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Massachusetts golf instructor teaches several Boston-area pro athletes

Massachusetts golf instructor teaches several Boston-area pro athletes

Dan Boisvert has given golf lessons to a lot of people, but one of his students stands out even though he’s not known for golf.

He’s Celtics star Jayson Tatum, who is known more for driving to the basket than driving a golf ball.

Boisvert worked with Tatum for a few years while he was a teaching pro at KOHR Golf Center and more recently at Pin High Golf, the indoor golf facility he opened in North Grafton, Massachusetts, in February 2022. Tatum’s most recent lesson at Pin High was late last summer just before Celtics training camp began. Boisvert also has given Tatum lessons at the simulator that Tatum installed in his Boston area home.

The two have played about 15 rounds of golf together at such clubs as Worcester Country Club, Old Sandwich Golf Club in Plymouth and Belmont CC.

Tatum doesn’t take golf lessons during the Celtics season, but Boisvert keeps in touch with him year round. Tatum texts Boisvert once in a while to offer him Celtics tickets, usually at the last minute.

“I have to rearrange my whole schedule, but I don’t miss out on those,” the 36-year-old Worcester resident said.

What’s it like teaching an NBA star?

“It’s easy,” Boisvert said. “When you have an athlete who plays at that level, they’re understanding of movements and work ethic, and the process of getting better at something is just better than the average person.”

So who wins when Boisvert and Tatum play golf?

“I crush him,” Boisvert said with a laugh.

Boisvert said the best score he’s seen Tatum shoot is an 85, but he estimates that the Celtics star has played only 40 rounds in his life. Boisvert’s best round was a 7-under 65 at the Legends Golf Course in Parris Island, South Carolina.

Boisvert carries a handicap of a plus 1.8 even though he plays only about 20 rounds a year. He plays in the qualifiers for the U.S. Open and Massachusetts Open to get a feel for tournament competition and to relate to his students. He hasn’t qualified yet, however, and he’s never wanted to play professional golf.

What is Tatum like on the golf course?

“He’s awesome,” Boisvert said.

Tatum parks his Mercedes Maybach in front of Pin High, but Boisvert said no one has seemed to notice.

Boisvert also has taught Bruins defenseman Matt Grzelcyk, former Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask, former Bruins forward Ryan Donato, former Red Sox outfielders Andrew Benintendi and Jackie Bradley Jr., former Celtic forward Grant Williams and former Patriots nose tackle Carl…


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