Posts by Pat Welch

Wilderness Survival: Patches For Your Leaking Boat

When your boat has a leak, you could buy commercial leak patches as a temporary fix. However, in the wilderness you do not have the option of running into the nearest boat and marine retailer to buy what you need. Here are some substitutes that you can find in nature to patch your boat and survive in the wild.

Pine Pitch

For hundreds of years, Native Americans collected the sap from pine trees and boiled it into a dark sticky mess. This pine tar, or pitch, was then used to cover their canoes and keep them together. If you are all alone with your boat in the middle of nowhere, try to get to shore. you can tap a pine tree in much the same way you would a maple for syrup. Collect at least three cups’ worth of the pine tree’s sap and then set it on a fire to boil. When it condenses down and gets dark and thick, take it off the fire and slather it over the leaking area. Put a layer of pine pitch on the outside first, let it dry, and apply a thin layer on the inside over the same area. Your boat is ready when the pitch is hard and does not move when you poke it.

Beaver Skins and Deer Pelts

The Native Americans of the past also used skins and pelts, wrapped tightly about their canoes, to prevent leaking. Beaver pelts are best because beavers have naturally waterproof fur. The beaver pelts are ideal for smaller holes, and the deer pelts for the bigger leaks. The downside to skins is that you will have to hunt these animals down, skin them, tan their hides, stretch them out in the sun, and then repair your boat with them. Unless you have a few weeks to spare, or you live in the wild already, the pine pitch may be a better and quicker solution.

For the Seriously Damaged Boat

Surviving in the wild means that you will have to dump a boat you cannot patch. If you decide to give up your life as mountain person and survivalist, you can always bring your boat into a boat repair shop like Idaho Water Sports and have it fixed. Professionals who work with wood and aluminum can use modern instruments to seal the holes up and seal off the leaks that spring from the seams of your metal boats.

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3 Tips To Help You Improve Your Short Game

How would you rate your short game? If it could use some improvement, you will find the following three tips useful. They will provide helpful hints on the spin, wedge shot, and the target area. Mastering the short game through training is the best approach to reduce your scores.

Spin Secrets

A ball with twist on it stops immediately when it hits on the green. To place more spin on the ball, open your posture. Shift your weight more than you usually would. Ensure that your swing is vertical and hit the ball using a pointed and descending shot that sends the ball fast up into the air. Don’t scoop it. Keep your wrists firm. Make contact the ball. This is going to create a divot. At the start of each round, be sure that you have clean grooves in your wedges.

Enhance That Wedge Shot

One of the ways to enhance wedge shot assurance would be to learn the spaces you hit with three distinct swing spans. The first is a swing that finishes together with the hands just below the waistline. The second is one where the hands go over the waistline. The last one is where the hands are at shoulder height near the highest part of the swing. With one of these spaces memorized, when you’re confronted using a pitch shot of a span that is given, it is possible to match the shot from among those swings.

Train to Get a Tiny Target Area – with a Hula Hoop

As you play a hole, you aim for targets that are increasingly smaller. To begin with, you aim for a broad sweep of the fairway. Then you train for the green. That is, a target that is smaller. Your final target is the hole. By means of the short game, you occasionally have to visualize your personal target, although all this is a visual cue.

Try utilizing a hula hoop when practicing. Learn how stops inside the outside of the hoop and to pitch the ball so that it bounces up. Hula hoops are usually 30 to 40 inches in diameter, big enough so that you’ve got a realistic goal, but little enough to train yourself to never leave over a 2- to 3-foot putt coming back. It is also possible to practice fantastic pitch-and-roll shots where you hit on the ball to the hoop and allow it to roll to the hole beyond it.

Using these three tips will help improve your short game. From learning the secrets of the spin to minimizing your target area, practice will, of course, make perfect. If you are serious about improving it, using a hula hoop should not be of concern. Contact a company like Sterling Golf Services for more information.

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