Born and raised in Queens, N.Y., Erika has pursued her passion for golf since the age of 8. As a junior, she competed on local and national levels and earned a scholarship to play Division I golf at James Madison University (’02).
Erika has been working in the golf industry since 1999 and teaching since 2003. In 2006, she became a Class A PGA Member. In 2007, she became one of only 18 female PGA Members certified in instruction. Shortly thereafter, Erika established Larkin Golf LLC and launched www.larkingolf.com to highlight her simple and fun teaching philosophies. Erika has been published regionally and in a number of online publications and she has taught and presented alongside several top-100 teachers, including Suzy Whaley and Rick Martino.
As the Director of Instruction at Stonewall Golf Club, Erika runs the Larkin Golf Learning Community, offering adult and junior private instruction, group class and camps, and she has specialties in golf fitness and green reading.
I like to teach the golf swing in small bites, from small to big. It’s important to master small skills first through drills and exercises and build on those to breed confidence and consistency in a full swing. I enjoy teaching people of all ages and skill levels. With the right practice plan and coaching, I believe every student to can reach his or her personal best in golf! My motto: “Creating confident, course-ready golfers!”
“Erika, I just wanted you to know from me how much I appreciate the attention and help you gave to Ann this week at her lesson with you. She thoroughly enjoyed the lesson, your swing thoughts, and enjoyed your personality and personal attention. She was excited about what she had learned and how she had learned it, and couldn’t wait to get out to the golf course to practice these things. She is greatly looking forward to her follow up lessons. Thanks again, and YES, I am very glad that we chose you. We will definitely keep you in mind when we hear of others who are looking for lessons. All the best.”
“Erika, Just a quick note to say ‘Thanks’ for a wonderful lesson. I haven’t had many (lessons) and you can no doubt see that from my swing but I just wanted you to know that I thoroughly enjoyed working with you that afternoon and the video was and hopefully will continue to be inspirationally helpful. Breaking old habits isn’t easy but I’m determined to do so and hopefully in a few weeks we can have another video lesson to see if what I’m working on is correct and working.”
If you watch any great iron player hit balls, you will notice that they strike the ball first and then the ground. Many average players, on the other hand, tend to hit behind the ball, which makes solid contact virtually ...