Monthly Archives: July 2018

Sports Equipment and Accessories

People often ignore the fact that tennis clothing is important. The focus is always on right equipments. One may think of a game by purchasing a good pair of tennis racquets and ball. They often give little importance to accessories such as head gear, shoes, clothing etc.

While you need a sturdy pair of racquets you also need comfortable clothing that withstands your swift turn, to and fro movement. Your shorts or skirts must not tear away easily. If you are not comfortable in your sports clothing, then you can’t possibly win the game. Your sports equipment and the apparel is equally significant. A pair of shoes should be chosen with care, it must be sturdy and flexible so that you can move around and make your twists comfortably. Remember that not all fashionable clothing is comfortable on the ground.

If you are protected then you will feel secured while playing a game of cricket on the ground. Head gear, leg guards and properly padded gloves are required to grip your bat well. Besides this, arm guard, thigh guard and chest guard can also be used by batters to minimise any injury.

Try out some thing new for your game of tennis this season. You can break through the traditional white skirts and choose different colour and fabric for yourself. There are different fabrics and colours used for summer season. Men can opt for cooler shades this summer.

You can look good and at the same time feel comfortable. This is when you would enjoy playing a game of sport. Do not sweat out hunting for different branded stores. You can find them all under one roof. Make an informed choice with the help of online stores.

How To Travel With Your Sports Equipment

If you are what some may consider to be a rabid sports fan then you may be trying to work sports into your next vacation. If you are planning on enjoying a game of basketball or football, it is more than likely that you might want to bring along some stuff with you. Did you ever know that there are restrictions to what you can bring, especially since 911? If you are trying to plan on bringing stuff like sporting equipment with you, you should be ready for what the rules are for what you can bring.

Golf is an activity that many travelers like to participate in and many golfers enjoy playing on different courses they find when they travel. If you are trying to travel with your set of golf clubs, you will more than likely need to check them as baggage. All airlines now days have a ban on golf clubs being allowed on the plane. Due to what a set of clubs costs, you might want to leave them at home or get proper protection. If you are going to a golf resort or traveling to another great location, there is a great possibility that you will most likely be able to rent a set of clubs to use.

In addition to golf many people enjoy playing baseball. Like a set of clubs, bats are banned on the airplanes as well for obvious reasons. If you going to try and enjoy a game of baseball, on your next time off, you will most likely want to take necessary pre cautions to getting secure protection for your equipment . Even though bats are banned on planes, there are no rules of other items, many to be cleats, baseballs, tees and many others. For your own concern, you may want to protect these items in the same bag or bags as your other gear.

Oh and of course if you are planning on going on a hunting trip, on your own free time, you will always need to keep your gear in checked baggage. All guns, bows and the items that go along with them are not allowed on the planes at any time. If you try and go through security with these items you may be caught and or arrested or wait further questioning.

Other sporting gear that is illegal on board an aircraft may be hockey sticks/ pucks pool cues, skis/ ski poles and many others. Again, if you are worried about the safety of your gear then take measurable means to secure it. As stated above, there is some gear that you just can’t bring, but other rules are not so clear. You need to be aware of what you can bring and what you can’t bring on an air plane before your arrival at the airport.

Last Year’s Sports Equipment

When it comes to sports equipment you can save quite a bit of cash by buying models that came out last year, or sometimes even the year before that. Unless you absolutely have to have the latest fashion there are few arguments against saving 60 percent or even more on most types of gear. Depending on your sport or hobby however, there may be a few caveats to keep in mind.

In terms of sports equipment that needs to comply with changing rules from various associations, you must of course double check to make sure that the product you are buying is indeed still considered legal.

For example, in 2012 the USSSA put out some new rules for what bats are eligible both in baseball and softball, requiring a type of new marking on all new bats. New regulations like this can actually render old bat models more or less obsolete.

However, I have a feeling that this isn’t what’s nagging most in the backs of people’s heads when it comes to choosing between last years models and the spanking new ones.

I mean, even all aesthetics and fashion aside, what about all the new amazing technical features and capabilities the manufacturer have come up with since last year?

Makers of sports gear usually do a good job in their marketing, and make us doubt if we will really get by with a version that isn’t the absolutely latest one available. After all, the newest one promises entirely new levels of performance, durability and comfort.

As I am no more immune to this kind of marketing than the next guy, I have developed my own rule of thumb for this:

“If you worry about the price tag you are probably not at the level where the slight technical improvements over last year’s version will actually make a difference.”

Like all generalizations there are of course exceptions to this rule. But for most amateurs I find it holds true more often than not.

Take downhill skiing for example. The technical advancements for skis have, along with certain rule changes, really meant that some professional slalom skiers that excelled only a few years ago have no chance at finishing on the podium in this year’s competitions (FIS World Cup). At least according to the commentators on the sports channel I watch, a handful of athletes get a lot more performance out of their gear – and end up at the top of the leaderboards as a result.

An amateur skier, who goes skiing maybe a few weeks every year at best, will probably not gain very much – if anything – from the absolutely latest technology in skis.

And in terms of baseball and softball bats, there’s no substitute for good coaching, training harder and practicing more.

In terms of bat selection you will probably do fine with last year’s model, or even one that came out several years ago. Provided that it is legal for play in your association, and that the appropriate size for you is still available.