The Best Golf Swing Meets the Best Golf Clubs

Shortly before I took over the company as CEO Natural Golf launched its first new line of Irons in nearly four years – the ST Hybrids, now called the True Blues. In August, I lead the group that acquired Natural Golf. At the time of the acquisition, the management team I was leading felt like the Natural Golf club line was good and that our new team could get on board and enhance the products gradually over the coming years in search of excellence.

Within thirty days under new ownership we decided to go full speed ahead on reinventing Natural Golf’s entire club line, from Driver, to Irons, to Putters, to Fairway Woods all with a goal of offering you tremendous quality products befitting the players of the best swing in golf, the Natural Golf Single Plane Swing. Gradual enhancement was not going to work. The company goal was not to be the biggest, but simply to pursue the goal to be the best company in golf.

No More Beryllium Copper

The change was much faster than planned both because of problems at the foundry that casts our heads, and business plan opportunities that demanded that we do more, better and faster than most other golf companies, especially companies of our size.

Natural Golf has won many awards through the years for club designs, and several of the award winners were cast of a technically challenging material called Beryllium Copper – a soft dense metal with great looks and better performance characteristics. The Fairway Woods, the PLUS Club Hybrids and even Natural Golf’s wedges were made out of this metal alloy. Beryllium copper had come under new governmental regulations and the foundries were discontinuing casting in Beryllium Copper. We had four months to redesign and replace a third of the products we were selling.

Solution – All New ST 110 Fairway Woods and Moe Signature Wedges

We charged head club designer Bob Lukasiewicz to set to work on replacement designs for all of these clubs. Utilizing successful innovation of the Thin Face Technology in the ST 110 Irons, Bob combined design elements of the multiple award winning Beryllium Copper Fairway Woods with thin face stainless to create a classic pear shaped fairway wood for golfers of all abilities.

Natural Golf has offered a better player’s wedge, but never in forged steel with spin milled face for the ultimate in ball control. In development tests the replacement to the Beryllium Copper wedges performed so well that the clubs were named in honor of Moe Norman as the first in a new signature series of clubs. Look for more for better players in the future.

Opportunity – More Clubs for More Golfers

In our strategic planning sessions we saw opportunities that are not available to other golf club companies. Most club companies are interested in selling either custom built, high-end, high-priced clubs or selling lower quality, mass marketed, off the shelf clubs. Natural Golf philosophy is that golfers must always play with quality equipment if they are going to enjoy success on the course, but we recognized that not all golfers are able to afford the ultimate in quality golf clubs.

Moreover, with Natural Golf’s mission to grow the game and help to bring new people into golf, a high priced set of clubs is not usually appropriate purchase for a beginner. But, they need something a whole lot better than Dad’s old steel irons and persimmon woods or a $199 set of irons and woods from the local discount store.

Hot Peppers – Quality Fun for Novice Golfers

More work for Bob and his team – designing a quality set of irons and woods that would be semi-custom fit, and could be adjusted for lie angle when needed at an affordable price.

Modeled on the original Pipeline irons and woods, Bob and his design team reduced and adjusted the weight and helped to drive down production costs to offer Natural Golfers an affordable line of clubs that would provide game improvement for the novice golfer, but playability for golfers to mid-handicap levels. 17-4 Steel allows for adjustable lie angles for better fit while maintaining an affordable price point in a quality material.

Improvements All Across the Line

Natural Golf has made a total commitment to providing quality clubs for golfers of all abilities and all financial means, without compromising quality. Some of the other clubs that have been enhanced, redesigned or modified include:

* ST 110 Irons – now available in Premier Version with GrafalloyTM Shafts

* New, Improved Natural Groove Mallet Putter with Soft Square Grip (maybe this will replace my original Mallet Thing Putter)

* Updated Moe Norman Sand Wedge – now named “Sandy”

* ST 460 Hammer Driver – with hotter titanium face and Pro- Launch Grafalloy(TM) Shaft

* New Assembled in USA Golf Bags are here now – logoed with Natural Golf

* New Natural Golf logoed high quality shirts from Ahead will be here in the next thirty days too.

