Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Become Unstoppable In Table Tennis

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by John Simmons

As an avid player of table tennis, you want to be unbeatable. However, you must consider that there are still many things you need to know to help you become unbeatable.

We must not forget that there is no such thing as a perfect player table tennis. However, minimizing your weaknesses and maximize the use of your forces, you'll be able to beat most of your opponents in the game

The first step to becoming a player is not unbeatable perfecting every shot. You must first identify your weaknesses and strengths. In doing so, you'll be able to work on your weaknesses and your strengths in the game even stronger.

table tennis is also a mind game where you need to think quickly in order to know what to do in certain situations in the game

Basically, the service is one of the most important positions and also the vantage point that you can never have in a game. When it is your turn to serve, use this advantage to the maximum in the knowledge that serve and the time to serve. Try to relax as high tension tend to keep the ball too long and also keep it with a minimum of spin. That's what you want to avoid.

The next thing you must do is to study your opponents. Before you and your opponent plays. Try to watch their games. In this way, you'll be able to meet their tactics and formulate a plan to counter their tactics. Find out what type of player they are. Ask them if they are the defensive players, such as blockers who rely on your mistakes to make a point or if they are an aggressive who likes to drive and attack all the time, during l'occasion.

In table tennis, the position most advantageous position is aggressive. If you are aggressive, you will probably earn more points than just relying on your opponent to make mistakes.

Finally, the most important aspect of a player is unbeatable spirit. You must keep in mind that table tennis is a game of the mind. Know what to do in certain situations certainly contribute a lot of points. table tennis is not just a game where you whack a ball in order to return to the other side of the table, but it is also a game that you need to think quickly. Dismantling your opponents with your strategy and you can be sure that you are going to win every match.

These are the things you need to remember in order to become a player in tennis. In remembering these things, you can be sure you'll be able to maximize your strengths to help you win matches.

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Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Golf Irons- The Most Important Clubs

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by SonnyC

Golf irons are used for shorter golf shots that range from 200 yards to less than 100 yards.They are one of the subsets that make up a "set" of golf clubs (Woods, Irons, Wedges, Putter). These irons are also perfect for those shorter shots from the fairway when a golf wood may be too much. The Irons are used for shorter shots than woods, usually shots from the fairway or rough, approaching the greens.These clubs are the essential part of a set of golf clubs. The irons are said to be either a traditional design wherein the iron is forged and has a generally continuous back portion or a second type of design known as cavity backed.These clubs are also a very important release as we all want to hit the ball better, cleaner and closer to the hole. Golf irons are primarily made of metals but some manufacturers sometimes choose to combine these soft metals with steel shafts, rather than graphite, which they say gives a better result.

Golf players are divided into three handicaps; low, middle and high. The irons typically include a set of eleven irons, numbers one (long) through nine (short), a pitching wedge, and a sand wedge. Golf woods are the longest golf clubs and mostly used for long shots.The glof putter is an aspect of concern for all golfers. Golf irons include a club head joined to a hosel and a shaft with the shaft being attached to the head by fitting the shaft into a bore formed within the hosel.

Irons are the most versatile clubs in the bag, allowing advanced players to hit a variety of different shots with the same club. Irons usually range from numbers 1 to 9, with lower numbered irons having lower lofts. Irons from most companies now claim to have a much lower center of gravity than their older counterparts. They usually come in a set consisting of 8 clubs: 3 iron, 4 iron, 5 iron, 6 iron, 7 iron, 8 iron, 9 iron, and Pitching Wedge. They are used to hit the golf ball off the ground from distances of 125 yards to 225 yards.A set of golf irons are typically identified (numbered) two through nine, a pitching wedge, an alternative wedge, and a sand wedge.

