Power of Selective Memory

If you’ve ever hit a perfect shot, then you have the ability. Obviously, the criteria for perfection depends on your skill level, but in this context, the only criteria is the feeling of effortlessness.

The chances of duplicating a perfect swing are based on your memory of a similar situation; the more vivid the memory, the greater the odds. We can’t always control the environment, but we can learn to control our memories.

Simply thinking about a desired outcome will only produce temporary results. The secret to consistency is adding strong feeling to the memory.

What do most amateur golfers do immediately after they hit a perfect shot? They dissect the swing, hoping to uncover the fortuitous combination of technical elements that came together for one fleeting moment. As soon as you start analyzing the swing – the feeling disappears.

How do you know that perfect shots are the result of a (technically) perfect swing?

One of the biggest misconceptions for the once-a-week golfer is that he/she can consciously control their swing. How often have you stood over the ball and sensed that something just didn’t “feel” right?

If you have the time, dedication and resources to hit five-hundred practice balls a day under the watchful eye of a qualified instructor, then in a year you might develop the ability to consciously control your swing. For the majority of amateur golfers, however, a more productive method would be learning how to recall the “feel” of a perfect shot. Let the feeling determine the result. It’s called trust.

Have you ever heard the maxim, that the secret to success is “getting out of your own way?” Do you ever wonder what that phrase actually means? Now you know.

The next time you watch golf on television, take note of any action, no matter how small, that a player performs consistently. This pattern is the player’s unique method of recalling the “feel” of success.

Natural ability varies considerably, but every golfer can break through the proverbial “glass ceiling” when they develop the habit of recalling past success. Learn how to recall the “feeling” of your best shots and you’ve found the key to unlocking your natural ability that lies beyond swing mechanics.

Deadly Sins of Tennis

Not Judging The Ball

It’s very common for a beginner to lack judgment in where the ball is going to go and how fast it’s going to get there and play appropriately. A beginner often thinks the ball is going to be shorter than it actually is. They rush to the ball and consequently hit the ball to hard and are off balance when they get there. They don’t realise that the ball will actually fly deeper.

Hitting The Ball Too Hard

Another big challenge for a beginner is how not to hit the ball too hard. They see a ball and swing at it. A beginner is only thinking of connecting with the oncoming ball and they may panic a little. One of the main reasons for hitting too hard is that they don’t have a target. Your arm doesn’t know how much it should swing, if you know the distance then you can get a feel for what force is required.

Being too Tight

Being too tight is another challenge. When you start playing tennis you contract too many muscles and you lose that all important feel and can hit the ball too hard and generally get it all wrong. So, how can you become a little more relaxed? A good tip is to rate your tightness 1-5. 5 being very tight and 1 being relaxed and going with the flow.

Stopping the Racquet at Contact Point

You must try and learn to complete the follow through of your shots. When you find yourself hitting the ball too hard, a consequence of that is stopping the racquet at the contact point and not completing the follow through leading to an ineffective stroke. When doing this you actually contract many muscles in your arm when you stop the flowing movement forward and you lose control of the ball.

How to Play with an Arc

Another big challenge is to hit the ball in an arc rather than a straight line The easiest way to hit the ball is to play in a straight line from the ball to the target on the other side, however we want to get into the habit of playing with an arc. The straight line approach can often have the ball ending up in the net. Then, to avoid going into the net you may well overcompensate and hit it too far resulting in the ball going over the opponent’s baseline. Of course you may get lucky occasionally and the ball can fly over the net and land in the court but it won’t consistently bring results.

Correct Golf Shoes

Fitting

Very important! You won’t be happy if your shoes do not fit; and money doesn’t mean fitting. When I was a junior golfer, I had a top branded pair of golf shoes that didn’t fit properly. The blisters that I was awarded with were unbearable. Don’t make the same mistake.

I suggest measuring both feet before selecting a size – if you get two different measurements then choose the size that is bigger.

Golf shoes need to feel secure on your feet to aid stability but also need to give your feet room to breathe.

A lot of golfer’s use thick socks when golfing for added comfort, It’s probably a good idea when trying on potential shoes to wear the sock type you’re most likely to be wearing when golfing.

Style

When selecting a style, ensure you pick one that you are comfortable wearing. There are many options today to pick from such as traditional and athletic. Traditional shoes are made from leather and are very long lasting. The drawback to this style is the lack of breath-ability and flexibility. Athletic on the other hand, come in both spiked and without spikes, are lightweight and give plenty of flexibility. There are many styles to choose from, even sandal for the casual golfer.

Price

As I explained earlier, money doesn’t always mean better. You can always find great deals online throughout the golf season. Shoes generally range from anything as little as £20 to £200 plus. So stick within your budget and look for those deals.

