LPGA Teaching and Coaching Professional Marissa Kulig Crow is planting the seeds that are moving the needle in helping to grow the game.
Based at Lyman Orchards, Connecticut, centrally located between Hartford, New Haven and Waterbury, Kulig Crow has in 6 years built the most successful women’s program in the northeast and one of the biggest in the United States, with more than 600 women attending her program in 2018. Recently qualifying as a Frankly Certified Putting Instructor (CPI) she looks to help more women putt better and build on her success.
“The CPI Course had great information. I really liked the structure. The way it was broken down was clear and simple. It delivered the what, how and why of putting.
“It exceeded my expectations. The way it was laid out made sense and it will allow me to quickly assess and diagnose my students during putting lessons.
“There were new areas that were eye opening, such as the swing plane in putting and the six degrees of freedom. I especially liked the part that connected the fundamentals with the mechanics. The section on the fundamentals was a refresher and confirmed my knowledge about putting which was very reassuring.”
“I have always considered myself a solid putter and it’s nice to have a research base to support my current instruction.”
Kulig Crow looks forward to sharing her new expertise at Lyman Orchards which is also an LPGA USGA Girls Golf facility, which means that what she has learned as a CPI will have even greater impact.
“I am proud of the womens program I have created here. In only a few years we have built the program to attract 600 students each season.
“I have a large audience and I am looking forward to hosting specialized putting classes, something I have not focused on before.”
“Fitting of the putter is important and I was pleased that the CPI Course gave me information on how to fit, which makes me excited about doing more putter fittings because many women’s putters are too long.
“Everyone can benefit from better putting, both beginners and even more advanced students.”
Kulig Crow started learning golf at 8 years old from her father and grandfather, who were very good amateur golfers. At that time there weren’t many opportunities for girls in golf and as a result Kulig Crow played on the boys high school team.
“I just fell in love with the game. Teaching full time for the last 7 years has just been a dream come true.”
Times have changed, with many more opportunities for girls playing the game Kulig Crow sees the potential of women’s golf in the growth of the game, sharing her passion and enthusiasm for golf.
“What I am doing at Lyman Orchards is proof that women’s golf is growing.
“I think I have been successful because I keep it simple (that’s why I love the layout of the CPI Course because it is so easy to use and apply), we have fun and a lot of laughs. It’s important to make the women feel comfortable and welcome.”
And when the student leaves after a lesson with her, Kulig Crow has a specific goal in mind.
“When a student leaves my lesson I want them to feel confident and accomplished. They came with a goal and I hope that we met that goal. I want them to be able to practice on their own and repeat what they learned in the lesson on their own.”
Frank Thomas, founder of Frankly Golf, former longtime USGA Technical Director, inventor of the graphite shaft and the person who introduced the Stimpmeter to the game of golf said
“Marissa is on the forefront of helping the game grow through her efforts working with womens and girls golf. Her approach is solid and her success is evident. We are proud to have someone as dynamic and passionate about the game as Marissa, as a member of our CPI family.”