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Tuesday, June 16, 2015

10 Summer Fitness Tips to Help You Get Ripped | STACK

With Summertime here we know how important it can be to some to get that "beach body". We wanted to share some helpful tips on how you can get the body you want this Summer.

These tips (link below) come from our friends over at stack.com. They keep it simple and to the point. These exercises can be done at home, no gym membership needed.


Follow these tips and you will be well on your way to getting the body you want.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Easton SP14S50 S50 Slowpitch Softball Bat Review

Over the past two weeks we  test the Easton SP14S50 S50 Slowpitch Softball Bat with our Adult League Co-Ed Softball team.

This bat is made of a durable aluminum alloy keeping the bat light while not compromising the performance. According to Easton the bat is made for speed and power, which we found holds true.

Easton SP14s50 S50 Slowpitch Softball Bat

There are multiple size and weight options available for this bat, but we decided to have our team test the 34-inch/28-ounce option. We went with this option so both the guys and girls on the team could give it a try. The guys found the bat to be just the right length and weight, however a few guys did think the bat was a bit light for them. There is the option to go heavier up to the 34-inch/30-ounce bat. As for the girls on the team they all loved the bat as well. A few had to choke up due to the length, but all liked the slightly heavier weight. It made them feel the were getting force behind the ball. It may be best for the girls to go with the 33-inch/26-ounce bat, but the Easton SP14S50 S50 Slowpitch Softball Bat performed well for everyone. 

Conforming to all USSSA, ASA, NSA, ISF, and ISA leagues, you don't have to worry about any rules or regulations being broken in your league. 

The Easton SP14S50 S50 Slowpitch Softball Bat bat has the look feel of the more expensive multi-compound bats, but with two differences. The first is this bat is a one piece design for more stability in the swing. The other and probably the bigger factor is the price. At only $24.99 when you get the performance of a $120 bat it is a win win. 

Throughout the course of four games this bat was tested, there was an increase in the distance the girls hit the ball and for the guys two home runs were hit by two guys that have never hit a homerun. We are not saying it is all the bat, but we would say for those guys and girls who did tremendously better, they now have the right length and weight combination for them. 

The team enjoyed the bat so much they have requested 3 more in various lengths and weights for a better overall test. We will do a follow up to this review after we get the chance to test the other weights and lengths of the Easton SP14S50 S50 Slowpitch Softball Bat.

Easton Walk Off II Bat Bag

Easton also makes a great backpack to carry bats and all your other softball equipment, the Easton Walk-Off II Bat Pack. Although this was not a test product, several members of the team already have this bat-pack. Double bat pockets, double shoulder straps, multiple pockets, and a hook to hang the bag on the fence. It is a very durable bag and has lots of room.


Tuesday, June 9, 2015

What To Do For Father's Day Along The Gulf Coast.

Looking for something better than just a normal gift for Dad this Father's Day? Here are some ideas of what you can do with him and not just for him.

Here along the Gulf Coast there are so many activities that can be fun for not only just your Father, but also for the family to be involved in.

It is no hidden secret that most Dad's enjoy golf and along the Gulf Coast we have some of the best golf courses around. From Panama City Florida to Lake Charles Louisiana if you are looking to bring Dad out for golf you will definitely have plenty of options. Some even host professional golf events for the PGA Tour, Champions Tour, LPGA Tour, and Web.com Tour.

If you are in the Florida panhandle you will find more resort style golf courses such as Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort or Camp Creek. Travel a bit further west to Alabama and you find the Robert Trent Jones Trail or other great courses such as Craft Farms. Get into Mississippi's Gulf Coast and you find more casino/resort style golf courses, such as Harrah's Grand Bear or the Beau Rivage course Fallen Oak.  In Louisiana you can find great golf at the TPC of Louisiana in New Orleans or The National Golf Club of Louisiana in Lake Charles. Depending on the area you are in you will find golf courses that range in price from $35 to $150 and up.

If golf isn't Dad's thing, but fishing is then the Gulf Coast is one of the best places to be. You can fish saltwater marsh, freshwater rivers, bays, lakes and the Gulf of Mexico. You can find charters to take your Father on in Orange Beach from our friends over at the Orange Beach Fishing Association. If you prefer more inshore saltwater fishing head over to Louisiana and see our friends Griffin Fishing Charters and Lodging. There are numerous fishing charters in every area of the Gulf Coast, you just need to decide if you want big fish from the Gulf of Mexico or something else perhaps on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

If Dad is a baseball buff you can bring him to watch two Double A teams, the Mobile Bay Bears at the Pensacola Blue Wahoo's, on Father's Day or the four days prior. A third team in the area, the Triple A - New Orleans Zephyrs, unfortunately are not playing on Father's Day, but if tickets were given as a gift, they will be home the following Tuesday (23rd) thru Thursday (25th). The Biloxi Shuckers, another Double A team,  are also in the area and have just recently had their first game at their new home MGM Park and will be home vs Montgomery on Father's Day.

These are just a few of the ideas how you can treat Dad to Father's Day with a better gift. What Dad would not like a gift that include the one who gave him that gift?

