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Tips Choose the Perfect Skateboard

If you have turned serious about skateboarding, then, it is my guess that you are hanging around a group of skateboarders. Their talk, claims, and denials about the board or tricks must have given you a lot of information, which at the same time, may have confused you because of the differences in everyone’s opinions. Choosing one for yourself can only be solved by you, after going to the stores and trying the skateboards available.

Selecting the Right Skateboard

General Idea
First of all you should decide whether you want a complete skateboard or a costly custom-made one. If you are a beginner, then most probably you may want to go in for a complete one. You can find knowledgeable as well as helpful people at the store in your area. It is important to listen to them, because the advice given by them would not be technically biased in favor of any particular skateboard, as that of a practicing skateboarder. What about the skateboard’s size? Take the board you fancy off the shelf and stand on it. Check out whether its length and width matches your height and balance. It is preferable that you try the skateboard while wearing shoes that you are going to use for skating. Remember that the feel of the board under your feet is important, rather than its look. If you intends to do tricks with your board, then be sure to choose a skateboard that has an appreciable concave and pop. Spend enough money on the quality trucks, good bearings and wheels. All these factors will only enhance your experience.

When it comes to choosing the grade of bearing (1, 3, 5, 7, 9), precision and cost increases as you go higher through the grades. Grade 5 bearings will go nicely with your board. High truck allows for big wheels to be fitted, and distributes the pressure evenly, while doing tricks. Skateboards fitted with the low truck will be more stable, and will allow a safe.

Know that thinner decks make it easier to do flips, and choosing a 7.5 to 7.75 inches board can be most appropriate. For transition skaters, a deck size of around 7.75 inches is considered ideal, as it helps in balance and control during any trick. However, if you have big feet, choose the deck size most suitable for you. If you are going to use the board for tricks as well as transition skating, then prefer the deck close to the 7.75 inches mark. The truck you are going to outfit your skateboard with should be as close to the width of the deck. If too thin, it may cause an unstable ride, and if too wide, at turns the skateboard will be less responsive.

Choose the wheel that you are going to put in your board to match the style of your skating and surface you are going to do it on. For street and technical skating, the board is required to be lighter and lower to the ground. For this reason, use small and hard wheels (51mm-55m, 97a-100a). For speedy skating and easy maintenance, opt for large wheels (56mm-60mm, 97a-100a).

Grip Tape
Grip tapes (black) are of high quality, and provide that extra purchase that is necessary while doing tricks and a 360 hardflip.

Remember to try out a number of skateboards before you make a final choice and purchase one.

Improve Your Golf Swing

Golf swing is one of the most important part of a golfer’s game. Why? Because it is important that a golfer hits the ball in the right direction which gives him a head-start over his/her opponents. Hitting a golf ball long, and in the right direction, without slicing it, requires a lot of practice.

The Grip
The first thing you need to learn to get your swing right is the correct grip. Position your hands in a way that the base of the golf club just about reaches below the ball. There are three basic grips that golfers use, namely, the overlapping, the interlocking, and the baseball grip. The baseball grip is one of the most popular grips for beginners, where they do not interlock their hands. The grip that is comfortable is the right one for you. The grip should be firm without squeezing the club too tightly.

The Stance
A lot of people like to measure the distance between their legs by positioning a basketball between their knees. Ideally, your feet should be shoulder-width apart. When you take your stance, make sure that you put equal weight on both legs. Bend your knees slightly and loosen them. Again, the stance should not be so rigid that it inhibits your motion. You know that little butt-waggle golfers do? It is to loosen up their lower body, so that they can take the shot properly.

The Backswing
The backswing is when the golfer takes his club behind his body, generating the momentum needed for a strong downswing. After the club has reached the highest point of the backswing, do not bring it down right away. Hold the club in the air for a couple of seconds, make sure that your grip and stance are just fine, then bring the club on the downswing.

The Downswing
The downswing plays a key role in a good golf swing. As stated earlier, make sure that you hold the club in the air for sometime during the backswing. Bring the club down in a sweeping motion, increasing the speed as it comes down. Keep your eyes on the ball throughout. Make sure that on the downswing, you strike the ball at its base. You’re not supposed to strike the center of the ball, because that way, it won’t go too high or long. Make sure that the motion hits the ball just below its imaginary axis. This will lift the ball higher and send it further. In the downswing, and while hitting, remember that the backhand gives the force, while the front hand gives the ball direction.

The Follow-Through
The follow-through is an important part to improve your swing. This is because, the follow-through can often decide the final trajectory of the ball. So, once you strike the ball, make sure that the impact doesn’t shift your swing. Make sure that the ball is hit with a good, clean, and fluid motion.

Improve You Bowling Skills

Bowling is a very popular indoor sporting activity. There exist a myriad of leagues and competitions for dexterous bowlers to demonstrate their expertise. When a bowler knocks down all the pins, it is called a ‘strike’. If all the pins are knocked down on the second try, it is termed as a ‘spare’.

How to Bowl
The first step is to observe the actions and techniques used by other bowlers. Each one of them has a different style, which enables them to come up with differing results. One should try to correlate between the styles and results, and analyze and find out what works and what doesn’t.
One of the most crucial aspects of bowling is the stance. The person must stand nearly one and a half meters away from the foul line, facing the pins directly and in a straight line. The ball must be held at waist height.
From among the seven pins, the middle one should never be aimed at. Instead, right-handed bowlers must aim for the right arrow, and left-handed people for the left arrow. The following procedure is for right-handed bowlers. Left-handed bowlers can use the same by simply replacing right with left, and vice versa.

  • Step forward with the right foot, and push the ball out and down simultaneously. Let the ball swing down to the side.
  • Extend your left hand outwards to maintain balance.
  • Now swing your right arm, moving the ball backwards as far as you can, but not more than shoulder-height. Your hand should be kept straight, that is, the elbow should not be bent.
  • Bent your left knee, slide forward using the left foot, and allow the ball to naturally roll off your hand.

Importantly, in the follow-through, the swing of the arm must continue to point towards the aimed pin. The left arm must remain extended for balance, and the hips as well as shoulders must be kept parallel to the pins. While the ball is being released, the fingers must be in a grip position, and not in an opened one. After release, observe how the ball goes over the mark. This will enable you to make adjustments and correct your actions in subsequent throws.

Bowling Techniques
There are mainly three different types of bowlers, differing according to their unique bowling technique. They can be described as following:

  • The Crankers use late timing. They reach the foul line before the ball. The elbow is bent to place the hand behind and below the ball. Their technique involves a considerable amount of body strength.
  • The Stroker’s technique usually involves sliding feet movement, that ceases just before the ball gets to the line. This allows them to use the momentum of their body to release the ball during the final slide.
  • The Spinners purposely bring their fingers around the top of the ball prior to releasing it. Due to this, a small portion of the ball remains in contact with the lane. The ball moves straight with the lane, irrespective of the oiling pattern used on it.

Bowling Tips
The following are a few important bowling tips. Again, if you are left-handed, replace right with left, and vice versa.

  • Line-up towards the left of and close to the center dot.
  • The knees have to be kept slightly bent, and the ball must be held upwards.
  • For a straight throw, the thumb has to point towards 12 O’clock, and the other fingers have to be straight.
  • For a curve or hook, the thumb must be at the 10 O’clock position.
  • Take a step forward with the left foot, then the right foot, and again the left foot. Further, the right foot must be
  • placed behind the left foot, and moved towards the left.
  • When the ball is brought backwards, the body has to be straight, and should not be between the ball and arrows.
  • The follow-through of the arm must move towards the 12 O’clock position.
  • If the first arrow and the one that is to its immediate left are aimed at, there is a better chance of getting a strike.

It can be really helpful to have a good pair of bowling shoes. The size ought to be such that they snugly fit your feet. The shoes available for rent in bowling alleys usually get stretched a little as a result of so many people using them. As such, it is advisable to try out a smaller size than your regular one, until you find one that fits.
Purchase a suitable bowling ball. It should not be very heavy or very light. It is a better not to borrow or rent one. When a person practices with his/her own ball, it allows him to become familiar with it. He can then learn how to use it to his advantage in a game.