How to Switch to an Upright Golf Swing Plane and the Benefits it Has to Your Distance and Accuracy

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As a golf instructor I can see no reason why golfers should not adopt an upright swing plane regardless of their physique or flexibility.

Yet, if you go online to search “golf swing plane” you will see multiple explanations about the subject and just as many differing versions about what is correct and what is not correct.

As I will show shortly from a purely mechanics and physics point of view, the benefits in distance and accuracy far outweigh those of a flatter swing plane and for those reasons alone I recommend and teach the concepts of adopting a more upright swing for all my students.

Swing plane angles are usually associated with a golfer’s height.

Golfers who are shorter in height are said to have a flatter swing plane.

It is also common to see golfers adopt a flat swing motion due to characteristics of their physique that limit the range of their swing flexibility, such as their chest and mid section size.

On the other hand taller golfers naturally swing with a more upright swing plane simply because of the increased height of their shoulders from the ground.

But, the physical characteristics of a golfer are not the only things that govern their swing plane angle.

What also determines swing plane is how they position themselves in their setup, and how they rotate their shoulders on the backswing…

Swing Plane Angle

Before I get into the specifics of an upright swing let me first define how the angle of the swing plane is often understood.

I say that because I am sure like most passionate golfers you have read Ben Hogan’s book “Five lessons. The modern fundamentals of golf” and his explanation of swing plane is probably one that is stuck firmly in your mind.

Here is his explanation…

Try to image a golfer forming a right angled triangle in their setup position.

The vertical side of the triangle is formed from the top of their shoulders/neck to the ground around their feet position. The horizontal side is formed from the club head and ball position to that point on the ground that meets the vertical side of the triangle.

The hypotenuse, or long side of the triangle, is determined from the club head to the point on their shoulders.

The classic understanding of the angle of the swing plane is that it is the angle between the hypotenuse and the horizontal side of this triangle. (Remember the plate of glass illustration in Hogan’s book resting on the golfers shoulder…)

You can now imagine how this angle would increase or decrease due to the height of the golfer and why swing plane is often associated with the golfers shoulder height.

The reason why I say this is how swing plane angle is often determined is that there is a big assumption with this theory that is incorrect most of the time…

What it assumes is that the club head swing path follows this same angle throughout the backswing so that the high point of the swing lies on an extended line that is drawn from the ball through the top of the shoulders to the hands at the top of the swing…

The reality is that the angle at which the swing “actually” rotates can be totally different resulting in the hands reaching the top point of the swing either below or above the point of the “Hogan plate glass definition.”

The reason for this is that the swing plane angle is not only influenced by your setup, it is mostly determined by the plane around which your shoulders rotate.

Your setup might show one swing plane angle that may be entirely different from the actual plane of rotation of your shoulders.

Here’s why…

Rotational Planes of your Shoulders

To understand your shoulder rotation motion, stand upright in front of a mirror. Hold your arms out straight from each side. You can rotate your shoulders in a horizontal plane around the axis of your spine… which is easy to do.

Now try and rotate your shoulders in a vertical plane by lifting your right arm and dropping your left arm so that you maintain a straight line from hand to hand across your shoulders. The axis of rotation in this plane is a point on your chest just below your chin….this motion is not very easy to execute.

The reality of your shoulder turn on the backswing is that it is operating in a combination of both vertical and horizontal motion.

As you would expect, a shoulder turn that is moving more in the horizontal plane will create a flatter swing plane.

One that is operating more in a vertical plane will produce a more upright swing plane.

So when we go back to the classic Hogan explanation of the swing plane being governed by the setup and height of the golfer, the only way that a golfer will be on that same plane at the top of their swing is if the combined horizontal and vertical movements of their shoulder turn happens to match that angle.

This seldom occurs…

Having this understanding that swing plane is affected more by your shoulder rotation than your setup and height allows you to make adjustments to your backswing to gain some of the benefits from an upright swing path.

Here are some of the key reasons why I always recommend a more upright swing plane that are based on the mechanics and physics of the swing.

Improved Consistency of your Swing Accuracy

The first reason affects the accuracy and ball flight path of your shot.