Tell the pro that you are in the market for golf clubs and you need help finding the best irons for your particular skill level. Whatever method is used, a competent professional can then point you to the type of clubs to best suit you. Unless a professional is "pushing" a certain brand of clubs, they should give you at least three or four possibilities. No matter how much you've set aside for new golf clubs, you can get golf irons featuring the latest designs and high-performance materials.

As most golfers know, there's a right time for every club, but golfers new to the game may not know the various types of clubs that make up a golf club set.

Golf irons are also used when approaches are made from lies that are difficult. They are generally used when you need to hit short shots and are generally made of softer metals, normally coupled with the steel shafts, thus providing them excellent results.These irons are usually available with stainless steel shafts, which are strong, durable, cost-effective and provide better consistency for very good golfers.

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Monday, June 23, 2008

8000 Race for Life In Leeds

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by Krissy Haze

This year's Race for Life saw 8,000 women run 5km around Temple Newsam in Leeds. The all-woman race saw thousands of women run in memory of friends and relatives and raise plenty of money for Cancer Research UK.

Many of the runners wore signs to show who they were running for. Among those running in the event were friends and relatives of June Rowling, who died aged just 48 in July 2007 from a rare form of sarcoma. A 14-strong team ran in memory of June, including her sister Carolyn Green and best friend Bev Myers. Ms Myers was proud to be running for her friend and said that June was a very charitable person. She said: "June actually raised thousands of pounds for charities through Mirfield Ladies Circle." Ms Rowling echoed this sentiment, she said: "She was always a doer. She had even done a couple of these races before she got ill."

Alice Patterson, a 21-year-old trainee teacher, was also racing in memory of a loved one - her mother, Christine, who died from breast cancer when Alice was just eight years old. Claire Kirby and her cousin completed the race in Minnie Mouse outfits in memory of her mother and father-in-law. She said: "There's a great atmosphere. We want to raise as much as possible... hopefully £800 between us."

Jenny Key, who organised the event, said that she was thrilled with the way the year's event had gone. She said: "It was absolutely fantastic. The weather stayed out for us, it was dry, there was a really good turnout and everybody finished. It was a great day."

The Cancer Research UK Race for Life started in London's Battersea Park in 1994. There are now over 260 Race for Life events throughout the UK, which have raised over £200 million for the cancer charity. In 2006, a men's version of the event, Run for Moore, was launched and it has already raised over £450,000 for charity.

Source: Mckenzies

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Thursday, June 19, 2008

How to Prevent Tennis Injuries

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by Jennifer Seaton

When you play tennis one of the most common damage is damage with the elbow. When you obtain this kind of damage you wound almost your elbow itself because you wound the ligaments and the tendons which are thus close what that resembles just wasted you your elbow but its really not. As I said before the damage of elbow is the most common damage which you can obtain by playing the game of tennis. You can also wound much other things while playing like your legs your arms and your back. You can wound your very easy back by are stationary and balancing too hard. You can wound your very bad back doing that while trying to play tennis.

The other strongly common damage which will occur when you play the game of tennis will be tendinitis. You can obtain this to play tennis with much and besides you play the sport. You will obtain this damage around the shoulders, the wrists, and the neck when you play this sport. The tendinitis is kind as to have the weak bones because you cannot employ them as far as you could before you obtained the damage. This can put to you out of tennis for a long time if you obtain the evil.

The other kind of damage which you can obtain while playing the game of tennis wounds your knees. You can wound your knees in any sport but tennis is a sport where you can wound your very easy knees. You always run when you play tennis thus you will fall sometimes by release above your feet or your associate if you play of the teams. Thus when you play tennis you want to pay attention where you run and how you run so that you disorder of don't high or tear your ACL of your knee because that will put to you out playing for a long time tennis if not for always.

The thing for which you require to maintain in the spirit the majority is that when you play tennis and you obtain the evil which this damage will stretch upwards and will begin you to hurt play so much and to become so much wounded. So that is why it is important that you not to obtain the evil and you so much play the good tennis.

