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Ivation Waterproof Bluetooth Floating Speaker

Now that the warmer weather is here, it's time to say buh-bye to the brutally cold days of winter and hello to the swimming pools that has been sadly underused for months. You can finally take off the pool cover and enjoy a wet wonderland of swimming pool floats and loungers, as well as the best water toys you and your kids have used in ages. Now don't get us wrong we're not saying to unleash your inner Borat in a mankini, but we are all for diving into a swimming pool as a refreshing activity on a scorching hot day. Have fun and even get a great workout while you're at it!

Here are the best in swimming aids, inflatable floats, pool games for adults, swimming games for boys and girls, and more. You'll find the latest and best ways to beat the heat this summer. You might even want to pop open a few brewskies and continue enjoying the cold ones after you retire to the man cave at the end of the day. Of course, be responsible when drinking in the pool (the lair might be another story).

SWIMMING POOL FLOATS AND LOUNGERS

Inflatable Floats for Adults That Really Make a Splash

Get the ultimate adult-oriented experience for the pool with the Ginzick Inflatable Floating Pool Bar Lounge. It removes that pesky experience of having to lift yourself out of the pool to grab a Bud Light or other bottle of choice. You can brag to your buddies that you have a swim-up bar in your pool. You might even entice a gal or two to stop by the house. The bar table includes cup holders and 4 inflatable chair loungers so you can stay close by the best spot at the pool (and keep your bud's mitts off your cold one).

Inflatable Floats for Adults
Or, you might want to go for a modern take on pool loungers with an inflatable couch in the water that's perfect for chillaxing all day - just put on the sunscreen or you'll wind up looking like the twin of the lobster that you plan to have for dinner later. We like the Ozark Trail Floating Couch for its sporty look and ability to fit up to 3 people on it. Of course, you could just kick out your friends and lay out on it all by yourself - after all, your own company is the best, right? (Just don't ask your friends that question as you might not like the answer).

With these adult pool toys, you'll create the atmosphere of R&R that you've wanted since you started your workweek, which was only a couple of hours ago...

Hacks to Blow A Pool Float


  • There are more ways to inflate pool toys than just using an air pump. What, you don't believe us? Check out these 3 hacks:
  • The Shop Vac - For just $15 you can inflate your swimming floats as well as pick up water from your hot water tank when it finally kicks the bucket (been there). Get the full scoop from this YouTube video.
  • The Hair Dryer - Just put it on the cool setting to inflate the pool furniture. You might have to hold the nozzle right up to the inflatable's plug the whole time you blow it up but just think of the money you're saving here.
  • The Trash Bag - We're talking about the plastic variety here, not the paper kind, and use a big one. This genius approach (no, we didn't come up with it ourselves, but we are mildly clever by some standards) involves opening the garbage bag into the air and catching a bunch of air, then sealing the bag's end to the mattress and laying on it to create air flow to the inflatable. Repeat a few times, if needed - easy!

Teenage Time

Unique Pool Floats That Make the Cut with Even the Most Critical Teens

When your teen is feeling stressed out from homework, an annoying sibling, or the way that you're breathing at the moment, you'd better step out of the way and just let him or her be. Yes, you've learned that trick one or two thousand times by now. Super dad? You're getting there. 

Colorful Outdoor Games for Teenagers

Get even one step closer with the rainbow Popsicle Inflatable from H2Whao.

This unique pool mattress is 58 inches long and perfect for when your teen wants to nap or huff and puff the day away like one of the 3 pigs from that famous nursery rhyme.

Ah, yes, you remember that story, right, from the days when you were able to comfort them with picture books...

That was back in the "easier" years; only you didn't know you had it so good back then.

Now, picture your teen lying on a giant rainbow Popsicle in the pool. It sounds like something you did back in the 1970s when you were smoking a little weed, doesn't it? This float makes the cut with the cool crowd, also known as your teen and the best friend that always seems to be "diving" into your fridge, in addition to the pool. 

Kid Zone

Swim Aids for The Kids in The Crew

Your kids will make a splash safely in the pool this summer with swim training aids. Yes, we're talking about the arm floaties but also there are some great swim vests and life jackets out there that work great for keeping your youngin' afloat and making them smile with cute characters on them.

Think along the likes of this Disney Finding Dory PFD Life Jacket. You can also get it in Frozen, Marvel, or Star Wars designs, depending on who is the hero for your little one. Adjust the waist belts and the strap between the legs to get a custom fit that helps improve their stability and control in the water. It's a tad small for you, though, daddy dearest.

Batman Learn to Swim Kids Life Jacket

If your kid's between 2 and 8, you can give him wanna-be abs to die for with this fun Batman Swim Vest.

The EPE foam moves with his body shape rather than holding him back as he learns to swim. He'll love being like his favorite caped crusader - only he won't sink the way Ben Affleck did in the movie role of Batman.

sunny patch shark kickboard

By the way, Affleck not only sunk but also stunk (minor rant, pardon us) in the film.

We're also loving this Melissa & Doug Sunny Patch Spark Shark Kickboard that helps children develop their swimming skills while having fun with such a cool board. Kids will get a kick out of the Spark Shark character - literally!

Oh Baby

Baby Swimming Floats: You're Not the Only Baby Anymore

There's a new kid baby in town. And this little one's got a set of lungs! But you're feeling unconditional love for the latest member of the family and want the baby to learn to swim. Obviously, the safety of the baby swimming seat is essential, so we're only selecting items here that have at least 4 stars and several positive reviews on Amazon.

Intex Whale Infant Float Seat

Your baby will be the target of the "oohs" and "ahhs" in this Intex Whale Baby Float that makes it appear as though the infant is sitting in the middle of a huge whale with its inflatable tail in the air.

The swimming seat has smooth leg holes for easy use and high comfort, with two air compartments to enhance security. The tail doubles as a sun shade for your little guy or gal (age 1 or older) in the pool. Welcome to the mac daddy level of baby float seat choices! 

Oh, and if you're wondering how to clothe baby in the pool, there's a baby float suit that gives them the buoyancy they need as they begin to swim (and so you can breathe comfortably again). This Swim School Aqua Tot Trainer has over 500 reviews online and 4.5 stars, and for good reason.

Check out the ingenious design of the inflatable swim tube trainer. This swim aid fits over swimsuits, and the tube that goes around the infant's waist lets them paddle freely while also feeling safe. They'll become more confident with each time in the pool! We love the bright yellow color of the water suit too, like sunshine.

Or, you can start to get your little warrior into the water with this Stearns Puddle Jumper Deluxe Life Jacket in fun blue camouflage design. It's a float suit for babies (30-50lbs) that help them learn to swim and is U.S. Coast Guard-approved. It is also backed by close to 2,000 online reviews and an impressive 4.5-star rating.