Waterproofing

You should be looking for golf shoes that offer a waterproof element. You wouldn’t want to be walking the course with soaking wet feet. Many golfing manufacturers will offer 100% guaranteed waterproofed shoes for 12 months. Meaning if your shoes leak water within that time, you can get them swapped for a brand new pair; I have known golfers who have had their shoes leak water within a few months, after sending them back they get given a brand new pair. Be sure to check what the company offers.

Choose Surfboard Fins

First, consider these fin characteristics:

  • Depth – The maximum height of a fin as measured from the bottom surface of the board. This shows how far the fin goes in the water. The hold of the surfboard increases with more depth but generally makes it harder to turn as well. 3-4 inch depth is standard on tri-fins and longboard single fins typically have a depth of nine inches.
  • Template – The fin outline.
  • Base – The length of the fin where it joins the surfboard. Increasing length adds forward drive, but makes it harder to turn. Shortboard tri-fins usually have a 3.5-4.5 inch base, longboard single fins are about 6 inches.
  • Foil – The horizontal curve of the fin, measured from the front edge to trailing edge.
  • Rake – The distance between the trailing edge of the fin base and the fin tip. This is the swept back characteristic of the fin. Increasing rake increases traction.
  • Tip – The top third of the fin. More tip means more hold.
  • Flex – Stiff fins are faster but flexible fins are easier to turn.

Second, consider the brands of surfboard fins available:

  • FCS – These fins are the most widely used surfboard fins in the world. The great things about FCS fins are the huge variety and the availability. You can almost always find a replacement at the nearest surf shop. Since FCS is the most common fin system, most surfboards come with that type of fin box. FCS makes a huge selection of fins. For fins with a softer edge try Pro-Tech. The are compatible with the FCS boxes. Installation is with a simple allen (hex) key.
  • Future – Probably the second most popular fin system in the US. They have some of the lightest fin boxes around, weighing in at about 26 grams/box. There are fins system for just about any type of surfboard out there. In particular, Future fins has an excellent selection of of Quad fins. There are also plenty of foils to choose from such as Vector, Vector 2, and the Scimitar. Future fins also install with a simple allen key.
  • Lokbox – These surfboard fins have one significant advantage over most other fin systems; they are adjustable. You can slide them forward and back to find the sweet spot for you. They are easily adjusted with a slotted screwdriver.
  • O’Fish’L – This is a snap in fin system. For those that love to experiment, this might be the fin system for you. You could even slap some fins in your boardshorts and change them in the water.
  • 4WFS – The “Four Way Fin System”. Four ways as in forward/back, cant/flair, toe-in/toe-out, or an entire fin replacement. The only problem with this system is there are so many choices you might go crazy tweaking just one set of fins.

If your having a surfboard custom shaped for you, another consideration is the type of fin system the shaper has worked with before. It might be better to go with one he or she knows well rather than risk an incorrect installation of an unfamiliar one.

With so many choices of fins/companies available, you shouldn’t have a problem finding something close to what you want. Study the different brands. They should have descriptions of the type of surf particular fins work best in. They usually have charts available for recommended weights of riders as well.

Once you have a system you like, it’s nice if all your surfboards use those types of fins. It makes it easier and cheaper to build a decent collection of fins that you can swap around and enjoy.

Strategies For Match Play

Play Each Point Harder Than The Last One.

This is my favorite strategy of them all.

It’s the most powerful one too!!

Just think if you could play each point harder than the last one and then keep doing it for the whole match?

How tough would it be to beat you?

Exactly.

Very tough and many players will not want to face you in matches.

Nobody wants to play a player with this type of mindset and the reason is obvious.

“Tennis players who adopt and apply this type of mindset in matches are the hardest ones to play and beat consistently.”

Play Each Point Like It Is The Last One Of Your Career.

This strategy is tied to the last one.

Your ideal strategy for matches should look something like this.

Start off the match playing each point harder than the last one, then also start playing each one like it maybe the last one of your career.

Follow those tactics in every match and you will not be losing that many of them.

Most players don’t realize how many cheap points they give away in a match.

Well, by using these 3 warrior strategies, you will eliminate that problem forever and will never have to worry about it again in your career.

“I would write these strategies down somewhere and then post them up or even better, take them with you to your matches. “

That way.

You can read them again, before and during the match, to help you stay focused and playing with true intention and purpose throughout the match.

Don’t just read these tips either.

Think about them everyday and also meditate on them as much as you can on the court and off it.

Thanks for sharing your time with me today, by reading this article.

And I’ll be talking to you tennis warriors soon!!

Create Unstoppable Confidence

In contrast to most sports, golf is the one game where a players confidence tends to wane the longer they play. How long have you played the game? Are you more confident now than you were two years ago?

