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9 Essential Tools Needed to Play Golf

9 Essential Tools Needed to Play Golf

Golf[1] is a unique game full of prestige, which is usually played by the high class. For you to be an excellent golf player, you need proper golf equipment. Before you embark on buying any golfing tools, certain factors must is considered first; make a list of everything you need to buy and always try to read a little about the latest in golf equipment. Learn some of the differences between products. If you can afford to buy any state-of-the-art equipment, remember that buying will never make you a better golfer. Here, we outline the basic accessories needed to kick start the game.

1. The Club

The golf club is the essential tools required for the game because without the club you can’t play golf. You can always decide to rent a golf club any time you go to practice, but it is better you buy the club than renting it. For example, if you rent a club ten times for 2 dollars each time, it is 20 dollars. Consider to use that money so you can buy one for yourself. You don’t need to buy a new club because you can save more money by buying a second-hand set of clubs to practice with.

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2. Hand Glove

To be able to practice and play golf you need a glove. Gloves help achieve a better grip of the club and not to lose touch or sensitivity; also, it prevents the club from slipping out of your hands, which may result in injuries. Usually, only one glove is used to play. The gloves are made from different materials; it could be a synthetic material or leather. One of the most important things about a glove is that it is used to support and protect the fleshy part of the palm.

3. Markers

A marker is needed when playing this game, especially when on green glass because most often the ball must be lifted, either for a clean shot or because it is obstructing the path of the opponent. To avoid losing the exact position of the ball, markers are used to indicate the exact place where the ball was. Round. flat pieces of plastic or metal are usually placed to mark the point.

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4. Golf Bag

A golf bag is needed to load all the golf accessories. This bag comes in different sizes, colors, and materials both for men and women. Choose the one that is comfortable and elegant.

5. Divot Tools

This tool is designed to smooth the grass from the loosened soil where the depression occurs. This occurs because the ball scuffs the grass, leaving a depression that can damage the golf course.

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6. Score Card

Every game needs a record sheet for fairness and transparency; this game is not an exception to this rule, as golf scores must be recorded on the card during play. For easy and efficient recording, there are also plastic, metal or wooden cards.

7. Tees

The tee serves as a support for the ball, which is used on the first stroke of each hole. It is like a nail with a little “goblet” on the head. It is stuck in the grass, and the ball is placed above it to facilitate the hit. They are made of plastic or wood.

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8. Golf Cart

A golf cart is one essential accessory needed for the game, so you don’t have to carry the heavy golf bag.

9. Other accessories that we can take to the golf course

A lot of accessories are sometimes ignored, but are very necessary to the success of the game. These are as follows: repair kits, cleaners for shoes and plugs, umbrellas, wrench for plugs, pitching wedge, practice flags, lob wedge, brushes, rain gear, lava balls, detergents cups, cleaning rods, ropes, and so on.

For an effective game performance putting all this in place will get you ready for your golfing game.

Featured photo credit: Man-golf-golfing-sport-green via pixabay.com

Reference

[1] Top 5 Review Spot: 5 Best Golf Rangefinder Reviews 2017

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Last Updated on February 18, 2019

8 Best Cardio Workouts for Efficient Weight Loss

8 Best Cardio Workouts for Efficient Weight Loss

When people think of cardio, usually a boring treadmill, elliptical machine, or other mundane activity comes to mind. But that doesn’t have to be the case.

When you’re short on time or easily distracted, there are a variety of fat-burning cardio alternatives that will increase your body’s metabolism, boost weight loss, and keep you interested.

Here’s a list of different types of cardio workouts:

  • Steady State (Burns less fat, but isn’t as demanding on the body)
  • Interval Training (Burns more fat)
  • HIIT
  • Spinning
  • Stairs
  • Weight Training (Supersets) short rest periods
  • Weight Training (Compound Sets) short rest periods
  • Machine Circuit Training

And I’m going to talk about each of them in detail:

1. Steady State

Steady state cardio involves working at a low to moderate intensity — around 60 to 70 percent of your maximum heart rate, for a sustained period of time. This type of cardio doesn’t burn a huge number of calories, but it does burn a high percentage of fat tissue for fuel, and it isn’t too draining.

An example of steady state cardio would be a long outdoor walk at a moderate pace. Interval training, on the other hand, is much more intense.

2. Interval Training

Similar to HIIT but with exercises that are slightly longer in duration, interval training alternates levels of intensity. For example, if you enjoy running, you would run or sprint for 30 seconds, then bring down your heart rate and walk for two minutes.

