Darts for Beginners

Darts is a  game that is growing in popularity, leading to a huge uptake in the game by players of all ages. Although it isn’t the most physical of games it is a sport that requires a lot of accuracy and patience in order to improve. To help new players this guide will breakdown a number of aspects of the game of darts and also look at equipment that new players will need to consider buying if they want to enjoy the game of darts.

Choosing a Board

Finding the best dart board for you is probably one of the biggest choices you have to make when it comes to enjoying the darts in the comfort of your own home.

A dart board can have a huge impact on your overall enjoyment of the game, a high quality board looks, sounds and performs to a much higher level than a regular cheap board so investing in a good quality product is definitely worth the money.

There a number of brands that manufacturer dart boards so using the post above can definitely help when it comes to identifying the difference between a run of the mill product and one used by professionals both in tournaments and to practice with.

Why You Need the Right Darts

After you’ve chosen and purchased a dart board that is ideal for your needs, next you have to find the right darts to play with – perhaps your most important choice yet!

Now if you’re new to the game you may wonder why there are so many darts to choose from and what the difference is, but you only need to see how much care professionals take with their darts to see how much of an impact it can have on your game.

Pros like Phil Taylor, a legend of the game and Peter Wright often change their darts regularly, trying to find the right feel and style. Obviously if may not have the budget of a professional player and may only want a set of darts to play with socially so making the right choice is even more important as you don’t want to have to re-investment just a few months down the line.

Other Equipment

There are other pieces of equipment that may be worth purchasing but aren’t as necessary as a board and set of darts, one you have those you are ready to play and can get practicing right away.  If you do really want to kit yourself out you can purchase a cabinet for your board and a case to keep your darts safe but the most important thing is that you have fun and enjoy the game!

The Bro Zone have an excellent darts section comparing and reviewing a lot of the different equipment you need to play the game.

Golf Ball Finder Review

Any one who has ever played golf will know just how tough the game can be. In fact, as a professional sport it is probably one of the most frustrating games that you can ever play. There is just something about the sport that is just so hard to master, whether if it is the time it takes to get good at it or the sheer skill needed to pull off remarkable shots.

However the fact it is so hard to master also  makes golf one of the most addicting games around. The goal of challenging yourself to get better keeps players coming back again and again to try and improve their game, get better on the course and ultimately become a better golfer. This is exactly what a sport should do its just annoying that at times it can be so damn hard but if you’ve made it this far we’re guessing you are trying to make yourself a better golf and to do so there are a number of things you can do to take your game to the next level.

How to be a better golfer 

New clubs – new equipment can have a huge impact on your game. If you’ve noticed that you just can’t hit the ball as far as your friends then it might be time for a little upgrade. There is a reason the best players in the world on the PGA tour all use the same 5 or 6 brands and that is because they manufacture the best equipment.

A great way to cut shorts from your scorecard is to invest in the best clubs and you will definitely notice an improvement if you do. As well as new clubs, golf balls can also have a huge impact on your overall score but one the most annoying things about golf is just how many balls you can lose on a round.

There is nothing more annoying then buying brand new balls only to lose two straightaway on the same hole. This can make even the calmest of people annoyed so we can’t blame you for blowing off a little steam if this happens.

Another great way to improve your game is with a measuring device that will calculate how far you have to hit a green or pin, this can be a great friend when it comes to shot selection as you will know exactly how far you have to go and can play the right shot and club for the occasion, meaning no shots coming up short or going too long, perfect for all golfers!

 

 

Why You Should Wear Googles When You Swim – A Review

Many keen swimmers will know the benefits of why wearing googles is a must in the pool. We really could write all day about why you should wear googles, not only for performance but health reasons as well.  It just makes so much sense, yes at first you may be worried what you look like if you are only a social swimmer but one visit to your local pool and you will see why so many people wear them.

As already mentioned, we’re not going to mention all the benefits or all the reasons why you should be wearing swimming googles, you can check out brilliant guides like this that will tell you all you need to know. Instead here are 2 main reasons:

  • Chlorine and other chemicals in pools can irritate eyes
  • Googles allow you to see more clearly, meaning you can avoid an accident with other swimmers

There two reasons alone should be enough to convince you why you need to wear googles when swimming. However as everyone’s fitness routine is different the googles you need may be different as well.

Pool or Ocean?

Now for many of us, we aren’t lucky enough to have the choice between pool and ocean. For the majority we just have to stick to pools until we are lucky enough to visit a beach in a break at work or on holiday. Pool swimming is a lot different, the water is usually filled with chlorine and other chemicals which can effect eyes and the pool is usually divided in to sections which swimmers can use to swim lengths.

