Choosing a Great Rifle ScopeWritten by Keith Thompson
Finding best rifle scope for yourself can be nearly as challenging as stalking prey itself. With so many choices and so many options, it's sometimes difficult to line up a target. This article will help first of all define options and choices you have, and give you a plan for finding best rifle scope to buy.
Ultimately function of any scope is to help aim, give you an idea of distance to target, and make acquisition easier. The best rifle scopes are high-quality, precision instruments, very light, rugged and with outstanding optics. To do that there are several features a good rifle scope must possess. In no particular order, here they are. Not directly related to scope, but crucial nonetheless is your mount. If your scope isn't securely mounted, with no opportunity to move, then you're asking for problems. It's worth it to make sure you have a solid, superbly-aligned mount on which to place your great new scope.
Other factors to consider would be image and it's quality. There are several things to think about in this regard. It's just vital that optics deliver as much light as possible to eyepiece. The more light you have to work with, sharper resolution and eventually shot. This is one reason why larger objective lens scopes (50mm) have become more popular recently, as larger light gathering capability, more you have to work with. Lens quality is a huge issue, too, and can be detected by any distortion visible around edges. Lens coatings are applied to quality optics to reduce reflection causing glare and help gather light for a crisper, brighter image. Don't buy a lens that's not at least multi-coated.
Balance Your Checkbook and Golf SwingWritten by Sean Cochran
We all search for it. Balance in our daily lives. Balance while riding a bike. Politicians are always debating a balanced budget in Washington, and most of us could use a little balance in our checkbooks. Balance is a term used in golf quite often as well. It’s a “buzzword” and almost a cliché when it comes to golf swing. I am sure you have heard numerous times from swing coaches that “you have to stay balanced when swinging your club.” Others phrases that I hear when we talk about golf and balance are following: “When it comes to a sand shot, dig your feet into stand so you can stay balanced,” “If ball is on an uphill lie and above your feet, make sure you swing through ball, and stayed balanced,” and “Stay balanced when hitting driver and get to finish position in perfect balance.” The list could go on and on, and I am sure all of you could probably add to short list above.
Two questions always arise in my mind when I hear word balance in association with golf: 1) what does balance exactly mean, and 2) how do I create balance in my golf swing? I am guessing quite a few of you have these same questions, or similar ones, when you talk about subject of balance in relation to golf swing.
I am going to answer both of these questions. We will first define balance and its relation to golf swing. Secondly, we will discuss how you develop balance capacities of your body in relation to golf swing. So without further ado let’s get started.
What is Balance?
This is a really great question and perfect way to begin. So let’s hear it! What is definition of balance? Think about it for a minute and then write down a couple of your answers. I understand that this is not easiest question to answer (trust me, I have asked it plenty of times), and it is okay if you are not able to create a good working definition of balance (that’s part of what we are going to do with this article). Okay, time is up, what did you write down?
Well, let me tell you some of replies I have received for this question and we will take if from there. Here are just a few that I hear: “head over your belly button between your feet,” “swinging a club on correct path,” “knowing where your body is in space,” and “kinesthetic awareness.” All of these answers are somewhat correct, but none of them gives us a good sound understanding of what balance really means.
The definition of balance is simply ability to control your body during movement. Sounds pretty simple, does it not? It really is when you think about it, but let’s break this definition down so we understand it completely. Starting with first portion of definition: “the ability to control” means what? Well, it is probably easiest to imagine what “out of control” looks like. Take mental image of a racecar crashing into wall. We could describe car as out of control. Now take flip side of this, and what would this car look like if it were in control? It would probably zoom around track without hitting anything. The body is same; if your body is out of control it will, in a sense, crash or fall over. If body is in control, then it performs whatever movement you are asking of it without “crashing.” Take example of a toddler running. Sometimes they get going so quickly that they get out of control and fall over. Other times they stay in control and are able to run.
Moving onto second part of definition: “your body.” Pretty easy concept to understand, don’t you think? Your body includes your torso, head, arms, legs, and anything attached to arms or legs, like a golf club. Up to this point we can put together first two parts of definition and summarize it as: body (including your arms, legs, torso, head, and golf club) must be under control. Let us add final part of definition into mix to complete our understanding.
The final piece of definition is: “during movement.” This simply means anything your body is doing. It can be walking, running, throwing a baseball, or, in our world, swinging a golf club. Swinging a golf club is “our movement” when discussing this definition. We are now at point to put whole definition together. Let us use example of a golf swing to create connection we are looking for in terms of definition.