If you have ever reviewed my free video on the “Understanding the mechanics of common swing faults” where I outline the physics of why your shots “fly” in the manner the do , the outcome of all your golf shots boils down to two major factors:

o The direction your shoulders are aiming at the point of contact with the ball

o The orientation of your club head face at the point of contact with the ball

The flatter your swing plane the more your shoulders are moving in the horizontal plane.

This means they are only “aiming” at the target at a point just before contact and shortly after contact. That is because the club head motion is moving more “across” the target line like a baseball swing rather than towards the target line like a putting swing.

Outside of this very small region the direction your shoulders are aiming is further to the right of the target on the down swing and further to the left of the target on the follow through (opposite for lefties).

The success of a flatter swing plane requires a high degree of “timing” and balance in the swing through the contact point since there is very little margin for error.

The level of “ball spin” generated by a poorly timed swing also determines the accuracy of the shot.

The relative difference between the shoulder swing plane and the orientation of the club face at the point of contact determines the amount of spin generated on the ball.

The more the shoulders are moving “across” the target line the greater the ball spin created leading to exaggerated hooks or slices.

On the other hand an upright swing is produced by the shoulders moving more in the vertical plane which means the time the shoulders are moving down the target line is a lot longer during the swing.

The result is that the club head moves down the target line over a larger region of the swing giving a higher margin of error for timing and balance problems.

The impact on ball spin is also reduced, because the shoulders swing less “across” the target line at contact for a poorly timed shot.

In both cases the consistency of your swing accuracy will improve the more upright your swing plane angle…

Higher Swing Power and Distance

Observe all of the big hitters on tour and one of the common features you will notice is most adopt an upright swing.

I wrote about this in a previous Turnberry newsletter but it is worth reviewing the reasons why an upright swing plane generates more power for the swing:

o The hands and club head will be higher off the ground at the top of the swing generating more “potential energy” for the swing. When you think of the energy that can be created by hoisting a 20-30lb weight above your shoulders and dropping it, you will understand where increased energy comes for the swing. That weight being the combined weight of your club and arms.

o You use your powerful muscles down your right side and the top of your left shoulder which can generate more power for the swing than using the power of your lower back muscles rotating around the base of your spine in a flatter swing.

Improved Balance

Your balance during the backswing and downswing is affected by the centrifical force of rotating the club head as it is in motion and on what angle that force is acting on your trunk.

The centrifical force generated by the club head moving in a circular path acts to pull your shoulders forward toward the ball which can affect the stability of your trunk during your swing.

To give you and exaggerated example of the effect this might have on your balance, try to imagine the action of an athlete throwing the hammer.

In this case the athlete has to overcome the enormous centrifical force needed to rotate the hammer by “leaning back” in order to stay balanced during the spin.

A flatter swing plane has a similar impact on the balance of the golfer who has to counter the effect of the centrifical force need to rotate the club head with the lower back muscles in order to hold the trunk in position during the swing.

During an upright swing this centrifical force is being generated more up through the trunk and legs from the ground generating less effect on your lower back muscles allowing your trunk to remain more stable.

How to Generate an Upright Swing

As much as you might expect your setup to impact the plane angle, it impacted more by your shoulder rotation.

I encourage you to start your swing with a “downward rotation” of your left shoulder…

Many golfers initiate their swing by moving their hands.

For golfers who may be stiff in their trunk flexibility, shoulders or may have a few inches more around their mid section than they would like, starting the swing with their hands encourages them to “wrap” their swing around their body causing a flat swing plane.

That is because their shoulders are moving more in the horizontal plane.

The net swing results can be excessive slicing, with the ball starting the flight path heavily to the left, or pushing the ball to the right.

This is because the region where the club head is moving down the target line is very small lowering the margin of error for accuracy in the swing as I covered earlier.

Start your swing by a downward movement of the left shoulder and you will counter this problem.

It ensures your swing begins with more of a vertical rotation of the shoulders. By doing so your shoulders will be rotating more down the target line.

Mirror Exercise for Correct Setup

The other area that will affect your swing plane is your setup.

I encourage you to practice this swing initiation drill with your left shoulder turn in front of a mirror at home.

As you turn watch your hand motion. Adjust your setup in order to make it easier to turn vertically and move your hands along a more upright swing plane.

Here are a few pointers to help you:

o Let your arms hang vertically down in the stance with your hands positioned no more than six inches away from your leg

o Keep your back straight from the hips up. Do not let your shoulder hunch forward

o If you are large chested you may want to lean forward more in the stance to give your arms more clearance to move straight back rather than wrap around your body

As you go through this routine you are likely to feel muscle stiffness in the back swing that you are not used to…especially in your left shoulder.

That is because it is much easier to rotate your shoulders horizontally around your spine than to rotate them vertically.

This is normal since the motion in the vertical plane uses different muscles in your golf swing.

Shoulder Flexibility

Many golfers are just too stiff in the shoulders to do this effectively and when they first try an upright swing plane on the range they find the results disappointing.

Should this occur, shorten your backswing considerably because the stiffness of your golf muscles in the upright swing plane is causing other areas of your swing to breakdown.

Caution: Never allow your left elbow to break when trying to swing more upright. You will defeat the purpose of the adjustment to a higher swing plane and only cause yourself more timing problems.

An exercise I recommend to improve shoulder flexibility in the vertical plane is to take a broom handle and place it across your shoulders and then wrap your elbows and arms over the top of the handle.

For some people this may be a stretching exercise in itself, so do it gently without stressing the shoulder muscles.

Now move the handle straight down one side as far as you can go, and hold for 60 seconds. As you hold the stretch, do not allow your hips to move sideways in the opposite direction as this will counter the stretch.

Likewise keep your trunk upright and straight as much as possible during the stretch.

Now do the same motion in the opposite direction.

After a few days of this stretch, you will find your distance on the range will improve as you begin to extend your backswing more. However, you should see marked improvement your accuracy consistency right from the start the more you swing down the target line.

Good Luck!

Regards,

Les

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A Winning Strategy For Mexican Train Dominoes

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I know that Mexican Train is a friendly game, often played with family and friends, and that winning is not critical or terribly important. What is important is the social aspect of the game: talking, laughing, and having fun.

Having said that, I also know that there are people out there who would really like to become better at this game. Especially if the friendly people you play with are winning more often than you are and you are starting to become distraught and depressed over it.

Winning the game of Mexican Train Dominoes is not as hard to do as you may think. There are some simple tips that can have a dramatic effect on the outcome of the game. Weather you are a beginning player, an intermediate player, or an advanced player, you will still benefit from these strategic tips.

Mexican Train does have a lot of rule variations that are used throughout the world, however most of my strategic tips apply to all the most popular rule sets and I’ve noted in the text where the strategy may vary for different rules.

Organize your dominoes into the best possible train

Of course, every hand starts by “dealing” a number of dominoes to each player. Depending on how many people are playing, this number can vary from 7 or 8 to 15 or so. The actual number is not relevant. But it is very important to organize your dominoes into the best possible train before starting play.

Once the starting double has been played, by you or anyone else, you build a train with your remaining dominoes that starts with the same pip value as the opening double and connect as many dominoes as possible to that train.

To truly calculate the best possible way to organize a player’s dominoes, one would have to consider every domino that has been played so far, and do quite a bit of math in order to calculate odds. The best play at any point in the game is dependent on what has been played up to that point. As this is unrealistic, I prefer to “approximate” the best train by using these 3 basic rules:

  1. The train with the most dominoes is best.
  2. Given 2 trains of equal length, the train with the most points in it is best.
  3. Given 2 trains of equal length and equal point value, the best train has higher point value dominoes placed as far forward in the train as possible.

Play your spares first whenever possible

Playing a spare is your first order of business. If there is no possible play from the spares, then play from your train.

If you have spares, then play from the end of your train whenever possible

This is very important! Your first choice is to play from your spares, but your second choice is to play from the end (caboose) of your train. You’ll find lots of times where you play from the end of your train, and suddenly one of the spares can fit onto the end. This has the same effect as playing a spare.

Watch for opportunities to change your caboose

If the last domino in your train is a 10-4, and one of your spares is 10-2, and you can play either on an opponent’s marked train (when I say “marked train”, I mean a players’ train which is open for anyone to play upon), or on the Mexican train, play the 10-4, and move the 10-2 to the end of your train. If someone goes out before you do, you have saved yourself 2 points. This is such a common occurrence, that during the course of a full game, you are likely to save yourself dozens of points.

