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These 5 Items Will Have You Looking Like a Golfer, Even if You’re Not

These 5 Items Will Have You Looking Like a Golfer, Even if You’re Not

You have finally been invited to participate in the company golfing tournament to help benefit a local charity. For years you have dreamed of being invited to play golf because, for businessmen, being invited to play golf represents status and acceptance. After spending so long trying to prove yourself, you have finally been given the key to open the door. But there’s only one problem, you’ve never played golf (unless you want to count that one time you beat your dad on Wii).

You are now faced with not only becoming a golfing expert in a matter of days but you have to figure out what to wear, what to bring and how to look as much like a golfer as you can.

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While you may feel like an absolute loser for not knowing where to begin when it becomes to golf, you are not alone. In fact, only 17% of Americans play golf. The household income for the average golfer is right at $93,000, which may show that perhaps maybe the average American is led to believe they can’t afford to play the sport. Numbers don’t always tell the whole story.

Golfing doesn’t discriminate but before you step out to play your first few rounds, here are just a few items you will need in order to look like a golfer, even when you’re not:

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1. Golf Balls

This may seem like a no-brainer to many but when you’re excited about being able to finally play golf among the other guys at the job, it could be easy to forget one of the most important parts of the game: golf balls – and bring plenty. Making sure you choose the right golf ball for your swing is the first step you need for improving accuracy and distance. If you’re a new golfer you probably have no idea where to begin as it relates to identifying the ball that works not only best for you but for your beginner game. Several resources are available that will teach you everything you need to know to make sure you’re ready to tee off the right way.

2. Golf Rangers

If you really want to impress your friends and look like the ultimate golfer then renting a golf ranger would be a great way to start. Renting is suggested over purchasing for a rookie only because you don’t want to make a long-term investment into a gadget you may never use again if your first time playing golf doesn’t go as planned. This global positioning system is the hottest piece of technology in the golfing industry that is being used because of its exact and precise locating system. It is recommended that you become acquainted with this device a couple days before using  it because it requires online compatibility and there’s nothing worse than looking like a golfing failure because you don’t know how to work your equipment. This new and exciting device operates on the principle of measuring the distance from to target to where the device is located.

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3. Gloves

There is much discussion about rather or not to wear gloves or not when playing golf. In early days of golfing many golfers chose to wear gloves to protect their hands from the wear and tear of holding a golf club. Golf clubs have improved significantly over the years. However, many industry professionals suggest that wearing gloves help you gain a grip on the club and help improve your swing in gigantic ways.

4. Proper Attire

If you really want to fit in you’ll want to make sure you wear proper attire. Prior to heading out to the golf course, be sure to do  some initial research to make sure you fit into the facility you will be golfing at. Some courses prohibit jeans and others require that you wear shirts with collards, shorts and or slacks. Generally, golf shoes or other approved athletic shoes are required while on the course.

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5. An Experienced Friend

While friends are not “items,” if you really want to look like an expert, ask your new golfing buddies if you can bring a friend. Bringing a friend can help you if you have questions about golfing that you don’t want to ask out loud and don’t have time to google. Your experienced friend will not only help guide you through your first golfing experience but will save you from the embarrassment.

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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