Water Safety Tips for New Parents

Make sure baby is safe in or around water, whether it's the pool, open water, tub, or elsewhere, by remembering to: 

  • Wait until the baby can hold their head up on their own before taking them to the pool or open water. This usually happens around 5 months old.
  • Put a flotation device on your infant any time you're around or in water. Make sure it fits properly and is approved by the US Coast Guard.
  • Ensure your pool has a drain safety system. An auto pump shutoff, for example, can save a life if anyone is unexpectedly pulled underwater by the suction of an ill-performing drain.
  • Take an infant / child CPR safety course.
  • Remove water toys from the water and around the pool when you don't want the baby to go near it; the infant might otherwise want to play with them and risks falling into the water.
  • Teach your little bundle of joy about water safety rules, such as never going near the water without an adult.

SWIMMING POOL GAMES

Adult Central

Pool Party Games for Adults: A Different Kind of Wet

Invite your buds over and head into the backyard pool this weekend. Rather than just swimming laps, why not play the ultimate host and have some pool party games for adults ready when they arrive? There's the Intex Pool Volleyball Game that ships with the net, inflatable posts, and ball, so you're all set to play right away.

Or maybe you're more for the "less sober" approach. Enter the Port-O-Pong Inflatable Beer Pong Table. Just put your red solo cups into the 20 recessed cup holders on the raft and keep the 2 drinking cup holders at each side filled to the brim with cold ones.

Beer Pool Games for Adults

The heavy-duty vinyl means no worries when you bring this mattress into the pool at your next party. Now it's time to get drinking playing games. Feel free to modify the rules as you sip like. Of course, the party game float comes in all-American blue.

Ivation Waterproof Bluetooth Floating Speaker

And now you need some tunes, which is why you'll want to get your hands (and ears) on the Ivation Waterproof Bluetooth Floating Speaker.

It works with MP3, Android, or iPhone, and the floating design keeps it above water all the time. You'll like the trippy blue mood lighting on this one too.

It's got a 33-foot clear streaming range, just in case you want to brag about the size of your, er, pool.

And when you want to take up the adult pool party experience another notch, why not mix your love of card games with water goodness? If you're a betting man then you'll want to put your money on the Texas Hold'em Inflatable Pool Poker Set with Card Table.

This fun game from Bestway even comes with 4 floating pool lounge chairs, a deck of waterproof playing cards, dealer button, and mesh accessory storage bag. All made of durable vinyl. Let's get dealing, folks! Yup, summer love isn't the only thing playing the odds these days.

Pool party games for adults like these ones are perfect for hot summer days and having a few laughs with your buds. Maybe they'll even invite a hot woman or two to play the adult pool party games with you too. Now that's the kind of hot you can feel comfortable with, wink wink.

Teen Angst Be Gone

Rule the Pool with These Outdoor Games for Teenagers

Tired of spending half an hour just trying to get your teen to crack a smile?

They'd rather text friends than hang with the family but you'll soon become the cool dad by giving the youngsters some Emoji Inflatable Beach Balls for poolside fun.

Yellow Inflatable Emoji Balls for the Pool

Each ball has an emoji face design like on your teen's phone; only there'll be no phone in sight as he or she races around the yard with the balls and friends before heading to the pool. Take a pic to prove they're actually getting off the couch and being active (winky face emoji).

As you might have already figured out from the one or two words you are able to drag out of your teen's mouth, technology is very popular with the young age group. So, why not treat your spawn to the Banzai Motorized Wave Cruiser Pool Rider? Water toys and gear don't get much better than this. It might even score you a few bonus points wth the youth that you can later cash in when you want them to take out the garbage.

Water Blaster and Wave Cruizer

The inflatable pool rider features a motorized steering unit and includes a water blaster. It's got non-stop ammo too because the teen can just take the water from the pool - so watch out dad if you asked them to clean their room that day cause it's payback time!

Catch a wave! It's a racer alright, zooming at 1.2ft per second across your pool. With a 100lb weight capacity though you won't be getting on this one, dad, even if your teen offered to share it (aka if hell froze over).

The material is sturdy PVC, and it's battery operated. For backyard fun, all arrows point to pool party games like this one.

Kids in the Water

Avoid the 3 Most Dreaded Words: "I'm Bored, Dad"

Swimline Giant Swimming Pool Toys

It's about time your kids learned that bigger is better, right?

Get them the Swimline Giant Shootball Inflatable Pool Toy that lets them pursue their love of basketball even when they're in the pool. You won't have to dodge the "I'm bored" bullet for a while, daddy-o.

This floating game has multiple ports for several players and comes with one ball. Your rugrats will love swimming pool toys like this one that they can invite their friends over to play. Dude, your kid's finally popular (time to fist bump).

And teens aren't the only ones loving tech these days. Your kids and their friends will get a kick (and heave-ho) out of the Sea Doo Dolphin Seat Scooter with Go Pro Mount. This awesome propulsion vehicle is designed for children 8 years and up.

Pool Scooter

It propels you your teen at up to 2 miles per hour, and the deepest it can go is 15.5 feet. You'd better believe you'll be borrowing this one from your little tyke.

The motorized water toy is lightweight at only 12lbs, believe it or not. Safety features - yes! - include floating body, protective grill, safety lock, and auto shutoff.

Another of the swimming pool toys to amuse your ankle biters is the classic Swim Thru Rings that help your kids test their underwater swimming skills. These classic swimming aids are great for children of any swimming level and have fun designs of turtles and fish on them.

Oh and if you're having trouble even getting your kids outside, show them this 3G smartwatch that has games, music, sounds, and even enables you as the parent to chat with them from where you're lounging in your man cave or elsewhere.

In the Mood for Water Balloon Games? They're Cheap & Fun Entertainment (Kinda Like You)


  • Hula Hoop Water Balloon Toss - One person holds a hula hoop while players take turns tossing the water balloon through the hoop. Basic but classic!
  • Leaky Water Balloon Toss - Poke small holes into water balloons with a safety pin. Stand in a group and toss the balloons around. Don't be the last one holding the balloon when it runs dry - wear year swimsuit, daddy!
  • Water Balloon Toss - Form pairs and stand in two rows. Toss the balloons back and forth in this game, taking one step backward with each catch. Be the winning pair to still be going without popping the balloon. Go team go!
  • Water Balloon Dodge Ball - Divide your buds into equal teams and give each team the same number of water balloons. Yell "Go!" and then try to take out players on the other team by hitting them with a water balloon. The team left with the most players when no water balloons are left wins the action-packed activity.

Want to Clean the Pool Easier Than Ever?

Dolphin Adult Pool Toys

The pool floor, walls, and cove can all get mucky now with all of these swimming games for boys and girls, not to mention the adult water fun.

Get a spotless pool again with the Dolphin Advantage Plus RC Robotic Pool Cleaner. It comes with a wall-climbing brush and remote control for manually moving the robot.

Or just use the 1-hour clean cycle for a fresh pool in almost no time at all! The patented swivel cable helps prevent any pesky tangling of the cable. 

Whether you want to play pool party games for adults, plan outdoor games for teenagers, or get the newest swimming pool toys for your youngest kids, we hope you're full of fun ideas now. Beat the heat and enjoy the water with swimming pool parties and inflatable floats this summer! 