If you have spares, and the Mexican (or community) train has not been started, and one of your spares (or your caboose) can start it, then start it!

The Mexican (or community) Train is the most common place to dump your spares. You can’t do that if it has not yet been started. So given a choice of playing on an opponents penny, or starting the Mexican train, start the Mexican train. But this is only if you have spares to play. If all your dominoes are in your train, then you don’t need the Mexican train, so don’t start it.

Know when to play on your own marked train vs. another train when you have a choice.

Sometimes you will be faced with a choice of playing a domino on your own marked train, OR on another player’s marked train or the Mexican Train. You don’t want to play on your own train, thus removing your penny, unless you have another domino you can play on your own train.

For example, let’s say you have only one domino left, the double-6, your train is marked (a penny is on it), and it is your turn. You cannot play the double-6 so you must draw. You draw a 10-8. Let’s say the end of your own train is a 10 and the end of the Mexican Train is a 10. So you have a choice. You can play the 10-8 on either your own train (removing your penny) or on the Mexican train.

The correct choice is to play the 10-8 on the Mexican Train, not on your own. This will keep your own train marked and available to the other players thus improving the chance that you might play the double-6 and go out.

Play Ruthlessly!

If the Mexican train is stuck, i.e., nobody is playing on it, and you do not have any spares, then don’t play on the Mexican train from the end of your train. You want it to remain stuck so the other players cannot play on it either.

If you have a choice of playing a domino on one of two opponents’ marked trains, choose the opponent with more dominoes to play.

If you do not have any spares, so you are just playing out your train, and the end of your train would fit on an opponent’s marked train, don’t play it. Why unstick an opponent?

If you’re playing with the rules that say doubles do not have to be covered, here is another tip: Play doubles as soon as possible – even from your train.

You should play a double as soon as possible. Playing a double from the middle of your train does not destroy the integrity of your train. It just lowers the point total of your hand. When someone else goes out, you don’t want to be caught with a double in your hand that you could have played earlier in the hand.

Conclusion

There certainly luck involved in Mexican Train, but luck has a tendency to even out over time, with everyone getting their fair share of good luck and bad luck.

So, although my strategic tips won’t guarantee a win every time, they do promise to improve your game and most likely, improve it to the point that you are winning more often than your opponents.

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WeatherTech Vs Husky Liners – Which Floor Mat Protects the Best?

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There are some components on your vehicle that don’t get near the credit they deserve-the cup holder for example. How different would your morning commute be without a cup of coffee? One thing’s for sure: there would be far more accidents and whole lot more road rage. But, while the cup holder serves an obvious necessity, there’s another accessory that’s even more essential: the floor mat. And not just any floor mat-a performance grade floor mat by manufacturers like Weathertech or Husky. Which one is better? Well, that’s like asking which beer is better (with the obvious answer being ‘whichever one is in your hand’). However, Weathertech and Husky do have a few unique qualities and, depending on what you’re looking for, one of the two may be more suited to you. Here’s a quick rundown on each.

In general, all-weather floor mats for cars are constructed of high-quality rubberized thermo-plastic and other durable materials to protect your floorboards from the damage that often results from everyday wear and tear. Most are computer-designed to your specific make, model and year, ensuring a precise fit without covering up your floor controls.

They’re available in a variety of styles and colors, including all weather floor mats, carpeted, rubber and some are even emblazoned with your favorite sports and auto logos, injecting some style while still providing maximum coverage. Plus, they’re a snap to pull out and hose off when they become soiled.

When it comes to producing floor mats, Husky is a legend. Each set is custom-fit to the unique contours of each vehicle’s specific carpeted floor areas and also stays in place with exclusive “SPiN Sta-Put” carpet spikes, preventing them from bunching up or sliding all around the floorboards. Designed to fit your front, second and even third seat floor areas (as well as your trunk and cargo spaces), Husky liner mats are constructed of a patented rubberized thermo-plastic material and will not crack or break. Guaranteed for life, Husky liners are known for their taller outer lip that keeps spills from spreading throughout the vehicle.

