American Sport Favorites

Moreover, taking up a sport has also many psychological benefits.

Sports play a very important part in the American lifestyle. The President himself jogs every morning, plays tennis and golf, and is a leading advocate of fitness. The present-day interest in physical education and great enthusiasm for diets, exercising and jogging, dates from the late sixties when Major Kenneth Gordon published his bestseller ‘Aerobics’. Since that time the sporting way of life has been popularized by such cult figures like Jane Fonda, Victoria principal or Sylvester Stallone.

The favourite American spots today are baseball, basketball, soccer and football. Jogging has also become very popular recently. The early morning joggers have their jogging shoes, their jogging watches and even their jogging magazines! Jogging has become of the most popular practices for people residing in big cities and metropolitans where daily life is too fast to be fit and healthy. However, even if they practice jogging out of sheer snobbery, it is still good that they make an effort to be in good condition.

Unfortunately many Americans prefer watching sports on television. Every year about 150 million people watch basketball matches. Tennis, ice-hockey and skating also attract millions of viewers. The great popularity of these sports itself bears some of the responsibility for turning America into a nation of spectators.

However, it is important to remember that only active participation in spots activities may ensure fitness and well-being.

How Hill Sprinting Can Improve Your Golf Game

Watching Tiger Woods this past week (pre knee surgery)reminded me that golf season is about to start for many people out there.

This is the time of year that I often get questions about how to best train to improve your golf game. Questions like this one:

“Sorry if this is a stupid question, but I am going to ask it anyway. I am a 45 year old male, and I live in the Northeast. I am currently amassing information for me to devise my off season fitness program for the glorious sport of…(please sit down before continuing)…GOLF!

Currently, my winter program is going to be extremely eclectic, with a combination of weights, kettlebells, bodyweight exercises, stretching/yoga/pilates, and, up till now jogging.

Enough background…my question is this… will hill sprinting help with my golf game? Intuitively, I would say anything that burns (the blubber) off my body is going to be beneficial to all aspects of my game and life, and further, the strength built in my leg muscles through your program must help as well, but I want to hear what you think.

I hope I haven’t wasted too much of your time, and again, if this is a stupid question, feel free to say so.

Cheers,

Brian

No question is stupid Brian. Although I admit I had to do some research to match hill sprint training with the game of golf. Here goes.

Yes, hill sprints will help your golf game – and here’s 7 ways they’ll do it:

1. Dynamic and static stretches done on the hill can increase your flexibility. This can lead to longer backswings which will generate more club head speed – in other words, you’ll hit the ball farther and straighter.

2. Hill sprints will strengthen your abs – this will help prevent lower back injuries which are common in golf.

3. Hill sprints will strengthen your upper leg muscles which can improve your balance during your swing.

4. Hill sprints will strengthen your hips – more power and speed in your swing.

5. Hill sprints will strengthen the muscles in your lower legs… essential for push-off power in the down swing.

6. Sprinting up hills will strengthen your core and trunk. These muscles are essential for the twisting motion of your golf swing.

7. Hill sprints will increase your stamina and endurance. Most golfers see a major decline around hole 13 due to a lack of endurance. Better stamina will improve your consistency on that back 9. Increased stamina will also help you stay consistent in your putting – fatigue can lead to the loss of fundamentals.

Hey, I found even more links between hill sprinting and golf than I originally thought of… again, goes to show you that working out using the right kinds of exercises will transfer to almost any activity that you want to improve in.

Sports Brings Underwear Out In The Open Yet Again

Over the past weekend, sport has yet again brought underwear into the open, into the limelight and into EveryMan’s living room. The sports news that overshadowed Tiger Wood’s return to golf after knee reconstruction surgery, was the revealing of Swedish golfer Henrik Stinson’s underwear during Friday’s competition at the Doral World Golf Championship in Miami, FL. .

All eyes were on Henrik Stinson as he stripped down to only Bjorn Borg white boxer briefs and golf glove to hit his golf ball out of a muddy section of the course on Friday. Claiming that the mud would have made a huge mess of his clothing, Stinson then decided to get down to basics rather than risk playing the rest of the round in muddy clothes. Stinson stated it was worth stripping down to save an extra shot and does not regret the unusual approach. Bloggers questioned the legality of playing without clothes as there are very particular rules for dress in golf. However, the circumstances were considered such that the necessity far outweighed any questioning of rules. Blogs erupted: with mostly positive comments of his physique. This is important considering his chosen sport is not noted for its athletic, toned participants. But the all apparent question of one blogger was: “Whiteys? Who wears whiteys anymore?” Considering, the world wide response to the occasion and the notable physique modeling the Bjorn Borg “whiteys”, it’s likely that plenty will soon be wearing whiteys to be just like Stinson. Although no formal agreement or contract exists between Stinson and Bjorn Borg, the serendipitous benefits to both sides cannot be argued. A picture is indeed worth a thousand words.