Have any other ideas, please let us know. Want some other ideas or other information? Ask us and we will help you find what you may be looking for.

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Golf Course Review - The Oaks Golf Club

It has been a long time, due to the horrible weather, that we have been able to get out and review a golf course. 

Today's review comes from The Oaks Golf Club, about 30 minutes west from Biloxi, Mississippi, in Pass Christian. The Oaks is one of the very few golf courses located along the Mississippi Gulf Coast that is not affiliated with a casino. 

The staff at The Oaks are very friendly and welcoming. From the first staff you meet outside to the professionals in the shop, everyone was a delight to talk to. Even though the clubhouse is nothing spectacular it serves it's purpose and does the job. Both the golf shop and grill are in one large room separated only by a partition wall. The grill has excellent food and the golf shop is fully stocked. 


One of the best treats, well at least for the guys, is the The Oaks is home of the Hooters Girls as Beverage Cart servers, courtesy of the Hooters-Gulfport. To our knowledge this is the only course to do so. No you will not get wings on the course, but you will get the same personalities and service you would at any Hooters Restaurant. Very friendly and treated with a smile. 

As one of the top courses in the area, The Oaks has hosted Nike Tour events, now the WEb.com Tour, and has consitently ranked among the best courses you can play in the state of Mississippi. 

 

The Oaks is a residential community in Pass Christian, but is also located in a natural preserve of woods and wetlands. With the exception of two holes, any hole with a home on it, only them on one side, with the natural vegetation on the other. 

Even though the golf course does not play long, only 6,885 from the tips, the golf course presents its challenges. This is not a golf course to hit driver on every hole, as you may need to Manage Your Golf Game as you proceed around the course. Some fairways are tight with strategically placed bunkers and others will let you take a mighty rip at the ball. That holds true around the greens also. Some holes will force you to carry the ball over a bunker, marsh area, or water hazard while others give you plenty of room to run the ball up to the green if you so choose. 

 

The greens at The Oaks are very consistent from hole to hole and very undulating in areas. Not the largest greens you can play on, but they are by no means small either. The way the greens are shaped will test your short game, but on the off chance you miss a green, it is not a difficult up and down. The way the course is maintained gives you multiple shot options around the greens, making it a fair test for everyone. 


The following is our rating for: Overall Experience, Course Conditions, Course Design, Value received, Facilities, and Staff. A 0-10 point system is used with 10 being the highest and 0 being the lowest.
Overall Experience
8
Course Conditions
8
Course Design
8
Value Received
8
Facilities
7
Staff
9


Overall this is a course we highly recommend to anyone living in or visiting near the area looking to play a good golf course at a very fair price. www.theoaksgolfclub.com

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Are All of Golf's Majors Becoming too Similar?

With the U.S. Open coming up this month, we were posed the question, "Why does it seem that all the professional golf majors are played on the same type golf courses."

This years U.S Open is being played at Chambers Bay and the 2015 PGA Championship played at Whistling Straights we can understand the question. Both are links style golf courses. Throw the Open Championship between those two and that makes three consecutive Majors being played on similar, links golf courses. The only Major that is an exception to this, is of course the Masters, the only Major played on the same course every year.

Another huge indication that they are becoming too similar is a article, from USA Today Sports, with Ernie Els, basically stating that this past week's Irish Open was a good practice round for the U.S. Open. Should an Irish links course be a good warm up for a U.S. Open?

Go back to the setup of Pinehurst, at last years U.S. Open, and you get a similar feel again. We are not knocking any of these links course here in the U.S., they are all great golf courses and a great test to the best in the world. In our personal opinion we think the USGA should stick to traditional U.S./American style golf courses. Isn't there a reason the Championship has U.S. in front of it? Perhaps that is why seven out of the last ten champions have been from other countries.

As for the PGA Championship, it is ok to mix up the style of golf course, even though it is a U.S.event, the title does not designate the country of origin. We would still like to see both championships however find other golf courses. Are there not enough golf courses that the same ones have to be picked? For example this is the third time since 2004 that Whistling Straights will be used for the PGA Championship. Again we are not saying anything bad about Whistling Straights, it is a phenomenal golf course and property. When given so much variety throughout the country, we believe that variety should be used. Also just like other major sporting events in the U.S., they try and go to different cities. We would like bothe the U.S Open and PGA Championships do the same or at least try states they have not been played in before.




We do understand the time of year these are played makes it difficult to schedule in the south due to the hot temperatures, but to see one or more of these events played, in say Alabama, New Mexico, or somewhere they have never been played would be great. This would be good for golf and those local economies.

It is almost frustrating knowing that as we watch the last three Major Tournaments this year it will almost feel like we will be watching three consecutive Open Championships.

We will finish with saying that no matter what golf course the U.S Open or the PGA Championship choose we still look forward to watching them each year. All of golf's Majors are a very stern test of golf and watching the best in the world take on the challenge is very exciting.

On a side note we are pulling for Phil Mickelson to finally get his U.S. Open victory this year. Who is your pick?