Kids Swimming Lessons

Swimming is part and parcel of our lives, from the time we are young, to the time we are in school. It is a completely social activity with immense physical benefits and to not have it in the arsenal of talents is like going through life slightly handicapped. But what we are talking about today is the area of phobias and fears. During a child’s initial mental development, the normal faculties of cognitive thought, rationale thinking and the critical thought process are not available to him or her. They operate their learning based on emotion and the subconscious mind, which is much more exposed and aware at this early stage.

When we reach adulthood, we are fully into a mode of thinking that does not allow such emotional ‘learning’ as easily as it would be if we were children. This is because our internal defence mechanisms have been developed to their full extent. We can think rationally, we can dissect situations and apply thought and memory to them and come out with explanations. As children, these do not happen. They thing and react based on a subconscious level of mental absorption, which often involved processes like association. The only time when this can happen when we are adults is when we experience something as drastic as trauma, which involves such explosive emotions that penetrate the conscious mind and go straight to the subconscious.

When talking about children, they need to develop the association of ‘fun, family and love’ with the water at an early age, which is all the tents of kids swimming lessons. When they are able to do that, then any possibility of them developing a fear of the water is greatly reduced. Because swimming lessons normally involve the involvement of parents and loved ones (especially when it comes to toddlers and early age classes), the association of love is strong and the memories and mental associations that develop together with this is all positive. Fear of the water develops when a child is exposed to elements of danger and discomfort from an early age and the subconscious traps these associations and emotions and carries them to adulthood. This is one of the most tangible psychological benefits of kids swimming lessons and why they are so crucial to proper development. Add to that the obvious physical benefits, and you have a winner.

Play Better Longer

Since countless PGA professionals have proven the benefit of strength and conditioning, the demand for golf fitness trainers and training programs has increased tremendously. When looking for a trainer or golf fitness program beware all programs and trainers are not created equal. A sound golf fitness program should be built on the foundation of postural stability, muscle balance, and efficient movement. Many golf fitness programs put the cart before the horse by focusing on strength without addressing stability. Be very cautious of programs that advertise they will strengthen your “golf muscles.” Due to the repetition necessary to master the golf swing those targeted “golf muscles” are often already over developed and over tight in relation to the rest of the body. This common muscle imbalance causes inefficient muscle recruitment that leads to inconsistency, loss of power and increased incident of pain and injury. A qualified golf fitness professional knows that it takes practically every muscle in the body to complete a golf swing. Performing exercises that mimic the golf swing prior to establishing a strong foundation and good muscle balance will only strengthen the imbalance and lead to further inconsistency and greater chance of injury. As well as a strong foundation in exercise science a good golf fitness trainer or program should have a good understanding of biomechanics as they relate to the golf swing.

It is important to note that it may take a little time for your swing to adjust to your newly efficient body. The best way to see consistent improvement in your game as you train your body is to develop a relationship with a qualified PGA teaching Professional. Integrating the play better longer fitness program with quality instruction will allow you to get the most out of your practice and playing time. A sound golf fitness program will help prepare your body to perform at its optimal level. Increased muscular efficiency and flexibility allow you to increase power and consistency while drastically reducing chances of pain and injury. You will not only be playing better, but you will be playing better longer!

Women’s Golf Equality

Women’s golf has been become extremely popular over the past few years and there are currently as many professional women golfers as there are men. Golf equipment companies have also recognized the amount of women interested in the sport and have customized many pieces of golf equipment including golf clubs, drivers and golf bags to be more comfortable for women. You can also have your own golf equipment custom-made; making golfing more comfortable and efficient for women since men’s clubs were often to big. These are just a few of the steps which have been taken to welcome women into the world of golf and ensure that they are comfortable and treated as equally as possible.

Women’s golf associations such as the LPGA have also contributed to the popularity of women’s golf and given women the respect they deserve. Women golfers are now featured in Golf Digest magazine, Golf for Women and a number of other magazines dedicated strictly to women’s golf. Videos and TV shows are also contributing to the popularity of this sport and giving women the “drive” they need to pursue careers in this field.

