Learn to Swim to a World Champion

The expectations on swimmers to train hard and often are very high, with a commitment to morning and afternoon sessions the norm. When a child moves into squad for the first time, they are introduced to competition swimming through a swimming club. Most swimming clubs belong to districts or local regions and have swimming competitions against each other.

Once they participate in competitions, they start setting goals of what they want to accomplish. Many swimmers who enjoy the sport set goals to represent their country at the Olympics or World Championships. It is this goal or ones similar that provide them with the drive to succeed at a young age. Goal setting is a very important part of being successful in any sport and in life. I have observed over many years parents who live their dreams through their kids and this often leads to an unhealthy relationship between the two, with the coach often caught in the middle. It is important that children have their own dreams and goals and are supported in trying to achieve them.

Most kids are pretty smart and they will work it out over time if their goals are realistic. It is important that they set short-term goals in place that lead towards their major goal. This is vital if they are to remain interested in the sport over time.

So I suggest you support your children with their goals and be there for them along the way. Let them dream and set their own goals and remember, always love your child unconditionally, regardless of their swimming performance.

About Mental Tennis Leaping

We all have been programmed by others or by ourselves unconsciously.

Then after we hear something over and over again, our subconscious mind starts accepting it.

And never challenging it.

So now you will have to lose that fault self concept, that has been created and sold to you, by leaping over it mentally.

Decide that from today, you are not going to let anyone’s opinion of you or your mental game, determine your results in matches.

This is what it really boils down to, the sad fact is most tennis players never do this and they accept what has been taught to them as fact, which is crazy, it takes courage to make this MENTAL LEAP.

Which is why most tennis players never do it.

Never forget that your friends and sometime relatives are going to try to hold you back, and that’s just a part of life, but stand up for yourself and believe that you were made for more, because you were!

It’s time for a mental leap!!

Ask yourself questions that make you think and don’t accept anything by others or yourself, without questioning it!!

This starts with you as a player.

You must create the mental image of the players that you want to become in your mind, then start acting and playing like you are already that player.

Then getting in tune with that image.

Be brave enough to act even when you are afraid on court, have faith in your mental game.

The mental leap is having faith in yourself, when no one else does.

Very few players are able to do this and what happens is this, ,

They never reach their full potential as players.

One time my high school coach told us this, ,

Tennis will reveal and then build character, but only if the player is willing to put forth the mental effort, to make it happen.

That statement is so true!!

And that’s a very important thing to keep in mind, when making this psychological leap with your tennis game.

Everything is mental in sports and in life and the more you face your fears with courage, the more you will feel mentally powerful.

Why?

Because when you face fears, you control them, and when you avoid them, they control YOU!!

Fear can and is holding millions of tennis players back as I write this article, and that is why I’m asking you here today, to make the mental leap by jumping over your fears.

Good luck my friend!!

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Badminton Rackets and Injuries

I have taken a close look at the research on racquet science, and a few key terms seem to be related to how we acquire injuries directly from playing with certain badminton racquets.

The first term that came up was work. Work is the energy required to produce a certain shuttle speed. It measures the efficiency of the badminton racquet. The more efficient your badminton racket is, the less work you need to put in. So a low work racket is good for you. A high work racquet is bad because you have to put in more work to achieve the same shuttle speed. Think of work as the rackets power.

Another key term is shock, which is the loading of the racquet from a sudden change in kinetic energy. It relates to how much the racket slows down on impact with the shuttlecock. After impact energy is lost, the shuttle gets some of this energy, and the rest is used in bending the frame. If the frame is very stiff, it will not absorb this energy, instead, it will be dumped into your arm. High shock is bad for injuries.

The research has proved that the best type of racquet to use to attain maximum power is one that is heavy with a head light balance. More mass placed close to the handle allows makes it easier to swing. More mass placed at the tip makes it more difficult to swing. Think of how hard it is to swing a sledgehammer, with all that weight placed at one end. Now, if you hold the sledgehammer with the weight placed in your hands, it is much easier to swing.

There are two schools of thought involving weight. Some argue that a light racket will allow you to swing faster, and therefore create more velocity on impact, resulting in faster shuttle speed. The other side of the argument is that a heavy racket will have more mass on impact, despite less swing speed, and this extra weight will create the necessary shuttle speed. However, momentum is what counts in a collision.

The lightweight racket will slow down much quicker after impact, putting more stress on your shoulder. You have to put in more work to get the shuttle speed with light racquets. Faster swing speed means less control. Over time this lightweight racket will demolish your arm compared to a heavier one. The heavy racket will not slow down as much after impact, and so less strain is placed on you.

The modern trend in all racket sports is to have light rackets with a head heavy balance. At first glance it seems this is a good combination to create power. More mass at the top will help the racket to crush through the shuttle on impact. However, more mass at the tip makes it more difficult to swing. Remember the sledgehammer example? It requires more effort on your part, you have to work harder to achieve the same shuttle speed as a heavy, head light racquet. Also, head heavy rackets feel sluggish and slow.

Here is the low down… Head light and heavy is best for performance, and best for avoiding injury.

