Get a Good Spin in Bowling

A bowler needs to have good bowling shoes because this will ensure an easy maneuver while spinning the ball. A bowler also needs to have a bowling ball that will make them comfortable will spinning. Bowling balls come in different varieties such as plastic balls, resin, and Urethane. The resins balls are highly recommended because they allow the bowler have a thorough grip. A heavy ball for example might make the player stride backwards and cause injury. Knowing your spin ball is very crucial. After identifying the best ball, the player should get the ball fixed through drilling. This is done with the first one being full finger drilling where the middle and the ring finger get into the ball up until it reaches the middle of your finger and the fingertip in two ways.

The next important step is to choose the right shoes for the game. The best type of shoe for the player is the one that will allow the player slide while running up the lane. Brand shoes like Dexter are a perfect outfit for bowlers. The issue of whether the player is right or left handed comes into play if the bowler wants to have a good spin. If the player is right handed, then they should concentrate on the second arrow from the on the right side of the lane but if the player is left hander, they should shift their focus on the second arrow from the left side of the lane. The player should stand upright with the legs closely held and then position his or her shoulder together with the bowling ball directly over the arrow.

The shoulders should be held at angle of 90 degrees on the forearm while the player’s starts to move towards the target arrow, while the feet should be help perpendicular to the shoulders. The player should then push away the ball with the back of the hand facing downwards and then swing the ball from behind while slightly moving forward. As the player approaches the foul line, one should bring back the ball to the front and then plant the left foot exactly in front of the fault line and release the ball to swing forward towards the target arrow. The bowler should at this time keep the arm facing up and at the same time allow the right leg to swing behind the left leg.

Become A More Team Player

I was at a high school yesterday watching their team practice.

And the attitude of a lot of these players was bad, they were just going through the motions, playing around and wasting time on the court.

The coach wasn’t there either, that happens a lot here in Japan, the coaches are also teachers at the schools, so they don’t come to practice all the times, and that can be a major problem for many of these teams.

When you play on a team, your first objective is to develop a team-first attitude.

You should be the most positive and supportive player on the team that you can be.

Think team first and me second all the time.

Having played on a good high school tennis team in Missouri, in my first year in high school, I can tell you this,

The more I developed a team-first attitude, the better I played in practice and the better our team played in matches.

Because a positive attitude is contagious and it will spread through your team like wildfire!!

A team-first attitude is powerful and it will help everyone get into the flow in practice and work for the same goals while supporting one another in the process.

The problem that most teams are facing is,

“Players that are selfish and tennis parents who are hurting the team, because all they care more about their child’s playing time and sometimes, what seed they are playing at.”

This all falls back to the coach and his character.

He/she has to lead the team by having strict team rules and enforcing those rules.

Our coach made us sign contracts along with our parents and more coaches should do this too.

“And the coach should make sure everyone stays true to those rules or they shouldn’t be allowed to stay on the team.”

1 great player with a bad attitude, can be like a cancer on a team.

Have you noticed that?

Which is what you are seeing on so many of these teams, that are struggling every season.

Become a team player, by shifting your mindset, from it being all about you, to making it all about the team and the team’s goals for that season.

Start with your own attitude.

Keep this in mind, you can have a positive effect on their attitude, by developing and maintaining a super positive attitude one yourself.

This should be your main goal on your team at the start of the season.

Seek to become the player with the best attitude on your team and that will have a powerful effect on your team-mates and their daily attitude in practice and in their matches.

Bottom line here is:

Your goal every season is to become the MVP for your team!!

Fivepin Bowling

This was invented in Canada at a local alley, where customers complained that the original tenpin game was simply too difficult and strenuous. The owner invented this for them, and they fell in love with the games simplicity. Because the ball is smaller and lighter, and because lofting is allowed, this game is very popular with senior citizens who do not have to strain as much in order to play the game.

The pins in this game are arranged in a V and typically are wrapped with a thick rubberband to make them fly farther when hit. The center pin is worth five points, while the next closest pins are worth three points each, and the outermost pins are worth only two points. The maximum score you can earn on each frame is 15, and strikes and spares are accounted for the same way as in regular bowling. The highest score possible in this game is 450, which is very rare because of the fact that splits are so much more common.