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Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Bicycles, Bikes And Cycles - How They Got Where They Are Now

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by Vin DeWolfe

Early in the 1800's the first forms of the bike were being made. They were normally referred to as "velocipedes". They were pedal-less, hard wheeled, wooden contraptions. The rider sat on a seat and used his legs to push himself along.

It wasn't until the latter 1830's that pedal powered cycles were introduced. This is when those large wheeled cycles we've seen in old pictures came in. They were named High Wheelers and they were the fashion of the time for gentlemen.

The ride on one of these large wheel cycles through the towns of the time was dangerous. They were not very comfortable to ride and a bit unmanageable to keep upright. If the ride didn't rough you up a bit, the fall sure enough would. They took on the nickname "bone-shakers" for good reason.

With the invention of the Safety Bicycle, all that changed. A man named John Kemp Starley is alleged to have made the first successful example in 1885. He named it the "Rover," but he never registered it.

Starley's modern design boasted some parts we are now familiar with. It had two wheels the same diameter, a chain drive to the rear wheel and a steerable front wheel.

In earlier cycles, the frame was ponderous, and commonly made of wood. The introduction of lighter metals and the rhombus frame construction made them lighter. This single alteration provided for several other designs to be added.

Previously, the pedaling action of the rider was applied to the front wheel. This made it hard to power the bike and it was more accident prone. With a chain drive attached to the rear wheel, the rider could more readily pedal. Turning corners and other maneuvers became easier, and the bike viewed as safer.

With the improvement of pneumatic tires, the riders of the time were finding it easier. Gone were the days of hard rubber or wooden tires. These modern tires were lighter and tendered a significantly improved, softer ride.

The bicycling fury hit Europe and North America in the mid to later 1800's. Individuals from the middle classes as well as the posh were keen to get in on this crazy way to jaunt around. Cycling clubs were cropping up all around Europe and the United States bicycling was not only a sport leisure-time activity, but it became a crucial form of personal transport as well.

Women, particularly, were joining the ranks of bike riders in huge numbers. Before these alterations to the bike, women were not allowed to ride. There was a question about the dangers and potential moral significances of a woman riding a bike. For a time, even with the safety features, young unmarried women could only ride in the party of an elder, respected female.

European countries still employed the bike for transportation and leisure well into the early 20th century. In some countries in Europe, even today, cycles far outnumber autos. They are preferred in bigger metropolises where parking is limited and traffic is hard. And, possibly best of all, they are highly effective and produce no pollution.

Americans did not pursue in the Europeans path though. By the 1910's, cycles for adults were being replaced by cars. Although still employed by some, they were not quite as popular as they once were. By the 1940's, the attitude towards cycles was that they were childrens toys. Most cycles of the time were made for kids.

Bicycles are making a comeback in these times of high gas prices. Bicycles are highly efficient modes of transport. The added benefit of a healthier body are enticing more people to ride bikes. People that haven't been on a bike in 2 decades or more are pedaling their way to work or out shopping.

Some of these industrious people are even constructing their own cycles. From a standard safety bike to tandem cycles and trikes, it's something almost anybody can build. When you construct your own bike, you select the design and customize it to your own needs. It's a great way to spend time with the children too. And after you have built a bike or two, it'll be a blast to take 'em out for a spin!

The bike has come quite a way since the earlier attempts. Now, cycles are made of lighter weight, stronger materials. Manufacturers offer a large number of designs, founded on the intended use. They're designed for safety, comfort and are faster than ever before. Accessories like child trailers make taking your children for a ride or stopping for some food easy.

In my following bicycling article, I'll be talking of the different designs of cycles there are and how you can construct your own. In the meantime, go ride a bike!

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Tuesday, June 17, 2008

The Golf Swing - A No Arms Drill

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by J Cavell

For some people the golf swing feels uncomfortable and awkward. For those of you who fall into this category you may want to try this drill until you start feeling better (more comfortable) about the golf swing.

