Friday, March 30, 2007

SPORTS>>Golf lessons available at Deer Run

By Carolyn Ellis
Special to The Drop Zone

Base golfers can now add some new tricks to their golf bags with lessons available at Deer Run Golf Course.

Tommy Rutherford is the course’s new golf instructor and provides lessons to beginner, intermediate, and advanced players.
He is available for lessons 1 to 6 p.m. every Saturday and charges $45 for a 45 minute individual lesson. Golfers can get a group of two to five people together and take advantage of the $25 per person group rate.

The new instructor said some of the benefits of taking golf lessons are learning the fundamentals of the game, avoiding developing bad habits golfers could carry with them throughout their life, improving the consistency of their game and making learning the game a less frustrating experience.

Rutherford’s lessons also include how to improve shot selections around the green and how to hit different types of shots such as, sand, pitch, and bunt and run shots.

Rutherford said there are three things golfers of all experience levels can do that will make them better:
1. Stay consistent with your shot,
2. Watch your tempo, a smooth – not too hard – swing works best, and
3. Practice, practice, practice.

Rutherford teaches at the Stonelinks Golf Course in Cabot Monday through Saturday.

He previously worked for the Lakewood Golf School in North Little Rock for 15 years and has been a golf instructor for 26 years.

Rutherford was taught by Golf Pro, Sam Snead, who was one of the top five golfers in the 1950s and 1960s.
To take advantage of Rutherford’s years of teaching experience, call the Deer Run Pro Shop at 987-6825 to book an appointment.


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