature.
Most golfers forget to PLAY the game and to learn to get the ball in the hole.
I am good at studying a subject that interests me, and then making it usable for the players and coaches in our programs.
My favorite food is my own homemade cereal with fresh fruit and yogurt.
As a coach I want to be nice, for the long term.
Tour professionals need to make sure that they have more meaningful roles than just being a golfer.
I learned to like being home from my Mom and Dad.
One of my tendencies in my golf swing is that my tempo gets too quick.
The first stats I ever kept were how many holes I played, how many ice cream cones I ate and how many times I went swimming in the sea during my summer break.
“Pia has been wise enough to understand the importance of letting her players grow and mature parallel as both individuals as human beings and as golfers. I have been inspired to folow her beliefs and life philosophy. Pia has helped me to reach my goals and to develop as a more balanced person.” – Annika Sorenstam, LPGA Superstar
“Pia has a very clear direction in her coaching – to help people develop. Target focus, learning, development, mind and heart ; wholeness perspective are words that Pia often uses and she lives them. Pia walks her talk! Pia’s wisdom and enthusiasm as a coach inspire athletes and leaders around her.” – Peter Reinebo, Swedish Olympic Committee
“Athletic excellence is often the product of the cooperation between the athlete and the coach. Pia has supported many golfers to reach their own goals, and has by that shown that she owns a deep competence in leadership and not the least in leadership development. I think that many, not only sports fans, have a lot to learn from Pia’s lealdership experience from the sports arena.” – Jacob Wallenberg, Chairman of the Board of Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken