How to pack for different seasons when you’re hiking

At the point when the stop of winter extricates its grasp and clears a path for hotter climate, you’ll need to be prepared to bounce directly once more into the open air experiences you’ve ached for since the principal ice.

The expression “three-season” is utilized to depict climbing and outdoors gear reasonable for most settings other than extreme winter climate. Ordinarily, the most reduced temperature that three-season apparatus ought to be utilized is around 20 degrees, or basically any temperatures that can fall underneath solidifying without being deplorably cold.

It may be seen as a test to discover gear that can proficiently perform in the stormy mornings of spring, sweltering long stretches of summer and energetic nights of fall. By understanding your methodology, be that as it may, and by knowing which things are necessities, you’ll be telling trails and ways from the last snowflake to the first.

When you’re hunting down attire that can perform in pretty much any condition, the most ideal approach to battle the components is by layering. For baselayers, search for apparel that highlights breathable, dampness wicking abilities. Maintain a strategic distance from cotton no matter what, on the grounds that while it may be agreeable, it can rapidly turn into an irritation on the trail.

Focus on climate forecasts for your day’s climb and dress in lightweight, breathable attire with capable dampness wicking and warm abilities. Pack additional baselayers, alongside a difference in climbing socks, and other outerwear like downpour pants and a downpour coat. Stormy conditions can happen regardless of what season you’re in, so having that security in your pack consistently is a smart thought. For more data on finding the correct overcoat for your necessities, look at this Pro Tip.

Some early springtime climbs could even incorporate some snow as the climate keeps on changing, so decide on footwear with a rough track worked to perform on an assortment of surfaces. You can likewise search for waterproof gaiters that can help shield your shins from the conditions and help keep your footwear significantly progressively shielded from the components.

Buying golf clubs online vs offline

 

Just 20 years ago, most golfers wouldn’t have an option of choosing between buying golf clubs online and offline. Luckily, now they v  do, and the existence of that option has led both – online and offline retailers – to step up their game and improve their service as best as they can. Amazon has been great innovator in selling golf clubs online, but some online stores are doing it even better than them. To be precise, i’m talking about GlobalGolf, my favorite online retailer. I’ll discuss the reasons for why i like GlobalGolf so much later, but now, let’s suffice with saying that in my opinion, they are more organized, trustworthy and reasonable with their prices than most other online retailers that sell golf gear. I bought putter from GlobalGolf recently. I read this review of women’s putters to get better understanding of my options, and then ordered user women’s putter online. I must say, it was probably one of the best decisions i made in terms of buying golf gear.

When it comes to prices, the difference between online stores and your local golf stores probably won’t be a deciding factor. It is more of a question of convenience, trust and physical ability to check the clubs, that differentiates these two options. No one can possibly know objective answer to which one will work better for you, because that depends entirely on your preferences. For example, when it comes to used golf clubs, one of the biggest advantages that shopping on internet has, is its wide pool of options. There are just many more used golf clubs for sale, so chances of finding rare gem are that much higher. When visiting your local sporting goods retailer or a garage sale, you are limited in the options. New golf clubs, on the other hand, tend to be somewhat evenly matched. True, superior logistics of Amazon allows them to have more golf clubs in stock, but because of large physical size of those golf clubs, they still can’t overwhelm the traditional distribution systems that local golf stores use.

Now let’s get to discussing individual destinations for golf club shopping. When buying anything used, craigslist is the first that comes to mind, and for a good reason. It has probably the biggest selection of used golf clubs. It also doesn’t do much in terms of verifying sellers and buyers, so it’s listings there are less organized. That’s not to say that you can’t find great deal on craigslist, quite contrary. You’re most likely to get a great bargain on golf clubs there, but you’re just as likely to end up scammed. So shop on craigslist with caution.

eBay is more organized version of craigslist. On there, you have seller ratings and other protections like eBay guarantee for buyers. That makes it safer to buy used golf clubs on eBay’s marketplace. Unlike Craigslist, they also offer newer golf clubs, but prices on those, while good, can’t compete with those of new golf clubs on Amazon.

Amazon is definitely one of the best places to buy new golf clubs online. They have quite fair selection of used golf clubs as well, but it’s still somewhat limited to newer models and certain brands are excluded as well.

As i think i’ve mentioned before, GlobalGolf is my favorite of them all, to buy both – new and used golf clubs. I’ve been buying from them for the past 4 years, and never had any problems with either used or new golf clubs.

When it comes to buying golf clubs offline, it’s probably common sense to head over to your local golf store and check out what they have to offer. I often get surprised looks when i tell people that i like checking out golf clubs at Walmart. Everyone assumes their store brand golf clubs are terrible, but i’ve had the opportunity and try them out and for the price, they are actually quite amazing. If you’re a beginner golfer just getting started in this game, Walmart golf clubs should be more than enough to last you for first few years of golfing.

Do game improvement irons actually improve your game?

There is diversity of thought among golfers about true effects of game improvement irons. Some are skeptical about their utility, while others think that they are the best thing that has ever happened to golf. Obviously neither of these two extremes is exactly accurate, but still, the question of the extent to which game improvement irons actually improve our game still stands. By the way, game improvement club is just another name for a forgiving club, and extremely forgiving clubs are called super game improvement clubs. In the past, these sorts of clubs used to be popular only among beginners, but because of the fact that pro golfers started using them on tournaments, many experienced golfers are switching to game improvement irons now. But i think it would be fair to note that professional golfers aren’t altruistic about which golf clubs they’ll play with. They take in huge advertising fees to play with certain types and brands of golf clubs, so it is possible that their choices are influenced by this. The process of choosing game improvement irons for beginners is quite different from that of choosing clubs for experienced golfers. I won’t get into the intricacies of choosing forgiving irons here, but if you’re interested, you might find this tutorial helpful.

Few studies have been conducted to measure just how big of an impact game improvement irons have on your ultimate result. The findings aren’t very clearly correlated with research, because there are many factors that might influence the distance that your ball covers. So we can’t exactly pin down how much impact super game improvement irons have. Among golf experts, it is generally believed that because of lack of experience, beginners benefit from using game improvement irons much more significantly than experienced golfers do. Because of this, professional golfers tend to prefer using irons that are not designed to be forgiving. They have the skill set necessary to make pure strikes, so they have little use for forgiveness offered by game-improvement clubs. That forgiveness often comes at the cost of accuracy, so if you’re getting no benefit from it, because you don’t make any mistakes anyway, it actually becomes hindrance rather than help.

It also seems like your muscles get used to playing with certain type of club, and switching from regular irons to extremely forgiving ones isn’t easy. That same research has shown that it took golfers at least few months to reach the results they had before switching to different type of iron.

When comparing game-improvement irons to blades, we should also consider price. The former tend to be more expensive than the latter. Lately, more and more golf manufacturers have started making game improvement irons and fewer and fewer are sticking with old fashioned concept of blades. I think that just like hybrids, game improvement irons are better suited for mass-market, so brands are prioritizing them over blades, which is a shame. Personally, i prefer forgiving irons myself, as i don’t have years of experience, but i know a lot of people who’ve had great experience playing with blades. It just requires golf lessons, a lot of practice and years of experience to master the art of hitting regular irons properly. Still, i think at the end of the day, it’s a skill worth learning. After all, game improvement irons might fix your results, but they won’t cure your slices or other problems you might have with your swing. That’s why i try to play with clubs that are forgiving, but not too much so.

 

Different types of clubs – overview

With myriad of rules and tips to follow, golf is certainly hard sport to learn. It is even harder to learn how to play it properly. With that in mind, for beginners, one of the most confusing things about golf is the golf club set. It can be intimidating to remember what five and more different kinds of clubs are each supposed to do and when is the best time to use them. Pros usually play with around 14 clubs, most of them being irons and woods. Then there are different types of woods and irons on their own. Because of this confusion, i wanted to write a tutorial that would explain simply – what are different types of clubs, when they are supposed to be used and how.