A second recent occasion with underwear joining the sporting limelight occurred in December 2008 and involved the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) – a competition pitting one martial arts style against another. Cheick Kongo, considered a veteran of the Mixed Martial Arts ring at 33 years of age, yet still in peak condition, currently dominates the competition and was the sportsman sporting his underwear on this occasion. At the UFC 92 Pre-game weigh in, Kongo came out to face his opponent, Mustafa Al Turk, with his “French Sensation” stare and sporting Alenver boxer underwear with the gold/black “money” reversed message on the waistband. Also during the fight, the gold/black “money” waistband was visible peeping out from his boxing shorts – perhaps willing the win and the associated profits from the Championship. Although, there is no official advertising contract or association between Alenver and Cheick Kongo, Alenver must be undoubtedly proud of its increasing visibility in the world of personalities. It takes a special state of mind and body – both physically and mentally to succeed in Mixed Martial Arts and Alenver must be thrilled that Kongo personally chose their product even with no financial tie ins or partnerships.

A third and final sporting crowning moment for underwear harks back to the 1999 World Cup Women’s Soccer Competition. On July 10, 1999 at the Women’s World Cup at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California, after scoring the fifth and game winning penalty kick to give the United States the win over China in the final game, Brandi Chastain celebrated by peeling off her jersey and falling to her knees in a Nike sports bra, her fists clenched. This image was featured on the covers of TIME, Newsweek, and Sports Illustrated. According to Marlene Bjornsrud, general manager of the San Jose Cyber Rays, the team Chastain plays for in the Women’s United Soccer Association ”It was a crowning moment for women everywhere, a moment of freedom, of liberation,” said. ”It was casting off the burden of everything that kept us down and said, ‘You can’t do that because you are a woman.’ It was a moment that screamed, ‘Yes, I can.’ ” Chastain’s take on the incident was “Momentary insanity, nothing more, nothing less. I wasn’t thinking about anything. I thought, ‘This is the greatest moment of my life on the soccer field.’”. Nike also must have thought this was a great moment in their existence. Not having pre-arranged this event, Nike was as surprised as the viewing public, with the behavior. Although Nike had designed the uniforms for the team, no arrangements had been made for her individual “performance” and consequently no financial returns resulted from the display.

In a sports and fashion dominated era, with celebrity endorsements and brand name promotions, it is refreshing to experience situations that are as random and unintentional as these three events. Although, we are becoming neutralized to the appearance of underwear models on TV, in catalogs and roadside advertising billboards, the element of surprise in spontaneous and unexpected displays still amuse and impress as a little hiccough out of the hands of businesses and this is a welcome thing in a world of pre-arranged and orchestrated ways.

Golf Cart Etiquette

The sport of golf is becoming more and more popular, both as a competitive sport and as a bonding experience for co-workers and fellow country club members. Golf carts make the game less stressful, as they allow players to travel more quickly from hole to hole and also allow players to conserve energy for the game. However, in order to ensure that everyone has a good time, it is important to use proper etiquette when operating the golf cart. The do’s and dont’s of driving golf carts are not widely known, but they certainly help to make golf a better experience for everyone involved.

With Driving Comes Great Responsibility

Though driving a golf cart might seem fairly self explanatory, there are many responsibilities that go along with it. The way in which the driver operates the golf cart and how closely they follow etiquette rules will not only determine the speed of the game, but also how much damage is done to the golf course. At the end of the game, the driver is responsible for returning the golf cart back to the pro shop in the same condition it was retrieved.

Common Sense Or Courtesy?

Some points of golf cart etiquette are merely common sense, while others are points of courtesy. It is important not to drive the cart on wet areas of the grass and to not make sudden stops or sharp turns. This will help to limit the damage that is done to the golf course.

Many golf courses have rules regarding golf carts and signs that direct drivers. It is very important to follow these signs. Additionally, drivers should make sure to heed any ropes that prohibit golf carts from certain areas of the course. Some courses will have paved pathways for golf carts, and generally; the cart is to be parked on the cart path at a ninety degree angle from where your ball lays. You would then walk straight across to your ball and make your shot, then return to the cart. Etiquette such as this is common sense for most golfers.