While currently this game is only popular in Canada, there are occasionally small centers that are equipped to play this game. This is probably the most popular variety of it aside from the traditional tenpin game, and there are three major Canadian bowling associations which all have fivepin bowling sectors and tournaments.

Whether or not you decide to try this game is, unfortunately, almost always going to be dictated by the center in which you are playing. Automatic pinsetters are unable to track the games and set the pins in appropriate positions. In addition, the pins in fivepin bowling are cut down, so they often do not reach the lane. The small balls will often be damaged or lost inside the underground ball return. Thus, in order to play, one must find a center equipped for you to do so.

Snowmobiling Safety

  • Stay away from alcohol while on the trail. Alcohol will slow your reaction times down and will impair your judgement. Not something you want when going 50+ miles per hour down a narrow trail with trees all around you.
  • Slow down. Speed is one of the biggest contributors to accidents on the trail. It is very easy on today’s powerful machines to get up to speeds that there is no way you could stop if something unexpected happens. Stick to posted speed limits and you should have nothing to worry about.
  • Dress appropriately. Under dressing will make your day miserable and the riders you are with miserable, as you have to keep making stops to warm up. If you dress right for the days temps you should have no problem staying out for hours at a time. Dress in layers so it is easy to shed clothing if you do get too hot.
  • Bring a good first aid kit. Buy your self a quality, well stocked supply kit. In addition to the usual first aid supplies your kit should include compass, knife, flashlight, map and waterproof matches. If you use anything out on the trail, be sure and replace the items as soon as possible.
  • Stay on marked trails. It is always tempting to wander off the trails system and explore, but if you are unfamiliar with the area, you could get yourself in trouble real fast. Snow does a good job of hiding holes, drop offs and open water, so use your maps and stick to the groomed trail.


Balance on a Hoverboard

The fact of the matter is that a true “hoverboard” will float above the ground without touching it. What we are talking about here is actually a gyroscopically balanced platform that will only move when “told” to move. Like it or not, over the past year these have come to be known on the internet as hoverboards. Name drama aside, the way you use one is by standing on it just as you would stand on flat ground. With your weight evenly balanced between your heels and toes, the unit will not move, even if someone pushes you. You must tilt your feet slightly toe-down in order to move forward.

This does not take a lot of pressure, and you will find that you actually need to lean forward slightly in order to prevent the hoverboard from moving forward without you. It takes about a minute for your brain to learn the algorithms of how much to lean forward for a given amount of toe pressure, and about 5 minutes to get good at it.

Most people who fall, do so because they try to step on the board before they understand how it works. Since the motors are activated by tilting the platform, you cannot step onto it like walking up a staircase. Instead of using the ball of your foot as you do on the stairs, you must take care to step on and off with “flat feet” only when the unit is not moving. If you step on or jump off using the balls of your feet, you are in for a short and wild ride.

The first time you use it, we recommend you stand near a wall, counter, or friend for support, and activate one of the gyros by putting just one foot gently on the board with the other foot still safely on the ground. Try moving your toe up and down, and get a feel for how it moves before putting full weight on it. Once you have found the neutral position, step up with your other foot taking care to not move tilt either foot up or down.

Once you get it, it is so intuitive you will never remember how clumsy you felt at first. The learning curve is rapid, and you will be having a blast getting around in no time!

Tuning Up Your Bowling Technique

Picking up spares is the one thing that even a beginner bowler can learn to dramatically improve their game. It can easily make the difference between a 110 and 180 average!

While strikes are an important thing to learn, for a beginning to intermediate level bowler, I advise this: Clear your spares and the strikes will come. You will beat most of the competition by simply clearing your frames.

Professional bowlers use a “spare ball”. That being a regular, plastic ball they use solely for the purpose of picking up their spares.

Even if you have your own ball, try using one of the regular, plain-colored, plastic “house” balls to pick up your spares. They are drilled to roll perfectly straight, enabling you to better hit your target.

Take the time to learn how to effectively pick up your spares. Start by looking at your body posture and stance. The way you hold yourself makes a difference. When your wrist is straight yet relaxed and your arm flows smoothly and in a straight arc forward (not curving around your body and back) your aim will be more accurate.