Woods

I’d say that woods are most important part of your golf club set, because they’re the first clubs you use and not having good woods or not hitting them properly can be devastating for your end results. Driver which is undoubtedly most important single golf club in your bag, while having different name and being different in a lot of ways from other woods, is still technically a wood. Learning how to properly swing woods isn’t easy, but it’s not as hard as in case of irons (and especially long irons). They were first called “woods” because in the past, when the golf club manufacturing technology wasn’t as advanced as it is today, their clubheads used to be made of wood. That is no longer the case, but the name stuck and we still call these clubs woods today. Woods are designed to make your golf ball cover longest distance possible, sometimes at the cost of accuracy. To achieve this, manufacturers usually make woods with hollow heads.

Irons

In terms of being the most important, irons are definitely close runner-ups to the woods. Some would argue that they are in fact most important parts of any golf club bag and they wouldn’t be that far off. Learning curve of hitting golf irons properly is pretty steep, so beginners often substitute these clubs with hybrids, a type of golf clubs that we’ll discuss in detail later. Clubheads of irons are usually smaller in size, and designed to cover shorter distances, but more accurate. Based on this, you can probably tell why it is useful to have both – woods and irons – in your bag. In terms of composition, clubheads of irons vary, most having solid club heads but some – not. Wedges can be considered their own type of club, as well as sub-category of irons, but they aren’t as important as other, so i’ll lump them in with irons. They are usually used when you’re in rough spots and want to get the ball out in the clear.

Hybrids

This is newest type of golf clubs and it’s incredibly popular, while still rising in popularity. As we’ve mentioned before, irons are somewhat difficult to properly hit, so hybrids were made as easier alternative to them. TaylorMade has first introduced them in early 2000s, and hybrids became instant hits with beginners and intermediate golfers(more about golf clubs for intermediate golfers here).When making hybrids, designers usually mix the features of woods and irons, which is why these clubs are called hybrids. Because of their forgiving nature, the latter find hybrids to be very easy to hit. Most hybrids are substitutes for long irons, which are the hardest to hit, but hybrids’ uses are not limited to that. A lot of golfer use hybrids as replacements for fairway woods as well. Hybrids are numbered depending on their length, loft and shaft, so it’s easier to tell which golf irons they’re supposed to replace in the bag.

Putters

These are simplest, yet one of the most important golf clubs that you can use. They are specifically used for the last shot to finally deliver golf ball into the hole. Because of that, it is crucially important for putters to be very accurate. It doesn’t take much practice to hit putters properly, as there’s not much of a swing involved, but experience does help a lot in mastering the art of hitting them.

Are new golf clubs helping golfers in getting better?

As much as golf club manufacturers would love to have us believe that their clubs are making golfers better, data and research show quite the opposite. While it is true that professionals scores have significantly improved since the introduction of new clubs, the same can not be said for casual golfers. Numbers show that average golfers’ scores are not actually increasing. Seniors, women and other smaller categories are no exception. The only ones who seem to be benefiting, both practically and materially, from these new clubs, seem to be the professionals. This naturally raises a question, if all of this is true, then why do we even need these new clubs? Maybe releasing new clubs is just the way golf manufacturers try to stay relevant and it doesn’t have positive impact on golfers at all. These are all very plausible scenarios.

In my personal opinion, new golf clubs aren’t waste of resources. They do actually help people, and it’s the people who go about using them in wrong way that results in disappointing outcomes. People pay more attention to the cost and luxurious look of the new clubs than their actual merits. They also don’t take their time in choosing golf clubs properly and end up with ill-fitting clubs that perform nothing like the golfer expects them to. In actuality, properly fitted regular golf club will help you way more than super expensive, but ill-fitting golf club ever could. This effect is further exacerbated in the case of drivers. That type of club is especially difficult to hit properly, even more so if you have ill-fitting driver.

21st century saw many innovations in how golf clubs are made. Invention of hybrids, rescue clubs and mini drivers are particularly noteworthy to me. I have played golf before invention of rescue clubs and after, and i can definitely promise you that my favorite club in my bag is a rescue club. They are very useful in very different aspects of the game, which is why i’m eternally grateful to TaylorMade researchers who invented them. It must also be underlined that choosing good rescue club is no easy task. If you think you need some help with that, reading this GCG article on choosing rescue clubs should be enough.

