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England and Wales (North) Region

Pilling making his mark

25 Aug 18

NORTH Mark Pilling Web

It's not every day you hear about a PGA Professional earning a distinction alongside a Master’s degree, writes David Birtill.

But Mark Pilling, who graduated at Birmingham University, is today regarded as one of the most qualified coaches in the country.

The Prestbury head teaching professional was the Cheshire club’s trainee coach of the year in 2010 and continued his academic journey which culminated in a research thesis investigating the career paths of seven former tour players.

The findings, which include the importance of understanding the transition from being an amateur to professional, have recently been presented at the World Scientific Congress of Golf in Canada. 

Pilling used both his academic knowledge and practical experience of playing and coaching at the highest level.

He said: “My aim is to provide the highest quality advice to all the players I work with regardless of age or ability.  Every player has different needs and the university education has helped me develop a holistic view of coaching - it’s not all about the swing!”

For anyone interested in Mark’s research he has published a free summary of his findings and can be contacted on or 07709879570.  

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