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The Beauty – RC Sailboat Versus the Sheer Acceleration of a Speedboat

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When I was a kid I remember the older men racing radio-controlled sailboats at the local lake near my house.  I used to live in a windy location so the venue was ideal for the sport.  Soon after, the hot-rods came by and started bringing the much faster nitro and methanol powered RC Powerboats.  Those things were incredible!  They used to host races every single weekend.  The fever soon became an obsession.  It wasn’t long before there were 30-50 guys at the lake every weekend racing boats.

Even with the extra speed of the gas-powered boats, the love of rc sailboats still remains.  In fact, some people GREATLY prefer the slow, quiet and peaceful drive of a sailboat.  I mean, most people spend the entire week in a fast-paced environment.  Some will argue that the last thing they need is more stress from being competitive in the weekends as well. For those boats, radio-controlled sailboats and other quiet vehicles, such as gliders are probably the best bet.

But either way, there’s no denying the sheer speed an awesome acceleration of a gas-powered RC speedboat.  Not only that, but they look unreal too!  Some are designed to look just like the race boats in real life.  That’s just plain cool!  Even the sailors can appreciate that!  That’s even if they have to wear earplugs to avoid going deaf with the loud screaming of the muffle-less nitro gas engines.

Next time you are thinking of what to do with some free time, you might want to consider one of these awesome toys.  Maybe the water is not for you.  In which case you can hit the dirt with an RC buggy or maybe the skies with one of the many airplane kits available.  But, if you are a water-lover like me, a boat will be the ultimate experience.  And yes, watching a sailboat can often seem just like a powerboat – only quiet, and at the speed at which the speedboat would be traveling if it were dragging along 2 unusually large aluminum boat anchors attached to its transom.  But, that’s the beauty of it.  It’s all about the slow speed, the style and the freedom.  That is RC sailing!

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How to Correct a Golf Slice

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Few things are more agitating to a golfer than having to deal with frequent slice shots. You may have the perfect set of clubs or the best golf GPS system money can buy, but if your shots are curving to the right you are not going to be happy with your score at the end of the round. Fortunately, learning how to correct a stubborn slice is not as hard as some players make it out to be. It does, however, require a little know how and practice.

Most slice shots are caused by an incorrect swing path. When the face of the club is even slightly open it will cause the ball to spin and go off path. Having a weak grip is another cause of slicing. A weaker grip forces you to not hit the ball dead on when you make contact.

Since a weak grip is a common cause of a slice, you should try to correct this possibility first. A weak grip is not actually how tight you are holding the driver, but is actually when you are holding the club at too much of a counter-clockwise angle. To correct this, adjust your grip more to the right if you are right handed, or more to the left if you are left handed. Try to keep your grip only tight enough to maintain control of the driver. Your arms and wrist should not be tense as you swing.

An improper backswing can also wreak havoc on your shots. When you pull back, your driver should be over your shoulder and not over your head. A good way to practice this is to pay attention to where your left arm (if you are right handed) is going. If your arm is crossing your chest you likely have a good backswing. Try not to let the position of your wrists change during your backswing, as this can produce errant shots.

Oftentimes you can correct a golf slice by simply increasing the speed of your swing. If you believe your grip is correct you should try this next. You should also pay attention to your stance. Try not to bend over, standing straight with your knees just slightly bent. Your feet should be spread to approximately the same width as your shoulders. Never take your eye off the ball and try to clear your mind before you swing.

You may need to practice these things over and over until you are certain that you have corrected any errors. A slice could be caused by just one or several of these mistakes. The good news is that with practice you can correct a golf slice and move on to playing the best rounds of golf you’ve ever played.

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Choosing a rod and reel for catching trout

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When fishing for trout it is very important to have the correct gear. If you have an unbalanced rod and reel you may have difficulty casting and fighting a fish, which isn’t an enjoyable experience. Fortunately, it is not difficult to set yourself up with some quality gear that will make fishing for trout a pleasure. The following tips will help you select a rod and reel suitable for trout fishing.

The Rod
Choosing from the many trout fishing rods on the market will basically come down to the type of fishing you plan on doing. If you want to take up fly fishing you will need a specific rod, and reel, to do this. Bait and lure fishing is a little more flexible, but most people choose a spinning or baitcaster fishing rod. Spinning rods are great for those who are new to the sport because baitcasters can be slightly more difficult to master in the short term.

The Reel
The general rule when choosing a fishing reel for trout is to match it with the sort of rod that you purchase. For instance, a fly fishing rod can only be matched with a fly fishing rod, a spinning rod requires a spinning reel, and so on. It is important to purchase a reel that suits your rod so that it is correctly balanced. You can ask the tackle shop owner to check this for you or have them select an appropriate match for you. This way you can be sure that you have a correctly balanced fishing rod and reel combo.

Fishing for trout can be a frustrating experience if you don’t have the right equipment. Fortunately, getting setup with the correct gear isn’t difficult. The biggest advantage of doing this is that you don’t have to worry about the quality of your tackle when connected to that fish of a lifetime.

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When Can A Jet Ski Become Dangerous?

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Whenever you are at the beach and you see people jet skiing, you often think to yourself “It must be fun to ride a jet ski.” You catch the wind, you enjoy the speed, and you get to see the ocean in a whole different way. But, skiing is not that easy. As enticing as it may seem, it is very dangerous especially if you are inexperienced.

Jet propulsion powers jet skis and one can only have control over it if there is power. There is no braking system in the machine. It is like a water motorcycle with applications of boating. However, it is still handled differently. You have to have the fitness to be able to control such machine. If you have little experience in such, do not try dangerous maneuvers.

Jet skis can be toppled easily when the sea is at its rough state. Plus, it offers little protection in case of collision. An accident may instantly cause death. When jet skiing, you must consider the number of people skiing and how experienced they are in handling the machine. It is important to keep in mind that a simple collision may lead to a very serious injury.

Accidents at sea due to jet skis often happen on places where it is not a strict policy to have a license before you are allowed to ski. In some popular tourist destinations, there is no strict reinforcement of having a license. Operators rent out skis to anyone who desires to ski and all they give are basic instructions on how to use the machine. Operators who conduct detailed trainings or lessons for skiing, the way Tony Horton gives trainings or lessons about fitness, before they let skiers go out to sea are very few.

To avoid unnecessary deaths and accidents, we must be careful in handling a jet ski.

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Monday on NNR Doug Upstone and a replay of the Kelly Holcomb interview.

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Monday on the Radio version of NNR Doug Upstone of Statfox.com joins me at 6:15 to talk about the odds for the NBA and NHL Playoffs as well as the chances of the Indians and Browns in 2011.

Because of the great interview with Ken Becks of 1stdownscouting.com we did not get to the replay of the Holcomb interview. At 7:15 I will replay the interview with former Browns QB Kelly Holcomb. That plus your calls and the winner of the call of the week prize starts at 6 PM EDT on http://mooheadradio.com/2.0/.

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A wee bit of a hope for the Indians…

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By Eli Kovach, a guest writer for FPS.com

‘Twas the night before P & C’s reporting day, when all through the Northcoast,
Indian fans were still stirring from the Choo extension to boast
Chief Wahoo Headresses were hung in fourth place just last year,
Now the hope is the ChiSox, Twins & Tigers have a view from the rear

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