Buyers Guide - Golf

Written by Owner – Adam Beach

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Kick Points

Ball flight is a problem for many golfers that are not even aware of it. Many golfers are losing 3-5 strokes a round just because they have too low of a ball flight pattern. No, we do not want you to have a high BALLONING ball flight. But, yes you do want a more penetrating higher ball flight that lands softly. Think aboutrepparttar shots that you have to play over a bunker withrepparttar 144235 pin tucked closely behind . With too low of a ball flight you might land onrepparttar 144236 green but not be able to stoprepparttar 144237 ball before you have run it 30 ft pastrepparttar 144238 pin. You happily walk up torepparttar 144239 green, pray for a two putt and go torepparttar 144240 next tee box. But what if you could have played that same shot and been able to stoprepparttar 144241 ball 10-15 ft pastrepparttar 144242 cup. You might have been able to sink a one putt and saved one to two strokes on that hole alone. The tables below show which shafts give yourepparttar 144243 ball flight you are looking for.

Shaft Torque

Just because a shaft says stiff flex does not mean that it isrepparttar 144244 right shaft for you, even if you fit that criteria. Torque comes into play as well when properly fitting a shaft to a golfers swing speed.

Think about a $4 graphite shaft that is a stiff flex and a $40 graphite shaft that is also a stiff flex. There has to be a reason why that shaft is more expensive . Generally it is for a couple reasons : Better materials, better tolerances, and more precise kick points and torque tolerances forrepparttar 144245 flex it should correspond with.

To getrepparttar 144246 maximum distance and control out of your shaft you need to haverepparttar 144247 right torque rating . If you hitrepparttar 144248 ball 275 on average without roll and are playing a 2.5 torque stiff shaft you are most likely not getting everything out of that shaft as you should be. Remember torque isrepparttar 144249 amountrepparttar 144250 head turns onrepparttar 144251 shaft from right to left. If you do not put enough load onrepparttar 144252 shaft to maximizerepparttar 144253 2.5 torque rating you are not allowingrepparttar 144254 shaft to load and unload to its maximum capacity. Therefore you are not gettingrepparttar 144255 maximum distance out of your new stick.

Most hitters need "a little pop" to helprepparttar 144256 clubhead release properly through impact. Players should not get carried away in thinking that lower torque means better control. The following chart will assist you in gettingrepparttar 144257 right torque rating for your next driver shaft. Remember that this rating is more precise for higher quality shafts, due torepparttar 144258 fact that they rate there shafts more accurately.

Shaft Weight

DON'T PAY ATTENTION TO SWINGWEIGHTING SO MUCH. To many golfers get caught up in trying to get that D2 weighting they hear about . But remember every golfer likes a different feel . Some like more feel inrepparttar 144259 head some like their weight more evenly distributed throughoutrepparttar 144260 entire club. And remember also that irons and woods are different . I prefer a lighter feeling head on my driver, so byrepparttar 144261 14 th hole I don't feel like I am lugging around a 2 X 4 . This way I feel like I am in more control of my game throughout my entire round. This is just one opinion, butrepparttar 144262 point is to have you start actually thinking aboutrepparttar 144263 clubs in your bag in a different light . Think about it, if you could afford a $5000 suit that was totally custom fit to your body and money was no issue then you would do that for yourself. Well why wouldn't you completely customize your driver or new irons if you could afford it. Oh yeah you can!! Withrepparttar 144264 prices we sell our equipment for, you can customize your clubs in every aspect possible.


Shaft length is very important but typically shaft length in drivers is where most golfers are making their mistakes . However for your irons we do not want you tailoring your swing to your clubs . There are enough variables to be worried about in golf,repparttar 144265 last thing you want is to have a perfect swing and equipment that does not match up.

Do you find yourself choking up more often then not? Or do you wake uprepparttar 144266 morning after your round with a sore back? That is your body telling you that you need to get your clubs custom fit. In addition, that is also your body telling you it is having to change its motion to match up to your equipment. NOT GOOD. If you take your body out of its natural rhythm, BELIEVE me your game will never be allowed to flourish.

