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How to Chip a Golf Ball

The frustrating nooks and corners a ball can go to makes golf “the gentleman’s game” because of the discipline, skill, and patience to play it.

Even the best golfers find themselves at a difficulty with the rough.

Below you can find a few tips on how to chip a golf ball.

What are chipping situations?

Chipping is a fundamental ability in golf. When the shots don’t land on the fairway or the green, it may just land in the rough or the sand trap. So the golfer will have to chip the ball to make it land square on the green with the least possible number of strokes. A smooth chip will take the ball out of the rough or bunker.

Chip a Golf Ball How to Chip a Golf Ball

What is the right club for chipping?

Chipping can be done with the use of any club on your golf bag but there are two sets perfect for chipping. The iron club is particularly designed to be used on the rough giving balls greater elevation at the expense of distance which is the primary goal when you chip. The wedge club is used for the bunkers when the golfer needs to lift the ball out of the sand trap. The sloping design of the wedge allows it to cut through the sand and ease the ball out of the bunker aimed at getting it into the green.

Follow the steps to chip a ball out of the trap or rough:

Step 1: Decide on which golf club you can use for the chipping task. Consult the caddy for suggestions, if you like.

Step 2: Think of the standard stance and grip you will need to have on your club.

Step 3: If the location is a slope in the bunker or a slanted part of the rough, stand steady and make sure you are at perfect balance.

Step 4: Assess the situation looking at the ball and a spot in the green you will chip the ball into. If you think it can be done, focus on sighting the hole.

Step 5: Give your club momentum by taking a small backswing. Use your full body but avoid making a full backswing when not necessary.

Step 6: Chip the ball out of the spot and see if you have been successful.

It is a given that a golfer wants to play the perfect game but hazards, roughs and bunkers make it more interesting and challenging. With the tips mentioned above, you can improve your golf-playing skills and experience a challenging performance with the gentleman’s game.

How to Barefoot Water Ski

Barefoot water skiing is not too difficult a sport and you can enjoy it very much once you learn the basics. With just a little help from an experienced friend, you can teach yourself to do it on your own. You can actually learn the sport and be a professional player since there are many barefoot water ski competitions that you can participate in. All you need is the right set of equipment that is needed for the sport such as the water skis, bindings, boat, shoe skis and padded wet suits. You also need to wear some safety clothes in the form of a life jacket to protect yourself from injuries.

Barefooting techniques

Before you can start learning this sport, you have to know that there are many methods used in barefoot water ski, some of which are good for beginners while some are more applicable at advanced levels. Some of the easiest techniques are the tumble up and the vault. Other methods you can use are the deep water starts, step-offs, jump outs, beach barefoot, flying dock starts, back step offs and back deeps among others.

Water Ski How to Barefoot Water Ski

Barefoot water ski equipment

You need to have the best equipment with you for your barefoot water ski session. These are things such as the water skis, bindings, boat and life jacket. The boat has to have the right speed according to your experience level. The handles and ropes you use should also be comfortable and made of the right material to prevent rope burns. Make sure the wet suits are padded and the water skis are long enough. You will also need the booms especially when you are a new in the sport or when you need to learn a new trick you are not used to.

For a Beginner

If you are just a beginner, you can’t perform the sport the way an intermediate or advanced player would. As a beginner, the best way to start is to use a boom connected to the boat until you are ready to do without it. You should also begin practicing with a spotter who is going to look out for you to avoid any accidents. Beginners in barefoot water ski can also enlist the services of a professional to coach them since they know the best techniques you can use to begin with. Some of the things you have to learn as a beginner include diving, deepwater starts, falling, tumble up starts and more.

Intermediate

Intermediate players have already learned most of the tricks for the sport and are more confident. You can make use of a variety of techniques such as backward barefooting, front deep start and three point stances. If you are an intermediate player, you can try new tricks that you can handle so you can improve your skills and be an expert.

Advanced

At an advanced stage, you are now an expert in barefoot water skiing and you are not afraid of any new tricks. You can take part in competitions too at this stage and compete with other experts. At this stage, you can barefoot on one foot easily but after you have done some practice on it. At the beginning, you may experience many falls but once you get to the advanced stage, you are experienced enough to reduce the number of falls.

How to Control a Soccer Ball

Soccer is the most famous sport in the world. It is also the most watched and cheered all over the world. If you are among the many fans who adore this game, here are a few tricks that you can use in trying to balance the soccer ball on your foot.

When watching soccer, you may have noticed that when a ball is approaching a soccer player they react by kicking it as far away as possible. Well this is so especially when they are under attack by an opponent.  What is interesting is that after they have kicked it as far away as possible they run after it knowing which direction it is headed. Some may think that this is magic but the trick is simply that they have gained complete ball control and the ball responds to the direction that they want.

Balance Soccer Ball1 How to Control a Soccer Ball

Agility and ball control are some important things that you must learn to play a soccer game. One of the famous soccer players of all time Pelé from Brazil once said that for you to learn how to control the ball you have to treat it like a human being, that is with respect and understanding.

For you to play the game well and get better at it, you need to gain control of the ball. The more ball control you have the better you will be at the game.  This article should help you to balance a soccer ball on your foot. It is an impressive trick, which you will love to show off to your friends.

What you need

  • Soccer ball.
  • Shin guards.
  • Cleats.