The easiest bowling technique to knock down your spare pins is to aim the ball directly at them in a straight line. It’s not the time to use your $300 hook ball; you want to minimize any spin.

Be sure to relax your wrist as you release the ball and it will roll smooth and straight. Take the time to practice picking up your spares every chance you get. Many experienced league and professional players practice by aiming for the 7 or 10 pin. This method allows them to see how the ball reacts to the effort of crossing the lane.

Practice, relax, concentrate and take your time when going after your spare. A moment taken to line up your shot and take a deep, relaxing breath will make all the difference.

A good rule of thumb is to aim your ball at the pin closest to you, striking it on the side opposite any other pins. Always start from the arrow to the left or right of whichever pins remain standing. Roll across the strike target at the pins you’re aiming for and before you know it you will be picking up your spares!

There are a few instances in which your efforts may prove futile. If you know that you’re doing the right bowling techniques but are missing your targets, one of the following culprits is usually to blame:

If your ball is too dull or dirty, it can roll early and use up all its energy instead of storing it up until it reaches the back-end. Pop it in the ball-polishing machine.

If your ball is consistently hooking early and slowing down on the back end, it could be the ball’s surface. Again, use the polisher or have it buffed with very high-grade sandpaper.

If your ball seems to slip, or obviously moves funny at the same spot on a lane, it could be a divot, oil, or other flaw in the lane. Try a different lane and see if that helps.

If you’ve tried a new ball surface and a new lane and your ball is still hooking too early, move your feet a little to the left if you’re right handed or right if you’re left handed to compensate.

With just a little extra effort you can learn to improve your average and clear your frames. You will have a newfound appreciation for the sport, admiration of your teammates and the envy of your competitors once you’ve mastered the bowling tips and techniques to effectively pick up your spares.

Triathlon Swim Technique

Practice Bilateral Breathing

Mastering breathing is one of the most important techniques triathletes should adopt. It’s important to know how to breathe on both sides because weather and water conditions are unpredictable, other swimmers may be close by, the direction of the sun can interfere with vision and buoys may not be placed on one side.

Learn What Head Position Works for You

A leading triathlete coach, Swim Smooth’s Paul Newsome, argues that there is no ideal head position for everyone. While many trainers feel that looking down straight down is ideal, this position isn’t that great for open water swimming where a forward-looking head position helps you navigate and draft.

You also need to get used to water-clogged goggles. It’s important to have a good pair of swimming goggles and learn how to position your head for the best view with them on.

Work on Your Catch and Pull Early On

While head position, stroke and kicking get ample attention during traditional swim training, coach Paul Newsome advises that catch and pull are techniques that need to be mastered early on for success in open water swimming. He says it will take your swimming to the next level. Do the doggy paddle and head up polo stroke drills to improve catch.

Increase Endurance Work

Do some dry land work to increase endurance, especially if you go to the gym. If you’re a beginner, the fitness of your arms may not be enough to endure a triathlon swim just yet, so pull ups, cable weight pulling exercises, lateral pull downs and bench presses will help build arm endurance.

Video Tape Your Stroke

Most of us have experienced situations where the coach repeats something over and over, but we aren’t able to see what they mean. An analysis of our stroke on video will help you see exactly what it looks like and where you need to improve. You can follow it up with some resistance band work on dry land to perfect technique.

Perfect Your Posture

The best swimming posture is a good posture. A good posture in general helps you keep your body straight in the water and will prevent things like arm cross-overs, reduced rotation and scissor kicks. A good posture means a cleaner, stronger stroke and less energy spent.

Learn All the Strokes

You might think, “But I am never going to do butterfly in open water!” Of course you won’t but that’s not why you need to practice other strokes. When you challenge your body with different strokes, your body develops more strength because of the extra stimulus you offered it. You can gain a stronger core, mental fitness and aerobic strength with every new stroke that you add to your skills.

Getting Hiking Gear

Hiking Boots

Among the essentials in any set of hiking gear would definitely be hiking boots. And you will need to choose them carefully based on where you’re planning on walking. For most purposes, a good set of hiking boots should remain waterproof and provide support especially to the ankles, which can often twist easily if you’re going to be hiking for a long day or on rough terrain.

