Having Trouble Putting? Check out These Tips


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Putting Tips
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When not at work in the financial sector, Giro M. Maddaluna likes to stay active through activities like skiing and golf. Golfers like Giro Maddaluna need to have both solid putting and driving skills to succeed at the sport.

Putting is one of the most difficult skills to cultivate in golf, and even experienced golfers face several issues on the final approach. According to a Pinehurst Golf Academy study, almost two-thirds of golfers under-read the break and end up wasting strokes. They also often suffer from poor intuition regarding depth, assuming the hole is much closer than it actually is.

Another common problem is reading putts from the wrong direction. When putting downhill, golfers should assess the putt from behind the hole. When putting uphill, they should switch to reading from behind the ball. This minimizes the effect of the slope itself on the assessment. By following these tips, golfers can minimize both mental and physical distortions when putting and rapidly improve their scores once they reach the green.


Beauty Dominates the Poipu Bay Golf Course

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Poipu Bay Golf Course
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Based in New Jersey, Giro M. Maddaluna is an experienced financial adviser. When he is not working, Giro Maddaluna enjoys several outdoor pursuits, including golf. Recently, Giro Maddaluna played at the prestigious Poipu Bay Golf Course on Kauai, Hawaii.

For 12 years the home of the PGA Grand Slam of Golf, the Poipu Bay Golf Course is located on the south shore of the island of Kauai. The par 72 course is known for its scenery, including 30 acres of tropical plants. In the winter, golfers can spot humpback whales leaping from the Pacific. Panoramic views of the ocean and surrounding mountains add to the spectacle.

Golfers will appreciate modern amenities, such as GPS-equipped golf carts. Players can easily track their progress with graphics of the course and distances to the holes. Tips from pros are also available.

The course is also known for the friendly staff at the clubhouse, which features a fully stocked golf shop. After their game, golfers can enjoy fine food and beverages in the Clubhouse Restaurant and take in the scenery.

The Pleasures of Skiing at Alta, Utah

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Skiing at Alta
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A financial professional registered in New Jersey, Giro M. Maddaluna offers a range of services. In his free time, Giro Maddaluna is a ski enthusiast. In particular, he enjoys downhill skiing in Alta, Utah.

Alta’s ski area covers 2,200 acres near Snowbird. It accommodates beginning, intermediate, and advanced skiers and features seven ski lifts with a vertical drop of 2,100 feet. Fans of Nordic skiing can experience a 5-kilometer groomed track at no extra charge.

On average, Alta’s snowfall ranges from 71 inches to 91 inches from mid-November to late April, peaking in January at 99 inches. Temperatures average around 20 to 25 degrees Fahrenheit, which makes for dry and light snow conditions.

While off the skis, visitors can enjoy the comforts of the Alta Lodge. Rooms are equipped with several useful amenities, such as boot dryers and heaters, a hair dryer, and free Internet access.

Other features include a shuttle to children’s ski lessons, afternoon tea in the deck room, and massage appointments. A free yoga class meets from seven to eight a.m. during the winter season.

Saving Money on a Trip to London

An experienced financial adviser and registered representative in New Jersey, Giro M. Maddaluna has more than a decade of experience in the financial sector. Outside of his professional responsibilities, Giro Maddaluna has traveled widely throughout the United States and has also visited London.

It’s well known that visiting London is a pricey experience. However, there are several ways that you can save money and still have a great London experience. Following are a few examples:

Visit Borough Market: one of the city’s largest food markets, Borough Market is often a cheaper option than dining at a restaurant. Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays are the best days for visiting, and the market is often full of food samples for you to fill up on.

Order an Oyster Card: if you still want to use public transportation, consider investing in a Visitor Oyster Card. This is about half as expensive as a one-day Travelcard or single tickets on public transport systems.

Get theatre tickets through TKTS: buying your tickets to a West End theatre show in Leicester Square at the TKTS booth can cut down the cost by up to 50 percent. The tickets sold at the booth are for that day and are a good alternative if you miss buying in advance.

