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Tony Finau Poised for Successful Masters Final Round After Shooting 64

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Tony Finau walked off the 18th green the same way he started his third round at Augusta National. Cool, calm and collected. Nothing seems to phase Finau, even though he is playing on golf’s most prestigious stage. On a wild Saturday at The Masters, Finau would propel his way up the leaderboard with a third round 64. Along with Webb Simpson and Patrick Cantlay, Tony Finau’s 64 would etch their performances into Masters history. The first time in the 83 year history of the tournament where three golfers shot a 64 on the same day.

“The conditions were perfect today,” said Finau. “These golfers are really good. The golf course hasn’t changed over the last couple days so we know the targets to hit when driving off the tee and hitting into the green.”
Finau Looking for Better Outcome After Injury-Plagued 2018 Masters
One year ago, Tony Finau participated in the annual Masters Par-3 Contest, the Wednesday before tournament action. Finau would achieve what many golfers yearn to conquer in their lifetimes; to get a hole-in-one. But what would transpire for the 29-year-old was less than ideal. While celebrating his ace, Finau rolled his ankle, seriously injuring it. After he underwent tests, it had revealed that he had torn ligaments, but no evidence of structural damage.

Despite the adversity of playing golf with a limited ankle, Finau never withdrew from last year’s Masters. He would end up finishing tied for 10th, firing a final round 66, where he would birdie six consecutive holes from 12 to 17. Even though he was visibly hobbling, the tranquility of his persona remained constant. As he teed it up this week at Augusta, Finau “April Fooled” the golfing world into a frenzy where he showcased the shoes he would “wear” to protect his ankle. Joking aside, no one is laughing at the way Finau is performing this week at the Masters. Deep beneath the stoic facade is a fierce competitor, who can sustain successful play when he is on a hot streak.

“It was actually a great feeling to stand on the first tee Thursday feeling healthy,” Finau said. “This is a golf course I like, and I feel like I can play well. Last year, even though it kind of took the pressure off me, it was awkward playing hurt that way. This year, there was none of that.”

Tony Finau Relying on Previous Major Championship Experience to Prepare for Masters Final Round
Tony Finau epitomized what Moving Day means at Augusta National. An opportunity to set you up on the precipice of attaining illustrious golf history. Finau would tie a Masters record, shooting 30 on the front 9. This included an eagle on the par-5 8th, which propelled him to the top of the leaderboard.

“I didn’t hear a lot of roars,” said Finau. “I saw Rickie Fowler coming down 9 and he gave me a thumbs up, saying “You could’ve made it.” It was nice to make a 3 there on 8, setting myself up for success the rest of the round.”

While he only got two birdies on the back 9 on the two par-5’s, Finau’s steady driving accuracy and ball striking propelled him to the final group on Sunday. Hitting 15 of 18 Greens in Regulation (83 percent) and 12 of 14 Fairways Hit (86 percent), Tony Finau was in a laser-focused zone all the way to the Augusta National clubhouse.

On an early Sunday final round start, Tony Finau will be paired with 18-time major winner Tiger Woods and the 2018 Open Champion Francesco Molinari, currently possessing a two-shot lead. For Finau, this is not the first time he will be in the final group of a major championship. At the 2018 U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills, Finau experienced the pressure and expectation of being the last one out on Sunday. Shooting a final round 72 would put him into fifth place, but the knowledge he gained will prepare him for tomorrow, as he embarks on trying to win his first Masters.

“Having that experience under my belt at Shinnecock will most definitely help me tomorrow,” affirmed Finau.

The roars are going to perpetuate throughout Augusta as Tiger attempts to chase his 15th major. But for Tony Finau, remaining in his calm frame of mind will suit him well, looking to attack an Augusta National course that suits his game impeccably.

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2019 Masters Third Round Highlights

Perfect weather made for as near perfect conditions as we’ve ever seen at The Masters during Saturday’s third round. Luckily for the remaining field the rain held off at least for the day. Championship Sunday will be a different story as tee times have already been adjusted to start earlier, go off on both the 1st and 10th tees and be set in threesomes.