In a previous article (Golf Basics Part 2), I said you should probably be spending less time thinking about what your arms are doing and where they're going? Once my wrists are cocked, I really don't think much about my arms.

This golf swing drill consists of practicing your golf swing without using a golf club. Why would anyone want to do that you say? By doing this, you'll be able to concentrate on the feeling of your muscles coiling up and releasing without being confused or distracted by the movement of your arms. It's very important to master this muscle movement prior to actually hitting a golf ball.

This swing drill is also a good opportunity to practice keeping your feet on the ground. Some beginners tend to raise their left heel (for right handed golfers) during the back swing and their right heel during the follow through. First things first, practice having your front (left) foot roll inward on the back swing and try to memorize that feeling. Take your time with this drill because it can make all the difference in creating that perfect swing.

I particularly like this drill because you can practice it anywhere or anytime.

Here's how we start.
Begin by getting into your regular basic golf stance. You can place a ball down in front of you or imagine where it would be if that helps. Now instead of holding a golf club, cross your arms in front of you so your left hand is on your right shoulder and your right hand is on your left shoulder. It's like giving yourself a big hug!

Here are some important tips:

* Try not to do this drill fast or slow
* Do it at a steady tempo
* Do this drill frequently
* Memorize the movements and how they feel
* Do these movements without thinking (muscle memory)

Again, the golf back swing starts at the top (your shoulders and arms) and works its way down to your hips and legs. Remember, your head will move to the back but should not bob up or down. It should stay level.

Of course, in this drill you don't use your arms, so you begin by turning your shoulders. For me, it is more beneficial to think of turning my midsection (Let's say about six inches above your bellybutton.) away from the target. Now, when you do it this way your shoulders will also turn (automatically). For some, it may be difficult to get comfortable because of the feeling the torque building through your body creates. Don't worry. This is normal and will become less uncomfortable as you practice.

As your shoulders and hips turn, remember to not let your right (back) knee turn outwards (towards the back). This will have the feeling of pushing that knee inwards and/or keeping your body weight on the inside of the back foot. If this is difficult for you, try placing a book (1" thick) under the right side of your right foot. You will immediately feel the difference.

You should feel your front knee turn inwards and the front foot roll towards the inside but remain on the ground. Take the time to concentrate on this part.

Start from the bottom.
Now that you have accomplished a good solid back swing, this golf swing drill is a good time to practice the down swing. Try to begin moving your front knee towards the target as a trigger to your down swing. Don't start the back swing by moving your arms or shoulders. As an advanced technique, try to start that move (moving your front knee) before the back swing is complete. At the same time, try to get comfortable with that low, squatty feeling.

Turn your hips by thinking about turning your belt buckle to the target. You will feel like your hips are leading the rest of your body. The shoulders will naturally follow as you pivot on your front leg.

You can use this drill to commit to memory, or muscle memory, any movement that isn't a swing thought.

In a slight variation of this drill, you could start the golf back swing with your arms (no club). Practice hinging your arms at the shoulder and cocking your wrists as your arms cross your chest near the back arm pit triggering your shoulder turn.

And that's the basics of the golf swing. You won't get any better unless you practice. If you can maintain good solid mechanics in your golf swing, you will have the beginning to a great game!

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Monday, June 16, 2008

How to Break 80

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by Bob Charles

There are many psychological barriers in sports. For example, many people thought the 4 minute mile would never be broken. For many golfers the big psychological wall to crash through is How to Break 80.

It cannot be overstated how big a difference there is between shooting 80 and 79. It's only one stroke but when you are trying to break 80 for the first time that one stroke is the size of the Pacific Ocean. It's just not the same as the difference between 85 and 84. No one grinds or gets butterflies over that putt on the last hole. So how do you break 80?