Instructions

  • Place the ball on the base of your foot. Choose the foot that you are dominant with to start. In most people, this is the right foot. Once you have mastered control of the ball on your dominant foot switch to the other foot.
  • To start, roll the ball on to the base of your foot, once the ball touches your foot, pull your foot backwards making the ball to spin. Return your foot quickly under the ball so it does not fall to the ground.
  • You will need to arch your ankle to create a cradle between your shin and the base of you foot.
  • Taking swift movements raise your foot from the ground and balance the soccer ball on the cradle.
  • Extend your foot once more such that it is parallel to the ground.
  • Gain a balance of the ball on to your foot and try to maintain it there as long as possible.

The more you practicing the above procedure the more skilled you will get to become. You can try other tricks once you have mastered this effectively.

Remember that for you to control the ball, you will need to have a profound relationship with the ball. Not literally, of course but, but you should handle the ball with gentleness and sensitivity and for sure, it will do as you wish.

How to Build a Skateboard Mini-Ramp

A skilled skateboarder begins with simple skills and tricks. So before conquering halfpipes, quarterpipes and superpipes, a mini-ramp should be a good ground for practice. Making one for your driveway a spacious lawn is pretty simple. You can also store the mini-ramp easily as it is moveable.

You will need:

  • Wood screws
  • Power screwdriver
  • Skil-saw
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Sandpaper
  • 2×4 wood pieces
  • 3/8 inch plywood
  • 3/4 inch plywood
  • Mini-ramp plan (optional)

Know how to build a skateboard mini-ramp. Here’s how:

Build a Skateboard Mini Ramp How to Build a Skateboard Mini Ramp

Step 1: Decide which type of skateboard mini-ramp plan you like. Ready-made mini-ramps are available online at affordable prices but if you prefer making your own, you can sketch a plan.

Step 2: Find a workspace where you want to put up your mini-ramp. A place big enough to allow you to spread your materials out is preferable. You can also work under a shade to keep you going even when the rain pours.

Step 3: Think of how big you want the ramp to be. Make sure that the size is good enough for the place you plan to put it up at. Most mini-ramps are over 2 feet tall and 8 feet wide.

Step 4: Position the ¾ inch plywood on an even surface. Draw a straight line up its right-hand side using a pencil and ruler depending on how high you want your mini-ramp to be. This would usually range from 24 to 28 inches.

Step 5: Draw a line going to the left pointing towards the plywood board’s center, at least measuring 2 feet. This will serve as your deck.

Step 6: at the bottom of the mini-ramp, sketch a straight line about five feet which will serve as your mini-ramp’s base.

Step 7: Connect the deck’s top to the base’s endpoint by using a curved line for the ramp. A half-circle drawing tool will make the curve more accurate.

Step 8: Make the curves smooth while cutting along the lines with the use of a skil-saw. Handle the saw with care.

Step 9: Repeat the steps for the other side.

Step 10: Connect the two sides with the use of 2×4 wood pieces. With the use of wood screws and a power screwdriver, place the 2x4s at intervals close enough to support the mini-ramp.

Step 11: Use a single sheet of 3/8 inch plywood to make the actual mini-ramp section. Bend it to make it fit the curve.

Step 12: Finish and smoothen the rough edges of the mini-ramp with sandpaper. It’s ready for use!

The mini-ramp can be used for skating and bike tricks too. Make sure you have a complete gear on for protection before doing the tricks and stunts. If you are leaving the ramp outdoors, make sure the surface is cement or blocks to avoid the wood from rotting. Paint can protect the wood and smoothen the ramp.

A mini-ramp is something you can create to match your skateboarding experience. These steps will help guide you on how to build a skateboard mini-ramp that is good and sturdy.

How to Catch a Baseball

Baseball is one of the popular games played by many young people. Everyday there are many more fans who are willing to gain skill to play this attention grabbing game. Quite often coaches in the little league are teaching the young ones on different skills of the game such as how to catch the ball. You can also assist them to learn the skills by encouraging them to practice daily. You do not have to worry if you do not know how to catch a baseball yourself. Follow the following tips and you will learn how to go about it.

Instructions

  • Keep a keep watch of the ball when it is in the air. Most learners usually have a problem with tracing exactly how the ball will move; but with practice one is ball to easily guess how the ball will move. Be prepared to catch it by trying to see the path of which it will take. Always assume that the ball will not be thrown to you. This makes the player to always be alert and thus reducing chances of missing the ball.

Catch a Baseball How to Catch a Baseball

  • Positioning is very important in baseball. Make sure you are standing in a position that allows you to quickly adjust whichever the direction that the ball goes. You will have to move towards its direction to catch it. Adjust quickly in readiness to catch it. Swiftness is an important aspect that any baseball player should seek to achieve.
  • Open and adjust your glove in front of the ball in readiness to receive the baseball.
  • Keep watch of the ball at all times. Incase the glare of the sun is affecting you wear some shades to reduce the suns glare.
  • In the ready position, with the glove wide open and your free hand in front of you wait for the ball. The moment it hits the palm of your hand take your free hand on top of your glove to assist close the ball in your palm.
  • You will need to go for the ball instead of waiting for it to come to you. If it hits above your waist, catch the ball with the thumbs together and if above the waist, catch with the small fingers together. Don’t forget to close the bare hand over the glove as you catch the ball.

Make the practice sessions fun

  • Make the practice sessions fun by having more players to participate such as friends. You can include little games that they can engage in. Make sure that you teach them the correct way of catching the baseball.
  • Offer a small reward to the person who is able to do the best. This will encourage them to do their best. It will contribute to their enthusiasm and make them compete more.
  • Perform exercises to train them to improve their skills such as arm strength, skill, etc. You can do this by pairing them up so they can throw the ball to each other and try to catch one on one.

Remember to make the learning process fun so they can continue to practice and look forward to the events. If you can keep the kids interested in the game they will continue to come to your place for practice sessions.

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