It is not just what but how… It is Time to Treat the Customer Right

Natural Golf felt it was time to take the lead in the golf industry in customer care. With all Natural Golf’s new clubs coming to market and with the firm’s reputation on the line a clear statement of integrity in sales and pricing needed to be made. In weeks and months of discussion Natural Golf formulated the 30-60-90-Lifetime Guarantee Policy that costs a us little more but allows you to buy with confidence, and to make sure you play your best golf and love Natural Golf.

Source by Peter Lineal

Tattoo Care for a Foot Tattoo

Regardless of whether your new body art is an arm, back, or foot tattoo, you want to follow the same tattoo care guidelines as outlined below.

After receiving a new tattoo, your artist will apply an ointment, usually A&D, and wrap your tattoo in saran wrap or a medical bandage. This is to keep any foreign materials out of the tattoo. A new tattoo is a wound, an abrasion on the skin, and can be prone to infection proper tattoo care is not followed. So covering it for the first few hours is a normal procedure in most tattooing studios.

Remove the bandage from your new tattoo after at least 4 hours (but no more than 12). You should wait to remove the bandage until you can clean it with mild soap and warm water to remove any dried blood or ink that was left after that tattoo was finished. Do not soak the tattoo. Rinse it well, and pat it dry, then allow it to air-dry for 5-10 minutes before applying ointment. You should continue to wash your new tattoo at least 4 or 5 times a day for the first week.

Bacitracin regularly throughout the day, massaging a very small amount into the skin to keep the tattoo slightly moist, but not smothered blot off any excess. The healing tattoo should never stay submerged in water. This means that short showers are fine, but any kind of baths or swimming is not recommended. Do not re-bandage your tattoo after taking the original bandage off, the skin will need to breathe. Do not use any petroleum based products such as Vaseline – these will suck the ink out of your tattoo and cause it to fade. If you notice small itchy liquid filled bumps appearing after using a certain product, immediately discontinue use, wash the tattoo and let it dry out.

Proper tattoo care requires that you do not wear anything that will rub against your new tattoo. After receiving a foot tattoo make sure you do not wear socks, shoes, or nylons that will rub against it until it is fully healed. You need to plan ahead if your going to receive a foot tattoo on the sole because you should not walk on it until its healed. A foot tattoo may require a touch up, due to the rubbing abuse from walking and wearing shoes prematurely.

You should only apply ointment until your tattoo starts to peel (like a sunburn), which will be anywhere from 3 days to 1 week. When the peeling begins do not pick at it. When the tattoo has fully entered the peeling phase you should stop applying the ointment. The area will become dry and itchy, and a good lotion should help with this. Avoid creams and lotions that contain fragrances, artificial colors and other unnecessary ingredients that can irritate a healing tattoo. If you have applied proper tattoo care you should not develop scabs. If scabs develop, they can remove the color beneath them. It is very important that they are allowed to dry out completely. The scab will eventually fall off on its own. Never pick or pull the scab.

Your new tattoo is an open wound so refrain from actions such as swimming, tanning, removing the bandage early. Be sure to follow these proper tattoo care guidelines to ensure your foot tattoo heals properly. Your foot tattoo will be with you for a lifetime, and it only takes a week or two of your attention to keep it looking good forever.

Redness and sometimes bruising surrounding a new foot tattoo is normal for the first day or two, but if you notice any bumps or increasing redness please contact your local tattoo studio for more information.

Source by Renae Katin

What’s the Proper Golf Swing, and How Do You Do it?

What’s the proper golf swing? Is there only one? How long does it take to master it? Can you master the proper golf swing?

All of these are questions that golfers consistently think about. You see, “the golf swing” has become like some unattainable holy grail. No one but Tiger Woods and a select few others can do it. Definitely not mere mortals like you and me. Yet there we are slugging around the golf course weekend after weekend with our improper swings trying to look good in front of our golf buddies.

Guess what? It doesn’t have to be this way. The proper golf swing is within reach of everyone on the planet. As a matter of fact, the proper golf swing is really not that hard. You may not know this, but you already know how to do the proper golf swing.

Here’s the deal. The golf swing is a completely natural motion. As a matter of fact, it’s a motion you already know how to do. You really don’t need to be taught the swing at all. The reason is this.