First, make sure you know what it takes to break 80 in terms of golf statistics. To be very simple on a par 72 course you need to have 11 pars and 7 bogeys. So here's how that breaks out statistically speaking. You will likely hit 5-6 greens in regulation. You will need to make par or better on those holes. That means there are 12-13 holes where you miss the green in regulation. You will need to get up and down on 5 or six of those which means 5 or 6 one putt greens with no 3 putt greens. That means you are going have a total of 30-31 total putts at most. We haven't talked about driving but to hit 5-6 greens you will need to be in play on at least 7-9 holes off the tee.

So to summarize here are the stats to help you break 80:

Fairways Hit- 7-9
Greens in Regulation- 5-6
Putts- 30-31
Blow up Holes/Others- 0

It is important to understand what it takes so you can move on to the next phase of breaking 80.

Your Game Analysis
You need to chart your next 5-10 rounds of golf and be brutally honest. It's very easy to trick yourself into thinking you are better in a particular area of the game than you really are. So record every shot.

For driving record:
How many fairways you actually hit
How many times did you leave yourself no shot or a risky shot to the green?
How many times did you cost yourself penalty strokes

For irons record:
How many greens hit
How many miss short
How many miss long
How many miss right
How many miss left

Around the green record:
How many ups and downs
How many sand saves
How many chips result in a tap in?
How many missed greens
How many times you get down in 3 or 4

On the green:
How many one putts
How many three putts

There are software programs and scorecards out there that are designed for this and even more detailed tracking. They can be a great aid because they force you to record your actual shots.

You should analyze this data relative to the stats provided above to see where your game needs work to break 80. Start with the green stats and work back to the tee. Remember you need to be around 30 putts. If you are averaging 30 putts or better you can move on. If not, you need to start working on your putting. You may start to incorporate your stats from around the green. I know many people who blame their putting but actually they don't chip very well around the green. They never give themselves a tap in and they always leave a 10-12 foot putt. Even the pros only make 50% of those. So you have to chip closer than that once in a while to get your number of putts down and ultimately break 80.

From there move back down the fairway to your approach shots. Do you really hit enough greens in regulation to break 80? If not, where are your shots missing. Almost all amateur golfers have the tendency to leave every approach shot short. They pick the club they have to hit perfectly to get to the hole. Trust me on this; the pros don't play this way. The typically pick a club that will get them there comfortably. Try picking one more club than you usually play from a certain yardage. You don't have to tell anyone what club you hit. Remember after the round the only thing anyone wants to know is what you shot? Also, remember on approach shots there is always a good place to miss the green. If you do miss the green, playing to the safe side will make your chip shot easier which means fewer putts which means you guessed it, you break 80!

Last but not least comes driving. It's easy to get caught up in the macho aspects of driving. It's too bad that it's called driving. You should probably think of it as placing the ball instead of driving the ball. Off the tee all you want to do is place the ball somewhere where you can have a reasonable shot to the green. It doesn't have to be your longest drive ever, but the easiest way to break 80 is to put the ball in play on every hole. This really takes stress off of the rest of your game. Think about it, if you have a good shot at the green after your drive on every hole you are going to hit more greens. You also have eliminated the blow up hole because those tend to come from a wildly errant tee shot.

Focus on scoring. That is the part of the game you want to grind on. As stated above, try and take pressure off of the first part of the hole and really focus as you get closer to the hole. In other words, grind it out around the greens and take it easy from tee to green. All you have to do is get there in reasonable fashion.

Finally, not to be Zen about it but let go. Don't try to hard. It really ties up your full swing. Relax and have fun. Focus on the positive.

In hindsight this article should be called how to shoot in the 70's not how to break 80. How to break 80 is the negative way to express the score you're trying to get. So stop worrying about how to break 80 and start shooting in the 70's.

Bob Charles has worked in the Golf Industry for over 13 years and walked inside the ropes at many PGA Tour events. This experience gives him a unique insider's perspective on the game of golf. For more information on how to fix a slice go to

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