Other topics in golf cart etiquette are related to courtesy. It is important not to distract other players while they are golfing. On that note, the driver should never move the cart while a player is preparing to make a stroke. (Not even electric carts, which do not make any noise, should be moved at this time.) Drivers should also keep carts away from greenside bunkers and the greens themselves. A golf cart should never be parked in front of players who are waiting for their turns.

A Better Game

In golf, there are winners and there are losers, but there are also those that play by the rules and those that do not. Obeying the rules of golf and abiding by golf cart etiquette ensures that everyone — winners and losers alike — enjoy the game.

What There Is To Know About Golf

While golf has been quite a popular game throughout the world, there are still many people who have no idea what the game is really about. Some people even dismiss it as a stupid sport where people hit balls just to follow them endlessly. People are quite alienated with the game because many consider it as a sport of the elite, and thus are intimidated by it.

Golf is actually a sport where teams or individuals try to make a ball get into a hole by hitting it with a club within terrain. The game originated from Scotland and has been a popular sport in the British Isles for more than five centuries. The oldest existing course can be found in Musselburgh, the Old Links where the game has been played since 1672. Fairly recently this popular belief of golf’s origins has been contested by Chinese professor Ling Hongling of Lanzhou University, who acquired some evidence that a similar game has been played in China during the Tang Dynasty, which was more than half a century before the game first came into play in Scotland. While this may be true, the game as people know today is more similar to the one played in Scotland.

A game of golf occurs in a wide piece of land called the course. In the course, a series of holes is dug. Usually there are 9 to 18 holes in a golf course. Some people mention of a nineteenth hole, but that is just the slang for the bar or grill where players go to after a game. Each player makes his first stroke on the tee, a specially tended part of the course where the ball is first launched, and then makes the necessary successive stroked from the fairway – places in the course that are conducive for playing, or from the rough – places in the course that are more difficult to play in. Holes may have hazards which could be filled with water or sand, certain consequences are required for players who land their balls into hazards, these consequences are based on strict rules.

A golf player uses clubs to hit balls. Players can bring up to fourteen different types of clubs in a game. The general types of clubs are woods – used for long shots that require the travel of the ball at great distances, irons – used for shots that require more precision than power, and putters – used for playing in the green. Specialized clubs include wedges – irons that are used for shorter shots, and hybrids – combinations of the precision of irons and the power of woods. The golf ball has a diameter of at least 42.67 millimeters and a mass of no more than 45.93 grams. The golf ball has around 300 to 400 dimples on its surface, which are useful for the ball’s movement in the air.

Golf balls often have two to four layers made from synthetic materials. Golf carts are used as optional modes of transportation through long courses. The equipment used by players are placed in golf bags. Players wear special golf shoes that have spikes or plastic claws on their soles to maximize foothold on the green. Golfers often wear gloves to prevent blisters on their hands. Tees are used to position balls during the first stroke of each hole. A score card is used to keep a record of the game.

There are many other things to learn about golf such as the rules of the game, handicap systems, different techniques in putting, and so on. Luckily there are many books and magazines devoted to golf and most are available in local bookstores and magazine kiosks. There are also numerous of online golf resources on the internet.

Golfing can be a great pastime and a worthwhile activity for people of different backgrounds and ages. With a good grasp of what is to know about golf, the game can simply be a joy to play.

Is Golf A Sport?

For some reason, many people think of golf as being a boring sport. Actually some even feel that it isn’t a sport at all, at least not comparable to basketball, football, baseball or even hockey. Why could this be? Well, first of all, golf is such a quiet, low-key type of activity that is doesn’t quite seem like a sport. When most people think about sports, they think about a stadium filled with fans whopping and hollering as their favorite teams strives to win the game. Golf is more laid-back, calm. It can actually be considered more of an activity than a sport. A person definitely doesn’t have to be in shape to play it. Unlike physical sports that require players to be in shape, you can be four hundred pounds and play the game of golf without expecting any serious problems. There is really nothing physical about it. All you do is stand there and guide a ball in a hole. And golf carts don’t even require you to walk—you ride to the designated area. Another reason why people don’t consider golf a sport is because actually, it isn’t. There is no such thing National Golf League, so why would it even be considered a sport in the first place? It shouldn’t be. Golf is a very relaxing recreational activity. It can promote relaxation in stressed-out individuals, and can even be lots of fun. And not only old people play the sport like some people may think. People of all ages, and races play it and think that it is a great hobby or leisure activity. Just because lots of people play golf after retirement doesn’t make it an ‘old timers’ activity. No matter what age you are, if you enjoy playing golf, then you shouldn’t be embarrassed about it. There are many places for a golfer to buy all of their gear. Local sporting goods stores, malls, and even the internet. So, even though golf isn’t a sport like football or baseball, with a professional league, players, coaches, etc, it doesn’t mean that it can’t be a very fun, very relaxing activity. Just give it a try, and you may discover that it’s one of the most enjoyable things you’ve ever done in your life.

