How to be an Expert at Billiards

According to Malcolm Gladwell, the reason people become experts is because they have put in ten thousand hours of practice time. Add to this Vince Lombardi’s oft spoken quote, “Practice does not make perfect. Only perfect practice makes perfect…” and the path is laid out for becoming an expert at billiards.

In billiards, there are many things to practice, and most of them are minute details of routine you will discover as you begin to play pool table. Things like stance, eye line, the full line, keeping your chin in line with the shot, tricks, and playing defensively all become natural the more you focus on them and the more repetition you give them.

With so many things to focus on, it can become tricky to distill all the different aspects of the game into one practice session. To make it easier, follow this suggestion: break down each aspect into a percentage of practice time and base those percentages on which areas you struggle with the most. For example, if you excel at aim but struggle with touch (how hard you hit the ball) then your practice session should look something like this:

  • 15% Technique: aim, stance, eye line etc.
  • 50% Touch
  • 15% Favorite Tricks
  • 20% Playing a full game

Pool Table Moving Lake TahoeThe reason for using percentages is simple: if you have an hour of practice planned for the day you split up that hour based on your percentages. But if it turns out you only have twenty minutes, you can still split your practice up in the same way. One of the most important things about practicing is that it has to be done every day. Practicing fifteen minutes every day will get you farther than practicing one hundred and five minutes once a week. This is because your body will adjust faster when it is used in the same way over closer spans of time.

Part of practicing is about finding a routine for yourself. One of the most important aspects of billiards is your stance. When your stance is consistent, your game is consistent.  Spending half of your practice time working on finding the correct stance would be an excellent place to start. Once you have your perfect stance, the next step is to make sure you are able to get into that stance every single time you play. So after you’ve found your stance, begin spending half your time practicing keeping your stance. Develop a routine to help you know exactly what you need to do in order to find your stance.

Two other things to consider when you’re developing your practice routine: the defensive game and reading the table. Billiards is more closely related to chess than to any sport. Professional billiard players will know exactly what moves they want to make throughout the entire game. They read the table and plan ahead, just like a grand chess master will plan ahead by several moves. This reading of the table will help create defensive moves as well. Being able to manipulate the table for each new game will give you an edge in your playing. Again, this will only be achieved by practicing. Set the balls in different locations on the table and force yourself to make only the moves you want to make so you can discover what works and what does not.

Lastly, no expert level billiard player is going to be playing with poor equipment. Technique always comes first, but good equipment will help you along the way. Make sure your cue isn’t warped. Make sure it only comes apart in one section. Make sure the table you play on is well maintained. Otherwise all the great technique you practice will just be mired in frustration. Don’t play with poor equipment and blame the table for your failures. Practice to be able to play on any table, with any cue, and still win.

Recommended Smoker

Things to Look Out For When Buying an Electric Smoker

Whether you’re buying an electric smoker for the first time or you’re an old hat in the world of BBQ, you’ve come to the right place. The world of electric smokers has become such a jumble of information that it can be difficult to find the one that fits your needs. And as it just so happens, that is the first step in buying an electric smoker:

STEP ONE: KNOW YOUR NEEDS

Are you cooking chicken? Fish? Deer? Alligator? Are you a warm weather cooker, like say, June-August only (provided you’re in the northern hemisphere)? Or would you prefer to tough it out and cook through the next polar vortex? Do you cook for many millions of mouths, or just you yourself? Asking yourself these questions can help narrow down the field of choices you have before you. Because, trust me, you have a huge pasture of electric cookers out there just waiting to live in your home.

SMOKERS: the Masterbuild 30” Electric Smoker is excellent if you’re only feeding a few people. For those of us coming from families who should have their own country, it might be a tad too small. In that case you would do better to check out the Cookshack Amerique. It’s bigger, comes with more accessories, and has wheels for those of you who like BBQ on the go.

STEP TWO: KNOW YOUR ABILITY

If you’re a beginner when it comes to electric smokers and/or BBQ in general, choosing something simple is always a good start. One of the biggest reasons people enjoy electric smokers is their parallel to microwaves: pop in the food, set the time and temp, wait, eat, enjoy. If, on the other hand, you like to experiment, or happen to be a gadget nut, finding the most exciting electric smoker may be your cup of tea.

SMOKERS: The Bradley Smoker (Original) is about as simple as you can get. All you have to do is set your desired temperature, wait, or leave for work, and then eat when it’s ready! Going back to the Cookshack Amerique, you will find that the accessories that come with it make it fun to experiment with. Not only that, but it can even be controlled by computer!