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Men's Luxury Bedding Collections

One of the top things 20-something-year-olds Google is how often to wash their bed sheets. Sure, you've come a long way since then, but you still might not know how to get the right manly bed sheets for your personality. Good thing we're here to help you unlock your style, so you can be comfortable at home, even when you have to leave the man cave to get some shut-eye. Yup, men need their beauty sleep too. We knew it before the movie Inception became cool (just sayin').

To find the manly bed sheets right for you, we've organized our top picks into 5 overarching types, which each link to a kind of guy. Yeah, we know you're more than just a category, and everyone is unique (especially when they've had one too many cold ones) but trust us on this one, okay?  

THE HUNTER

Camo Bedding Sets for Total Immersion

Camo Bedding Set for Daryl Dixon Hunter Type

Maybe you're like Daryl Dixon with his Horton Scout HD 125 crossbow going after zombies in The Walking Dead. Or, perhaps you're more of a shooter with his hunting rifle, on the lookout for wild game. Either way, you'll do well to blend into your surroundings with camouflage. Camo bedding sets are exactly what you need as you rest after a day of hunting. The adventurer in you deserves a rest.

For when you want to feel like the king of the jungle, swap out the camouflage sheets for leopard bedding instead. Go for the gold (and leopard spots) by choosing Egyptian cotton leopard print bed sheets for your King Size bed (hell, you deserve it!). These ones have a 650 thread count and the best cotton comes from Egypt, in case you didn't know. Feel the luxury, which you so deserve after a long day out hunting down your dinner.

Western Bedding for Men

Or, if you'd much rather reflect your western style in your bedroom, go for rustic sheets, linens, and comforter sets.

Western bedding doesn't get much better than a quilt set that is all Lone Star and no coward. Pair the soft bedding with Western Star pillowcases and off-white fitted and flat sheets for a bed that appeal to your rustic roots.

Want to take more inspiration from western or country bedding? We don't blame you. Let's put on your cowboy hat and have a think, shall we? Use traditional wood for cabinets and drawers to give the bedroom that country feel. A four-poster bed would look great too with western bedding.  Add in some vintage accessories, like a wooden floor clock, silver buckets filled with rolled up blankets, and old suitcases for stashing away hunting memorabilia.

But, no, you say, I love the satin sheets. Yes, we understand, satin is sexy, especially when there's a special lady in the bedroom with you. In this case, the satin zebra sheet set may be just what the hunter of love needs to get his "target." We like the Divatex Home Fashions choice because it is machine washable and has elastic corners to make the bed easily.

Get other hunting decorating ideas for your man cave, bedroom, and other rooms of the home from our post for the hunting enthusiast.

THE OUTDOORSMAN

Manly Bedding The Outdoorsman Loves

Cabin Bedding Trumps Dusty Bear Rug

You spend 90% of your day outside and only come in when it's time to eat or snooze. Sound familiar? You're an outdoorsman all the way, not that there's anything wrong with that. Bring the outdoors in with beach bedding.

It could be that you choose an easy-care flannel blanket in sky blue to go over your sheet on your Twin, Queen, or King Size bed.

The microfiber material is durable and just throw it in the washing machine if you spill some hot sauce on it while eating in bed (you were multitasking, you clever man you). This blanket that resembles a sunny blue sky is wrinkle and fade resistant so you can even take the beach bedding outdoors to lay on as you enjoy a warm summer day. 

Or, maybe you want cabin bedding, like the manly Woolrich Williamsport comforter set (shown above). It has all the rustic charm you want with plaid and a deep gray that balances out the pops of red. It's inviting yet also cool to the max (just like you).

Wondering what to put with your cabin bedding to complete the room? On the walls, hang canvas prints of bucks or wolves, while antler wall hooks can be where you hang your robe or coat. Line your bookshelves with your favorite guides on game birds, outdoorsman's cookbooks, fresh water fishing, and more.

THE PLAYER

Duvet Covers for Men Are the New Lure to the Lair

The Player with Playboy Bedding

If you're a player, then the ladies can't seem to get enough of you, inside and outside of the bedroom. But we're just sticking with the sheets story here, and it's about lots of sex and treating her like a princess while you're with her yet not committing to her 24/7.

Face it, you're a Playboy fanatic, lovin' the array of bodies that come into your lair. Better get Playboy bedding to suit your image. She'll probably get a pick out of the Playboy Bunny blanket you lay across the bed before you get laid.

The Player and His dkny Bedding

Part of treating her right is pampering her with champagne, a bubble bath, and luxurious sheet sets like dkny bedding.

This red stripe duvet cover is an example of dkny bedding at its best with the super soft cotton material that is lightweight enough to stay on the bed year round (although she might not stay more than a season). The bright red color is romantic yet sexual, which are all the qualities that she sees in you, sexy devil.

Why not put black bedding underneath to enhance the red color? You'll look amazing as the Hercules you are, lying on the black sheets. 

Elegant Comfort black bedding is wrinkle and fade resistant, so that it will make it through the fun nights ahead without issue, along with your manly bits. It's anything but the boring hotel bedding for this player, and you've likely seen your share of hotels, my friend. We've heard stories!

THE BALLER

Modern Betting Sets and Hennessy

Luxury Bedding Collections to Lay It out in Style

If you're living large, then you are a "baller." You might open a bottle of Hennessy in your man cave and then take to the bedroom with a glass for your better other half. 

You two can relax with drinks and cigars on luxury bedding collections like the Tensel Jacquard gold silk and satin bed set that includes a matching duvet cover, flat sheet, and pillowcase. It goes perfectly with your gold lair and the gold sink faucets in the bathroom.

Cashmere sheets are another option, but, of course, you'll have to buy luxury bedding collections for the rest of your social circle too, in true baller fashion.

Watch out, there's a baller in the house, yo.

Or you might envision modern bedding sets that have gold dots or metallic printed bling sheets in black and silver or black and gold.

Modern Bedding Sets

Soft microfiber is the way to go as you won't want any chafing to happen during the night that interferes with your distinguished good looks.

Ahem, just try not to spill any of the Hennessy on the sheets. Of course, if you do, you can just get new sheets but, well, us common folk like to offer practical advice sometimes...

Oh and while we're still in the bedroom, let's finish decorating by adding in a shaggy faux fur rug and black bed pillow with the word "sexy" written in silver on it. 

Quick Tips for Best Masculine Bedding


Men's Luxury Bedding Collections
  • Gray always looks chic and masculine
  • Crisp white sheets always make a room look fresh, no matter the comforter or duvet 
  • Add in one bold color, such as red, to make a statement
  • Dark colors like brown, gray, and black always look great in the dude's bedroom
  • Patterns add sophistication; try a patterned sheet set with a solid duvet or vice versa

tHE NERD

Super Heroes and Periodic Tables Equals Total Sleep Domination

Nerds are cool these days, so why not let your inner geek shine through? Get a Star Trek pillow case or sheets with your favorite superhero on them. If you're an Avengers fan, get bedding to match your man cave!

Geeky Men's Bedding

Or choose a Science theme for your bedroom and start with the Element of Focus (F-O-Cu-S) for your Full, Queen, or King duvet cover. The blue colors go great with solid white sheets and gray accents around the bedroom, not to mention the chemistry set in the corner.