Records were challenged throughout the day at Augusta National as for the first time in tournament history four players shot 8-under rounds of 64 on the same day. One of those men was 29-year old Tony Finau who currently sits as one of the three co-leaders at 11-under par. In his sophomore outing at Augusta Finau also tied to course record with a 30 on the front nine.

Joining Finau in the final pairing Sunday also at 11-under will be the four-time Masters winner Tiger Woods. However, despite stellar play by both challengers they’ll both be chasing the two-stroke leader Francesco Molinari. The 2018 Open champion quietly rose up the leaderboard and into sole possession of the lead thanks to four straight birdies on the back nine. Last Word on Golf has your top highlights and Masters moments from Saturday’s third round at Augusta National.
Finau catches fire
Making just his second Masters start, Tony Finau showed that he can be a true contender no matter the course. After starting his third round with four birdies over the first seven holes Finau nearly holed his 261-yard approach shot for an albatross. An eight-inch tap in would give him an easy eagle and a 6-under start for his round.

Already on a tear Saturday, Finau stepped up to the par-5 13th on a mission. With still 11-feet to navigate he sent the putt home for his fifth birdie of the day to move into the early solo lead at 10-under.

It’s been said the secret to winning at Augusta National is successfully scoring on the par-5’s. Finau did just that Saturday going 5-under across the four par-5’s including a birdie at the 530-yard 15th.

Woods continues to turn back the clocks
Seeking his first major championship since 2008, and his first green jacket since 2005, Tiger Woods continued to ignite the gallery once again Saturday. Following an unfortunate bogey at the 5th hole, Woods fired back at the par-3 6th for birdie to get back to 6-under. Just one hole later a spot on approach would lead to the second of three straight birdies for the 14-time major champion.

On the heels of four straight pars Woods woke the crowd up once again as he rounded Amen Corner with his fourth birdie of the day.

Few moments at The Masters elicit the overwhelming roar of the gallery like a lead tying putt by Tiger Woods. That was exactly what he heard with back to back birdies at 15 and 16 to get to 11-under.

Saturdays other top shots around Augusta
Francesco Molinari’s stealth like precision around the course often flies under the radar until it’s too late. The Italian did exactly that Saturday at Augusta as all eyes were focused on Woods and his crowd roaring run. Molinari quietly made four straight birdies beginning from 12 through 15 to propel himself into a two-stroke lead.

Perennial PGA Tour fan favorite Rickie Fowler has yet to make the big push for the lead but has kept himself in contention thanks to shots like his chip-in eagle at 13 on Saturday.

Saturday may not have been the picture perfect round for Brooks Koepka after capturing a share of the lead over both Thursday and Friday. But an eagle at the par-5 15th helped spark the three-time major winner down the stretch.

Making a steady run Saturday with a 5-under round of 67, Sweden’s Henrik Stenson drained his 45-foot birdie putt at the par-3 16th.

Despite a less than ideal Masters campaign in 2019, Rory McIlroy has refused to go quietly especially after confidently finishing his par-5’s Saturday at 15 for eagle.

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F1 Qualifying China: Bottas pips Hamilton to poll

Valtteri Bottas will be on pole for Formula 1s 1000th race after he pipped Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton to the top of the grid by just 2 hundredths of a second during qualifying in China.

Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc will line up on the second row after failing to trouble the silver arrows in Shanghai finishing a somewhat distant three tenths adrift of the current world champions.

Red Bull’s Max Verstappen claimed 5th on the grid but was furious following qualifying after Vettel passed him on track prior to his final flying lap in Q3.

The grid took up a “Noah’s Ark” formation with Mercedes 1-2, Ferrari 3-4, Red Bull 5-6, Renault 7-8 and Haas 9-10.

The front row lockout was a welcome sight for Mercedes who had claimed the superior straight-line speed advantage of Ferrari combined with the enormous back straight in China would give the Scuderia the edge.

However, the twisty nature of the Shanghai circuits first two sectors lended itself to Mercedes superior front downforce allowing them to pull clear of their arch rivals.

