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5 Tips to Playing Golf at a Better Pace from PGA Coach Andre Pillow

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Improving your pace of play isn't about speeding around the course in your cart and rushing through every shot.
It's about being more thoughtful and efficient with your time, as well as the other golfers on the course that day.
PGA Coach Andre Pillow, the founder of DNA Golf Instruction, has 5 tips for golfers to consider that will help them improve their pace of play.
  1. Be on Time: Arrive at the course at least 20 minutes prior to your tee time. If you want to hit range balls or practice on the green, give yourself even more time.
  2. Know the Course Rules: Most scorecards and courses will have a timeline of how long you should be spending on each hole.
  3. Don't take too many practice swings: Taking too many practice swings only slows us down.
  4. Park your cart in the appropriate place: Avoid spending too much time walking back and forth from your cart to the ball.
  5. Be efficient at the turn: It's a great time to snag a snack or a cold drink, but don't spend too much time. Try ordering ahead while you're on the ninth hole so you can make an efficient turn.
Check out the full video from Andre below & be sure to give him a follow on Facebook and Instagram for more great coaching tips.

Grand Rapids, MI

Andre Pillow

Director of Instruction

Andre R. Pillow is the founder of DNA Golf Instruction, and the Player Development Professional at Blythefield Country Club. He’s been a Class A PGA Professional since 2014, and has over 20 years for experience in the golf industry. His philosophy is shaped around the basic idea that golf is a sport, which is the basis for the company’s coaching model. DNA Golf Instruction Mission: Our mission is to help every client reach their individual potential in relation to the game of golf. No matter the age, gender, background or income level, we want our customers to “Discover Natural Ability”, and enjoy the game in a manner that is desired by them. Andre played college golf at Tennessee State University, before transferring and graduating from Grand Valley State University with a Degree in Business Management. He spent the the last four years working for a nonprofit, teaching golf and life skills to students ages 7-17. He currently sits on the Michigan PGA Section Growth of the Game Committee, and was selected to the PGA Lead - Cohort III Class from 2017-2019. This national program is designed to create diversity and inclusion amongst PGA of America leadership on boards and committees at the Chapter, State and National Levels. He was a Michigan Section Youth Player Development Finalists in 2019 and 2020, as well as the Section Finalist for the 2020 Player Development Award. He also won the ELO Network Rising Star Award in 2018, for work with community school students within the city of Grand Rapids, MI. After recent growth and success, Andre was able to expand the company. Social media interest is also growing, with golf instruction videos gaining attention on Facebook, LinkedIn, TikTok and Instagram! He is determined to change the landscape of golf, introducing and teaching the game to everyone that wants to learn!

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