You might instead want to get a spaceship, X-Men, or Hobbit-inspired bedding. Just throwing out more fun and geeky bedroom ideas!
pizza bed cover

Alternatively, maybe you have a major love of pizza and want to express it throughout your home. Get pizza bedding to fill your decor appetite, like the Creative Pizza Bedding Set with duvet cover and two pillow covers. Or. choose instead Emoji bedding that has all the expressions you love to use on your smartphone while you should really be working.

By now you likely have a good idea of how to best show off your personality through your bedroom style. Bedding isn't just something you use to keep a layer between you and the mosquitos. Nope, it's also a way to create the coolest vibe for your room. Whether you choose camo bedding sets, cabin bedding, black bedding, modern bedding sets, or another type, you can be proud of how you express your guy style. 

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foosball tips for everyone

If you are just getting started or looking to make a foray into the exciting and intense world of foosball, you probably want to be acquainted with the basics first. Here are five top foosball tips from buying the best foosball table for your needs, to developing your foosball playing skills, to proper maintenance.

Buying your first foosball table

While a good foosball table will cost you a little more, it is a worthwhile investment that will offer years’ worth of service. You want to buy a solid and stable table weighing not less than 200 pounds with a recommended rail thickness of 1 ½ inches. Another feature to look out for is the shape of the foosball men’s toes— buy a table with men whose toes are pointed and have a cross-hatching design for better ball control.

You also want to ensure that the foosball men are counterbalanced to allow a smooth and fair one on one game. Ensure that the table has octagonal shaped wooden handles to allow a comfortable handgrip and efficient shooting.

A good foosball table should come with adjustable legs so you can lower or raise the table at your convenience. Lastly, look out for tables with sticky foosballs; avoid smooth foosballs because their lack of grip makes it difficult to pin them down against the table, making for a frustrating game.

How to Serve: Foosball Serving Tip

Did you know that you could serve the ball to yourself in foosball? That’s right. Here’s the thing, if your intention is to only get the ball through the hole, you are actually giving your opponent an easy chance to score. So, what you want to do instead is to sharpen your ball spinning skills so that at the drop, you can spin the ball toward the men on your midfielder rod. Dropping the ball in this way gives you greater control over the game.

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Shooting: Foosball shooting tips for beginners

One of the most common challenges for beginners is gripping the foosball handle.

Instead of holding too hard onto the handle, you want to keep your hands flexible so you can spin the handles swiftly and with minimal resistance. Essentially, there should be some minimal space between your hands and the handle.

Another important shooting tip is to ensure that you turn your wrist swiftly while spinning the rod 180 degrees to make effective shots. Most beginners typically turn their wrist a quarter way, so you find the shot is not strong enough due to lack of speed.

Here’s a great tip to improve your speed and your shots as well: spin the handle with open hands so that the handle just rolls on your wrist (instead of gripping it). Try this a couple of times until you get it right; it could improve your shots immensely.

Maintenance tips: How to maintain your foosball table

One way to lubricate and clean the rod is to slide the rubber bumpers across the length of the rod. This works just fine to get rid of the build-up on the rod. Some silicone typically remains inside the bumper and the sliding motion will lubricate the rod slightly to make it smoother and to allow for a faster spin.

A word of caution, if you want your foosball bumpers to last longer, don’t slide them up and down the rod too frequently—this should be a one-off maintenance tip.

A best practice is to simply slather the rod with more silicone for lubrication and cleansing. To apply silicone, squeeze it onto a cotton rag and rub it along the length of the rod. Stay away from WD-40 D0—while this type of silicone will lubricate your rods, the results will only be short-lived. WD-40 will dry out your bearings and bumpers causing your table to wear out pretty fast.

So, to wrap it up, look to purchase a high quality table if you are serious about playing foosball; it may cost you more but it is entirely worthwhile. Be sure to look at features such as the men’s toes, ball consistency, and the table’s stability.

When it comes to playing technique, what is really important is practicing your handle gripping, speed and ball control tactics. Finally, to get the most from your foosball table, be sure to undertake regular maintenance according to the recommend best practices.

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Step by Step How to Level a Foosball Table

Can you picture trying to play a foosball game on an unleveled table? It just won’t happen.

Having a thoroughly leveled table is the first step to ensuring that your foosball game is fair, enjoyable and practicable.A leveled table keeps the ball from rolling around and allows you to set up your shots.

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You want to buy a good quality table that you can level easily. A cheap table that is not leveled from the get go will give you quite a headache and trying to fix it will not work at all. Here is a detailed guide to leveling a good quality foosball table.

What you will need:

Spacers:
These can be plastic, wooden or cardboard blocks. Spacers may be optional if your table already comes with adjustable spinning legs.​

​Leveling Your Foosball Table

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Ensure that your foosball table is on a solid and stable surface. If the table has adjustable legs, be sure that the legs are tightly screwed in to ensure that all legs are even and none is higher or lower.

2

Place the two foot carpenter’s level on one side of the table’s rails. In case the table is unstable, the bubble in the vial will move toward the higher end of the table.

3

Prior to adjusting the table, use the torpedo level to confirm the placement of the table’s playing surface both vertically and horizontally.

After determining the location of the bubble in the vial and toward which direction it is travelling, you want to make this side of the table higher to bring the bubble at the center of the black lines. It is also important that you lift the side opposite to where the bubble is moving.

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Ask another person to lift the table so you can unscrew the legs or insert spacers beneath the leg that needs adjusting. Do the same for the remaining table legs to ensure the bubble is brought to the center irrespective of the direction the level is placed.

Using levelers for tables with adjustable spinning legs

You will find that some foosball tables come with spinning leg levelers. Well, these are not part of the table; instead, they come as after sale features. The levers can be great if you know how to use them because you would only need to spin them to adjust and level the table instead of using the spacers.

High-end tables typically come with the option of adjustable legs, further reiterating the need to buy a good quality table. Another advantage of higher-end tables is that they come with thicker legs that offer more stability than those with skinny legs.

A rule of thumb is that you should only adjust 1-3 foosball table legs and this should ideally be done once a month. If you play foosball very often and for long periods, you may need to adjust the table regularly, perhaps every other week to enjoy a stable playing surface.

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Book for New Parents

Come out alive! It’s treacherous territory having an infant in the house (or anywhere else, for that matter). Now you can learn from the mistakes of other parents in The Infant Survival Guide book by Robert Oram.

It’s not like being a new parent is hard or anything, right? NOT!

It’s like going into a minefield and wondering when the next dirty diaper or vomit will be flung your way. It’s not safe out there, so it’s best to be armed with the knowledge of what others in your same situation have gone through already.

Read about how to avoid oops and f*ck ups with The Infant Survival Guide. It includes funny illustrations by Brielle Wilchinsky of what not to do along with the stories of baby-handling gone wrong. Chuckle at the pictures of right and wrong in a range of situations, while secretly thinking that you just saved yourself a lot of time by not doing what is shown as being wrong on the page.