In the ocean things are slightly more different you have the whole ocean to swim in and unlike a pool it isn’t divided up! Just like a pool however, googles are still recommend but they may no necessarily be the same ones as which you would wear in a pool so it is worth reading some reviews online or other resources that break down the differences like this article here. 

Once you have an idea of why you’re swimming and what you want to achieve you will be able to find a perfect pair of googles for you in no time.

Why do you swim?

  • To get fit
  • To compete
  • Just for fun

Choosing one or two of the above will help you when it comes to reviewing the right swimming googles for your needs. Although a lot of people reading this may think surely there isn’t that much difference when it comes to swimming googles, where to answer your question..there is!

There a number of brands including leaders such as Speedo, and even sports giants Adidas have even started manufacturing swimming googles as well. This competition has led to a lot more innovation and swimming googles are now extremely futuristic. It also means there are swimming googles for all types of swimmers so you can always find googles that are perfect weather you’re looking to swim in a competition or just for fun at your local pool.

 

New Balance Soccer

Soccer is a physical game.  To support the fast-paced movements of the game, you will need tough and reliable soccer boots.  Yes, you will need a pair of shoes that will make you feel comfortable as you kick and run in the field.

There are many soccer shoes available today.  The most popular among them are those that come from the brands, Adidas, and Nike.  However, do you know that New Balance has recently introduced their new line of soccer shoes in the market?

Let’s take a look at some of them.

  • Furon Dispatch FG Soccer 5.5

This is designed to withstand the tough and strenuous soccer games.  It is made of fabric and synthetic.   The shoes is provided with studs which will manage the pressure in your feet as you run.

Its shipping weight is around 3 pounds, and its color is a combination of white, blue and red.  It has an attractive design. Its beautiful vibrant red color is dominant when viewed sideward.

  • Furon 2.0 Pro FG

Furon 2.0 Pro FG comes in three attractive colors.  You can choose from these unique colors: bright cherry with galaxy and firefly, white with atomic and barracuda, and alpha orange with tornado.

This new pair of shoes from New Balance has enough cushions to support you while you’re kicking that soccer ball.  The shoes are designed to allow maximum flexibility and movement.  The collar can be lowered, so that you can quickly shift movements from time to time.

  • Visaro Liga Full Grain FG

The design of the shoe is simple compared to the other New Balance soccer shoes.   Full Grain FG comes only in two different colors.  The colors available are black with firefly and white with vivid cactus.

To provide elasticity, the outsole of the shoe is made of TPU (thermoplastic polyurethane).  EVA (Ethyl Vinyl Acetate) is added to provide rubbery-feel softness, and to make the shoe flexible.  The studs of the shoe are durably placed to withstand the most strenuous soccer activity.

  • Visaro 2.0 Pro FG

This new pair from the popular shoe company, features vibrant colors and unique design. There’s only one color available for Visaro 2.0 Pro FG, typhoon with alpha orange.   This color is a combination of bluish gray and red.  Moreover, the surface of the shoe has a slight textured finish.

This show model provides superior control in every move.  With new pair, you can turn around and pivot with ease.  The interior of the shoe provides a comfortable feeling.  With this shoe you will feel like you are wearing your socks.

  • Visaro 2.0 Control AG

Control AG offers only one set of color which is also labeled as tornado with alpha orange.  The color combination is similar to that of “Pro FG”.  However, compared to “Pro FG”, the texture of the shoe is smooth and sleek.

This pair was designed to support you as you move.  The studs are strategically placed anywhere in the shoes, to provide precision as you turn, run, and maneuver the field.  This shoe will make you feel warm and cozy, so you can focus more on your goal.

  • Visaro 2.0 Control FG

This shoe model is similar to Pro FG and Control AG in design and color.  Like Control AG, this mode has a smooth texture on the surface.  You will never notice the difference between Control AG and Control FG until you look at the design and positioning of its studs.

Control FG will provide you with a comfortable feel.  This pair is designed to support your feet in every move.  The shoe has an EVA foot sole which provides cushioning and flexibility.

Although these soccer shoes are new in the market, they are of good quality and have sophisticated designs.  They may not be as popular as those from Adidas and Nike, but New Balance soccer shoes have what it takes to win the hearts of every soccer enthusiasts.

Adidas vs Nike: Who Really Wins?

When it comes to football boots, the competition between Adidas and Nike can be likened to the supposed rivalry between football stars Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, who were respectively sponsored by the brands. Both are highly competitive, constantly developing new technology for comfort, durability and increased performance of their boots for the football market to devour. Even their advertising is a battle on its own, securing endorsements from famous professional footballer players left and right.