Buy a London Pass: the London Pass grants you free entry to over 60 attractions in the city, including the Tower of London and London Bridge. If you aren’t interested in a lot of sightseeing, you can easily find discounts for single ticketed sights online.

Alta – A Skier’s Mountain

An experienced financial advisor, Giro M. Maddaluna holds series 7 and 63 licenses from the FINRA. In his free time, Giro Maddaluna enjoys downhill skiing and has tackled several mountains in Utah, including Alta.

Since the 1938-1939 winter season, Alta has been providing skiers with a winter getaway. The mountain was the first in Utah to install a ski lift, and over the years it has welcomed multiple generations of skiers to its slopes. Due to its wide diversity of terrain, and the fact it prohibits snowboarding and mechanized vehicles, Alta is often called a “skier’s mountain.” In fact, it stands out as one of only three ski areas in the United States with a prohibition on snowboarding.

Typical seasons on Alta run from November to April, during which it remains open every day. Over the 10,500-foot mountain’s 2,200 acres of skiable terrain, and down its more than 2,000-foot drop, it offers access to 116 ski runs, three-fifths of which are designed for intermediate skiers, with a quarter geared to beginners and about 35 percent to advanced skiers. Dedicated to accommodating all types of skiers, Alta maintains a number of different lifts, ranging from a moving conveyor to detachable quads.

Local Attractions Londoners Enjoy

A financial adviser and registered representative of New York Life, Giro M. Maddaluna provides financial and insurance planning services.* Away from work, Giro Maddaluna likes to take time to partake in personal interests, such as traveling to London.

Beyond traditional tourist attractions like Buckingham Palace, London visitors should take a look at the following places to see what local residents enjoy.

Marylebone Stroll

An affluent, residential district, Marylebone Stroll is home to the Wallace Collection. The museum features 25 galleries of 18th-century French paintings and a world-class armory. The area also provides haute couture shopping and specialty stores on Marylebone High Street.

The Tate Modern

Designed by Herzog and De Meuron, the Tate Modern was formerly a power station on the Thames. The art gallery’s exhibits have included works by artists such as Ai Wei Wei and Tacita Dean, who used visual media to celebrate 35mm filmmaking. Just outside the venue is Borough Market, a place to enjoy local foods following an art tour.

The London Eye

A giant Ferris wheel, the London Eye takes visitors to heights that provide unobstructed views of the city. The ride takes 30 minutes and involves entering a glass capsule that holds 25 people. At night, visitors to the London Eye can go on a champagne flight.

*Giro M. Maddaluna, a Registered Representative of and offering securities through NYLIFE Securities LLC, member FINRA/SIPC, A Licensed Insurance Agency, 250 Pehle Ave., Suite 900, Saddle Brook, NJ 07663, 201-845-6900, and a Financial Adviser offering investment advisory services with Eagle Strategies LLC, A Registered Investment Advisor.

Basic Tips for Cross Country Skiers

An insurance planning services provider and financial adviser based in New Jersey, Giro Maddaluna has more than five years of experience in the industry. During his free time, Giro M Maddaluna is an active outdoorsman whose hobbies range from golfing to skiing.

Often a more leisurely experience than downhill skiing, cross-country (or Nordic) skiing can be more of an endurance sport due to the significant distances gained during a single trip. Whether you’re an experienced skier or it’s your first time on the snow, there are several things to keep in mind when hitting the trails.

As with any exercise, it’s important to stretch your muscles before heading out on a cross-country ski journey. By stretching, muscles are properly warmed up and you’re less likely to hurt yourself. When dressing for your day out, consider wearing light layers of moisture-wicking clothes and choose fleece instead of cotton, which can trap body heat.

When choosing an area to cross-country ski, beginners should focus on flat, well-groomed trails. Skiers should also be mindful of common errors in form, including using the poles for support instead of propulsion and not following through on the kick and glide of the stride, among others.