Golf: Also An Exciting Sport

The world of sports just gets more and more exciting and fun, just watching it gives you a ride of adrenaline and a passion for competition. That and all of what is drawn out to us from the cardboard advertisements and great sports commercials on television, sports just gets to you wherever you go. From the smallest to the largest of countries of the world, worldwide action of sports can reach you. But the fact that we are already at a very modern age that seeks blood pumping action from sports, raises a very interesting question, have golf left this category of our modern world of fun sport and become obsolete in terms of excitement and quality leisure time? No, of course not, just as how other sports get through the test of time, golf just soars high with the millions of fans screaming their hearts out in excitement but keeping silent as the golfer in the tournament hits another golf ball. The golf club hits the golf ball, and another fun and excitement filled competition have begun. The thing about a golf game is that, it may not be as sweat driven and stamina draining compared to another sport like basketball or soccer, not as much a team play compared to what you have in hockey or football, and the audience reaction could be not as loud as what you have on a baseball game too. But uncovering the sheets of dense atmosphere behind a golf fan in a Tiger Woods tournament, we will get a similar tune of raging adrenaline and competitiveness as one would have in any other sport. I am a witness to this kind of situation myself. It was one sleepy and boring afternoon that I watched a golf game on my television, and to anyone’s surprise, was I still able to finish a whole hour and a half without falling asleep in the couch. All that time I was drawn to the next swing and the next hole and so forth that just kept me watching and awake, I blame it to the skill and seriousness these golfers have for the sport for keeping me at it, and yes it was really exciting to see who would win. Which just goes to show us how great a sport golf is to watch on television, then how much more on watching it for real, right? I really never had a chance watch it for real though, all the busy schedule I have all week just forbids me of the pleasure of enjoying a golf tournament for real and not just on television. The closest encounter of golf I have ever made was these golf car parts we found in our old garage. But anyways, golf has proven to itself and as well as to people like me just how exciting it could be. I was not a fan of gold before that story I told you about happened, this time, I have become an avid fan of Tiger Woods myself, and I now always enjoy golf games on television. Sports really have different ways of expressing itself and golf just made a mark on it as one of the most appreciated game for me and even for the world.

Four Good Reasons To Take Up Golf As A Sport

The Exercise Golfing is one of the best exercises that you can do. I taught this fellow about ten years ago how to play golf. He had bypass surgery done on his heart, and his doctor told him to walk for exercise. So he asked me to teach him how to golf. He was a retired carpenter. Think about it for a second. There is 1760 yards in a mile. The average golf course is anywhere from 5000 yards to 6500 yards on some of the bigger courses, depending on which tee box you are playing from. They say the shortest distance between two points is in a straight line. Can you imagine the amount of walking you can do on any given course, if you’re not a straight hitter? Some golf courses make you take a golf cart because of the steep terrain. Golfing can keep you’re heart pumping at a good pace depending on the golf terrain. So if you have not walked a country mile. Take up golf and you will have you’re fair share of walking a country mile. The Challenge A lot of people would ask the same question over and over again, and probably still do today. Why would anybody want to chase a little golf ball around? I use to think and ask myself the same question until that very first liftoff from a fairway lie. Oh yes! It is a great feeling when you finally lift it off the fairway and watch the ball fly towards the green and watch it land and roll towards the flagstick, especially if you are a long distance from the green and hitting the green in regulation. The feeling of success is amazing and the challenge to do it again brings you back time and time again. Once you catch that feeling, the challenge to come back and repeat the same golf shot makes you a better golfer in the long run. The challenge you have now sticks with you the more you play. The frustration of not being able to do it over and over again, and then finally once again there goes that beautiful golf shot again, makes you come back for more. Golfing has more than one challenge. The challenge within yourself to play better golf, and the challenge to play better than you’re competitor. A lot of times the challenge to beat your own game can be a real uphill battle. Go ahead and try the challenge. The Scenery Golf courses truly have some of the best breathtaking scenery, depending on where you reside. A lot of the golf courses have rolling fairways and trees of all colors that stretch out on both sides of the fairway, creeks that split fairways in half. Lot of golf courses have greens that are surrounded by huge trees, rock formations, and rolling mounds, and many other natural beauties. Most golf courses surround their greens with water and sand traps. The tee boxes on some courses are perched up on a hillside overlooking a valley, or body of water. Flowers and plants, and or more trees surround a lot of tee boxes. Sometimes the tee boxes and greens are in the wilderness, and or near cliffs. There is a lot of great scenery on golf courses that will want you to say. This is amazing scenery! The Peace and Tranquility The best part of golf is the relaxation you get out it, depending on how you’re game is going of course. Just imagine yourself nestled on a tee box first thing in the morning, and all you hear is the chirping of the birds and the sound of the trees blowing around you. Another good feeling is standing in the middle of the fairway with the sun beating down on you with a cool misty breeze coming from a nearby body of water. I like the late afternoon just before the sun goes down and the trees are swaying a bit more. Sometimes all you hear is a plane going by overhead and the crack of another golf ball going off a tee box. A lot of the golf courses take you away from the clubhouse and land you out in the country, and or fairly wooded areas where the peace and tranquility of mother nature truly makes you sit up and take hold of it’s natural beauty it has to offer.