If you know how to drive a nail with a hammer or especially how to chop wood with an axe, you already know the proper golf swing. To see what the proper swing actually should feel like grab your golf club. (Try one of the shorter irons.)

Now, with the club in both hands (as if you were actually golfing), just use your wrists and chop the club up and down out in front of you. This chopping motion is actually what the wrists do in the right swing. As far as the wrists are concerned, the only real difference between chopping out in front of your body and a real swing is you do the swing to the side and not out in front.

If you’ll take this very natural chopping motion and just add a swing of your arms up and to the side, you now have a very creditable backswing. (The swing back in preparation for the swing forward.) Just swing back from this position and you’ve got your forward swing.

There are a few other things to be aware of with the proper swing, but believe it or not, it really is this simple. The proper swing is nothing more than a sort of smoother chopping motion done from the side. You’re not chopping wood. You’re just striking the Earth where the golf ball is.

Certainly, there are different type of swings, but they’re all part of “the right swing”. There’s chipping, pitching, and the full-swing. These are just variations of the proper golf swing, however.

Source by Lee Cole

Fast Way to Lower Blood Pressure Quickly – 5 Tips to Knock Off 15 Points

If you want a fast way to lower blood pressure quickly, your BP reading should not be greater than 139/99. In other words you should be pre-hypertensive not hypertensive to give these ideas a try. If you are hypertensive, these tips will probably help but talk to your doctor first.

The Fastest Way: Exercise. Mild aerobic exercise like walking, swimming and cycling can drop up to 4 points immediately if you do at least 30 minutes a day. The drop will last about 22 hours so this is something you have to make a regular part of your day.

Eat Potassium: Your doctor has probably told you to restrict the salt in your diet. However salt is only half the equation. Your body needs a specific relationship between salt (sodium) and the mineral potassium. Most of the potassium we get comes in a processed form and it’s value is diminished because of the tons of salt that comes with processing. The solution? Eat fresh sources of potassium. The banana is a rich source and has dietary fiber as well. Eat a banana a day and your BP can drop up to 3 points in 2 weeks.

Hydrate: Dehydration is becoming a big problem in this country. Drinking sufficient water is good for a number of ailments but with BP it tends to soften the arteries allowing them to dilate, expels salt, and improves kidney function. Drink 50% of your body weight in ounces each day. If you weigh 150 pounds, drink 75 ounces of water.

Cold Water Fish: Substitute two red meat meals a week with mackerel, salmon, sardines or tuna. These fish are rich in Omega-3 and good cholesterol, and by substituting them for red meat you are automatically reducing saturated fat and bad cholesterol.

Get Some Sleep: Sleep is the natural way to work off stress which impacts on your high blood pressure. At a minimum get 6 hours but shoot for eight.

If you can follow these tips you can shave 12 to 18 points off your BP in less than 3 two weeks.

Source by Rachel Willson

Famous Baseball Family of Barry Bonds Includes Willie Mays, Reggie Jackson, and Bobby Bonds

Barry Bonds is a polarizing figure in the world of sports as he has received arguably more attention for his off the field scandals which include reported steroid abuse than the historic statistics that he has put up on the baseball diamond. The family life of Barry Bonds is particularly interesting to casual fans of the sport of baseball because from an early age the young man that seemingly was destined for fame was tied to famous names in the sport of baseball through family relationships.

Barry Bonds, born in 1964, is the son of three time all-star outfields Bobby Bonds. Bobby Bonds was an American celebrity in his own right as a noteworthy player for numerous Major League Baseball teams throughout his professional baseball career that spanned from 1968-1981. While playing for teams in large markets that included New York City, Chicago, San Francisco, Dallas, and Southern California the most famous teammate that Bobby Bonds played alongside was the legendary Willie Mays.

As a right fielder in for the Giants, Bobby Bonds patrolled the outfield next to center fielder Willie Mays during the twilight of Mays’ career. When Bobby asked his good friend Willie Mays to be the godfather to his then young son Barry Willie gladly accepted, thus further cementing the notoriety of this baseball family. As an aside it is also topical to briefly mention that Barry Bonds is a distant cousin of Reggie Jackson, who is better known as Mr. October in certain circles due to his clutch performances in post season play.