STEP THREE: KNOW YOUR HOME

Recommended SmokerFor some people, buying an electric smoker is the only way to experience BBQ from their home. Folks in condos or apartments which don’t allow grills can usually use an electric smoker as an alternative. That being said, there are some drawbacks to having an electric smoker.

Be cautious with your outlets! Some smokers will be using 10-20 amps and have been known to cause circuit breakers to pop. You don’t want to have to invite your local electrician to your BBQ party. You also want to make sure you pay careful attention to the instructions of your particular electric smoker. This is especially true if you’ve had one before and have moved on to a different brand. Each smoker is different and requires different handling. Please read the instructions!

One last note before I provide a list of good electric smoker brands: for some people, the lure of BBQ is the look of BBQ. Electric smokers do not leave that beautiful pink smoke ring on your meat. Why? Because Chemistry. The combustion from the heat of coal is part of what makes that pink ring. One way to get around this problem with electric smokers is to add one or two charcoal briquettes to the wood box. Boom, problem solved!

STEP FOUR: KNOW YOUR BRANDS

When looking to buy an electric smoker, these are the top three brands to check out:

Using the steps above, these three brands will find you successfully smoking your favorite recipes in no time. So get ready to crack open a cold one and smoke up some meat, because summer is officially here!

Feel free to add in the comments your successes and failures with your own electric smokers!

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Types of Bathroom Faucets Available

When it comes to bathroom faucets, the variety can be overwhelming. Choosing what’s right for your bathroom can be no easy task. So in the following few minutes I will provide a complete breakdown of everything you need to know about bathroom faucets.

Color and Materials

Depending on your bathroom decor, you may consider matching your faucet to the rest of the bathroom. There are usually three options to consider: bronze finish, chrome finish, and nickel finish. Though there are other options available, those happen to be the most common. Once you’ve chosen your color and material, you can move on to mounting.

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For mounting your faucet there are four main possibilities. Widespread faucets have pieces which appear to be separate. The two handles and the spout don’t appear to connect with one another. Wall mounted faucets are just like they sound, they mount to the wall. They tend to look like basins. With wall mounted faucets you have to be careful the spout is long enough to clear the basin. Single hole faucets usually come with one handle for both hot and cold. These can also be designed to be ‘hands free’. Finally, center set faucets combine the spout and the handles (valves) as an all in one unit.

Handles

Choosing the handles of your faucet is the second most important thing in choosing a faucet type. The first most important thing is the construction of the faucet itself, which we will be getting to next. The handles of your faucet will be what you use the most. Therefore, you must choose wisely. Popular choices include: lever handles, cross handles, joystick, pushbuttons, knobs, and touch activated. Each of these options work well, but it’s important to find the one that’s right for you.

Construction

Heritage Wall-Mount Swivel Spout Farm Sink Faucet with Porcelain Lever HandlesThe construction of your faucet will determine its durability. There is also the question of how the valve works within the spout. Washerless faucets use rubber O-rings which controls the flow of water. These are excellent faucets, very durable. Faucets with a washer are the most common type of faucets. Look at the faucet you have now and you’ll probably see the washer in the middle of the spout.

Beyond those two types of construction, washerless and faucets with washers, there are two other types which are not as common. Ball faucets have a rotating ball which controls the flow of water. The ball that is used can come in different materials. It is best to stay away from ones made of plastic, and instead, stick to ones made of metal. Ceramic disc faucets are the most reliable faucets. Two ceramic discs move against one another which controls the flow of water. The seal on ceramic disc faucets is water tight!

Archery

Should I Start Doing Archery?

Yes. Yes, you should. Here are eight reasons why:

ArcheryZombie Apocalypse

Let’s face it: we know this is going to happen sooner or later. So, why not be prepared? Guns run out of ammo. And yes, sure, you can run out of arrows, but you can make arrows so much easier than you can make bullets. And at this point, you wouldn’t have to feel bad about killing trees, because the Zombies will make it so life as we know it is over and no one is releasing greenhouse gasses and there’s no worry about global warming. Just global zombieism.

Rude People

Ever been to a party and there’s that bro in the back laughing hysterically and not sharing his funny story with you? Don’t you just think to yourself, “Boy I wish I could put an arrow in his shoulder!” (or knee, or head, or whatever body part is your favorite)? With archery and using compound bow, you could do just that! And sure aim is hard, but let’s face it, you don’t really care where that arrow ends up, just so long as he shuts up. Am I right?

Security Duty

They say the job market is returning. I’m not so sure about that. More and more people seem to be looking for more and more jobs. But guess what! With your new archery skills you could get hired as a security guard! Visualize this: You, carrying compound bow and arrow, riding on top of one of those giant trucks banks use to secure funds, killing evil villains as they try and steal everyone’s money! Can’t beat that. I bet everyday would be different, and I’m sure there are really good benefits too.