As an example i have looked at the balance and weight specifications for the most popular badminton manufacturer, Yonex. Not one Yonex model has a head light balance, many of them are head heavy such as the muscle power series, whilst the nanospeed series appears to be slightly head heavy. What makes these rackets even worse for injury is that many of them have stiff frames, which increases vibration.

Summer Full of Swim Gear

One way that I try to get out of the heat for a few hours is to go and take a nice dip in the pool. It seems like swimming is more for kids than it is for adults, but I am one who still enjoys a nice pool day. Just to relax and cool off in the water is great way to spend an afternoon in my book. Children are the ones, however, who get to truly enjoy themselves. They have all the coolest swim gear to play with while they are in the pool. It is also pretty impossible to stay dry at all if you intend on reading a book by the pool. Come on and think about it, though. Pools are meant to be splashed in and it wouldn’t really be fair to ask the kids not to splash, right? That is like giving a child a bouncy ball and telling him or her not to bounce it. Once I have my swimming suit on, I welcome all the splashes I can get.

Make sure that if you live is an area of the country that gets pretty hot this time of the year that you know where the nearest pool is. Take some time for you alone or if you have kids, bring them along with you to the pool. You will have such a great time remembering what life was like when you were little and got to go swimming. Those are some of the best summer memories that I have. To make sure that your kids don’t fight over whose turn it is to use the swim goggles to go “deep sea diving,” please get enough swim gear to go around. This will save you and the rest of us at the pool because we’ll hear more laughing than arguing. Most pools offer swim lessons also if you or your children need to get some better swimming skills. Now, go out there and have a great, wet summer!

Improve Golf Scores Fast

The short game usually ends up constituting more than half your score. You need to spend as much time as you can working on the wedge game and chip shots as this is one of the fastest ways to lower scores. In order to become a better putter you need to learn to develop a technique with good fundamentals and then stick with it. It can be tempting to change putting styles when you encounter a few rounds where you miss some easy putts. Remember that even the best putters can miss easy putts but they stay confident and believe the next putt will go in the hole. It is important to develop a selective memory in golf so you need to remember your great shots and learn from the bad ones as much as you can and then simply forget them.

If you want to avoid getting the yips then you need to learn to maintain confidence regardless of how bad the last putt ended up. Reading the greens is an important part of golf so you need to take enough time to see things from different angles and then develop a decisive first impression. If you find yourself doubting the break of the putt then you need to step away and start your routine over. Keep your mind quiet when over the ball and try to look and react to the target you select.

A good exercise to learning to keep the mind quiet is to focus on the tip of a pen and try to keep your mind sharply focused on that for a minute or two. This can be tough at the beginning since you will have other thoughts try to creep in but the more you try this exercise the easier and better you will get at it over time. Remember that your body can repeat a good golf swing with very little conscious thought so trust your swing or putting stroke and try to think of the target. Follow some of these tips to help you become a better golfer and shoot lower scores.

About River Surfing Gear

Boards

No single board works well for all conditions. Instead, most surfers will develop a set of boards that work well in their area. Some start with traditional ocean boards, but it’s not an easy way to start. It’ll be easier to learn if you start with something with more volume and a larger planing area than most ocean shortboards, and less length than the long soft top boards that most ocean surfers start out on so you can fit onto the wave. Look for soft top boards with significant rocker.

Save fiberglass boards for when you have your feet under you a little better, and don’t drive your board into the rocks quite so often.

Helmets

Helmets are nearly mandatory at just about every river wave. Look for something whitewater specific rather than a bike or climbing helmet.

Leashes

Wearing a leash is th eeasiest way to get killed river surfing. If you feel like you need a leash, get something as a quick release around your waist.

PFDs

A PFD is a good idea in high-volume rivers, particularly if you’re in a situation where you may be held down for a while.

Booties

Some foot protection is going to be important; most rivers are shallow and many urban corridors will have glass and other trash in the rivers that will cut up your feet if you’re not careful. You need to look for a trade-off between protection and feel for the board; generally you can get away with something thinner than most people kayak with, but test things out for yourself to see how much thickness you want.

Insulation

Unless you’re only surfing in the heart of summer, eventually you’re going to need something more than swim trunks to keep you warm. Wetsuits are the way to go here; a 2:3 wetsuit (2mm on the arms and 3 mm on the chest) can keep you warm enough for many conditions, though a 3:4 wetsuit isn’t a bad idea if you’re surfing in a colder climate. If you want to do things the hardcore route and surf through the winter, you may be in the market for a drysuit. They’re pricy, but they’re worth it if you’re building up ice on the banks or on yourself.

Surfer vs Paddleboarder

The paddle board manufacturers make a special paddle for paddle boarding that has a elbow in it to maximize forward movement. It is so efficient that it can act as a motor and causes paddle boarders to be able to catch waves farther out and quicker than their surfing brethren. So, it is important to remember surfing etiquette when paddle boarding to ensure that everyone has a good time. Do not just zip in and steal a wave because your board is faster. Paddle out and join the line of people waiting on the next wave. It is the polite thing to do and if you do not get out and mingle with the others, you are missing out on a big benefit of the sport. Paddle Boarder is especially maddening to surfers when the waves are low because even on a dead calm day a paddle boarder can head out and get some exercise while the surfers are stuck on the beach.