Many people do not realize that Barry Bonds is not the only son of Bobby Bonds to put on a professional baseball uniform. Barry actually has a younger brother named Bobby Bonds Junior was spent a number of years in the minor leagues but was never able to get himself called up to the big leagues. Bobby Bonds Junior is nearly six years younger than his older brother Barry. During an 11 year minor league career Bobby Bonds Junior bounced around to numerous teams and had moments of glory but was never able to successfully parlay his minor league efforts into any sort of Major League Baseball career with even a fraction of the success enjoyed by his brother Barry or father Bobby Bonds Senior.

Despite the early promise that Barry Bonds showed as a naturally gifted young athlete baseball historians would have been hard pressed to guess that Barry had any conceivable chance of surpassing the accomplishes of his relatives Willie Mays and Reggie Jackson, or for that matter his own father Bobby Bonds. Regardless of diverging opinions on implications of alleged performance enhancing drug use by Barry Bonds there is no arguing that he was the most dominant baseball player of his era.

Source by Sam Noffs

Best Diet For Piles – What to Eat If You Want to Improve Your Condition

If you are suffering from piles, you may be wondering to what extent your diet can impact upon the condition. Many people believe that straining is the cause of piles and whilst there is no doubt that this does have a significant effect, what we eat can be more of a contributory factor.

If you have this condition, it is worthwhile following the best diet for piles. There are specific guidelines we can follow which will help to reduce the impact of this condition. Our bodies are just not designed for the high volume of processed foods which we consume nowadays and in some ways, they can be considered to be modern day pollutants. Our bodies evolved over the last few thousand years by eating a diet predominantly rich in wholefoods such as fruits, vegetables, nuts and fish and do not respond well to foods such as white flour, corn syrup, refined sugars and hydrogenated oils, all of which play a large part in the western diet.

When we eat lots of refined foods, our stools are, quite simply, not bulked out properly and this means that the waste products do not move along the colon as they should. This can result in constipation and straining which will aggravate existing piles and cause the formation of new ones.

In my opinion, the diet for piles which can help to get you on the road to recovery is predominantly vegetarian and foods are best consumed in their natural state where possible. It is well known that red meats can take a long time to pass through the digestive system so are best avoided. However, a small amount of white meat and fish is acceptable. Eat a minimum of 5 portions of fruits and vegetables each day and ensure that you include wholegrains, beans, seeds and pulses. Prunes and figs are known to be good for the bowel and should be included in the diet for piles. The fluid you drink is also important, and you must drink at least 2 liters of water daily. Ensure that you avoid all refined sugars and foods with artificial additives.

Source by Emma F Hopkinson

Planning Golf Events – 4 Amazing Golf Tournament Themes

When you are planning on hosting a golf event, there are a few issues you should keep in mind. Never forget the nature of audience for instance. Here are a few more tips to help you with your planning:

– What kind of people will you be inviting to participate in the event?

– What do you hope to achieve by holding this event?

– During which month are you planning on the tournament?

– What is the number of participants that you expect?

Any tournament is so much more fun to be a part of when it has a theme attached to it. With a golf tournament you should have a theme that keeps the love of golf in mind. Think of a creative theme that would fir within the boundaries of golf in some way. Think of various golf terms and connect them with other English words to help you decide on a suitable theme. However you choose to arrive at the theme, just make sure it has something to do with the game of golf.

At many tournaments people hand out mementos that are in line with their theme. That makes it even more important to have the appropriate theme, since people would remember it for some time to come, thanks to these gifts. Here are a few ideas to get you started on creating the right theme, which would help you organize other categories of the event as well:

1. The Tee theme, for instance, is a common theme that people use when hosting golf events, and your gifts and mementos could involve watches and other golf accessories. It is a theme which could often be used for tournaments concerning female players of all levels. The ladies just love being served with fresh cups of tea during the event, especially if the play is during the winter months..

2. The Diamonds in the rough is a popular theme for beginners golf events. The concept of the theme is to help the new players look within them selves to uncover the hidden golf pro inside. And who doesn’t like being told there is an expert within?

3. Golfing Guardian Angels – this is a great theme for an event which you are hosting for reasons of donation to charity. Many times organizers make wings for people to wear during the tournaments, and they also make teams for every sponsorship option.