Game Of Thrones

So many people die on this show. You could be one of them! You don’t even really need to be able to ride a horse. Just standing and shooting arrows at the other side (which is the good side? No, those are the bad guys? Wait, no, everyone’s a bad guy. Damn.). Of course, if you do get hired to be an extra on Game of Thrones, it’s highly likely you’ll die. No in fact, it’s 90% probable you will die. No, sorry. You. Will. Die.

Good Exercise

Any exercise is good right? Archery will help tone up those muscles, right?

No Controversy!

Everyone hates guns. Everyone loves guns. Those are the two sides. But with archery and using any types of compound bow, nobody cares! There’s no controversy! You don’t have lobbyists on either side. There’s no scary “Arrows don’t kill people, people kill people” slogans! You’re home free. You don’t have to argue anymore. It’s over. It’s done. You win because you do archery!

Hobbies No One Else Has Are Good

When you have a hobby no one else has that makes you unique. It doesn’t matter if it won’t make you friends. It doesn’t matter if it’s the only thing you talk about all the time. It doesn’t matter if it drives away your date on Saturday. The only thing that matters is that you are unique. They’ve been telling you you’re special for years, why not make it actually mean something.

Robin Hood

You could become the next Robin Hood. Cause, let’s face it, we need someone to be the next Robin Hood. We need someone to steal from the rich and give to the poor. We need someone…okay, you get it. Now go find some green tights, take some archery lessons, and let’s be done with it. Okay?

Advantages of fishing kayak

Kayak That Suits My Fishing Needs

Advantages of fishing kayakThere are two types of Kayaks when it comes to fishing. The Sit on Top kayak is more amenable to fishing, but it is less likely to keep you dry. The Sit in Kayak can make quickly grabbing your gear difficult, but you are more likely to stay dry. From those two different types there then comes tandem kayaks and inflatable kayaks. Today we’ll look at each of these types and share some examples of the best fishing kayak for each types.

Sit On Top Kayak

Sit on Top kayaks are the most common kayaks used for fishing according to NBC. They are especially good if you are the type of fisherman (or fisherwoman) who prefers to stand while they fish. If you do prefer to stand, my hat is off to you: fishing takes so many hours sometimes, that standing while fishing means you are getting quite the workout. Standing on top of a kayak will add to that work out, allowing you to get some balance workouts in as well. The best Sit on Top kayaks are The Malibu Kayak Stealth 14 Fish and Dive Package, and the Perception Sport Pescador 12 Kayak.

Sit In Kayak

Sit in Kayaks are for those who prefer to sit while they fish and also stay dry. If you’re not in any rush while fishing, these are the types of fishing kayaks for you. A more laid back type of fishing is important for a sit in kayak because these kayaks can make it difficult to get to the gear you need. Of course, all the gear you carry with you will be nice and dry. Most of the sit in kayaks have special storage places to keep everything out of the elements. The best Sit in Kayak is the Old Town 10-Foot Vapor 10 Angler Recreational Fishing Kayak.

Tandem Kayaks

Tandem kayaks are kayaks that have an extra seat, or extra space, for at least one extra person. These are good for those fishermen (or fisherwomen) who prefer to go fishing with friends. These may also be useful for those fishermen (or fisherwomen) who carry a ton of gear with them. The tricky part of a tandem kayak is how much bigger they are and therefore, how much more difficult it is to bring back and forth with you from your house to the water. Of course, if you’re fishing with friends, they’ll be able to help you! The best tandem kayak is the Lifetime Sport Fisher Kayak with Paddles and Backrest.

Inflatable Kayaks

Speaking of being able to transport your kayak, the inflatable kayaks are the easiest to move around! There are some tricks with inflatable kayaks. You have to be cautious that the one you buy isn’t one that might deflate on you while you’re in the water. This is especially true if you fish in the Florida Everglades. To avoid being eaten by an alligator, the best inflatable kayak is the Sevylor Inflatable Kayak. This kayak will not deflate while its in the water. Visit LoveKayak.com to read a complete review on this kayak.

In Summary

There are many types of kayaks out there. Depending on your preferences (and car size) any one of the kayaks mentioned above will work out well for you. It is a good idea to test the kayaks you’re interested in. Some lakes and rivers will have places you can rent kayaks from, which is a good way to start seeing what works for you. Good luck finding the right kayak, and happy fishing! Watch the video below to get a clearer idea of the types of kayaks available.