If you ask me, the best way for any golfer to improve is by taking golf lessons. The second best way is to just get something, go out on the course, and play their hearts out. Golf lessons is superior because experience alone can’t teach you the techniques you need to know to play golf properly. For example, you need to know how to properly swing a golf club, and trial alone can’t teach you that. On the other hand, you shouldn’t extend your training too much. After few golf lessons, i’ve found that it’s best to just go out and play on the course. As a wise man once said, you are what you do. That’s why the only way to truly improve your golf game is to play it a lot. First few months will probably be filled with failures and constant mistakes, but it will pass.

That is not to say that new technology in golf is entirely useless in its task of helping golfers get better results. Many experts agree that newer golf clubs do improve our performance, but only by a little bit. Their effect on overall results is embellished by marketing campaigns they put out as well as statements from professionals that we all love. That’s why their effectiveness is overrated and people have false perceptions when it comes to golf clubs improving their game. Despite all that, it must be noted that with proper fitting and good research, new golf drivers can help your game by a long shot. You just have to identify weak points in your golf game and try to look for golf clubs that offset those weaknesses. To sum it all up, we can say with confidence that technology is pushing the limits of what it can do to improve the overall performance of golfers, beginners, intermediates and experts alike. We have to help it by knowing which golf clubs we need and why.

Hybrids Vs Fairway Woods

Hybrids have been first created by TaylorMade about fifteen years ago. Since then, they have come a long way both in terms of popularity and performance. Most golfers now have at least one hybrid in their bag, with beginners being particularly enthusiastic about them. That may be because of the ease of use that hybrids naturally have. They are much easier to swing than traditional long irons and because of that, most high handicapper beginners now use hybrids instead of them. It must also be stressed that hybrids are capable of replacing fairway woods as well. They are very flexible in how they can be used, which is why another name for hybrids is utility club. Just because of their versatility, not to mention being easy to hit, even professionals are now embracing hybrid clubs and have at least one with them during tournaments. Just like other types of clubs, hybrid are made for both  – left handed and right handed players. So if you’re a southpaw and a beginner, one of the clubs from this list of recommended left handed clubs should suit you just fine. 

We’ve covered why and how hybrids displaced long irons (at least for most people), but we haven’t said enough about why people use them in place of fairway woods. Well, the answer is simple and similar to the case with long irons – fairway woods are much harder to swing than hybrids. With proper training, hybrids can be used as excellent alternatives to fairway woods as well. Hybrids particularly excel at giving your shot high launch. They encourage high launch shots by having center of gravity much lower than fairway wood clubheads usually do. That, along with few other design tweaks, makes ensures forgiveness that most hybrid golf clubs are famous for. Biggest difference between the way 3-woods and hybrids operate, is the way they are swung. There are specific approaches to swinging both clubs, and while being beyond the scope of this article, it’s definitely worth reading about.

Except for all the reasons being listed above, there is one more advantage that hybrids have over standard fairway woods. That is, their versatility when it comes to playing out of roughs. Hybrids will allow you to make decent shot even from the worst of the positions. If you’re stuck in light rough though, it depends on the situation, sometimes fairway woods may be favorable choice. It mostly comes down to the size of the grass on the terrain. When a ball is situated by the long grass, it becomes very hard to reach for standard fairway wood. On the other hand, it is easily accessible for hybrid’s stronger and more concentrated clubhead. I recommend using hybrids if your ball lands on the fairway bunker as well.

At the end of the day, i think the decision to use hybrids or fairway woods is made based on personal preference. Some people like the control that hybrids provide, while others prefer to stick with fairway woods, which tend to give players more distance.

Hybrids vs Irons – Flaws and Advantages of Each

Since their introduction about a decade ago, hybrids have become supremely popular among golfers and for a good reason. There is substantial proof that hybrids are actually capable of increasing your distance and are much easier to hit than golf irons. Because of this forgiveness, beginners liked hybrids instantly, and they were the first to really use them in practice. But as the time passed, even amateur and experienced golfers started to hop on the hybrid bandwagon. This motivated golf club manufacturers to make them even better, which further increased their popularity. That’s how we got to hybrids now being preferred over irons of the same range. This is generalization of course. There are plenty of golfers who stick with long irons and refuse to get the hybrids, most of them being professional golfers. Among beginner golfers and in general those with high handicap, hybrids are undeniably king of the hill. They are also superior when it comes to hitting the ball out of the rough. That’s why most golfers are carrying at least one hybrid with them now. That includes professional golfers as well. Golf is very competitive game and one that requires analysis of the situation as well as physical skills to do what you have in mind. That’s why having even the slightest edge over the competition is crucial and hybrid golf clubs provide just that – edge.