You’ll navigate the world with a bit of experience on your side when you have this book on your coffee table (which you still have to baby proof, by the way). You may want to lock it away in a drawer though so baby can’t break into it and snatch away your wise reference book from you. Hey, stranger things have happened (as you will soon find out in the book).

Get 88 pages of tips, tricks, and information on raising a baby in The Infant Survival Guide. If you’re a new parent or know someone who is, the hardcover book is a must-read. It’s even small enough to toss in your backpack as you head out of the man cave. If you find yourself with questions about showing off your baby or preparing the little one’s bottle, you’ll find help in these pages. And it’s not a boring read with the hilarious drawings and clever writing!

Besides, you’ll need something entertaining to read now that you only sleep an hour a night…

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Powerbreather Wave Snorkel

Finding Dory, the computer-animated sequel to Finding Nemo, is making waves as it heads into 3D at theaters in just two days! The adorable blue tang fish called Dory (Ellen DeGeneres) told us to “just keep swimming” in the original movie, and now you’ve got to abide by her motivational request. Good thing you’ll have the Ameo Powerbreather Wave Snorkel to help improve your underwater technique, endurance, and more.

The innovative snorkeling device is great for swimmers of any experience level, snorkelers, and triathletes. It is a useful aid when training for endurance or to strengthen respiratory muscles. Just ask Jan Frodeno, the 2015 Ironman World and European Champion, who has been training with the Powerbreather since 2014.

So, what makes the Powerbreather Wave Edition different than other snorkels? It is 100 percent pure oxygen, taking fresh air from the top while you breathe out from the bottom. In comparison, traditional snorkels use a combination of Co2. Plus, the tube does not bring in any water, only air, so you won’t have to stop periodically to clear water from the tubes.

Easily breathe in and out with an effective two-tube system. There are no more worries about sucking in salt or chlorine water when you breathe deeply. Now that’s reason to celebrate!

The Powerbreather Wave Snorkel will take you from open water to the ocean or the pool. It will also be your trusty sidekick as you learn to swim or practice for a pro-level race (just watch out for the buoys). The Wave comes with a ton of accessories, including two standard speed vents, two flip caps for when you flip turn or are on open water, and two extended speed vents for when you’re out on open water.

The snorkel gear even comes in a case, so you can just store the case in the man cave for the next swimming outing and then take it with you. Well, unless Dory is already using it… Just keep swimming, just keep swimming.

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a review of foosball tables on the market

You are in the market shopping for a great foosball table for your man cave or perhaps one for the family gaming room.

Other than having a predetermined budget range, what particular features should you look out for? How do you tell a good quality foosball table from a phony one? What works for pro-players and what’s best for wanna-be pro players (maybe like you)?

Well, here’s the lowdown on buying a foosball table that you won’t have any regrets about; one that you, your buddies and the family will love playing with for hours on end.

NameWarrior Professional Foosball TableCarrom 525.00 Signature Foosball TableHathaway Primo Soccer Table, Brown, 56-InchKick Foosball Table Legend 55 InAmerican Legend Manchester Foosball Table
 warrior professional foosball table reviewcarrom foosball table reviewhathaway table foosball reviewfoosball table review of the kick legendamerican legend manchester foosball table review
Amazon Rating
MSRP$699.00$999.00$549.99$559.85$592.19
Lowest Price$599.00Amazon See it$674.22Amazon See it$453.99Amazon See it$559.85Amazon See it$482.69Amazon See it
BrandWarrior Table SoccerCarromHathawayKick!American Legend
TypeFoosball TableFoosball TableFoosball TableFoosball TableFoosball Table
ModelCoolerBag525.00BG1035LegendFT250DS
Weight175 pounds162 pounds130 pounds143 pounds155 pounds
Dimensions55 x 36 x 32 inches55 x 29 x 36 inches56 x 30.5 x 34.5 inches55" X 30" X 34"56 x 29 x 35 inches
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A solidly constructed table

You are looking to buy a serious foosball table that will last for the long term and provide you with challenging play, not some flimsy kiddie table.

The best way to spot a serious table is from its construction. A good table needs to be nice and heavy, with an ideal weight of between 130 and 200 pounds or more. The cabinet or the side walls also need to be thick, preferably 1½inches thick.

Anything lighter or thinner than this may not be worthwhile in terms of durability and stability. The reason why the table needs to be thick and heavy is that it ensures stability during play. A foosball game can become a bit aggressive so a heavy table is necessary to avoid flipping over or shifting during a game.

Also, thinner tables are prone to wear and tear after a couple of games, forcing you to buy a new table after just a year.

Well-built foosball ‘men’

Those little men on the lines can mean the difference between a smooth play and a cumbersome one. Look out for a foosball table that comes with men whose toes are pointed and crosshatched. Avoid any table where the men have rounded, slippery toes.

Why are the toes such as big deal?

Pointed and crosshatched toes provide the best ball control compared to rounded toes. The perfect toes will allow you to maneuver the ball and take advanced shots easily.

You simply cannot do this well with guys who have these rounded slippery toes. In fact, the men with rounded toes do not have the capacity to the pass the ball back and forth on the same line and aren’t able to shoot bank shots accurately. Such advanced shots require a sharp pointed toe.

Counterbalanced Foosball Men

Not all foosball tables will have counterbalanced men; it’s mostly the more expensive or advanced tables that have this feature but it’s absolutely necessary if you are looking for a table that will provide challenging play.

What’s this counterbalance business about?

Counterbalanced means that the weight in the men’s head is equal to the weight in their toe. Without a counterbalance in the head, it can be annoyingly difficult to play a one on one game.

So, for a table that does not come with a counterbalance, you would have to constantly spin your men vertically upside down. This is because the weight in their toes, which is greater than the weight in their head, will cause the men to fall when they are placed at a horizontal angle. The heads will also will keep blocking any lifted shots.

The story is different and frankly much easier with the counterbalance. This feature allows you to spin your men horizontally. They will remain in that position without blocking any of your shots.

Quality of handles and legs

You will come across foosball tables with all sorts of handles including plastic, laminated and wooden handles. The wooden handles are ideal. In particular, go for those with an octagonal shape because these have a comfortable grip and allow stronger shots.

Plastic handles are too smooth and you are likely to hurt your hand when spinning due to the slipperiness. When it comes to the legs, you need to look out for a table with adjustable legs. The thing with adjustable legs is that they make it easy to level your table simply by moving the leg leveller appropriately. A levelled table ensures fair game all round.

Game Dynamics

Here’s the thing, a foosball table without a side ball return is not necessarily inferior.

But, most advanced have this feature. What’s really cool about side ball returns is that they keep the ball from falling off the table, you do not have to reach to the end of the table when you are playing alone and you can place your table against the wall so it won’t stand in the way.

Quality of foosballs

Many foosball table manufactures are notorious for their poor quality foosballs. If you are ordering your table online, it can be quite difficult to determine the quality of the foosballs until they are at your doorstep. Luckily, foosballs can be replaced easily and affordably if you do not get the right type.