4. When you want a fun theme, Las Vegas is a great idea; it always gets people in the mood to party. You could involve a little Las Vegas feel into the tournaments by holding a lottery on the side, and sponsoring the winner with a trip to Vegas itself.

These are only a few ideas; don’t be hesitant to make your own golf themes.

Source by Abhishek Agarwal

Arowana Care – Facts About Arowanas

Arowanas are among the largest freshwater fish in the world – some species can even grow up to 2.5 meters long. These fish are considered as “living fossils”, as they have been around since the time of the dinosaurs. As such, they have a number of unusual features such as a long body covered with large, heavy scales; a bony head; and a bony “tongue” on the floor of the mouth, really a bone with teeth which bite against those on the roof of the mouth. Aside from using gills to breathe, they can also breathe air through their mouths thanks to a swim bladder that works like a lung.

These large and powerful fish are meat eaters – birds, bats, and insects which have the misfortune to come within range of its six-foot high leap out of the water are gobbled up along with other fish, frogs, and prawns. Regardless of its carnivorous nature, they are good parents, protecting their eggs dutifully in nests or by keeping them safely tucked away inside their mouths. Young arowanas stick with their parents after they hatch, staying under their protection until such time that they could be able to fend for themselves.

The Asian species of arowana are some of the most exclusive and best colored fish in Southeast Asia’s rivers, lakes, and wetlands. The four types in the area are the gold, the yellow, the green, and the red species. The red variety is the rarest and most highly-prized fishes; collectors, especially the Chinese, are drawn to its deep red color. Some see a beautiful addition to their fish tank, while others see a symbol of wealth and luck. Such collecting has contributed significantly to the decline of their numbers in the wild, so much so that the fish is now considered a protected species in the area.

Source by Robert Khaw

How To Sew Lined Shoe Bags For Golf, Tennis, Bowling, Gym, Dance or any Other Drawstring Bag

Sewing shoe bags for the guys or gals in your life is a great gift idea. No matter what sport or hobby they enjoy or where they travel. . .far away or to the gym, shoe bags or drawstring bags come in handy.

The how to sew sewing instructions are for a lined drawstring shoe bag.

You are the designer. You can decide the purpose, fabric, design and size of your drawstring bag. Here are some suggestions.

Fabrics

Use whatever fabric suits your fancy. About 1/2 yard of fabric makes one shoe bag.

Sturdier fabrics like denim, canvas, slipcover fabric, fake suede, corduroy, etc. work well for sturdier shoes.

Fine fabrics like velour, velvet, cottons, flannels, etc. are good for dressier shoes.

Think about satin or silk for lingerie bags or jewelry bags. Or use mesh or terry for the beach or laundry bags.

Lining is optional. But, if you line the bags, choose a compatible lining fabric that won’t tear easily especially for the sturdier shoes. Sometimes the same fabric is the best lining. The instructions here are for a lined drawstring bag.

You may want to use washable fabrics so you can launder the bags later.

Preshrink all fabrics before cutting.

Drawstrings

Use a pair of 36 inch long decorative shoe laces or leather laces for each bag or heavy cord or sew your own fabric or fake suede drawstrings. Ribbon also works.

Sizes

Sew a test bag to see if the dimensions are right for you.

Cut one bag with the following suggested dimensions. Place the shoe inside and check to see if it fits well. Add or subtract from the length or width to adjust for whatever shoe or item that you have.

Suggested Sizes

For 2 golf shoe bags, cut 4 pieces of fabric 20 inches long and 11 inches wide. Cut 4 pieces of lining 19 inches long and 10-1/2 inches wide.

Note: Cut an extra drawstring bag for a golf ball bag.

Two bowling shoes will fit into one shoe bag. Cut 2 pieces of fabric 20 inches long and 11 inches wide. Cut 2 lining 19 inches long and 10-1/2 inches wide.

One bag may also hold 2 tennis shoes or 2 ladies dress shoes.

Gym shoes vary in size. For extra large or small shoes, measure around the shoe and adjust the size of the fabric plus seam allowances to accommodate the size of the shoe.