It is essentially a battle between the old and the new. Places like Ventura coast is known for its waves and still has a large crowd of dedicated surfers but other beaches are seeing more and more paddle boards. Mainly because it was brought to California by one of the legends of surfing, if he had not introduced it, it probably wouldn’t have caught on like it did. Before Larid Hamilton popularized it in California it was mainly a Hawaiian past time. Now that it is here to stay, paddle board retailers are finding it difficult to keep up with demand.

It is also much easier for people of all ages to engage in than surfing. Surfing requires a pretty decent level of athleticism and balance to master. Paddle boarding is just as good of an exercise outlet but it is easier to maneuver using the paddle. People from 10 to 70 are able to get out on the ocean or even a quiet lake and putter around on a stand up paddle board to enjoy the day.

Ways to Take Your Golf Practice to the Course

  • Change targets frequently. On the golf course, you rarely hit two balls in a row to the same exact target. Practice hitting to a different target with each shot. This has application whether with the full swing, pitching, chipping, or in the bunker. Each shot is thought through and executed as a unique entity- just like on the course.
  • Change clubs frequently. On the golf course, you rarely hit two balls in a row with the same club. If you regularly hit your 7-iron three or four times in a row on the course, your game is in big trouble! However, this is how people practice. Changing clubs regularly- say every second or third shot- is a good way to approximate what it feels like to be on the course.
  • Use your pre-shot routine more frequently. Preparation for each shot on the course and preparation for each shot on the range are generally vastly different for most players. This creates a rhythm that’s different, a thinking process that’s different, and a result that’s different!
  • Putt using one ball. You are not given the luxury of hitting the same putt two or three times on the course. Yet many people drop two or three putts and stroke the same putt over and over to the same target. Practice using just one ball- with a full read- to create an environment that’s similar to the golf course.

It is true that early in the process of learning one’s swing it is sometimes helpful to hit the same club to the same target without a pre-shot. However, once you are ready to go play, make sure that you’re preparing yourself to deal with some of the same sensations that you have on the golf course!

Post Up Tennis Goals

Most junior players don’t reach their tennis goals because they are not posted up and in blindsight, for them to look at.

Out of sight, out of mind, is real, let me tell you.

Post up all of your goals somewhere that, you can look at them daily and meditate on them, to give you better focus and concentration.

A great time for doing this is in the morning and then one more time in the evening before going to bed.

Soak it in as best as you can and form a clear picture of yourself reaching your targets and doing it in your mind.

All things are created mentally first, so if you can’t see it, you can’t reach it.

By posting your goals up in your room.

You will unconsciously activate your subconscious mind.

And it will start attracting certain people, coaches, and things into your life, that will help you achieve your goals.

“Your goal with doing this is to make yourself a living magnet for what you want and stop pushing it away”.

Yes, you need to want to reach your goal bad and yes, you will need to put in the work on the court.

But, you can’t be sending out the wrong energy while doing it (like most players do) and I think, this is why they don’t reach their goals.

They push away the exact thing that they want, by working for one thing, but expecting something else.

The power of expectation is what really counts here because what you expect from your efforts will determine how well you perform on the court.

You should never go into a tennis match, feeling like you can’t beat another player.

Winning in your mind is 85% of the mental battle and never forget that tennis is all mental.

We are in June right now, so you need to get serious and think about this.

How many of your goals have you reached this year?

How many are posted up?

Your answer will determine your results.

Good luck guys!!

Playing Golf With Kids

Make It Fun

You may consider golf as the greatest game on earth, but there is no guarantee that your child would harbor the same feeling toward the sport. It is therefore extremely important to present the game in a fun format. Instead of getting them chained to too much technicalities, give them freedom to do whatever they want to, whack the ball the way they wish, and simply enjoy. By focusing on the fun aspects of the game initially, you can make your little one come back for more, and THAT is the first step to the making of a golfer.

Play Cool Mind Games

Children tend to get easily bored, while learning the basics of swings and drives. You need to have a lot patience and resilience. Encourage them when they try, and appreciate them wholeheartedly when they succeed. Enthusiasm is infectious, so make a display of it! If your child sees that you are enjoying it, then chances are they’ll be touched by your fervor, too.

Talk Their Language

Information overload is a big NO, when it comes to teaching golf to tiny tots. Instead of wasting the whole golfing glossary on them, use words they understand. Therefore it’s not going to be a big deal if ‘wide arc’ becomes ‘big circle’ or a ‘descending blow’ is described as ‘thumping the ground’ during a training session. If you throw too much complex instructions to them, you run the risk of turning a fun time into task hours, subsequently losing their interests in the game.

Reward Them

Always reward them for coming to the golf course to keep their spirits up. Don’t make them wait for what they have earned. Get across the message that learning is not only fun, but also rewarding. Even if they fail to take the shots up to your expectation, still give them something to bring out the best in them.