Larry Craig Golf

Larry Craig Golf

5.0 (4)
3 hires on Lessons.com
1 employee
53 years in business

About this pro

The student recognizes immediately that I respect their commitment to get out and work on their game. As a golfer, they've taken a large section of their recreation time and put it to golf.  To help them enjoy their recreation is a serious endeavor.  That doesn't mean that it can't be fun though.  

Put quite simply, my instruction stands out because of what's been put into it.  Well over 35 years of teaching, playing, and taking lessons, much under the watchful eye of PGA Master Professional Carl Lohren.  In addition to learning through countless hours of lessons, I also spent four winters with him covering me day by day and lesson by lesson.  I found that knowing the information is one thing, but knowing how to apply it is extremely important also.

 I really enjoy helping people improve in what is most likely their number one form of recreation.  Many of us work very hard and have pressures from that, family life and other outside sources.  If I can help them focus on golf, they can set the other pressures to the side for a bit.  This recreation is healthy, all of it being outside in the fresh air, hopefully some walking and exercise swinging the club.  

In addition, it is so much fun to see the  looks of accomplishment and smiles on their faces as they improve.

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Credentials

Naples, FL 34110
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4 Reviews

5.0

  • Steve Isaac

    I struggled with my golf game for 25 years, but could never seem to get past square one. I had tried golf schools, teachers, coaches---all seemed to make things better for a short time, but then make them worse. All focused on mechanics---do this, don't do that, etc---until I had a mental checklist of 50 items I would struggle to remember each time I got up to hit the ball. Larry got rid of all that. He taught me that everyone has a golf swing inside of them that they need to learn to let out. He gave me a tiny list of things to do and guidance in how to do them. After so many years of frustration and misery I am finally playing golf and enjoying it. Each time I step up to the ball to take a shot I have confidence that I'm going to hit reasonably close to where I want it to go. This is all due to Larry Craig. His minimalist approach, combined with his patience and calm demeanor make him an outstanding instructor. I can't recommend him strongly enough.

  • Jamie F.

    My 9 year old son has been taking lessons from Larry. He has improved his grip, form, and stance as well as developing a routine for addressing the ball. Larry quickly adapdted to my sons skill level and method of learning. He created a very positive experience that has my son more excited about golf than he has been with two years of group lessons

  • Hawk Haugsjaa

    I am a retired Golf Professional, when my game goes bad I call on Larry for help. He is good to work with and he will help you with your game

  • Brian Clinton

    Larry was very helpful. He quickly identified a couple of things I was doing (grip, swing initiation, etc.) and helped me fix - nice to have some quick improvement. He also helped me with some things to work on when I'm practicing on my own. I'll definitely continue lessons.



FAQs


What is your typical process for working with a new student?

We begin by hearing the student's history.  How long they've been playing, handicap or usual scores, and how they would assess their game.  What are the parts of the game and swing that concern them.  Finally,  their goals and how long they expect it will take them to get there.

At this point I typically will ask them to his some balls. I want them to loosen up without any undue pressure.  Just get a relaxed atmosphere going.  I'll then watch a number of shots to see what's happening and get an idea where to begin.


What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

The most important and valuable training I've had came from lessons and then working at the school of PGA Master Professional, Carl Lohren.  During the lessons I learned the fundamentals as we refined my game.  Relative to teaching, the most important was at his schools for 4 winters.  As I would be working with a student, Carl would come by with suggestions.  This was the critical point in learning how and when to apply the fundamentals.  In this case, timing is everything.  Even though something may need to be fixed, if it's at the wrong time it just creates a bigger mess. 

I had the education provided as I worked my way toward PGA membership.  This provided me with the knowledge that there are many ways to achieve the same goal.

I completed my BS in Physical Education at Indiana University.  While this wasn't geared toward golf, I studied working with a body in motion, and how to create the motions you're looking for.


Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

My standard fee for one hour is $75.  1/2 hour is $50.

I offer an introductory lesson for $30.

Discounts are available for multiple lessons.  They are typically a free lesson, such as one free after five.

There is usually a facility fee which I pay.  The student pays for the balls.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     


How did you get started teaching?

I started at my first job as an assistant professional in 1969.  Basically, I knew how to play.  So people assume you know how to teach.  I did have a BS in Physical Education.  This helped a great deal since I spent most of my time learning about bodies in motion. 

I became what I consider to be a teacher a few years later after many lessons with Carl Lohren and his coaching on how and when to apply the fundamentals. 


What types of students have you worked with?

I have worked with men and women.  Young children, teenagers, adults and seniors.  Beginners, intermediate, advanced and golf professionals

I've worked with individuals, groups and schools.


Describe a recent event you are fond of.

A man contacted me through one of these programs on the internet.  He said he was ready to quit, but decided to give it one more shot.  His game was in the nineties, but had lost it all and was now around 120.  After watching him hit some balls, I could see why he was ready to quit.  For about three months he worked very hard.  There were some good days and some bad ones.  I haven't seen him for about two months, and I got an email a couple days ago.  He hasn't played much this summer due to work, but of the most recent four rounds, all were in the nineties.  He said he was looking forward to returning to SW Florida this winter and continuing to work on his game.  That was a heart warming email.


What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

Very rarely does a change have an instant impact.  It takes time to grow accustom to the change and relax with it. 

For at least two and maybe three weeks, I highly recommend working twice a week.  The retention is so much greater.  If this doesn't work financially, tell me and we can work it out.  Make payments over time or something.  I would prefer you learn quicker, and I'll do my part to help.

I bring a lot of passion to the practice tee and I'm ready to work.  I'm hopeful the srudent is the same.


What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

What are my goals in taking lessons?  Are they realistic? 

How often should I take a lesson and how much should I practice in between.

Does. my equipment fit me?