Most people think tennis is an easy sport, not so and certainly that is not the case if you play to win and slaughter your opponent in a gentleman like fashion. Playing a good round of tennis with a younger, more agile and better conditioned competitor is difficult indeed.
But luckily impetuous youth will show its true colors if you have your game plan down and are sure footed on your fundamentals, then capitalize on their trick shot mistakes. Yet even in doing this the key is endurance, because once you get too tired you ability to compete with the youthful agility is severely hampered.
So then what can you do to increase your stamina and endurance in tennis? Well playing often 3-4 times per week helps, but it is even more than that. Sure you can go to the gym, jog and stay active, but realize in tennis these … Read the rest
Do you recall the learning process? Let’s see how this process applies to building an effective golf swing.
There are three fundamental stages inherent in mastering any skill. While the boundaries between the stages are often blurred, I think you’ll be able to relate.
For the novice driver, the first stage is developing a feel for the steering wheel, braking system, mirrors, etc. The process usually begins on a quiet street or parking lot, driving in slow motion. This is the mechanical or conscious stage, where the student tries to recall the exact position of the brake, steering wheel, signals, etc. At this stage, speed is irrelevant.
Have you ever been stuck behind a student driver?
Stage two in the learning process is gradually applying the new knowledge under real-life conditions; driving on a residential street with oncoming traffic, stop signs, pedestrians and traffic lights. The student gradually learns how … Read the rest
Long intervals take two minutes or more and are very tiring. In interval training, a runner may run a quarter mile 12 times, averaging 1 minute, with a 110-yard slow jog between each. A weightlifter may lift a heavy weight ten times in a row and then repeat another set of ten. Runners run intervals as fast as they can and recover enough to run the same fast pace several times. Runners need very short recoveries between intervals, usually only about 30 seconds; but weight lifters need much longer recoveries, at least two and a half minutes. Runners become short of breath and feel a burning in their muscles when lactic acid starts to accumulate in muscles, but it takes only a few seconds for a trained athlete to recover between each hard run. On the other hand, weight lifters feel burning caused by tearing of the muscle fibers and … Read the rest
In Recurve Bow, the archer holds his bow with the hand opposite his dominant eye. This hand is called the bow hand and the arm is called the bow arm. His opposite hand, the one in line with his dominant eye, is called the drawing hand and is the one that draws the string of the bow. This hand is often called the bow holder or the string elbow. People whose dominant eye is the right eye hold their bow with their left hand and face the target with their left side. They draw the string and release the arrow with their right hand. Some turn or tilt their heads and aim using their right dominant eye. People with their left as their dominant follow the opposite.
There are several steps involved in shooting an arrow effectively using the recurve bow. The first step is achieving the correct position. The … Read the rest
With all the technology in archery going on today, one of the most important devices on your compound bow is the arrow rest. Many bowhunters have problems while trying to perfect their arrow flight when using broadheads, even though their arrows have been spined correctly and there are no mechanical problems with their bow. You’ve paper tested your arrow and you cannot get rid of the wobble. The problem, more often than not, is contact with your arrow fletching with your arrow rest. Maybe you have tried using smaller fletching, but then your broadhead tends to steer your arrow when using a saddle type of arrow rest.
The newly styled type of fall-away archery arrow rest has many advantages over the traditional style of a cradle type of arrow rest. The fall-away arrow rest will eliminate any contact made by your fletching. This will help improve your arrow flight and … Read the rest
While tennis racquets can be picked off the shelf in any sports equipment shop, professionals prefer to have their racquets customized during the manufacturing process itself, taking into account extra graphite reinforcement, weight, balance, handle shape, etc. This is often called ?tweaking? the racquets to help improve the play.
Even if a racquet appears to be a simple piece of sports equipment, there are many factors that go into the making of it. The tension in a racquet?s strings is an important element because any ?creep? in the strings can affect performance. Of equal significance is the balance of the racquet, which is the weight distribution that is measured from the butt end in inches or centimeters.