The first key to building confidence is understanding that the game is inherently unfair; the odds are stacked against you. Golf is played on variable surfaces under constantly changing conditions. The player has to wield fourteen clubs of various lengths and lofts (compared to one tennis racket), and try to filter through all the (often contradictory) swing theories on the proper way to swing a club.

Perhaps the most frustrating aspect of the game, is the unpredictability of cause and effect. No matter how many lessons you take or how much you practice, there are no guarantees. How you played the day before, the hole before or even five minutes ago has no direct bearing on the impending shot, however, the odds of success are greater when you stop beating yourself up!

Most golfers take lessons for the first two or three years and see gradual improvement. Their confidence level continues to rise. At this stage, a well-meaning friend may give the ebullient student a golf instruction book and/or video. Now the learning curve takes a serious dip and the aspiring student’s confidence level often plummets.

Assuming you have the underlying technical skill, believing you can carry two-hundred yards over water is a matter of confidence. How you often have you duffed two shots in a row and then blasted the next drive down the middle?

Stop worrying about how you look or what fellow golfers think. In golf, cockiness is a good thing. The choice is yours. Why wait for the next perfect shot in order to feel confident? Decide on a club, pick the target and just hit the damn ball!

Golf is the ultimate game of feel. Learning how to create a feeling of confidence is the first key to unlocking your true potential. Results are beyond your control. Accepting the good shots and the poor ones with equanimity is the key to confidence.

Swim Way to Fitness

The difference between swimming and weight training is with weight training, you can only work different muscles so much before they get sore. With swimming, you can exercise every day of the week. In the beginning we recommend you go swimming four to six times a week. If you don’t have the time, one or two times a week is also fine. You have to find a way so that it works with your schedule.

Monday, start with long distance swimming. Swim for 30 minutes and see how far you get. Make a note of it. The goal here is to swim further in the specified time every week. When starting out, find a good rhythm for you. You do not want to get burn out in your first week.

Wednesday, go for a high intensity workout. On Wednesdays, you should be focusing on interval training with more focus on speed and time. The idea is to swim as fast as you can for one minute, then slower for two minutes and then go faster again for one minute. Then repeat. Try to swim for at least 30 minutes. Increase the intensity of the workouts as the weeks progress.

Friday, this is medley day. On Fridays, you should try to swim “medley”. This is when you swim using different techniques.

Saturday, this may not be the most fun day. Select the technique you feel needs the most improvement and work on that.

Try this program for six weeks. May find that you want to change to schedule a little bit, that’s fine. Again, make sure the schedule works for you. Also, make sure you eat right and stick to schedule.

Good luck, I wish you all the best!

Essential Swim Training For Women

One Thing at a Time

What happens at home when you do too many things at once? If you’re like us, dinner gets burned, clothes get wrinkled and the phone goes unanswered. Now, let’s take that lesson to the pool;

Ladies, a female swimmer can make huge strides in power, speed, efficiency and endurance by working on improving only one training variable at a time. Called Parametric Training, it’s an important part of a number of many swim training programs. Once one particular variable has been mastered, (for example breathing) the next variable (for example stroke length) can be introduced.

Drink Like a Fish

As Mr Brinkley, your High School Science teacher told you, its scientific name is H-2-O. Commonly known as Water. Look into it, girls;

Fluid intake is essential on dry land. But it’s especially important during swim training and competition. Even though swimmers work in water and may not appear to sweat, there’s still considerable fluid loss in an average session. Have a bottle of fluid with you on poolside and sip regularly throughout a training session and leading up to a swimming competition. Maybe Science class wasn’t such a waste of time, after all.

Train Like Flipper

In the TV show, Flipper was supposedly a male dolphin. Not true. The animal that actually played Flipper was a female stunt dolphin from just off the coast of Texas.

Flipper could swim circles around mere humans (especially men). We might learn from that. Among other benefits, the occasional use of swim fins or flippers can help you achieve a better body position (even though it’s artificial). You’ll learn to become familiar with what this better position feels like. Then, you can try to recreate your ‘flipper’ position later on, during harder training, or swimming competition.

Breathe Easy

Swimming, more than any other sport demands that your lungs provide the rest of your body with oxygen at an extremely high rate and at exactly the right time. Otherwise, you’re going to be breathing-in water (more commonly known as drowning). Effective breathing (inhaling and exhaling) is critical in turning oxygen into the energy needed to move through the water, keeping correct pH levels in your body and enough carbon dioxide for bodily functions.