Not to be outdone, WeatherTech mats feature precision digital measurements and a deep-well design, hugging the contours of your interior while preventing water or any other liquids from running throughout your vehicle. Crafted in the US from high-density tri-extruded (HDTE) semi-flexible material, the design available through WeatherTech mats includes multi-level channels that direct debris and fluids away from your feet, and a deep reservoir that neatly contains the crud below the raised ridges to provide safe, sure footing.

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NMLS CE Review of Kaplan and Proschools

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In previous years the states regulated the mortgage industry. In 2011 the Nationwide Mortgage Licensing System & Registry (NMLS) is in place under the federal government. A requirement to maintain a NMLS license is 8 hours per year of continuing education (CE).

Options for CE are classroom or an online course. I got an offer for a discount price of $99.95 from “Kaplan Real Estate Education” and decided to do that. Having done CE courses for insurance and mortgage licensing for the last five years with no problems, it seemed like a good option. The Kaplan NMLS CE course is divided into multiple sections. You view the material for a section and then take a take a 10 question quiz. You must get 100% on the quiz to move to the next section. If you get 90% or less you do it over until you get 100%. This is very irritating. Then when you finally get to the end of the eight hour course (more if you spend a lot of time on the quizzes) there is a 25 question final exam. Kaplan gives you two chances to get 75% or better on the exam. Some of questions are worded in a different way from the material presented. Other questions ask for statistical historical information that has no educational value. OK, I am making excuses for flunking the exam twice! The first time in five years I have had any problem with a CE exam. When I called to complain the Kaplan supervisor said I should pay again, do another 8 hours of CE class, and then they would let me try their stupid test two more times….with no certainty of getting a CE certificate. When I asked about a refund I was told that they do not give refunds.

A couple days later a representative called from Proschools to see if I wanted to do their CE course. The rep said they had a satisfaction guarantee. She also said that students rarely had a problem with the exam, and that they allowed unlimited attempts if needed. Preschools offered a discount that made the cost around $100 and I decided to give it a try. The material seemed to be geared a little more towards useful information rather than arcane historical data. Proschools has a quiz after each section but there was usually only two to four questions. This made it much easier to get 100% on the quiz. The quiz offered a choice of a practice or “final” mode. You have to do the “final” quiz, even if you get 100% on the practice mode that has the same questions. It is best to skip the practice and go straight to the “final” quiz. You get multiple chances for the final quiz if needed. Then came the dreaded final exam. The government requires the course provider to require 70% or better to pass. (Why does Kaplan require 75%? So more people will flunk and have to repeat their course?) I was short on time and rushed through the exam in about five minutes. I got 24 of 25 correct for 96%. See, I R smart!!

From my experience this year I would suggest Proschools if you want an online course. Ask if they are offering any discounts and they will give you the code to use for that, if it is available. Of course the quality of the course is far more important than a small difference in the cost.

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Warhammer Online Guide Review – Penn’s Warhammer Guide

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Penn’s Warhammer Online Guide joins the list of guides available to help you level fast in WAR. Well known for his quality World of Warcraft guides, Penn has been playing WAR since closed beta and once again shows why he is an accomplished gamer and writer.

Warhammer Online takes a different approach to MMORPGs than other similar games. Penn has put all his experience and knowledge into his guide, allowing you to take advantage of that to level faster. He tells you where the best places to solo are for each area of the game. You will know exactly where you should be and when you should be there.

Most players despise grinding for levels. Nothing is more tiresome than killing the same mobs for hours on end. If you like that sort of thing, then you might be disappointed with Penn’s guide. His techniques are the most efficient way to level fast without any grinding.

Other guides I’ve seen are nothing more than a list of quests with no guidance at all. With Penn’s guide you get detailed instructions for completing each quest; the who, what, when, where, and how. The detailed maps with coordinates allow you to easily find out where you need to go.

Penn’s Warhammer Online Guide Features:

  • Detailed step-by-step quest paths
  • Specific instructions on how to complete EVERY quest
  • Maps for ALL zones that show you exactly where to go to complete your quests
  • Know when to change zones and where the best places are to go for your level
  • Learn tricks and techniques for leveling that are specific to Warhammer Online
  • Optimized Quest Paths – Don’t waste your time figuring out where to go next!
  • Easy to Use – Clean and easy-to-ready guide format
  • Free Updates – Even for Upcoming Expansions!