But, if you have any way of checking out the quality before buying, you want to look out for the sticky types of foosballs. Also known as tacky foosballs, the men can pin down this type of ball easily. Avoid the glossy or plastic types of balls because they will make playing incredibly challenging for what it’s worth.

Just a side note, some professional or advanced players prefer slippery foosballs because these roll faster and make for a demanding game. But if you just want a table that everyone including the beginners can enjoy, go for the tacky balls.

Rated Foosball Tables in Detail

1. Warrior Professional Foosball Table
warrior professional foosball table review

Warrior Table Soccer is a top manufacturer of the popular foosball table. The Warrior Professional Football Table is a high caliber table made for the pro-player. Even with this great reputation, this is an affordable table that foosball fans can afford to have in their home, in a school or in youth programs.

This professional table is the only model manufactured by “Warrior Table Soccer”, allowing the manufacturer to completely focus on quality. The table comes with first-rate parts built for the American type of foosball, which tends to be fast paced compared to the European or Asia style of playing. Players commend it for the great game control and the advanced playing options offered.

The table boasts a solid construction that can handle the rough play that is typical of a foosball game. For a top-caliber product, the Warrior Professional Foosball table is quite easy to assemble.

The table is also built to keep the kids safe in case they get too close during a game; the safety guards on the rod offer ultimate protection. This table offers a combination of class, affordability and long-term durability.

2. Carrom 525 Signature Foosball Table
carrom foosball table review

The Carrom 525 signature foosball table has made a comeback and it is bigger and better.

Made from burr oak, this budget friendly table has all the features and markings of a professionally built foosball table. It is specifically built from high quality MDF to prevent the type of wrapping that is typical of tables made from lower quality materials.The table not only offers a consistent play field, it also provides stability with its double-bolted legs, which can withstand any amount of ‘abuse’ from aggressive play.

Carrom comes with chrome bars and levers for additional support. Leg levers are adjustable ensuring that the play field is leveled and the dead zones that tamper with the game are eliminated to provide optimal ball roll consistency.High quality steel rods are an indication of a professionally made table.

The rods come with accurate rod bearings, which when combined, boost the response-speed, providing a challenging game. The rod-bearings are built with durability in mind and come in handy with their ability to self-lubricate. This table offers affordability, challenging game play and enhanced durability.

3. Hathaway Primo Soccer Table, Brown, 56-Inch
hathaway table foosball review

The Hathaway Primo Soccer Table is the highest quality table produced by its manufacturer. It is perfect for players of all ages including adults and teenagers; intermediate players will likely have the most fun with this as beginner players may find it harder to play with the one-goalie set up.

The overall sturdiness and high quality of the table lends it well to players with some foosball experience. In spite being a budget table, the Hathaway offers a very realist, pro-like feel.The table is upfront beautiful thanks to its glossy espresso finish. 

Its thick and solid cabinet construction makes for a strong table that can survive the rigor of a foosball game. The table’s chunky legs supported by connecting beams add an element of stability and strength to withstand the most aggressive of games.A good game needs a level playing field. This table provides a leveled playing surface supported from underneath the cabinet.

The counterbalanced guys, E-Z spin bearings and stainless steel rods add to the overall quality of the table. The table does not just look elegant; it plays flawlessly as well. This table offers a combination of style, challenging game play and stability.

4. Kick Legend Foosball Table, 55-Inch
foosball table review of the kick legend

The Legend Foosball Table the best-selling model from Kick’s collection. The 55-inch foosball table has a look of sophistication and grandeur with its swooping ebony legs that accent the table’s warm shade of chestnut. The Legend table is a great choice for adults and teens; enjoy a family-friendly activity on this durable foosball table that achieves an excellent balance of field play with modern design.

It measures 55in L x 30in W x 34in H.Kick understands that good gameplay requires a level playing surface, so the Legend Foosball Table has sturdy leg levelers to provide exactly that. Get precise player control of the 11 blue and 11 red foosball men (two teams) with the 8 chrome-plated player rods, and choose between 1-goalie or 3-goalie options, depending on your preference.

Slide scoring is mounted on each end of the Kick Legend Foosball Table to help keep the game flowing smoothly, along with a convenient front ball return on each end of the table. The table comes with two foosball balls in a soccer style, which means that you get everything included that you need for a satisfying foosball game. Not that we would expect less from Kick’s founder, a 25-year foosball veteran, and the company’s team of industrial engineers.

Assembling the table is quick and easy, as you get with all Kick foosball tables. 

5. American legend
american legend manchester foosball table review

American Legend foosball tables are popular for their challenging play and overall quality of the table. Both novice and discerning professional players will appreciate the high quality features of the table. This particular table boasts a solid cabinet construction that keeps it stable during the most rigorous of games.Being a classic foosball table, the American Legend espouses classic features for a classic American game.

Features include side ball return, balanced, weighted and contoured men, 3-man goalie bars and manual scoring beads. The 3-man goalie offers a relatively easy play suitable for beginners, compared to the more challenging one-man goalie.

It also comes with solid foosball rods featuring wooden handles and insulated holders for added comfort while playing.This budget friendly table is made from high quality MDF that keeps it from wrapping and provides long-term durability. Its cherry laminate finish makes for an attractive foosball table that can be proudly displayed in the family room.

So there you are…go for it and have fun with your perfectly selected foosball table!

Editor's Pick: The Kick Legend Foosball Table, 55-Inch


foosball table review of the kick legend

Get a Load of the New Kid in Town!

This is the stuff of "Legends"! Get challenging and fun foosball action with the Kick Legend Foosball Table.

With its two teams of 11 blue and 11 red foosball men on 8 chrome-plated player rods, and 1-goalie or 3-goalie options, you get full-on gameplay that impresses even the most expert player.

Slide scoring and front ball return make for smooth action all game long.

We gave it a impressive 4.7 out of 5 for it's great quality/price ratio. 

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Wanderwatch Smartwatch for Kids

In a world where so many kids just want to stay inside and play video games, now there is wearable tech that gets them out into the elements – and having fun while they’re out there too!

The Wanderwatch encourages outdoor play, rather than being yet another device that keeps kids sluggish and unmotivated to exercise. The result is a healthier, smarter, and happier child, which all adds up to a single word called “awesome.”

This 3G smartwatch has interactive outdoor games, as well as music, sounds, and chat features. As with many of the latest wearables, it has a touchscreen so youngsters can quickly toggle between options.

When your children play games using the Wanderwatch, they can use the Bluetooth beacon or “Magic Beacon” to find pirate’s treasure or complete other fun tasks, depending on the type of game. Kids love the interactive gameplay, and they play with other kids that have the Wanderwatch for even more fun! They team up by simply bumping their fists and can then access multiplayer games and connect via chat or text features.

As for the adults, you will be a fan of the parental app that lets you see your youngster’s location and reach out to him or her at any time via text or doodle chat. You can even see the battery level on your child’s watch, and there is an Alert button that your little one can press if in distress. Your kid stays safe AND healthy with this smartwatch.