One more advantage that the hybrids have over long irons is that they tend to be more adjustable, so any player is able to adjust them to meet their needs perfectly.

Why are hybrids so much better?

There are many factors and features that contribute to hybrids’ success, but most of it has to do with their clubhead design. In general, beginners struggle with long irons a lot because their swing speeds aren’t as fast as those of pros. Hybrids, on the other hand, have the kind of clubheads that have the best qualities of both – fairway woods and irons. Their weight positioning also allows hybrids to have center of weight that is located in back of the club head, thus encouraging high launch for the shots you hit with it. Long irons, with their center of gravity being closer to the clubface, aren’t capable of doing the same.

With all these advantages, you’d think that hybrids cost fortune. But surprisingly, they are quite cheap, sometimes even more so than traditional irons that they’re supposed to replace. So if hybrids are cheaper and better alternative to long irons, why don’t all golfers ditch irons for hybrids? Well, for once, there are certain situations in which irons prove to be superior. For example, if you are in good position and know how to swing long iron properly, you are likely to get more distance from it compared to a hybrid, That’s why most pros prefer to have both – long irons and hybrids – in their bags. Seniors usually have plenty of experience, so using irons is advantageous for them. If you need further advice, check out this tutorial about choosing irons for seniors

I am personally especially fond of hybrids made by TaylorMade and Callaway. The former is famous for making golf clubs that are good looking, functional and not overpriced. Hybrids are no exception. TaylorMade hybrids are one of the best in their class. Callaway hybrids, on the other hand, are on the pricier end of the spectrum, but still, their quality and craftsmanship makes them worth every penny. If i was looking for great hybrids as high handicapper, i would definitely go for the ones made by either one of these two.

Hybrids are very handy as they are, but if a hybrid’s design is actually well-thought of, it becomes inseparable part of your golf club set and if not your favorite, certainly one of the favorite clubs to play with. I know it did that for me.

Finding time for your hobbies when you’re married

3 years ago, i was in happy relationship with this girl. We’ve been dating for two years already, and we got along perfectly well, so we thought it would be reasonable to consider possibility of marriage. After considering it for a while, we made a decision to get engaged, and announced it to the world. As i expected, pretty much everyone was very happy for us, my parents even threw a party to celebrate. But what i didn’t expect, was the reaction of some of my guy friends. Most of the guys in my circle are married, but some of them half-jokingly warned me that i didn’t know what i was getting myself into. They said that i was going to lose at least some part of my independence and wouldn’t have time to hang out, especially if we decided to have a kid. I had thought about both of those options before, and wasn’t worried – yes, i had given up on some things to make the relationship work, but i didn’t think those hobbies were as important as being with the right person. In my experience, the reasons for being unhappy guy in a relationship were mainly lack of communication and honesty.

 Even though i wasn’t scared of losing my independence in the slightest, i decided to research more and find out what experiences did other people in the similar situations have. So naturally, i started looking on online communities to find authentic views of people. I looked on golf forums, because golf is my favorite sport. And found out that quite a lot of people were having troubles getting away for a weekend to play 9 holes. I honestly don’t know how that’s possible, but if you can’t get your partner to agree to let you spend some time on your own or with your friends, you must be something wrong. Although one thing that i have in my favor is financial stability. So even if my wife feels tired, i can still pay for sitter to occasionally look after our kids. In those times, me and my wife usually go out to golf course together.

 Oh i forgot to mention that – another great way to get a pass to spend time with your friends, is to get your wife familiar with environment and people you’ll be spending time with. If she is familiar with what goes on on golf course, or who are you playing with, chances of her collaborating is much higher. That’s what i did – years ago, when we weren’t even engaged, i got her one of the best women’s club sets for her birthday. Please note that i didn’t just get that present out of the blue, she happened to have mentioned how much she loved golf. So i got her that gift, and we’ve been playing together ever since.