Ferrari are still optimistic race conditions will suit their car and that a serious challenge can still be mounted to Mercedes.
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10 Best Men’s Basketball Shorts 2019: Adult & Youth

Basketball shorts are one of the most versatile forms of clothing in the world.  Basketball shorts are great for a number of activities and are also great for lounging around in.  Basketball shorts are obviously mostly connected to the sport of basketball, but they are also used in a variety of other activities.  They are commonly seen in gyms being worn by people who are working out and by those that are working outside.  They are also worn by people who just want to be comfortable around the house as they work and/or sit.  They’re great in the summertime, too, especially for those that don’t want to show off their white thighs or their chicken legs!  No matter the reason, basketball shorts are a great accessory to have around.  This buying guide will help you determine what you need to look for in a pair of basketball shorts.  There is a lot more than meets the eye, so you have to be careful when selecting which one best fits your needs.  We will then look at the ten basketball shorts of 2019!Top Basketball Shorts Comparison ChartPictureNamePriceWhere to Buy?1. POINT 3 DRYV Baller 3.0 Unisex Dry Hand Zone Basketball Shorts $$$Check Price on Amazon2. Under Armour Men’s Raid Shorts $$$Check Price on Amazon3. Champion Men’s Long Mesh Short $$Check Price on Amazon4. Under Armour Mo’ Money Basketball Shorts $$$Check Price on Amazon5. TopTie Men’s Basketball Shorts $Check Price on Amazon6. Adidas Performance Essential Basketball Shorts $$Check Price on Amazon7. Champion’s Men’s Crossover Basketball Shorts $$Check Price on Amazon8. Adidas Basketball 3G Speed 2.0 Shorts $$Check Price on Amazon9. Boy’s Nike Elite Stripe Short $$$Check Price on Amazon10. Nike HBR Basketball Shorts $$$$Check Price on AmazonBasketball Shorts Buying Guide MaterialsThe materials that are used in basketball shorts can make a world of difference in how you feel and move.  The materials also determine how much, or how little, air flow you receive.  This can be and will be a big deal as some gyms are simply heated differently than others.  We’ve all been to gyms that are super warm, and that is the absolute worst.  It may not help much, but the right pair of shorts can certainly help you stay sane.  It always seems like you make more bad plays when you are too hot.  The opposite could be true, too, though.  You may want a warmer pair of shorts for use in cold gyms.  This isn’t typically a big problem, though, because if you play at anywhere near a high intensity you’ll warm up fairly quickly.  At any rate, let’s look at the materials and see how they make you feel.CottonCotton is a popular option in just about any all clothing in the world.  Cotton has its advantages and disadvantages, just like anything else you’ll see.  The great thing that cotton is going to offer is going to be its comfort.  It is hard to match cotton in this regard.  They are also quite good for playing in colder environments, such as a gym that hasn’t been heated in quite a while.  However, that also means that they are not going to be very good when the weather turns warm.  Playing outside in cotton is a hugely unsatisfying experience that certainly isn’t encouraged.  It won’t hurt you, but you will feel like you’re going to die.  It’s also no fun in a warm gym full of people.  Cotton absorbs sweat, which is not a good thing.  Its fibers are the opposite or hydrophobic, which means it will gravitate toward sweat, which will eventually weigh you down as you play longer and longer.  As if this wouldn’t make you heavy enough, cotton is already fairly heavy on its own right!  The price of cotton, though, is usually fairly cheap in comparison to other materials, so if this is a consideration, it may be your way to go.PolyesterAnother choice out there is polyester.  This is a very commonly used material that you see in most basketball shorts made today.  It is also very popular in many other forms of sports materials.  Polyester is very good at reducing the amount of moisture.  This means that the shorts will weigh you down much less than a material like cotton would.  They allow your legs to ‘breathe’ this way.  This can make all the difference in a game, whether it’s very serious or just for fun.  It can also mean you feel better doing whatever you are doing.  A lot of companies, such as Adidas for example, will call their polyester fabric by a different name.  