Pick two intensities per interval, usually one at 85 percent of your maximum heart rate and the other at 60 percent, and alternate between them. I find that 85% for 30 seconds and 60% for one minute, not only burns more calories but increases my energy level as well.

Another example would be jumping rope. Jump rope for two minutes, rest for one minute. Begin again, this time jumping rope for one minute and resting for one minute. On the third and final round, jump rope for 30 seconds and resting for 30 seconds. Repeat five sets of this routine.

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3. HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training)

Have a busy schedule? Fifteen minutes a few times a week is all you need. HIIT is an extremely popular workout because it can be done quickly, burn calories in a short amount of time, and can even be done in your home or during a lunch break at work. And the best part – You don’t need any equipment.

With the use of your body weight, HIIT is typically 20 seconds of high intensity exercise followed by 10 seconds of active rest which means your heart rate remains elevated for the entire 15-minute workout.

Check out this HIIT routine by Fitness Blender: 15 Minute HIIT Workout

4. Spinning

Spinning is a great way to get your heart up and keep it up in a 45-minute spin class. Our thighs and back are our largest muscles so they work the hardest.

To get the most out of spinning, try to stay out of the saddle throughout an entire spin class. That way, you are forced to hold up your body weight which burns more calories and increases intensity.

It’s also great for stabilizing and building strong core muscles, versus cycling outdoors, where most of the time you are sitting in the saddle and going for distance (steady-state cardio).

5. Stairs

One of my favorite places to get out of the gym for cardio and trim fat from my thighs and butt is the Santa Monica Stairs, near California’s most popular beach. Climbing 170 steps a few times builds the glutes, leans the thighs, strengthens the calves, and builds endurance.

So, if the gym is not your scene and you love the outdoors, climbing stairs is a great alternative. Find a place with multiple steps, do six or seven rounds, and you’ve easily burned around 600 calories.

6. Supersets

A superset is two exercises that work opposing muscle groups, such as biceps and triceps, quadriceps and hamstrings, or different body parts such as the lower and upper body with little to no recovery between sets.

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The superset may include two to five sets of 8 to 15 repetitions of each exercise or more.[1]

So, if you love to workout with weight-training but aren’t really feeling cardio, supersets with no more than 30-second rest periods between exercises will keep your heart rate up. Not only will you build muscle, you will burn fat!

For example, say you are doing a leg workout, five sets of exercises with high reps and low weight is all it takes to turn your weight-training into a cardio workout.

Here’s one of my leg training workouts:

i. Dumbbell Step-Ups on a secure bench or box (4×15, each leg)

ii. Front Squat (4×15)

iii. Wide Stance Dumbbell Goblet (4×15)

iv. Leg Extension (4×15)

v. Leg Curl (4×15)

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    vi. Front Squat


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      vii. Wide Stance Dumbbell Goblet Squat

      viii. Leg Extension

      ix. Leg Curl

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        7. Compound Sets

        Compound exercises are exercises that recruit muscles in the entire body, such as pull-ups, squats, bench press, etc. However, a compound set simply means to “compound” the number of different exercises into a series of sets with little or no recovery between, similar to supersets.

          This may be accomplished by performing four to five exercises for the same muscle group, opposing muscle groups or total body exercises performed in succession such as full body extensions, followed by squat/cleans and complete the compound set of compound exercises with lunges with biceps curls.

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          Compound sets put stress on the body and are great for expending additional calories while strength-training.

          8. Machine Weight Training Circuit

          Like compound exercises, a machine circuit workout targets the entire body, upper body, lower body, or core. The difference is, with the use of machines instead of free weights, muscle strength is increased by by making your muscles work against weight.[2] By limiting rest periods between exercises to 30 seconds, your metabolism will go into over-drive!

          Machines also give you better control over the exercises, which decreases risk of injury.

          Here’s a machine circuit training example: Muscle and Strength Machine Workout

          The Bottom Line

          The above-mentioned workouts should be completed within 30 minutes, unless you’re taking a class which is typically 45 to 60 minutes, giving you time to get on with the rest of your day.

          By keeping your rest periods to a minimum between exercises, your heart rate will stay elevated and you will burn more calories, get lean, and have more energy.

          Don’t be a gym rat, spending unnecessary time doing lengthy workouts that give you minimum results. For efficient weight loss, perform these workouts three times a week and watch the fat melt away while achieving your fitness goals.

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          Reference

          [1] Mountain Life Fitness: Super sets, compound sets and giant sets
          [2] Better Health Channel: Resistance training – health benefits

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