With all the Warhammer Online guides out there, it can be difficult to chose the right one. There are several high quality guides, and many more terrible ones. Penn’s falls into the first category.

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A Free Gift Certificate Template Makes Giving Printable Gift Certificates Fun and Easy!

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This season of giving, why not consider giving away certificates to your family members, friends or even valued clients? A printable certificate entitles the receiver to free services or discounts on goods that are on sale from the issuing store. Traditionally, certificates that businesses issue are printed on colorful and elaborate pieces of special paper. A gift-cert. serves dual purposes – a voucher that the receiver can claim and an advertisement for the giving party.

These days, it is easier for small businesses to give away gift-card certificates to their clients by using gift-certificate templates. These are templates that may be customized using Microsoft Office applications. There are also websites that provide free gift certificate templates which can be customized and printed out. Some websites charge minimal fees for you to use their gift-certificate-templates, which you can customize and print. In some cases, you can choose a design, customize it and order the gift-style-certificates in bulk.

Unlike big businesses which usually opt to use gift-cards that look like credit cards, small businesses may not be able to afford such, so printable certificate templates are better options. These certificates may even be printed on demand, meaning they are only printed whenever needed. Often, a simple redeem code is all that is written on some gift-certs., which the client can use on their next purchase. In some cases, though, a certificate may also contain the company’s mission, slogan or anything that will be easy for product recall. Sometimes, special softwares are needed to design these gifting-certificates and to get them mass produced, if needed.

Making your own customized-gift-certificate is just a matter of choosing the right give-away certificate template, filling in your details and printing them out. This is an inexpensive way of giving gifts to people you care about in a unique way. You can use your own creativity to come up with designs that describe either your personality or your company.

Although gift-cards provide the added functionality of being used as debit cards, most small businesses do not need this feature, so customized gift-certs are better ways for small businesses to share gifts to their clients.

Printable-certificates are not just for businesses, by the way. It has been a tradition in some families to exchange gift-style-certificates that entitle the bearer to something which may not have monetary value, but one that can say a lot – like a massage gift, a hug, free babysitting, a movie and dinner treat, to name a few.

Free gift certificate templates are great tools to creating your own gift–style-certificates, which can help you share a meaningful gift without having to spend too much money.

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The Best Gifts For Your Bedridden Loved One

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Being bedridden can get really boring, and if the condition is semi-permanent or for the rest of someone’s life, that person will experience serious lows in his or her mood while learning to live in this new state, where normal life interferes, where a low air loss mattress becomes their best friend, and where contact with people diminishes considerably.

In this sense, the best gift you can give someone you love, who happens to be bedridden, is your time and regular presence in his or her life. When someone can’t move from a bed, the way to connect with the world and to avoid monotony is through the company of others; thus, schedule a weekly chess game, an hour to read, or just drop by with some magazines.

If you want to give your loved one a material gift, first answer these questions:

-What’s his or her health condition? Some foods or gifts like massages could be harmful.

-How much can he or she move? Do not give a journal to someone who can’t move his or her arms.

-What does he or she have access to? Bring DVDs or games only if they have a way to use them.

-What does he or she like?

-What does he or she already have?

It is best if you ask your loved one if he or she would like the gift you are thinking of because when one has to spend every single hour of every single day in the same room, an unwanted or old gift may become a burden.

After answering the questions above, it will be easier to find a great gift for your loved one. Here we give you some suggestions:

-Crafts and activities

Give him or her a book of origami, a book of puzzles, or logic and riddle books.

If your loved one likes to write, get him or her some stationery or a journal, and if they are unable to write, offer to write letters and emails for them.

Help him or her start a long distance education course.

-Electronics

Gift your loved one with access to a new world by giving him or her a laptop with Internet connection, a TV, a DVD player, or game console. All these are great entertainment when you have to remain in bed permanently.

-Food

As long as the doctor allows it, food is always a great gift. Bring him or her their favorite treat or food every once in a while.

-Entertainment

Books and DVDs are a must. Offer to get your loved one any book they want to read, and even offer to read it to them, and schedule time to watch movies or TV series with them. It gets much better when there’s the chance to socialize while reading or watching TV.

-Comfort

Details like a satin pillow, cotton nightgowns, or warm socks are very valuable and seldom considered. A good massage is a gift that will be happily welcomed too.