This is just done for proprietary reasons, and it does not mean that it’s a different sort of material at all.  Polyester is a little more expensive, as it is a man-made product.  It also will not last quite as long as cotton shorts, but this is due to them not being as thick.Hybrid BlendsSpecial or hybrid blends are also found as materials used to make basketball shorts.  These blends can include any number of materials such as cotton, polyester, and spandex.  It is a combination of these three that Nike uses for its “Dri-Fit line of clothing.  The cotton is essentially included to help you out so you can wash it in the dryer.  Whatever the combination of materials is, the primary goal of the hybrid blends is to almost always to keep moisture away.  As a result, these types of materials are typically higher priced than either polyester or cotton options.  They also have to be examined closely on the tags and instructions so that you can take care of them properly without ruining them!The fourth and final option that we will mention is mesh.  Mesh is an option you can choose because it is a cheaper price point option, like cotton, but it differs because it is more breathable than its cotton counterparts are.  They allow air to flow underneath garments much better than cotton would, but they are still no match for polyester or specially blended materials.  This is because 100% mesh does not wick moisture away.  It simply allows you better air flow.  This is a popular option for basketball because of its low price.Reversible ShortsIt was difficult trying to find a place to include this, so we’ve just put it here by itself.  Reversible shorts are a great option for all sorts of recreational play.  Whether it is a league or for pickup, they can be great because you can easily switch teams.  Reversible shorts are found in all sorts of different materials, but you can usually find them for pretty cheap.  You can even find really good shorts that have moisture-wicking properties that will allow you to reverse them.  If this is something you need, then you don’t have to settle for an inexpensive pair if you don’t want to!The Right FitFinding the right fit for basketball shorts can be very important.  It’s a big deal because you want to look good and feel good as well.  It’ll do you no good to look like a doofus on the court so that your friends, teammates, or rivals will make fun of you.  Yet, it’s also about being a little different.  Some people, like Larry Bird and John Stockton from years gone by, were still great basketball players that saw their greatness transcend whatever dorky look people might have perceived them to have.  Here is a general sizing run down to help you out.Small: 28-30 inchesMedium: 32-35 inchesLarge: 36-38 inchesExtra Large: 40-42 inchesExtra Extra Large: 44-46 inchesIf you find that your size’s waist size doesn’t correspond to the length that you want, you do have an alternative to choose from. Because most basketball shorts have drawstrings for you to tie together, you should easily be able to go up a size or maybe two.  Just don’t overdo it, as you could end up looking like a rodeo clown or trip over yourself.Basketball shorts should fit you well.  They can be a little baggy, but they shouldn’t be so baggy that they are difficult to keep up or look like they would be difficult to keep up.  Also, remember they are shorts.  They are not shants (short pants) or ¾ pants or capris.  Those will also make you the target of jokes and laughs!  Swinging too far away from the short look can also be bad, or get you into trouble if you are playing in a league.  So just know the rules and use common sense in choosing a pair that will suit your needs best!Best Basketball Shorts Reviews 1.  Point 3 DRYV Baller 3.0Point 3 is arguably the best pair of shorts available on the market today.  That’s why it made #1 on our list for this year!  More is said about this pair than any other single pair of shorts online.  Why?  Well, let’s see where I can start!  Firstly, they have a unique offering not available in any other companies shorts, and that is an unusual material built in to the shorts that allows a player to wipe his/her hands off during the game to minimize dirt from wiping shoe soles (to maintain good traction – trust me, I did this all the time during my college ball years!), or to get rid of extra sweat on your palms before you handle the ball.  In addition to that, they are extremely light and have little extras that “up” the game like exposed silicone beading on the inside of the waistband to keep them tight around your waist.  