Try this breathing technique walking on dry land before you try it in the water; when breathing-in, take in a fast and large volume of air. On breathing out, make a prolonged and even discharge of air. Maintain this air discharge throughout the arm cycle of your stroke (for example 3 seconds). At the end of the exhalation phase, give a little puffing action. This will enable you to completely empty your lungs, ready for the next intake. Try it next time on your way to the pool.

Be a TV Star

We almost made it, big-time in Hollywood. But we only had enough bus fare to reach Toledo. Now, it may not be big screen drama, but we can all feature in educational videos. Have your coach or a friend shoot video while you are in the pool swimming and then critique yourself. You might be surprised. And it’s very likely that you’ll be able to improve at least one facet of your stroke.

Keep a Positive Attitude

Strive for optimum, not maximum, performance. Emphasise the things which you can control (so forget about your boyfriend, husband or significant other). You can control only your own performance, so put your emphasis on good technique and personal best times. Improvements in these aspects are attainable by everyone, whereas winning a gold medal is achievable only by a few (including you). You will enjoy training more if you can see yourself making progress. And if those around you are encouraging and praising your achievements.

Sciatica Exercises Alleviate Discomfort

If you experience sciatica, a few days of bed rest or lying on the couch is not the answer. Inactivity actually aggravates the problem. Weak or inflexible muscles can cause or intensify sciatica, so it is important to keep your back and abdominal muscles in good shape. While you don’t need to spend hours at the gym, some strengthening and stretching of these muscles can provide a lot of good and get you back out on the golf course.

Before you begin an exercise program to treat sciatic pain, it is important to understand what is causing the pain. Usually this will need to be diagnosed by a medical professional. For example, if you have a herniated disc your pain is being caused by disc material bulging out and applying pressure on your nerve, which in turn irritates or compresses your sciatic nerve(s). If this is the problem in your case, stretching your back can be helpful. You can do this while lying on the floor on your stomach and raising your torso up off the floor.

If, however, your sciatic is caused by spinal stenosis, a narrowing of the nerve’s passageway, then different exercises will be more useful in alleviating your pain. These include stretching your back by kneeling and bending your head toward the floor with your arms stretched in front of you. Also try lying on your back and gently pulling your knees to your chest for relief of your pain. The right exercises can alleviate your discomfort and help you better enjoy your golf game.

As with many lower back problems, a good preventative measure is to maintain good posture, stay within a healthy weight range, and exercise regularly. An appropriate fitness routine can help keep you pain-free while playing golf. The sciatic nerves are especially prone to flare up when you have weak muscles, poor posture or are overweight. Keeping your back in good shape before you have problems goes a long way in reducing your likelihood of future back pain. Whenever you experience pain or discomfort, you should always seek out the diagnosis of a physician so appropriate precautions and a diagnosis can be made for corrective strategies.

Benefits of Surfing

Surfing for Good Exercise

The great thing about surfing is that it is a fun and exciting activity. You would not even notice how long you have been out in the water catching waves. Other cardiovascular activities are not that fun. Some people go jogging, but sometimes it is not enough to motivate them. People who jog usually do a few rounds from what they normally have in plan. Some quit the moment they reach three rounds or just 10 minutes of running. Any exercise instructor will tell you that good exercise is not just about the intensity of your workout, but rather the amount of time spent performing it. When you are surfing, you are constantly moving your entire body, resulting in an excellent full body workout.

Discipline and Encouragement

Another benefit of surfing is that it gives discipline and encouragement. Surfing can also turn most couch potatoes into athletes. Those who get the surfing bug will be eager to wake up early morning even if they have regular work after the exercise. Some even turn surfing into a hobby, giving it more time than anything else. They start to enjoy it so much that they go surfing several times a week.

Younger Looking Benefits

The ocean is a good source of revitalising energy. Surfers love to ride waves that are a good distance off the shorelines. People who surf regularly can still perform well even if they are in their old 60s, 70s, and 80s. In fact, you will be surprised to even realise that older surfers do not look their age. Surfing will keep you in shape and looking healthier and younger.

Mental Benefits

The health benefits of surfing lessons do not only apply to your physical health. They also give you mental benefits. Surfing can reduce stress, and often gives surfers a calm and peaceful attitude about life, which is very beneficial for their psyche. The high stress of today’s world is very harmful for your mental wellbeing. Too much work and less exercise can take a toll on your health. Physical exercise such as surfing will help reduce the negative effects of stress in your life. Nothing beats going to the beach, feeling the cool breeze and the warm sun touching your skin. Surfing is a fun activity that helps you forget most of your daily problems.

Proper Nutrition

Surfing is an activity that works most of your body parts; therefore, you will need good nutrition to stay fit and healthy. You should always eat food rich in protein after you surf. This will help recover and repair burned out muscles. Always drink plenty of water and include fruits and vegetables in your diet.