Personally, I prefer a good solid boot without anything too fancy. But really, it is a case of experimenting with your preferences and trying on a few different styles and brands until you’re happy with your choice. Once you’ve got them, spend a bit of time hiking regularly while breaking them in, and soon enough, you’ll have a pair of hiking boots that will almost feel as though they’re a part of your feet.


If you’ve ever found yourself hiking on the trail with the pants chafing between your legs, then you’ll know that getting the right pair of trousers is vital. Polypropylene is the usual material used for hiking trousers because it is comfortable and quick-drying. Aside from being comfortable, I like my hiking pants to have plenty of pockets for storing granola bars or almost anything that you need quick access to on the trail.

When choosing my hiking trousers, I usually go for the ones that have the lower legs which can be zipped off, and be converted into shorts. It might just be a small thing, but when the heat is baking, then putting the bottom of the legs into the pack and getting on with the hiking does feel great.

Shirts And Base Layers

When it comes to hiking, the base layer is probably the most important garment that you will wear, second to your boots. A good base layer will be wicking away the sweat from your skin, while making sure that you stay at the right temperature. Most important of all, you need to make sure that you’re comfortable, so try a few different materials, and make sure you’re happy with the one you choose, and it’ll look after you while you’re hiking.

Once you start moving on to shirts and fleeces, the old adage about thinner layers and lots of them being better than a small number of thicker layers is completely accurate. If you’re hiking to the really cold areas, a thicker coat can be a good addition, but most hiking trips will suffice with a few layers and a set of waterproofs.

Calorie Burn

Long Runs

Long runs also help to boost your post-run metabolic rate – running keeps your metabolism raised for several hours after a workout and so you burn more calories even if you’re resting, though as you become fitter you’ll recover faster and you won’t burn so many calories.

Another calorie burning exercise is to carry out speedwork sessions – if you’re running on a track, alternate fast laps with slow laps which will promote fat burning.

Run first thing in the morning when you haven’t yet replaced the carbohydrates you have burned during the night. Your body will then burn a higher percentage of calories than usual.


If you join a running club, you’ll not only have running partners but also people who can help you stick to your goals. They’ll also support you if you start to feel stressed or depressed which could lead to overeating.

Remember though that if you do want to lose a lot of weight, you should consult your doctor for further advice.

Millie Reed writes regular stories for the running website dorunning. Specialising in running footware, clothing and accessories, dorunning is becoming an unmissable resource for athlets of all abilities. With vast amounts of information to help runners, dorunning is fast becoming a runner’s bible. With amateur and professional athletes buying their running shoes and gear from us, we are always up to date with the latest in the world of running.

Arborist Equipment

Saw Blades

With so many options to choose from, it’s important to sort them out. A straight saw blade saw with smaller teeth is generally used for fine pruning, with a smooth, steady cut, but slower than more aggressive design. The curved blade, on the other hand, offers you unmatched cutting speed. Narrow width saw blades are best for cutting in tight crotches, and fine pruning.

Tree saws also come with different sorts of teeth, namely large or fine. The large teeth are best for cutting big branches. They work faster, but don’t count on them to give you as fine a cut. The fine teeth are for smaller limbs. Most professional saw blades now come with tri-edged, laser cut teeth for long-lasting sharpness and efficient cutting.

Pinnacle Arborist supplies carries the most popular professional hands saw, pole saw and replacement blades form Samurai, Silky, Jameson, Fred Marvin and Fanno.

Pruning Poles

Most pruning poles today are made of extruded or spun fiberglass, though Poplar wood poles are still in use for their durability. Fiberglass poles from Jameson or Marvin come in a variety of wall thicknesses and lengths to meet your needs, some models also extend or telescope to desired lengths. Foam filled fiberglass poles are widely used for trimming in proximity to power lines. Fiberglass poles have male and female ferrules allowing 2 or more poles to be connected for extra reach. However, the longer the pole, the less rigid it becomes making pruning more difficult.

While all clean and dry fiberglass poles have insulating properties, you should never work within 10 feet of energized lines unless you have been trained to do so safely.

Silky makes popular aluminum Hayauchi and Hayate pole saws that can telescope to 20 feet, providing extra reach in a single pole. Because of the conductivity of aluminum and their long reach, Silky pole saws should not be used within 50 feet of power lines.