You can see the full line of features HERE.ProsHand drying technology is a unique additionLightweight adds to the overall appealAllows for exceptionally unrestricted movement due to careful design features in the crotch and elsewhereConsPriceyContains pockets which are highly unnecessary for competitive basketball apparel  2.  Under Armour Men’s Raid Shorts Coming in a multitude of colors is a fashionable yet refined look from Under Armour.  The Raid Shorts are great for getting rid of moisture as it has a four way system that allows you to move easier and have your sweat wicked while drying quickly. They are 90% polyester and 10% elastane, which is essentially spandex.  They have a loose fit, yet they are laced with heatgear technology to help you be all around more comfortable.  These have pockets in them, which aren’t always a given with basketball shorts, and they are made from mesh.  They are quite an expensive price, but you get what you pay for … sometimes!ProsDries sweat quicklyVery comfortableMore features than can be mentioned!ConsPrice is quite highNo built-in liner for those wanting that  3.  Champion Men’s Long Mesh Short Also coming in a variety of colors, though not as limitless as the #1 option, is the Champion option here at #2.  These shorts, as the title indicates, are mesh. But they aren’t 100% mesh like you would assume.  After some investigation, it is apparent that they are only mesh on the very outside to give it the bubble-like look and texture. On the inside, it is 100% polyester, which will breathe much better than the mesh would have allowed you to.  These also have pockets as well as a drawcord that you can adjust on the fly, and they come at a very low price, which has made them quite popular.ProsVery good priceMesh gives it that look and feel that reminds you of basketball as a kidVery comfortableConsThe pockets are very deep, which means whatever is in there will move around a lotDepending on the color, these can be see through- not a great thing to encounter  4.  Under Armour Mo’ Money Basketball Shorts Not sure who or what determines the name, but the Mo’ Money shorts moniker actually makes a little bit of sense as they are in the moderate to high price range, depending on the size and color.  These shorts have quite a few options of colors to choose from, each with a two-tone design with the Under Armour symbol on the left side of the shorts.  They are 100% polyester, but they have mesh pockets as well as mesh paneling to help increase ventilation.  The waistband is elastic, and it also has a drawcord.ProsGreat comfortWay more breathable than mostVery cool looksConsHigher price than a lot of store pairs of shortsSizing appears to run a little small  5.  TopTie Men’s Basketball Shorts these are your more traditional basketball shorts that we all know and love.  These shorts have no pockets because they are designed for actual in-game play only.  So, this would be great for a recreational league of some sort, but not as much if you are looking for versatility.  They are 100% polyester, which is becoming the norm in basketball as it is breathable and comfortable to wear.  They only offer two colors, but the contrasting colors look great.  The price is also exceptionally inexpensive, so it could be a very good option for bulk buying.ProsVery low priceTraditional basketball look and feelColors look great paired togetherConsNo pockets if you need themHas an inner lining that some people do not like  6.  Adidas Performance Essential Basketball Shorts Coming in around ten different color options and a moderate price level are the “Essential” basketball shorts from Adidas.  These shorts look great with Adidas’ classic three striped look, and most of them aren’t just white.  So you can match them to school colors if desired.  They are made of 100% polyester, have a drawstring to help you adjust if needed, and they are very comfortable and breathable.  They also have two full pockets for those that needed them!ProsHas pocketsMore of a versatile short than just basketballGreat designs from AdidasConsCan be see throughThey can run a little small and/or short  7.  Champion’s Men’s Crossover Basketball Shorts This offering by Champion has just seven colors to choose from and is in also in the very low price range.  These shorts, like most basketball shorts, are 100% polyester all the way around, so these do not have the look that the mesh ones had earlier.  