Monthly Archives: January 2017

Learning To Surf Does Not Have To Be Complicated

Once you have decided that you would like to go surfing, it is not just a matter of buying the equipment and then heading off down to the sea. There will have to be a number of lessons beforehand or else your surfing experience will be nothing more than falling of a board. If you put your mind to it, you should have the basics in a few days and then the improvements will come with practice and experience.

Some of the things that may seem to be the easiest will be the things that take the most time to learn. Standing up and the positioning of the feet are going to be two of the most complex lessons to learn, but once they have been mastered there will not be much else that will take a lot of time or keep you out of the water for long. While there is nothing like learning from a great surfer, there is a lot to be learned from books and videos.

You won’t learn everything that way, but you will be amazed by how much you have remembered when you are putting your learning into practice. Equipment will help and when starting out it will be best to have a surfboard that is long and wide. It will be more stable and help to keep you afloat for longer. Common sense also comes into it and you should not surf on your own just in case you get into difficulties.

It will also help your confidence if you start off by visiting a beginners’ beach and don’t try to catch the big waves right away, but get used to the small ones first. Once you are on the beach, don’t just rush into the sea, but watch the waves for a while, and make sure that you have warmed up first. You want to be fully flexible and know that your muscles are ready for the challenge.

While you should not surf alone, you also need to keep a good distance from other beginners. None of you need to feel crowded while you are learning. For extra safety don’t forget the surf leash. It will help with balance if you practice sitting and then lying on the surfboard. If you can keep the water away from your legs that will help and you can begin to paddle. Once you are ready to stand just stand quickly and as soon as you feel the wave behind you.

To prevent injury, bend your knees as this way any shocks will be absorbed. If it goes wrong and you need to get off the board, make sure that you jump away from it. Also cover your head so that it does not hit you as you will no longer have control of it. This is not a failure as most surfers will come off the board from time to time. As a final safety consideration, stop once you start to feel tired as it will be easy to lose concentration, and you should lie on the board and paddle back to the beach.

Getting Better At Golf Quickly and Easily

Learning the game of golf is not simple but like anything worth doing, your level of commitment will determine how successful you get. There is a saying that success in anything is 99 percent perspiration and 1 percent luck. However if you do work on the right things you can get better faster.

Learn the short game first:

Many of the best golfers in the world learned the short game well first. They spent a lot of time around the greens and working on their wedge game in order to get better. Be sure to take enough time during practice around the greens and you may be surprised how quickly your scores come down. One of the keys to becoming a good putter is to pick one main approach and then to stick with it. There are many different putting techniques that can work so do not change putting styles all the time as this can lead to the yips. Learn to trust your putter and putting style as this is one of the keys to great putting. When you are reading greens you want to trust the first solid impression you get. Take your time and see the putt from various angles until you are confident about the read. Keep your mind quiet when you are about to hit it and simply react to the target and trust that you will have the right distance control for longer putts. Remember that almost every putter already has great touch, you were already born with it so trust your eyes and see the ball going in the hole slowly for longer putts.

Master the mental game:

The mental component to golf is important and being confident over the shots is critical if you want to be more successful and reduce your scoring. Remembering your bad shots and focusing on them too much is not helpful and will usually lead to less consistency and higher scores. Tracking your scores and statistics is another important key to getting better. Try to find a tool online that can help you to keep track of your scores and handicap easily. There are many good sites that can track your handicap and analyze your scores so even if you are a beginner you will get better faster if you keep track of your handicap and statistics right from the start. Remember to take enough time working on the short game and stay positive on the course as these are valuable keys to getting better.