The summer golf season is in full swing (pardon the pun) in and around Gainesville with golfers hitting the links at many of the outstanding courses throughout the area. Regardless of your skill level, it’s a good idea to review some fundamentals that will help fine-tune your game. After all, there’s nothing more satisfying than hitting that long drive straight down the fairway or sinking that difficult putt that will leave your golfing buddies envious.
We here at your hometown Buick GMC dealer in Gainesville, Gainesville Buick GMC, came up with the following 4 valuable tips to help you fine-tune your game.
- Proper Alignment – Many players have a faulty alignment which affects every aspect of their swing. Golf is a game of consistency, and it all starts with proper alignment. There are three basic stances: square, closed, and open. To check your stance, pick a target and place the club along the line of your toes. Then see where the club is pointing. If the club points directly at, or to the right, of the target, your stance is closed. If it points to the left of the target, your stance is open. If the club points left, but parallel, to the target, this is called a square stance. Your hips, knees, and shoulders should be in line or parallel to your feet. The clubface should be square, or at a right angle, to the ball.
- Proper Golf Stance – Having a proper alignment is a prerequisite for achieving a proper stance as it points you in the correct direction. Your stance consists of the right width, the correct amount of knee flex, the angle of the feet, and overall posture. The first step is to measure the width of your shoulders using a club. Use this measurement to ensure that your feet are at least this wide apart for full shots. Avoid pointing your toes at too much of an angle. Your body weight should be 50/50 between your toes and heels, as well as your left and right foot. Too narrow or wide a stance will improperly shift your body weight and leave you off balance.
- Correct Distance To The Ball – Each of the clubs in your bag is a different length. This changes the distance between you and the ball during your setup. First, address the ball and lock your knees in place. Bend your knees slightly until the weight on your feet moves from the heel to the balls of your feet until it is balanced over the center. Take out the club you’ll be using and lower it to your front thigh. It should touch about an inch above your kneecap. Do this without flexing or straightening your leg. If you do, you’ll need to move your feet farther or closer to the ball.
- Proper Hand Position & Grip – Your hands at setup should reflect your impact position. To do so, point the butt end of the club at your front or left hip. If the club is too far forward or too far back, your strikes will be inconsistent. Correctly gripping the club is essential. It may at first seem awkward, but mastering a good grip will pay dividends. Place the club in the fingers of the left hand running from the middle of the index finger to the base of the little finger. Grip the club about a ½-inch from the top end of the club. You should only be able to see 2 ½ knuckles, creating what’s called a “neutral” position. Your left thumb and forefinger should point to your right shoulder in a “V” position.
Place the bottom of your right thumb right on top of your left thumb. This creates a “V” that should point to your chin. The fingers can either interlink with the pinkie of the right hand and the forefinger of the left hand or overlap with the little finger overlaps the index finger of the left hand. This is called the “Vardon” grip. The baseball grip, as the name implies, grasps the club with one hand above the other without any interlocking at all (not recommended). Regarding how hard you grip the club, you should start out at around a 4 out of a scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being the tightest grip. Your grip pressure should increase to 10 upon impact.
Up Your Game In A New Encore From Gainesville Buick GMC
The new 2016 Buick Encore SUV for sale near Gainesville at Gainesville Buick GMC is your perfect golfing companion. It features an elegant and contemporary exterior, a roomy and versatile interior, and power to spare.
The Encore’s signature “waterfall” grille, large projector-beam headlines, flowing aero roofline, and sport alloy wheels set it apart from the crowd. On the inside, the Encore is surprisingly spacious for a “small SUV.” In fact, you’ll be impressed with the overall roominess, versatility, and high level of quality craftsmanship. The Encore comfortably accommodates five adults in indulgent luxury with available leather seating, power moonroof, dual climate control, and premium BOSE® 7-speaker audio system. There’s also plenty of room for your clubs and more with up to 18.8 cubic feet of flexible storage space behind the 2nd-row seats.
Plus, you’ll stay connected with the available 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot powered by OnStar® and command an array of infotainment functions via Buick’s IntelliLink® with voice-activated controls. Pair it with your iPhone® for even more voice-activated capabilities.
The Encore features a responsive and fuel-efficient 1.4-liter turbocharged engine that gets an EPA-estimated 25 mpg city/33 mpg highway. And the Encore inspires confidence at every turn with available All-Wheel Drive.
2016 Buick Encore Deals Near Gainesville, FL
Take your game to the next level with a great deal on a new 2016 Buick Encore for sale near Gainesville from Gainesville Buick GMC. Now is the time to swing into our dealership and enjoy sensational summer savings on our entire inventory of new 2016 Buicks and GMCs for sale in Gainesville. We also have an excellent assortment of top-quality used cars under $10,000 for sale near Ocala to choose from.
We are conveniently located at 2101 N Main Street Gainesville, FL 32609, serving the communities of Gainesville, Palatka, Lake City, and Ocala, FL. Call us today at 866-862-5576.