Like the earlier Champion model, these have an elastic waistband with a draw string and they have pockets for storage.ProsHas pocketsGreat for people that have a hard time finding a good fitVery good priceConsPockets seem to be open at the bottomCan run small if you’re on the edges of the sizing chart  8.  Adidas Basketball 3G Speed 2.0 Shorts The Adidas 3G Speed shorts are built for speed and have a number of designs that look great with the three stripes look.  The front of the shorts have pockets that have zippers to help keep your stuff inside.  They are small pockets, but at least you won’t be losing things.  Unlike most of the other pairs on the list, this pair is not made from polyester.  Instead, it is made from nylon.  These are a decent option for the low to moderate price range.ProsDecent priceZippers to help keep things in placeNylon makes these weigh lessConsAppears to run too large, even for basketball shortsThe latest iPhone will not fit in the pockets  9.  Boy’s Nike Elite Stripe Short Here is a pair of shorts that are great for the younger players. These Nike’s are truly meant to make you feel elite because they look exactly like what some high schools and colleges would be wearing.  They are 100% Dri-Fit polyester with some mesh to help breathability, they have the inner drawcord as per usual, and they have many colors to choose from.  The prices can get to be a little high, but they are Nikes!ProsDri-Fit keeps you dry on the hottest of daysLooks like your traditional basketball shortsGreat for kids/smaller teensConsPrice can be highNot for adults or bigger kids  10.  Nike HBR Basketball Shorts Made from Dri-Fit and polyester with quite a few colors and designs is a moderate to high-ranging (in price) pair of shorts from Nike.  The HBR is very comfortable and will keep you dry, and they also have pockets despite looking like an on-court only type of short.  They have a drawstring in case you have any issues with fit as well.ProsComfortableKeep you dryHas pockets despite their great looksConsRun a little smallWaistband can be too tight  Point 3 Shorts = Genius?Additional Background InformationThe history of basketball shorts goes back a long way.  It was first created by a man named James Naismith for a Physical Education class.  Little did he know that the game would catch on and be a world phenomenon one day.  When it first began, it was a sport played much different than it is now.  This was also the case with the clothing.  Basketball is unique as the shirts are almost always sleeveless.  This no doubt made many of us smaller guys and girls a little bit intimidated.  Also included in the uniform are the shorts.For a long time, basketball shorts were always the same.  They were SHORT.  We are talking really short.  Like you can barely get your fingertips to the bottoms of the shorts SHORT.  This was not the trend with just women.  It was the case with full-grown men.  The sight was sometimes unseemly.  The shorts were usually also pretty tight, much like running shorts would be today, but without the comfort of them.  Basketball shorts were just traditionally short.That all began to change in the 1980s as players looked to be more stylish and more comfortable.  This carried over to just about all players of the game, and it’s presently difficult to find anyone that doesn’t wear long and baggy shorts.  These shorts are great because they allow much more air in and they are more comfortable and will chafe less than shorter shorts. There are occasionally players that buck the trend, however.  Larry Bird and John Stockton are two of the proponents of the classic look.  Michael Jordan, on the other hand, is seen as one of the innovators of the long shorts style.  But many argue over who started the trend.There is a debate over whether this whole thing is simply down to fashion or not.  Many people simply believe it is due to the fact that the “cool kids” don’t want to be seen wearing “old white guy shorts.”  But honestly, there is a functionality to basketball shorts that shouldn’t be overlooked.  We’ll discuss that further in the “materials” section.This is all said to let you know that there are a lot of different things that can be labeled as basketball shorts that are out there on the market.  So, you can see shorter ones out there.  And you might want to consider that if you want to have a different style or don’t like the feel of long shorts!  Don’t go around sagging when you simply don’t have to do so.  Get a pair of shorts that are longer and that cover more of your body, so that you don’t have to be a distraction or embarrassment on the court. The post 10 Best Men’s Basketball Shorts 2019: Adult & Youth appeared first on Sport Consumer.