 To wrap this up, i’m going to give advice that most of you have probably already heard, but it’s the truth, so there isn’t much more i have to say. Build your relationships on trust and respect, and your partners will reciprocate.

What’s the best place to buy used golf clubs?

These days, keeping up with newest golf gear is pretty expensive. Companies are releasing new clubs every year, and prices for those clubs keep going up. That’s why people are increasingly going after, and buying used golf clubs. Pre-owned clubs usually cost less than half of retail price, and if you get really lucky, even less. Quality of these clubs is mixed though. Some of them are pretty damaged, while others are in like new condition. There’s a lot of manual work involved in the process, but there are also ways to make the process of picking a used golf club easier. More on that later, but in this post, i want to focus on ways of getting these clubs. Plus, i should mention that not all used golf clubs are equal. If you are just getting started in golf, and don’t have enough experience to judge golf clubs on your own, read reviews of beginners’ golf irons on GolfClubsGuru.

 First, and most conventional method i want to discuss, is the garage sale. Everyone has been to one, so i think further descriptions are fruitless. Quality of golf clubs on garage sale can range from crappy to really good, so it’s up to the shopper to make the distinction. Which means, that experts in golf club selection might be able to get really good bargain, but beginners would be better off by staying away. They don’t have enough experience to make sure that they don’t get scammed. So, to sum this up, garage sales are high-risk and potentially high-reward game.

Next, are the online stores. Three most prominent of them – craigslist, eBay, and GlobalGolf are the ones i’ve had experience with, so i’ll be describing them only. Craigslist is much like online garage sale – there’s everything on there, and it’s your job to find diamond in the rough. It will take time, but i’ve heard stories of how people found amazing clubs for amazing prices on craigslist. So definitely worth giving a try if you think you have enough experience. eBay is more polished version of craigslist. You have seller ratings, reviews, and return policies, so it’s not as big of a risk. Still, there are plenty of counterfeit clubs and misleadingly marketed products, so you’re not completely safe here, either.

 And the last, is GlobalGolf. Personally, this one’s my favorite. Their golf clubs are carefully picked by their staff, and are described to accurately reflect the condition that an item’s in. You’ll probably get free shipping on most orders, which is also good, because in case of craigslist, it would cost your time to go out and pick up the product you bought, and with eBay, there’s usually shipping fee attached. I’ve also heard that CallawayPreowned is good, but i’ve never tried their service, so can’t give opinion on that.

How to Take Care of Mums – Watering

Hardy and gaudy, they are frequently grown in containers and also arrive in all colours except blue.  Though mums are comparatively easy to care for, they do need considerable quantities of water to generate a profusion of blossoms.   Mums don’t like to find dry.  If their leaves are drooping, which may occur ridiculously fast, they’re far too tender.  Attempt to water them until they reach this condition.  In case you haven’t re-potted your mom, that let’s face it, plenty people (understandably) will not do, you will find two methods to tell whether it is dry.  You are able to put your finger, as much as the second knuckle to the ground to find out whether it feels tender.  But sometimes this is not even possible since the plant is indeed root-bound along with the dirt so tough.  It is also possible to try out picking up the bud.   You typically water plants before the water pours from the ground, but using a pot jump mommy, it is likely that the water goes round the roots down both sides of the kettle and out the ground with no plant becoming much water.  Furthermore, if you have allowed the plant dry, the dirt contracts and the exact identical thing can occur.  To prevent this, and also to re-hydrate dry dirt, set the mommy bud into a bucket of water with a couple of inches of water and then leave it to boil for a couple hours.   It is one of the dull lawn chores that practically when you complete it, you need to begin over again.  We have discovered that when we deadhead while We are speaking on the telephone or listening to audio using headphones, it makes it far more enjoyable.   Deadheading mums are not worth the issue though.  They’ll appear far better and odds are they will survive longer.

Mums are as omnipresent as pumpkins in the autumn.  You may locate them everywhere and everywhere from nurseries to supermarkets to gasoline stations.  However, as soon as you get them home they are unbelievably simple to kill.  They dry out at a nanosecond and also have to be watered at least once every day.  Following the repeated strain of drying outside, they frequently just up and perish.