How To Sew Sewing Technique

Decorate the Shoe Bag

Make the drawstring bag unique with a special design or emblem. Think about monogramming the bags or adding a sport motif applique or embroidery design prior to stitching. Place the design about 3 inches from the bottom in the center of one of the 20 x 11 pieces.

After you trim the bag, place 2 bag pieces right sides together.

Measure and make a mark 5 inches down from the top of the bag on both sides.

Stitch 1/2 inch seam around bag starting and stopping at this 5 inch mark. Do not back stitch. For the first and last inch, use short stitches.

Repeat stitching as above for the lining.

Press all seams open on both bag and the lining.

Press under 1/2 inch on the unstitched 5 inch bag side edges. Fuse or stitch to hold.

Do the same for the lining.

Turn the bag right side out.

Turn the lining right side out.

Machine stitch 1/2″ at the bottom of the lining as if you were making a French seam. This creates a strong edge.

Turn the lining wrong side out.

Slip the lining down into the bag so that the top edge of the lining is 1/2 inch below the the top edge of the bag.

Fold the top edge of the front of the bag down 1/2 inch over the lining.

Press this fold to make a crease.

Now, bring the top folded pressed edge of the bag down to meet the side edges at the bottom of the opening.

Pin to hold and stitch close to this fold edge.

To make the casing, stitch 1″ above the previous stitching.

Repeat for the back side of the bag.

Insert Drawstrings

Use a safety pin or bodkin to help slide the drawstrings through the casings.

Slide one drawstring through the casing of the bag back and front having ends on the same side of the bag.

Insert the other drawstring starting at the other side of the bag, sliding through the casing of the bag back and front having ends on that side of the bag.

Tie the ends of the drawstrings together.

That completes the lined drawstring shoe bag.

Note: If the shoe bag is wide enough for two shoes, you may want to stitch up the center of the bag from the bottom up to (but do not include) the casing through all the layers to create separate compartments for each shoe to help keep them

from scuffing.

Pin before stitching and test to see if there is enough room

for the shoes. If not, you may want to increase the width

of your shoe bag.

Sew bags any size for anything. Everybody needs a bag for

something. Kids love treasure bags. Make big bags and little bags. Give drawstring bags to family and friends for Fathers’ Day, birthday gifts, Christmas gifts, etc. Enjoy sewing bags!

It just makes sense!

Source by Marian Lewis

Snowboarding Tips – How Can I Overcome My Fear Of Attempting New Snowboarding Tricks?

Snowboarding can be very scary, especially when your trying new snowboarding tricks and jumps, overcoming that fear is the key to success, but how do we overcome that fear? Is it even possible? You bet it is!

How do I learn from my mistakes?

Learning from your mistakes is simple and a great way to progress. The best way to learn from your mistakes is by knowing how you went wrong on a trick. This then means you know that if you do it the same way again, your still going to fail. You then know what not to do next time, and overall lower your fear for that trick / jump!

What happens then, is once you start to become aware of why you wiped out, you tend not to make that same mistake again, resulting in you being more successful on future occasions!

Why should I take one small step at a time instead of taking big ones?

Think of it as if you were learning to swim … You do not get chucked in at the deep end as soon as you master how to tread water. No, you practise and practise and slowly increase the difficulty of the swimming.

It's the same with snowboarding tricks, do not try to do tricks Shaun White does straight away, because you need to master the basics first! You do not want to be trying to hit a huge jump right after you've only just mastered a smaller one, because chances are, you're going to fail, meaning your fear stays right where it is, and does not allow you to progress!

How do i know when I should back down?

One of the biggest causes of injuries and deaths in snowboarding is down to the fact people do not know when to say enough is enough. Either because they are not advanced enough to try certain things, or because they are simply so pumped up they are acting crazy!

One of the easiest ways to know when you should stop is by taking a look at the riders also trying the same trick … do they look as if they're more advanced than you? If so, you know your pushing your luck in attempting the trick!

What should I do if I crash / fall?

First of all, check to see if what your attempting is to advanced for you. If not, then its simple … Get up and try again. All of the pros get to where they are today through practise, so if you are looking to progress your riding and lose the element of fear, your going to have to get good at that trick first.

Now yes, this could mean you have endure nerves, but if that leads to you overcoming your fear … then its worth it!

Source by Nick Carr Jones