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Best Soccer Rebounders for 2019 : No Partner? No Problem!

One of the absolute greatest tools for any soccer player to have is a rebounder.  Rebounders allow the user to do things that they otherwise would not be able to practice.  For many people, playing and/or practicing soccer without a companion is very tough.  It can be very tedious, it can be boring, and most frustratingly, it can be fruitless.  The reasons are pretty simple.  If you are pushing yourself every day to break through your personal barriers, then you aren’t improving.  This means doing the same thing every time for practice won’t necessarily make you better (there are some instances here, though, where that can be a good thing).  So in those cases, a soccer rebounder is a powerful tool to help a player train.  Friends and family all tired or incapable/unwilling to play?  Simply go to the rebounder and get your practice in!  Depending on the type of rebounder you have, a number of drills and skills can be practiced.  Shooting, of course, is the one that is the most popular.  But shooting alone isn’t going to take you to the top of your class, let alone to MLS.  In addition to shooting, you can perfect your passing game, which is a vital part of any player’s repertoire.  Without being an accurate passer, you put your teams strategy and safety at risk.  This is why a rebounder is such an important weapon in any soccer player’s arsenal.  With it, you have the capability to practice so much more than the player next to you by doing just a little extra work.  By combining this type of training with a dribbling regimen and fitness, you can quickly become one of the more skilled players on any team.Top Soccer Rebounder Comparison ChartPictureNameTypeSizePriceWhere to Buy?1. SKLZ Quickster Soccer Trainer MultipurposePortable$$Check Price on Amazon2. Crazy Catch Wild Child 2.0 Sport Rebounder Net Ball ControlPortable$$$Check Price on Amazon3. Franklin Sports 12 x 6 Tournament Soccer RebounderShooting/ Goalkeeping12′ x 6’$$$Check Price on Amazon4. Forza Rebound Soccer WallShooting/ ControlMedium$$$Check Price on Amazon5. Franklin Sports Adjustable Soccer RebounderShooting6′ x 4’$Check Price on Amazon6. Net Return Jr. MultipurposeYouth$$$Check Price on Amazon7. Tekk Multi-Sport Pro Trainer with Bonus Target Net Multipurpose – ON STEROIDSMost Durable Option$$$$Check Price on Amazon8. SoccerWave Jr. 2 in 1 Soccer Rebounder and Trainer Multi-purposePortable$$$Check Price on AmazonSoccer Rebounder PurposeWhat a rebounder does is very fundamental.  It rebounds.  This is something that we have all seen with various sports.  Many rebounders claim to be all-purpose rebounders intended for use with any sport.  Typically, these types of rebounders are much cheaper than sport-specific ones.  This is due to the fact that companies put extra time, money, and effort into prototyping, researching, developing, and perfecting these systems for players to use for one specific purpose.Touch/Control PracticeThe ultimate use of a soccer rebounder, in my opinion, is for a player to develop his or her ‘touch.’  ‘Touch’ refers to a soft control of the ball, allowing that person to keep the ball near to them at all times.  This is a requirement for every level of soccer.  The players that control the ball typically win, or at least control, the tempo of the game.  Many players come and go that can run fast and kick the ball very hard.  But many of them fall to the wayside because of a lack of technique.  A soccer rebounder can allow you to learn the techniques that are necessary by giving the user a consistent bounce every time.  What this does is allow the player to learn how to trap, or control, the ball at each angle and each height.  Doing this repetitively allows a player to create an understanding that will soon be natural, allowing them to begin to do and think about other things while they do this.  This is what is required to truly master the game of soccer and to move forward to a level higher than recreational or school soccer.  Learning how to consistently do these things is what it is most important, and it is this that should be one of the key factors that you look for in a soccer rebounder.  If you aren’t going to get a consistent bounce every time, then you should seriously look elsewhere.  This is not a game where you try and trick yourself with random bounces.  Those random bounces happen regardless of being well-trained, and it is almost always the most well-trained players that end up making the most out of them because they are able to think on a level that is beyond that of someone that is simply trying to control the ball.Shooting PracticeOf course, ball handling is also very important and is a massive factor for your choice of a rebounder.  If the rebounder and its net (more to be said later) will not hold up to shots, then it will just not be of much use for you.  Another great thing about a rebounder, as opposed to a regulation goal, is that a rebounder will allow you to go outside and shoot without having to worry about retrieving the ball after a goal.  What this does is allow you cut down on the number of soccer balls you need, allows you to play by yourself, and you can do more in a shorter period.  This is, of course, assuming you don’t kick it over or wide of the rebounder!  Keep in mind that now all rebounders are most for the purpose of taking shots on them.  While just about any of them will withstand shots, many are much smaller than a regulation goal, and that means it wouldn’t be a good option unless you are extremely accurate.  Some are not contoured to be shot at in fact!  