With seven WCI communities throughout Florida offering championship golf courses, we can safely say that there are a few golf fans in the WCI family of Residents and Members. Our WCI Clubs offer everything from PGA TOUR events like the Franklin Templeton Shootout to Club tournaments, family golf events and more for our golf lovers to enjoy throughout Florida.
That said it's always good to continue with lessons to improve your game. So, whether you're just getting started in the sport or are a golf fanatic, we gathered some of the top golf tips from our WCI Club Golf Professionals to share with you below.
• Practice Short Putts: Take three golf balls, put one at 2 feet, one at 3 feet and one at 4 feet all along the same line and start hitting them into the hole. Grip the putter very lightly trying to take the tension and hands out of the stroke and use your shoulders to stroke the ball.
• Chipping Techniques: When addressing the golf ball, the ball should be just back of center with 55% to 60% of your weight on your lead foot (left foot for right-handed players), and hands slightly a head of the golf ball. This ball back, weight forward and hands forward set up will promote a nice descending blow to the golf ball and allow for the proper loft needed to execute a good shot.
• Improve Your Backswing: A right-handed golfer begins the swing while turning their hips back and to the right. If the hips are the engine of the swing, the golfer should not have a problem remaining balanced. However, if you speed up the swing and lead with the hands or arms, you may affect a weight shift by swaying backwards with the hips, which could result in a loss of balance.
• How to Play a Downhill Uneven Lie: The shoulders should be aligned with the slope of the hill. Position the ball one or two inches back from the center of your stance. The clubface will then come down the slope of the hill skimming the grass and lifting the ball.
• How to Play an Uphill Uneven Lie: Align your shoulders with the slope of the hill. Position the ball one to two inches forward in your stance. You’ll need to swing a little harder to get the desired distance due to the extra loft created from the slope.
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WCI Communities offers a host of lifestyle communities throughout Florida, with championship golf courses at Lost Key Golf Club in Perdido Key, Venetian Golf & River Club in Venice, Pelican Preserve in Ft. Myers, The Colony Golf & Country Club and Raptor Bay Golf Club in Bonita Springs and Tiburón in Naples.