Generally, racquets are made ?head light? to allow for better maneuverability. However, today?s super light racquets are made ?head heavy? to supply enough mass to the area of the frame where the ball … Read the rest
Now, I wouldn’t want to work for Steve Jobs or even spend time with him, but he did move a lot of product. So, I figure why make life complicated? Don’t spend your time making hot dogs, pizza, sloppy Joes, walking tacos, loaded baked potatoes and gyros just to have some of each left over. It’s too complicated.
Beverages – This used to the most profitable area. Back in the days of fountain soda, when the cup costed more than the liquid inside it. Many high school no longer have soda fountains and few youth programs are going to have access to them. Today it’s more common for people to donate cases of soda, water or sports drink and resell the individual containers for $1 to $2. I see events mark water and soda at $1 and sports drinks at $1.50. Great, now you have to make change and deal … Read the rest
Compared to a regular road bike, women’s triathlon bikes are designed with a different geometry. The seat tubes of a triathlon bike are inclined more forward with 75 to 78 degrees of inclination and are lower on the front end to provide a time trial position. Due to its steeper seat tube angle, the quadriceps are emphasized more. This spares the running muscles so you can conserve some energy for the run later on.
Ordinary road bikes on the other hand are designed to corner, climb, and sprint. Their seat tube angles range from 72 to 74 degrees and are set up to cater for common riding positions. They are more upright and less aerodynamic so they require more muscle power to move them forward.
However, if you do have a decent road bike, there is no need to panic and go out and get a new bike. You can … Read the rest
Soccer Encourages Social Interaction
One can’t play or even have soccer practice, or at least a fun one, being by one’s self. Sure, you can practice shooting, but without a goalie, the practice won’t be as beneficial. Soccer is a team sport and requires one to effectively listen, communicate with and obey one’s coach and teammates.
Soccer promotes social interaction, which is very important for young children. Verbal, comprehension and decision-making skills are improved while playing soccer which will help kids as they become adults.
Soccer Encourages Teamwork and a Group Attitude
As mentioned earlier, soccer is a team sport, meaning each player is important to the team’s success. Every player must work on the skills needed to be the best player they can be in order to help their team do well. Soccer teaches players discipline and commitment to the team. This ability to think about how one’s attitude … Read the rest
In order to have a smooth transition between each discipline (swimming, cycling, and running), proper and effective equipment should be worn throughout the entire race. Good clothing is number one on the list. A triathlete wears a wet-suit underneath their clothing to take off after running. Some people choose to take a few minutes in every transition, but in all cases this will result in losing your time and others may make it ahead of you while you are changing clothes during the bike-swim transition.
A wet-suit is made in a fabric that increases buoyancy and reduces drag, which allows you to earn a faster time in the swim segment. Unlike other sport wet-suits (e.g. surfing), triathlon wet-suit provides more flexibility in the arms and legs, lighter, more efficient and give less resistance while swimming lengths. It is generally form fitting therefore it does not bulge on areas like the … Read the rest
Before I elaborate more on what makes a good racket, let me briefly tell you what a badminton set consist of. Besides the rackets, there will be shuttlecocks and a net. These are the basic requirements of the game. Other ‘add-on’ items to consider will be badminton shoes, clothes, headbands and wristbands. Now, I shall explain the main structure of a racket.
A badminton racket consists of 5 main sections. The first section is the head, followed by the string area, the throat, the shaft and finally the handle. Each section has its very own defined function. These functions will decide the character of the racket. There are two main types of shape of a racket. The first shape is oval which happens to be the original shape. This shape causes the racket to have a lower surface area of sweet spot. This enables the user to have more powerful … Read the rest
Being a professional athlete is or should be the highest level of athleticism possible, but that’s not the case, because pro-athletes are always rated on the “what have you done for me lately?” theory, per-say, or the last time they had a chance to do something, what did they do? So they are constantly being rated and everything that they do, fail or succeed, is accounted for. Which would explain why there are professional stars and professionals that are not “stars”. And of course, the stars are the more consistent athletes in their particular field and obviously, they take their jobs more serious than the average pro-athlete.
Though, I’ve played on many different non-professional teams of many different sports, I have never had the opportunity to play on a professional team, but there was always an implied expectation of everyone on the team, and if a player could not live … Read the rest