It was not until earlier this year, that women’s golf took a leaping step in the right direction when professional golfer and top LPGA player, Annika Sorenstam was told she could play against the men in a PGA tournament. Many people predicted how they thought Sorenstam would do when she teed-off against some of the best male golfers in the world. Some people had positive encouragement to contribute while others were chauvinistic and down-right rude.

Phil Mickelson, 2nd in the overall moneymaking standings last year, had no problem playing against a woman and claimed that he thought Sorenstam would end up 20th overall, when she predicted herself to be 28th. Other golf professionals were not so eager to give Sorenstam the benefit of the doubt. Vijah Singh actually resigned from the tournament because he felt he could not play with a women. He claimed that Sorenstam simply “did not belong” in a men’s tournament.

Nonetheless, having a woman play in the PGA, even for a short while, was a huge accomplishment which could potentially pave the road for future development in women’s golf.

Focused Tennis Energy

Then you have to keep asking yourself that same question for your whole coaching career.

If you are a competitive tennis player, then you need to asking yourself this,

“How can I master playing the mental game”.

I think it’s time to change the names of the tours to,

(The ATP Mental Tennis Tour or The WTA Mental Tennis Tour).

Just joking guys.

No, but seriously.

The fact is that the top ranked players in the world, I mean the world class players here, have LEARNED how to focus their energy on court.

The reason for this is, they practice it everyday.

While the lower ranked players never work on their mental games in practice.

“All top tennis players can block out defeats, setbacks and outside forces and stay focused on their tennis goals.”

While the other players tend to struggle and keep struggling in their playing careers.

Which brings me to my mental tip that I have for you today.

Get in harmony and align with your mental game and nothing can stop you.

“Everything is energy and the best tennis players focus their energy on only thoughts, that can and will empower them.”

I read before that 90% of all tennis players, focus on their failures and what they can’t do on the court.

That’s a big mistake, because thinking this way will always create the following problem for them in matches.

Nervous energy, instead of focused energy.

Many tennis players are struggling in match play right now as I write this.

And the reason for this is simple.

They don’t have a mental game.

ACTION TIP

For the next week, don’t have anything to do, with anyone or any thoughts, that weaken or drain you of your energy.

Feed your focused energy, by thinking only empowering thoughts and about your tennis goals and writing them down 2 twice a day.

First, just focus and get through that first week, do what you have to do to reach 1 week.

It’s very important, because you want to get out of the negative energy force field, that you are in right now!!

And this can help you do just that.

Etiquette to Follow in Wave Surfing

Pay respect to the local surfers- Most of us are passionate about this hobby we have and like to spread the knowledge. This goes for any hobby but most especially for those with tight knit communities. Many surfers are more than willing to teach you the ins-and-outs of surfing, the tides of your local beach, how to paddle out without being pounded to a sandbar and the courtesy involved with the sport. If you are new in the sport, ask for help.

Purchase the right board for your surfing area- if the area has a small surf wave, don’t buy short surf boards. Short boards often plow through the water and make it difficult to paddle fast in catching small waves. Small boards usually feature a stomp pad on the back which is often used in extremely tight maneuvers like cutbacks. When you are unsure about what board to get, you can ask for the help of the surf-shop employees of the shop found in your locality.

Use the right wax for your conditions – This is important. One of the things that can frustrate you the most is when you are out in the water and you keep on slipping off the board because you have the wrong wax. There are two kinds of wax, typically. The cold-water wax is softer and stickier than wax that is for warm water. If your water is cold enough that this kind of wax will not melt, then use it. Warmer weather, however, is problematic for cold-water wax since it has a low melting point and will run off the board leaving your fiberglass board slippery and you will fall off every time you try to stand up.

Surf the outside break- there are a lot of newbie surfers who try to surf wave on the shore break. This could be the most common mistake. These aren’t the waves that people surf. If you surf these you will never get any significant ride. You will also put your surf board to be damaged if you surf the shore break- the skeg or the stabilizing fin located at the bottom of the surfboard can get caught in the sand and snap off which sends you off flying into the sand. Look for sandbars where the waves break away from the shore. This would let you surf wave on the deep enough water over the sand bar without breaking your board. It also gives you room to maneuver.