The truly important thing about a gift for a bedridden person is the meaning behind it. It is the knowledge that you haven’t forgotten the person, and that you still want to be a part of his or her life.

If you liked this article, tell all your friends about it. They’ll thank you for it. If you have a blog or website, you can link to it or even post it to your own site (don’t forget to mention our Pressure Mattress website as the original source).

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A Third Party FantaZ Review – Is FantaZ A Good Business Opportunity?

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If you’re checking out this third party FantaZ review, chances are you’re looking for information because you’re interested in becoming a distributor. Before you join, I want to encourage you to go over this entire review. In it, I’ll cover the actual company, the services they offer, the compensation plan and whether or not FantaZ has a solid business opportunity.

Who Is FantaZ And What Do They Market?

First, let’s go into the actual company. FantaZ is a new network marketing company that targets online gamers and provides a way for people to make money on the $4 billion online gaming industry. From a business perspective, there is a huge market to tap into since there are over 85 million people in the United States alone, and over 217 million people worldwide, that play games online, and the market is growing by a staggering 27% each year.

The concept is simple. Share FantaZ’s new gaming platform with online gamers worldwide and make money doing that. FantaZ’s platform includes games, fantasy sports and even games not introduced in the United States yet. Whether you’re an online gamer or not, one thing’s for sure, there is a big market and if FantaZ can cater to that market, there definitely is an opportunity to make money.

How Do You Make Money With FantaZ?

Now, let’s cover the FantaZ business opportunity. First, in order to become a distributor you’ll have to pay $99 every year, and a monthly fee to participate. There are three monthly fees you can choose from. For a basic membership, it’s free, while a Pro and Expert membership would cost $24 a month and $49 a month, respectively.

The actual compensation plan runs on a unilevel platform and provides several ways to get paid. For one, you’ll earn a 10% commission on your personal Commissionable Tournament Value (CTV), and 10% of the CTV of your first 7 levels. It’s important to know that each CTV equals $.30, which means that each distributor in your first 7 levels pays you an average of $3 a month. There is also a Monthly Builder’s Bonus in place, where you can earn $125 for sponsoring 5 Pro or Expert distributors in a calender month, and then an additional $25 for each person you sponsor after the first five. In addition, there are a couple of different bonus pools you can get paid on depending on your performance and rank. Overall, the business opportunity and compensation plan can be quite lucrative for the right person.

Is FantaZ A Good Business Opportunity?

In closing, FantaZ looks like a good opportunity to make money online assuming you can tap into the online gaming market. While I personally would choose a product or service that has more mass appeal, and can be a product for people who are both online and offline, there’s no doubt that there is market potential there since the online gaming industry is growing by 25%-30% annually. Also, the company looks to have a fair compensation plan in place that offers upfront and back-end income, which is good if you’re seriously thinking about becoming a distributor.

At the end of the day, your success will rely on your ability to sponsor new people into your business, share the gaming platform effectively and build a productive team. One of the key components to accomplishing those things is the ability to market and generate leads. My recommendation is that you use a proven Attraction Marketing system that allows you to brand yourself, generate leads, profit even when people don’t join your business and sponsor distributors on the back-end. If you can successfully incorporate online attraction marketing with a solid offline system, there’s no telling how successful you can be.

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2017 Resort Wear Trends

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A style of clothing for affluent women who jet set to warm-weather climates post-Christmas, resort wear is in itself a fashion season. Spectacular destinations of the wealthy host champagne sipping water-side activities that requires donning the best of the best. Because if you’re someone, you’re wearing someone.

So what kind of apparel and swimwear is in store for 2017 resort wear?

The Lingerie Look

Sexy black lace swimwear, cover ups and resort apparel are said to rule the resort wear runway for 2017 collections. Think honeymoon meets yacht party, bring the bedroom to the beach. Opposite of the daringly sexy black lace look, you may see some white crochet swimsuits and cover ups as well. The trend is sexy peek-a-boo of skin for a demure feminine and more playful look.

