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5 Paintball Tips for Beginners

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Paintball is a very exciting hobby, but when you are first getting started playing paintball you want to be aware of some things. Spend a few minutes going over these five paintball tips for beginners, and you and the people playing with you will enjoy the game much more.

One important paintball tip for beginners is to communicate.
Many times a beginning player will quietly play the game and feel it isn’t their place yet to speak up and communicate with the other players on the team. The more you communicate with your fellow players the better you will do.

By communicating with your team you will be in a better position to coordinate attacks on them. Many times opposing teams change the strategy mid-game, and if you don’t let your team know about changes you see, they can be exposed to potential attacks. The more you communicate the better the team will know where on the field all the opposing players are. Communication doesn’t have to only involve radio, if you see something you can shout it out to your team members.

A great tip for beginners is to practice on your own. Take some time and go practice in areas that you are weak at. Take in a game over the weekend and get some time on offense if that is where you are lacking. You can improve the more you play so when you are in a game with your team and they need to call on your for something, you will ready to go. You can also go to a paintball match and observe players and pick up some tricks and techniques that could help your overall game. Remember that practice will only improve your skills.

Get familiar with you equipment.
If you know that your gun can not shoot past 50 feet, then when you are in battle and at a significant distance, save your paint. If your gun isn’t very good at rapid fire, when the battle calls for a high speed shootout you know you should not be at the head of the charge. If you can’t aim and run with your gun at the same time, don’t try it when your team is counting on you. The trick here is to become familiar with all your equipment and then play to your strengths, not your weakness.

What To Wear For Paintball? When you dress for paintball, wear dark clothing.
You will blend in better with the surroundings and give yourself a small advantage. Never wear white to a paintball battle or you will be the first target all day long. Make sure to wear hiking boots or running shoes. You want your feet as comfortable as possible because you may be running, walking or standing around for long periods of time. If the game allows cleats, they make sure you get a pair. Cleats can provide you many little advantages in the game, from being able to maneuver in mud to getting excellent traction in wet grass.

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A final paintball tip for beginners is to always keep your eyes open
. Many beginners get tunnel vision and see a target and go like a jet directly to them without ever looking sideways and get blasted mid-stride. Sometimes beginners get so focused on a potential target they even forget to look behind them. Many opposing players set traps and use decoys to flush out players. Keep your eyes open and always be aware of your surroundings in a complete 360 degree radius.

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A Quick History of Golf

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While the definitive history of golf has yet to be uncovered, the game has existed in one form or another since at least medieval times, when games were played with balls and clubs.  The game itself grew out of a ball and club game on the fjord of the Firth of Forth in Scotland.

According to the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews, the game of golf was invented in Scotland.  While ball and club games were played in other places, like the Netherlands and China, among others, the golf game we recognize today with 18 holes almost surely originated in Scotland.  In fact, there is 1457 documentation of the existence of golf in the form of an Act of Scottish Parliament wherein James II of Scotland banned the playing of “gowf” and football because they were distracting soldiers from practicing archery, which was needed for military tactics.

Golf was banned in Parliamentary Acts of 1471 and 1491 because golf was deemed unprofitable, and Mary Queen of Scots was frowned upon for playing golf right after the murder of her husband in 1567.  Golf was not considered a suitable pastime for women at that time, so it was scandalous that she played at all, but particularly scandalous that she would play after the murder of her husband.  Since one conspiracy theory speculates that Mary herself was responsible for her husband’s (who was also her first cousin) death, it may not be surprising that she was nonplussed enough to play a round of golf.

Later, James VI of Scotland would ban golf, but was given balls and clubs on three different occasions by people trying to convince him that the game was fun.  James eventually became king of England, and it is thought that his son and attendants played at Blackheath in London.

A lawyer, Sir John Foulis, has ledgers that record games of golf played at Musselburgh Links in 1672 – the same course where Mary Queen of Scots supposedly played in 1567, and the oldest golf course in the world.

Thomas Kincaid, medical student and avid golfer, was the first to write instructions for playing the game.  He played Brutsfield Links and Leith Links, and in his notes we find the first mention of a handicap system, and descriptions of his golf swing.  This diary dates back to 1687.  The oldest specific rules for the game were written for the Company of Gentleman Golfers in the year 1744.  The club, which later became The Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers, played at Leith and the society still exists today.  One group, called The Royal Burgess Golfing Society, claimed that they were formed in 1735, but the Edinburgh Golfers are generally known as the first group of golfers, who also established the rules.

Emigrants from Scotland to the British Colonies introduced the game of golf, and as early as 1779 there exist advertisements in the Royal Gazette of New York City for golf clubs and golf balls.  Additionally, there is documentation of a golf club in Savannah, Georgia from a 1796 issue of the Georgia Gazette.

The 1850s saw a keen interest in Scotland emerge in Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, who built a castle (Balmoral) in Scotland and were instrumental in the railway being built between Edinburgh and London.  When this happened, tourism to Scotland increased greatly, and English people became interested in Scottish life and culture.  Golf, of course, was a big part of that and this time period saw a spread of golf courses across the British Isles.  By 1880 England had 12 golf courses, and by 1914 it had over 1000.  Also by the 1880’s golf groups emerged in South Africa, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, and Canada.

Tracking back to 1868, the Meji restoration in Japan saw the country striving to become more modern, and Japanese people traveled to America and Europe to set up trade and learn about new business, science, and cultural trends.  In turn, people from Europe and America traveled to Japan to help set up banks, schools, factories, and shipyards.  By 1903, British people living in Japan developed their own golfing club in Kobe, and in 1913 Japanese natives founded the Tokyo Golf Club.

As golf maintains its popularity, so the industry grows.  What used to be old, wooden clubs are now made from graphite and titanium.  What used to be a wooden ball was then made of leather, and then balls were made from dried sap.  Today golf balls are made from urethane blends or surlyn, and are designed to be as aerodynamic as possible.  You can even choose the type of ball you want, depending on your golfing style.  It’s safe to say, golf will be popular for many years to come.

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