If you are based in the U.S. or Europe, take advantage of the pre-paid SIM card that makes it easy to connect. If you’re outside of these two areas, just switch the data card for one from your country. The apps and tracking feature use minimal data.

Choose from 4 bold, fun colors and let your child customize the Wanderwatch further with 4 screen color themes. The 3G smartwatch for kids has Wi-Fi and GPS capabilities, microphone, and speaker, with a pre-installed data SIM card.

Wanderwatch is currently on Kickstarter and moving steadily towards its $35,000 goal. The team behind the groundbreaking technology envisions a healthy world where kids are happy and perform at their best, making the most of their potential every day. Now that’s a cause we can get behind!

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putting greens for indoor use - a review

Putting Greens For The Indoor Golf Aficionado

Talk to any pro golfer or coach and they will tell you that to be an excellent golfer, you need to frequently practice your putting moves; in fact, 40% of your game comprises of putting.Where else is practicing your puts and lowering your handicap more convenient than in the comfort of your own home? An indoor putting green offers the expediency of practicing your short game anytime, any day without any excuses. But with so many indoor golf turfs on the market, how do you go about choosing one?

When shopping around for an indoor putting green, you need to consider factors such as cost, size and your golfing needs. But what is really important is the true roll, speed and durability offered by the indoor turf.

NameBig Moss Augusta Putting Green - 4 x 12 FeetStarPro Greens Travel Bag 4x12 Putting GreenTour Links Training Aids Putting GreenDancin Dogg OptiShot Infrared Golf SimulatorStarPro Greens 9x15 Putting Green
 big moss augusta putting green reviewstar-pro greens travel putting green reviewstour links training aids putting green reviewdancin dogg optishot putting green reviewstarpro 9x15 putting green reviews
Amazon Rating
MSRP$$349.99$389.00$399.95$689.99
Lowest Price$288.00Amazon See it$335.00Amazon See it$448.00Amazon See it$341.24Amazon See it$670.00Amazon See it
BrandBig MossStar Pro GreensTour LinksOptiShotStar Pro Greens
TypeIndoor Putting GreenIndoor Putting GreenIndoor Putting GreenIndoor Putting GreenIndoor Putting Green
ModelTB12X44
Weight30 pounds12 pounds1.32 pounds77 pounds
Dimensions0.12 x 0.04 x 0 inches44 x 12 x 12 inches12 x 20 x 35 inches3.94 x 10.24 x 15.35 inches104 x 12 x 12 inches
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What Effects True Roll, Speed And Durability?

Indoor golf turfs can be categorized into two types: the texturized type and the slit-film. Both have their own advantages and disadvantages pertaining to how they affect true roll and speed.

Texturized artificial turfs can be polypropylene or nylon. While both types of yarns are good quality, polypropylene is much better than nylon because nylon tends to easily retain moisture and can cause the putting green to keep moving around on the floor unless you glue it down.

When deciding between texturized and slit-film, the first thing to consider is whether you will be playing long shots or you will just be putting and chipping. Slit-film greens are best for hitting long shots because this type of green has more infill material than the texturized type. The infill material reduces the ball’s kinetic energy once the ball is hit. In other words, the more the infill material, the longer the shots you can hit. Texturized turfs work better for putting and chipping.

Texturized Vs. Slit-Film Manufacturing

An outright difference between a texturized and split-film indoor putting green is the look of the filaments. Slit-film turfs are trimmed while texturized ones are not.

Texturized Putting Greens

The base is the most important factor to look at when choosing a texturized turf. This type of green is more prone to wrinkling and contracting, making it crucial for it to have an excellent base, also known as backing. Look out for a rubber base to ensure that the turf does not keep slipping or moving around across the floor.

A texturized green is also denser because the fibers are usually heated down and they clamp close together to produce a heavier turf. The only way to know that you are buying a high quality texturized green with a good density is to buy from a well-known manufacturer. It might cost a little more but the investment will certainly be worth it.

Slit Film Putting Greens

As mentioned above, a defining characteristic of slit-film greens is that they are trimmed and not heated together. They also have more infill material (silica sand) than the texturized ones do.

Something to look out for when choosing a slit-film green is the density of the fiber, also known as the denier. Common deniers range between 5700 and 7600. Just because a green has a lower denier does not mean it will not last longer; it only means that it is smoother compared to the tighter green with a higher denier and therefore takes longer to relax.

Texturized versus Slit Film Indoor Putting Greens

  • The fibers on texturized greens are denser, allowing for a truer ball roll than on slit-film greens. Also, fibers on the texturized greens are springier and do not matt easily thus keeping the ball roll smooth. On the other hand, slit-film greens lose their resistance over time thereby undermining ball roll consistency.
  • Slit-film greens have more infill material and therefore move around on the floor less often compared to the texturized greens, especially the nylon type, which tends to move around too much due to moisture retention issues.
  • Due to the massive amounts of infill materials, slit-film greens are more prone to mildew and mold than the texturized type. Maintenance is also more difficult for slit-film turfs due to the large amounts of infill material compared to the amount of artificial fibers. Texturized greens have very little infill material.
  • Slit-film greens can take longer shots while texturized turfs are best for putting and chipping.
  • Both types of indoor greens are durable and the high quality ones have a natural look and feel.

Other factors to look for when shopping for an indoor green:

Cost:

A good quality indoor green that will last you for at least 10 years is not a small investment. If it’s way too cheap compared to the average market price, the green will likely have quality issues. The more the features you want in your putting green, the higher the price will be.

Size:

Indoor gold greens come in a wide array of sizes. Some are as small as a strip; others can fit in small office or basement, while others can be spread across an entire room. Amateur golfers typically require a small or medium-sized green, which is great for practicing your short game. Advanced players who need to practice their long shots do better with larger greens.

Installation:

Most indoor putting greens are easy to install—all you have to do is just roll them out as you would a carpet. However, others come with a base that needs to be put together. Greens with a base are usually costlier but have many advantages—they can be installed on unleveled surfaces and they are typically denser. However, greens with bases are not as easily portable as the carpet type that just need to be rolled up and carried anywhere.

Here are the 5 Putting greens we've reviewed:

1. Big Moss Augusta Putting Green
big moss augusta putting green review

At 4' x 12' and seam taped on the edges, the Big Moss Augusta is a chipping green and a premium putting green in one.

Whether you need year-round practice or are teaching others on how to improve their swing, this versatile green is great for home and office use. Setting it up in minutes is a breeze - all without tools. Break Snakes let you create unlimited contours and the True-Roll downgrain feels like a freshly-cut, bent grass. 

Make sure the Augusta putting green is laid down on a solid surface. A deck, driveway or concrete garage floor will do just fine.

2. The StarPro Greens Travel Bag 4x12 Putting Green
star-pro greens travel putting green reviews

StarPro is a household name known for its realistic and durable putting greens. The StarPro Greens Travel Bag 4x12 Putting Green lets you take your putting green with you anywhere to parties, conventions or vacations. There is more to the bag than just a sleek design—the StarPro bag is purposely designed to offer convenience for the travelling golfer.