Festival Inspired

Festival wear, whether you love it or not, is not going anywhere. With Coachella, Stage Coach and new music festivals popping up all over the world, fashion is looking to cloth the celebrities who love festival music. The resort festival look is elevated with decorative fringe, Grecian goddess inspired straps, pretty palm tree prints, amethyst-colored tie dye that would make you reminiscence of that staple Farrah Fawcett hair, and rich feather prints for a Native American princess look. Festival swimwear pieces will look gorgeous at the pool, and even more so at the next music festival. Never grunge though. Only festival glam is acceptable.

Embellishments

Eye-catching, attention grabbing, glitz and glam. Resort wear and swimwear trends for 2017 are all about the embellishments. Think large jewel details and golden hardware that sparkle in the sun. Solid print bikinis need unique and stunning embellishments such as these to set them apart. The affluent never lead boring lives and their clothing reflect just that point. These luxury swimwear and apparel pieces are evocative of the finer things in life and meant to be pedigree proof.

Getting Cheeky

Ladies and gentlemen, the cheeky bottom has arrived. The new swimsuit bottom trend will be a hybrid of the traditional bikini bottom and a thong-like look. Potentially scandalous in previous decades, this new bathing suit bottom is a new standard of bikini wear in an era of equal pay and titles. Fashion takes its cues from worldly headlines and happenings, and this trend is no different. The cheeky bikini bottom provides just enough coverage while simultaneously adding that alluring sex appeal to bring out the highest degree of confidence from every woman.

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Tri Peaks Solitaire Strategy Guide

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Tri Peaks Solitaire is a fun, and popular solitaire game, combining elements of Golf Solitaire and Pyramid Solitaire. It has an interesting scoring system, which can lead to much higher scores when you DON’T play all the moves you can.

There are 2 keys to getting a high score in Tri Peaks Solitaire:

  • Clear each Peak.
  • Form long sequences.

You get quite a lot of points for clearing a peak. You get 15 points for clearing the first peak, 15 points for clearing the second peak, and then 30 points for clearing the last peak. That’s a total of 60 points, which shows that it is definitely worth while getting rid of all the peaks, and unless you can form an incredibly long sequence, it’s always worth trying to clear the peaks.

The second key to doing well at Tri Peaks Solitaire is to form really long sequences, where you do not deal a card from the talon.

The Tri Peaks scoring system will give you one additional point for every card you move in a sequence. So the first card you move gives you one point, the next card gives you two points, the next card gives you three points, and the next card gives you four points, etc. The sequence ends as soon as you deal from the talon, and the sequence begins at one point again.

This system is interesting because it often makes sense to not move cards as soon as you can.

There are 2 ways to illustrate this.

What do you think the difference in scoring would be between one 12-long sequence versus two 6-long sequences? Most people know the long sequence will outscore the shorter sequences, but not many people realise by how much!

The 12 long sequence gives us a score of 1+2+3+4+5+6+7+8+9+10+11+12, which is 78.

Surely the two 6-long sequences won’t be too far behind? Well, we get 1+2+3+4+5+6 for the first sequence. And then we 1+2+3+4+5+6 for the second sequence.

The total is only 42! Even though the same number of cards were removed, the difference in scores is 36 points!

Another way to illustrate this is to see what would happen if we extend out a long sequence.

What if instead of 12 card in the sequence, we could somehow remove 14 cards in sequence instead? Well, that would give us an extra 13+14 points, which is 27 extra points.

Adding two cards extra on the 12 card sequence almost resulted in as many points as two 6-card sequences!

As you can see, it really pays to form one really long sequence. You need to make sure you form one sequence of at least 10 cards before you start getting a reasonable score.

Now, when Tri Peaks Solitaire starts, you normally find you can form a reasonably long sequence. But rarely is it more than 10 cards. Don’t use that sequence until you have studied the tableau carefully!

Look at the cards above the bottom layer. Look for a lot of cards all around the same rank. See if you can see any long sequences. When you do, see what cards are covering that sequence, and then work to remove those. DON’T remove cards that could make that sequence longer, even if you can play them in shorter sequences before hand. You want to aim for one sequence, as long as you can humanly make, to get really good scores in Tri Peaks Solitaire.

This has to be balanced against the first key though, which is to uncover the peaks. You don’t want to hold on too long for that perfect sequence, because it may mean that you don’t get to uncover the peaks.

Play a few games with the above in mind, and you’re sure to see your Tri Peaks scores increase in no time!

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