The Rural Beginnings Of The Golf Sport

It is probably best to use the phrase “golf as we know it” when giving the gentlemen of Scotland credit for its invention, however, the origin of golf is open for discussion as to being Chinese, Dutch or Scottish. Scotland is widely recognized as the birthplace of golf. One of the keys to establishing an accurate history of the game is giving credit to the Scots for adding a most important ingredient – the hole. This important item is one of the key changes in the object of the game. Early golfers near the seashore on the east coast of Scotland hit pebbles and stones, and eventually balls, in a manner similar to games played in Holland and other European countries. But the men of Scotland made a rabbit hole the destination. The modern game grew from these humble beginnings. The king of England has the dubious honor of having banned the game for a short time in the 15th century and also for making the first recorded purchase of custom made golf clubs. Acceptance of the game by royalty and the eventual establishment of formal clubs helped spread golf along the Scottish coast and later to inland sites. The Gentlemen Golfers of Leith, widely recognized as the first club devoted to golf, also established the game’s early rules in the early 18th century. A few years later the St. Andrews Society of Golfers came into being, and shortly thereafter, the 18-hole course. Because of its rural beginnings, the game was first played with sticks that were curved at the end. But with the growth of golf organizations, players began to make clubs of wood and iron. It was about this time that a leather golf ball stuffed with feathers became the standard. Several decades would pass before metal club heads and shafts, along with the gutta percha ball, would vastly improve the length and accuracy of golf shots.

Disc Golf, The Sport That is Sweeping the Nation

Disc golf is a sport that has been growing in popularity ever since the invention of the sport in the late 1960’s. The sport has grown to over 3,000 courses in the US and another 3,000 globally. This underground sport that many people have never heard of is a fun game that many people are starting to play. Disc golf is a game that is played very similarly to regular golf, however, instead of using a ball you use discs. The objective is the same as regular golf in the fact that you tee off from a tee-pad and shoot for a hole. However, instead of using a hole like in regular golf the hole is a basket. The basket consists of hanging chains with a basket at the bottom. Your goal is to hit the chains and have the disc land in the basket. As in ball golf you keep track of your scores and are trying to record the lowest score possible. Just like ball golf you have different clubs or discs for different situations. The three most frequent discs you throw are you driver, mid-range which is like a 7-iron in ball golf and your putter. Each disc, just as in golf, is easier to control and more accurate with the putter being the easiest disc golf use. The greatest thing about disc golf is that most courses are free to play. You simply have to bring your own discs. This makes it a very affordable and fun game for the average individual while ball golf is much more restrictive with their high green fees. Some courses are placed on personal property and these courses usually charge a nominal fee which is much less than any ball golf course. If you’re just starting out with disc golf it is recommended that you simply buy a mid-range disc. These discs are much easier to throw and control than the drivers. Furthermore, mid-range discs are much easier to work your technique than a driver. This is due to the stability and rim-size of the disc. A few suggestions of discs to consider are the Millennium Element, Innova Roc or Innova Shark. These are a very good beginners disc and can be used for drives and puts the same. In ball golf the professional association that is associated is the PGA in disc golf the association is the PDGA. The PDGA oversees the sport in the US and governs the community. In fact, they help coordinate the world disc golf championship and the US disc golf championship. Both of these events are premier events similar to a “Masters” tournament in ball golf. If you are wondering who the Tiger Woods of the sport is then look no further than David Feldberg. The Jack Nicklaus of the sport would be Ken Climo. Both players are considered at the top of the sport and have made many DVD’s teaching the game. Disc golf has been featured on a few televisions and movies and will only increase in popularity as the years go on. Get yourself a disc and find your nearest course to see exactly what you’re missing!