The black bag features a soft case construction and comes with roller blades, making it easy to take your putting green wherever you go. The bag is compartmentalized with roomy pockets that will fit the balls, putters and cups. The bag will store well in the trunk or an area as small as 12’x12’—talk about space saving when you are on the road.

Your 4’x12’ green will fit perfectly in the storage bag. The bag and the putting green come as a single package. The green is a high quality, five-layered turf that offers the ultimate putting realism. It is made of ¾’’ nylon filaments, which are heated down to ½’’ to offer that realistic look and feel of real grass. The green is specially built to provide country club speed and true roll. The 4.25” regulation holes and the 2.5’’challenge holes offer a great opportunity to practice your 9-hole skills and to sharpen your striking capacity.

3. Tour Links Training Aid Putting Green
tour links training aids putting green review

Do you ever feel like you need to do more to improve your swing, lower your score, have a better posture and hit more accurately? Obviously, nothing comes close to spending more time practicing on an actual range. However, if you would rather improve your skills in the comfort of your home, then putting green training aids might help you do just that.

Tour Links is one of the most popular providers of modular indoor golfing solutions. Their Tour Links training aid putting greens is perfectly designed to provide feedback on each stroke, ensuring that each swing you take is better than the previous one. You can now forget about three putts for good!What does the Tour Links putting green training aid help with? The stroker groover block helps you to maintain a good posture when striking and the string guide allows you to follow the club path more accurately. The ball marker lets you better your alignment, the hash mark guides you on the best way to position your body and head, while the cup reducing ring teaches you how to aim accurately at the cup.

The green turf is made from pure Polypropylene and a Natural Rubber Latex Back while the modular panels are made from recycled materials. The best part is that it only takes 15 minutes to install the training kit and you will be on your way to perfecting your strike.

4. Dancin' Dogg OptiShot Infrared Golf Simulator
dancin dogg optishot putting green review

You don’t have a six figure income and your house is not spacious enough to lay out one of those large, indoor putting greens. That’s fine, because there is a way to practice your swings and improve your strikes without needing to shell out huge amounts of money or requiring a house in the suburbs. The Dancin Dogg Optishot Infrared Gold Stimulator is priced just right and constructed perfectly to let you improve your swing and lower your score with peace of mind.

All you need is your clubs to start using the Optishot gold stimulator. The system features a 14’x10’ indoor putting green flanked by infrared red sensors on each end of the turf. The green connects to your PC, allowing you to use your clubs while measuring the club’s swing, angle and head speed in real time. You can strike real golf clubs or the foam balls that are included in the simulator system.

There is an option of more than 10 real-life golf courses to choose from, for diverse and challenging practice sessions. The golf courses and 3-D animations that reflect your real-life strikes are broadcasted in high visual quality, making for a stimulating game. Whether you are an amateur or experienced player, you can groove your swing by playing just a few hours a week

5. StarPro Greens 9×15 Putting Green
starpro 9x15 putting green reviews

Isn’t it time that you take your golf practice more seriously? Nothing offers a better opportunity to perfect your swing and lower your scores than playing regularly on a realistic putting green. The StarPro Green 9x15 putting greens offer a challenging environment to better your skills.

The putting green is sheared down to ½ and is coated with a 5-layer non-slip hex rubber, providing true roll at country club speed. It does not help to play the same hole over and over again; this gives you a false sense of confidence. The StarPro greens comes with 5 challenging holes with a 9-hole tournament pattern, offering lots of challenging puts to better your swing and cup accuracy. The long challenging putts offer hours of fun and serious practice for both the amateur and the experienced golfer.

The cups accompanying the StarPro turf work in the same way as golf holes, allowing a ball that’s been hit accurately to remain in the hole, while one that’s been hit poorly will simply roll out of the hole. Exactly like a real golf green. The turf comes with both indoor and outdoor cups so you can play like a pro in the patio, back yard or in any large room in your house.

In summary, look out for a high quality indoor golf turf that feels and looks like natural grass. This type of green will accord you true ball roll, optimum ball speed, durability and more importantly, a genuine opportunity to perfect your game at your own convenience.

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pull shots foosball tricks

The pull shot is among the most basic foosball techniques. Mastering the art of performing the pull shot acts as a stepping-stone to improving your foosball game and to mastering other advanced shots. This guide will show you how to perform the pull shot to perfect your foosball skills.

Understanding the Foosball Pull Shot

The pull shot is performed by pulling the rod toward your body and then kicking the ball into the goal in a single swift motion. What’s really crucial when learning to master this shot is to first get acquainted with the basics before increasing your shot speed.

To successfully perform the pull shot, you need to have the set up right. This entails pushing the offensive 3 bar against the wall of the foosball table. This way, you would be able to increase the amount of maneuvering your opponent needs to undertake to guard the goal.

A good place to start is to set up the ball on the inside of the middle man after which you pull the rod toward you. As you pull the rod, spin the man’s toes towards the back of the ball. Ensure that you increase your speed at this point to be able to go behind the ball and shoot it straight into the goal.

Most beginners shoot spray shots due to their inability to accurately shoot into the goal. It is best to avoid shooting too many spray shots because such a habit will derail your pull shots in the long run.

Steps to Setting Up the pull shot

Setting up your pull shots the correct way has strong implications for your goal scoring capability. This means that with the wrong set up, you will end up reducing your goal score percentage.To set up the pull shot, you want to place the ball closer to the inside of the center man while pushing the rod all the way into the table.

This set up will offer you greater control over the shot while requiring your opponent to defend a large amount of goal space.It is important for your middle man to always begin at a vertical position. You also want to ensure that the ball is below the bar. As mentioned earlier, spray shooting is often a result of improper set up.

A common reason why spraying occurs is the habit of positioning the center man at an angle in an effort to increase the shot speed. In reality, placing your man at an angle actually slows down your lateral movement and therefore inhibits your pull shot.

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Techniques for Pull Shot Performance

Wrist technique is essential to improving your pull shots and your foosball game in general. Flexibility is key. A common mistake among beginners is holding the handles of the foosball table too tightly; this tends to slow your speed and increases resistance. On the contrary, a loose, flexible grip gives you wider space for movement for swifter shots.

So, the right way to hold the handle is to allow for some space between the handle and your palm. Something else to consider is your wrist technique—ideally, you should keep your wrist flexible enough to be able to twist swiftly, allowing your rod to spin at 180 degrees. Wrist speed has a direct impact on your shot speed—the faster you can twist your wrist, the greater the speed of your shots.

Scoring Goals with a Pull Shot

Foosball tables typically come with goals that are about 5.8 widths wider than the ball. What this means is that you can score on any of the 5 available holes using your pull shot. At the same time, your opponent has two men defending the goal, leaving you with 3 open holes in which to place your pull shot.

To successfully place shots in any one of the three holes, you need to keenly understand your opponent’s defense tactics. Most players play using a certain pattern, for example by moving their foosball men using the same style. Paying attention to these cues allows you to know when to perform your shots.

It certainly pays off to play against many different players to familiarize yourself with the different defense styles. Exposure to different defenses will help you perfect your performance of the pull shot and increase your goal score percentage.