Although the choice of a brand still depends on the customer’s needs and preference, this is an article that can help to compare both brands of football boots at various categories of performance.

The categories include Control, Speed, Power, Hybrid and Heritage. Each boot falling under a particular category caters to the needs of different consumers with different playing styles by enhancing particular features to enhance performance in a particular area. For instance, attackers and midfielders who do a lot of running around are best suited with lightweight boots that enhance their speed or a speed and power hybrid which helps with both agility and ball impact.

Media and Sponsorship Impact

In terms of media and sponsorship impact and overall brand recognition, Nike is the leader. At the recently concluded Euro 2016, one of the biggest events of the year for both sportswear brands, we could easily see which one dominates. For football boot player sponsorship, Nike got 60% of the overall sponsorship while Adidas only has 31%. For kit sponsorship, Adidas was able to sponsor 9 teams, or 37%, while Nike sponsored 6 teams, or 25%. Adidas was the official tournament sponsor for this event.

In terms of endorsers, this time Adids has Gareth Bale, Paul Pogba and Mesut Ozil. On the other hand, Nike has its resident golden boy Cristiano Ronaldo, Wayne Rooney and Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Nike also has relatively more followers and likes on social media.

Materials to choose

Both brands use a variety of materials in making their boots. Most of them include kangaroo leather, synthetic leather, and ‘high-tech’ hybrid variants such as Kanga-Lite and Primeknit which are used by Nike; Taurus, Hybridtouch and Flyknit used by Adidas.

The general consensus seems to be that Nikes take longer to break in, is slightly more expensive, durability is bad and very thin. Adidas is known for more comfort, thicker inner lining and durability.

Battle of the Boots

Speed

When it comes to speed, the Adidas F50 (synthetic) and the Nike Mercurial Vapor (Teijin fiber) are the representatives of being lightweight. However, in terms of weight, the F50 is lighter at 5.8 oz compared to the Mercurial, which weighs 6.6 oz.

I guess Adidas wins this round.

Traditional classic

The classics line of both brands are both tried and tested with time, and both are made of kangaroo leather, the arguably most comfortable material for football boots. The Adidas Copa line boasts of tradition, durability and longevity. While the Nike Premier line delivers its promise in being a boot that will stand the test of time.

Due to equal recognition by both professional and amateur players alike, this round is a tie.

Hybrid: Control and Power

The Adidas Predator LZ features a trimmed down power zone with emphasis on the “lethal zones”, which are said to be the best parts of the foot for powerful kicks of a ball. Meanwhile, the Nike CTR360 is said to be a boot focusing on control for attack.

Adidas wins this round due to the versatility and well-roundedness of its features.

Power

The Adidas adiPower Predator has a “predator zone” feature, which is a silicon design at certain regions of the boot that adds extra bounce when striking the ball. The Nike T90 Larser IV boasts of an Adaptive Shield on its strike zone, ensuring the “perfect strike”.

For this round, Nike takes the “perfect strike”.

Heritage

Both the Adidas adiPure and Nike Tiempo Legend are modern classics without being outdated or too techie. The adiPure’s upper is modified with Duracoat, while the Tiempo is a modern take on Nike traditional hybrids which shares its features with its fellow boots.

For seamlessly incorporating the classic and the modern, Adidas wins.

It looks like a tie for this brand battle, since media branding-wise; Nike dominates, while Adidas is better at the technological aspect of football boots.

 

 

 

Reviews Are What We Do

Do you love soccer? Do you love reviews? If you answered Yes to one, or both of those questions then stick around because you’re definitely in the right place. We are about to dive head first into to all things soccer and sports related to deliver high class, interesting, in-depth, comprehensive reviews.

As sports people ourselves we know how hard it is to find the right gear. You may see your favourite soccer playing wearing the new Adidas boots but how we really know they’re good, and more importantly how do we know if they’re worth spending $200s on! To help you with this we put together this site, to review everything we can get our hands on so you don’t have to basically!

We will try to remain neutral to deliver great reviews that really help you out as we know how hard it is to get your hands on the latest sports gear without having to worry if it will be out of date or out of fashion in 4 weeks’ time. Now the products we review will last and we know that because we’ve tried every single one of them so we only review the best.

So if you’re looking for reviews about just anything sport related then stick about as you won’t be disappointed. Unfortunately at the moment we can’t guarantee how regular we will be, we hope we can do enough on a frequent basis but we cant promise anything just yet. What we can promise is the reviews we do get live – at least 2 a month – will be extremely high in quality and we really do believe in the manta quality over quantity. Why do you want lots of not great reviews when you can have one that covers everything you need to know in one place. So there you have our say, its the first of many in depth posts and please get in touch with any questions but more important what you want us to review next.