Below is a list of problems that could be occurring due torepparttar 144267 wrong length shaft:

Clubs Too Long

Low Hook - Tends to makerepparttar 144268 toe ofrepparttar 144269 club stick up. This causesrepparttar 144270 heel of your club to grab first which turns your toe in causingrepparttar 144271 right to left spin onrepparttar 144272 ball andrepparttar 144273 lower ball flight. Higher Ball Flight Then Normal – Many times golfers with too long of a club will tend to try to over compensate, which causes them to stand too tall and lean back on their downswing. The leaning back can cause extra loft to be added torepparttar 144274 head which can cause a high shot with a loss of distance. Super Fat Shots - Your body has to compensate forrepparttar 144275 extra length if your clubs are too long. But since this is not your bodies natural motion it will tend to forget about 40% ofrepparttar 144276 time. So when your body forgets that extra length makes contact withrepparttar 144277 ground a hair to soon. This is what will cause those Super-Fat shots. Worm Burner - This isrepparttar 144278 opposite ofrepparttar 144279 Super-Fat shot . In this instance your body actually over compensates forrepparttar 144280 length and stands too tall. You then make your contact inrepparttar 144281 center ofrepparttar 144282 ball. This will cause that screaming worm burner orrepparttar 144283 shot that flies 60 yds. overrepparttar 144284 green. Clubs Too Short

Push Or Slice - Too short of an iron will have to toe pointing down intorepparttar 144285 ground. This causesrepparttar 144286 toe to grab to early and pushes your heel forward. This causesrepparttar 144287 left to right spin orrepparttar 144288 open face which causesrepparttar 144289 push or slice. Catching It Thin - If you are catching it a little thin more often then not. You might have a set of irons that are a little too short for you.


Imagine taking your 9 yr old sons clubs out to play in your next tournament. Or imagine playing withrepparttar 144290 long drive Champions driver. You think you would be able to perform as well with their equipment? Most likely not. And one ofrepparttar 144291 reasons is becauserepparttar 144292 flex of those clubs most likely does not fit your swing speed . Flex isrepparttar 144293 amountrepparttar 144294 club flexes from front to back. Torque isrepparttar 144295 amountrepparttar 144296 head twists from right to left (FOR RIGHTIES). So both components are important when it comes to pickingrepparttar 144297 right shaft for your game.

Too flexible of a shaft and your going to have less control, and you will produce a draw or a hook.

Too stiff of a shaft and you are going to lose some distance, and you will produce a fade or a slice.

We would love to give you a table that shows exactly what swing speed corresponds with what shaft flex. But unfortunately every shaft company goes by different standards . So a UST Gold 75 stiff might play a whole flex stiffer then a Penley Graphite Light Stiff. The following tables are a good rule of thumb forrepparttar 144298 majority of shafts onrepparttar 144299 market.

When you visit you quickly get the feeling that these guys have the right stuff. But it is not until you call them until you get the full effect of why they are still around after 6 years online.

Gymnastics: Injury, Prevention, Treatment – A Brief Overview

Written by Murray Hughes

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When your gymnast is out onrepparttar floor, make sure that he or she takes breaks for water frequently. Hydration is key to good health. If he or she is sweating profusely, dehydration is possible, and that too can be a disaster waiting inrepparttar 143971 wings.

Beyond all ofrepparttar 143972 hazards of gymnastics, there is treatment for any injuries received. Of course, if your gymnast is injured severely, a doctor visit might berepparttar 143973 best idea -- or evenrepparttar 143974 emergency room. However, that is simply common sense. Onrepparttar 143975 other hand, if your child is not injured severely, you may wish to take care of him or her yourself.

But whatever you decide to do, please understand I am not a doctor and you should always consult your family doctor if you have any problems or concerns.

For sprains, strains, bumps and bruises, you should use ice forrepparttar 143976 first twenty four hours. Ice cubes in a plastic bag with a facecloth or a hand towel wrapped aroundrepparttar 143977 bag itself is sufficient if you do not have a medical ice pack. Never place ice directly against skin - and never ice for more than twenty to thirty minutes at a time.

Three or four times inrepparttar 143978 first day afterrepparttar 143979 injury should be sufficient. After that, gentle heat compresses will help to relax any muscle spasms or pain that isn’t taken care of with some kind of pain reliever (consult a doctor before giving your gymnast ANY medication).

Hopefully, you’ll never have to deal with injuries -- but remember, prevention is better than anything else. Keep this in mind and be safe.

Good luck!

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If your child is a gymnast and you enjoyed this article, you will definitely enjoy reading the zero cost, 5-day course Gymnastics Tips Course written especially for gymnastics parents by a gymnastics parent. For AOL Users - Kids Gymnastics

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