If you live in a cold climate, do not go surfing in winter – It may be tempting, and the waves are often best in winter. A number of surfers do surf during the winter but that is not a wise thing to do. Surfing in the cold water of winter can bring about a condition called “surfer’s ear.” This is that growth in the ear that would let you lose an essential amount of hearing in that specific ear. It is caused by cold water entering the ear canal. Surfing waves during the winter season is definitely not worth it, trust me.

Learning Surf Like a Pro

There is a very fine art to surfing that you will develop over long hours out in the open water. In the beginning it is helpful to go to a surfing academy to learn the basics of surfing, and to be instructed by professionals on how to surf properly. It is also possible to learn how to surf on your own, but you can speed the process up quite a bit by going to a surfing school or at least taking a few classes whenever possible. You will find yourself progressing much faster if you choose to do this.

Along with learning how to surf by attending surfing school, the quality of the surfing gear you have will also play a major role in how quickly you get better. Cheaper and lower quality surfing gear will impede your progress and also dampen your enthusiasm along the way, so it is definitely advisable to go out of your way to purchase some quality surfing gear if you are serious about this sport. You can find a lot of high quality surfing apparel and surf boards at various online stores selling the latest products from the world’s best surfing manufacturers. It is also easy to find good deals on this stuff by purchasing it from online stores.

Surfing gear can be purchased at numerous online retailers as well as at local stores, so make sure to have a good look around. It is quite likely that you will find a variety of price ranges too, so if you are concerned about landing a good deal it is recommended to search carefully. By checking out various options it will definitely not be long before you find the perfect board and the perfect gear to go along with it. This will help you out a lot on your way to becoming a pro surfer.

Surfing is a lot of fun, but to get better you need to have the right gear. Make sure to look at a number of stores and check out the latest in special deals and offers online. Like this you will soon have everything you need to make it as a pro surfer in the future.

Tips For Playing Big Points

  • Play it on your terms

You want to start and play the point on your terms.

End of point.

Never start a big point, actually, any point for that matter, until you are mentally ready to play it.

This will allow you to play yourself into a good rhythm in your matches and who knows, you may find yourself in the (Tennis ZONE) before the match is over!!

  • No cheap points

Make your opponent earn the point and don’t give away easy points.

Your first objective is to get the serve in or get the return in, whatever you do, don’t miss it!

Because the top players aren’t going give you any cheap points.

They play every point hard and smart!!

  • See it, before you play it.

“This is the mental tip that you need to practice on everyday. “

At first, you may not be able to do it on court, but keep on doing it in practice.

Visualizing a point before you play it is going to help you learn how to play them better and then this is going to also help you start playing the bigger point better.

Quick tip to leap-frog the learning curb on this one!!

“Everyday practice holding one thought at a time, for as long as you can. “

If you are like most players, that is going to be for only a few seconds.

Now, after a week of doing this, you will be able to do it longer.

Carry this concentration over into your practice time and that is when you will be able to dominate your mental game.

I told my student the other day,

“If you can’t win the big points, you will never win the big matches”.

Are you guys feeling me on this one?

Great, because that is the whole point of this post here today.

I need to get back to the Kei vs Johnson match now that is going on!!

Useful Driver Golf Swing Tip

These days, what you are able to do while already on the course and in a game is pitiful little and performance and results lean rather heavily on the work you have put in prior to entering the course for your game.

If you have been wondering why your game has been deteriorating so much in recent times, or why you always end up getting so frustrated these days on the course. The answer could be simply the fact that more and more of your opponents on the course are making better preparations than you are.

So it is not that your game has deteriorated, rather your opponents are getting increasingly fitter and therefore better. Here is how.

Golf specific exercise programs and tips in particular have been known to have a major effect on any golfer’s driver golf swing impact on the course.

We have seen very young golfers barely in their teens increase their drives by 50 yards or more after a very brief period in a golf specific exercise program.

This is the single driver golf swing tip that has had the biggest effect on golf games all over the country and beyond. More than any other driver golf swing tip viewed on a video or received during a special session from some pro.

You it is clearly emerging that without a conditioned body to take in the pressures of the game and to perform, most driver golf swing tips usually end up being completely useless to a golfer, mainly because they can not implement them.

And like most life-changing tips that revolutionize people’s lives, it all sounds too deceivingly simple to make a difference. But the fact of the matter is that golf specific exercises are the most powerful driver golf swing tip.