Bird Homestead Golf Report

Festival tourney pleases golfers

Posted: Tuesday, August 02, 2005

The Funny River Festival Golf Tournament was a big success. The winning team consisted of Mike Chenault, Vern Hamm and Tim Dipple. Long drive for the men went to Mike Chenault. Mike also received closest to the pin honors. Long drive for the women was won by Mary Ann Pickard. Closest to the pin honors also went to Mary Ann. We want to thank every one who came out. We hope to see you all back next year.

Mark your calendar: Peninsula Food Bank Fund-Raiser Golf Tournament, Sunday at 1 p.m.; Kenai Chrysler Golf Championship at the Kenai Golf Course, Aug. 6 to 9; 2005 Annual Fall Classic, Aug. 27 at 9 a.m.; women's night, Mondays at 6:30 p.m.; and men's night, Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m.

Golf Tip of the Week

Improper aim will lead to mishit shots.

Over the years I have given many lessons to people who thought they had swing faults, but in reality, it was their aim.

If you get aimed too far to the right of your target you will eventually get tired of missing shots to the right and think that it is because your face is open or you're just not swinging through enough. So instinctively you will begin to start swinging over the top and probably start missing your target just as far to the left as you were to the right.

If you get aimed too far to the left of your target it won't be long before you start having to swing your body so far ahead of your club that the face will be left wide open and you'll start to wonder, why can't I hit my clubs as far as I used to?

When practicing, always place two clubs on the ground. Place one club behind your ball to indicate your target line, and then place another club parallel to your target line where your feet are going to be.

One of the biggest aiming errors that I come across is that the average golfer aims to the right of their target because of how they address the ball. They address the ball by lining up their body first, and then they aim the club.

Try gripping and aiming your club first, then align your body parallel to your target line. If to see your target you have to look over your left shoulder, that's a good indication that you're aimed too far to the right. You should be able to cock your head to the left and the first thing you see is usually where you're aimed.

For more helpful tips or lessons, contact the golf shop at 260-4653.

The Bird Homestead Golf Course is located at Mile 12 on Funny River Road.

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