A rebounder would be a great option for someone that is very serious about playing, can work hard by themselves, and doesn’t have someone that can help them very often.Price and QualityLike with most other products on the market, you get what you pay for.  This is true in regards to soccer rebounders.  There are a lot of people on the web that like to make absolute statements about dollar amounts, but I am not one of those people.  I just simply want to point out that you are going to get higher-quality goods when they are more expensive.  Some uses are perfectly suited for the lower-end priced products.  If you have are a beginner or have young kids, these would be an excellent option for you to look at because they don’t need to withstand as much.  The higher-quality, well-made goods, however, are going to last you longer.  So while I don’t get caught up in the “if it doesn’t cost $100 or more, then it’s bad” or the “you have to pay over $200 or you are wasting your money” hype, I do believe and know for a fact that usually there is a reason for it being a higher price.  So if you are shopping on a smaller budget, just know what to expect.  If you get a lifetime of use from it, then look back and say “I told you so!”Soccer Rebounder TypesThere are several different types of rebounders.  Typically these are distinguished by their uses.  In terms of this review, the types are multi-purpose (with soccer taking the highest and almost all consideration), passing/control (i.e. touch), shooting, goalkeeping, and the combination.  I will go over each of these types to tell you what they are used for and what they typically look like.  Knowing what they look like will be very important for you as you shop for them.  If you know something doesn’t look the way it should for the purpose you have in mind, then you should probably go ahead and look elsewhere regardless of price and/or quality.  It will do you no good whatsoever to buy the best quality product when it doesn’t meet the criteria you are looking for.Multi-Purpose ReboundersThe name of these is the purpose.  Multi-purpose rebounders allow you to play a variety of sports on them.  While you could use any of these rebounders for any number of random applications, a good chunk of them are specifically designed for only soccer, and as a result, would not function well with other sports.  Some of the net designs wouldn’t fit a baseball or a golf ball, just to give you an example.  Most of the multi-purpose rebounders will allow you to go from soccer to baseball (the most popular two sports that use rebounders) to football and even basketball.  These multi-purpose rebounders typically are found at just about any store and typically are much cheaper because they have no one specific purpose for them.  This allows a company to use cheaper materials.  A bonus to this type is that they are usually able to be used in a number of settings, including indoor and outdoor use.Passing/Control ReboundersA huge factor in soccer is passing, as we have talked about before, and we must look at rebounders that are built with this primary focus in mind.  A good passing rebounder can have pretty much any look to it.  This means that you can find them in many places and that there a lot of options for you to choose from.  Some are better than others, obviously.  If passing is a primary concern for you when buying, there are a couple of things that you can look for.  If you have a beginner, whether they are very young or older, I would suggest a wider and taller rebounder.  This would allow the user to have a large target to hit as they come up to speed with the game of soccer.  It can be difficult to accurately hit your desired target, so a bigger one would help tremendously.  For the more advanced player, a smaller rebounder and/or a shorter one would be excellent for use because it takes up less room and will require you to be more accurate with your passes and your touches will have to be more accurately done within a tight area, which is reminiscent of a real-game situation!  The most important thing to look for in a passing rebounder is whether or not you can kick the ball along the ground and have it returned to you straight back.  Some rebounders will have a little bar on the bottom of it that will make it practically impossible to receive the ball back.  On others, they will simply be a net that returns the ball and won’t really be meant to pass back-and-forth with.  Please keep this in mind!Shooting ReboundersA shooting rebounder is going to be much larger than any other type of rebounder because you are practicing a skill that has a high level of variance to it.  You are also practicing a skill that requires kicking the ball relatively hard.  As such, you need a good-sized area to hit.  If shooting is your main concern, you wouldn’t want a smaller rebounder because the chances of missing the target will go up exponentially, causing you to have to chase the ball.  That negates the whole purpose of the rebounder to begin with!  Something to look for when choosing your shooting rebounder is how it returns your ball.  Are you looking for something that will have it bounce back to you very hard?  If so, you need something with a lot of recoil.  Do you just want something that will hit it back at you at a decent pace?  If so, you can look at a rebounder that fits into already-existing goals!Goalkeeping RebounderGoalkeeping rebounders are usually very small in comparison to the other types of rebounders.  They are also usually much more expensive, depending on their quality, because they are specifically made for the sole purpose of training a goalkeeper.  This means that they are either engineered to give you a predictable bounce every time or an unpredictable one.  It varies between brands and makes.  Another thing that makes goalkeeper rebounders stick out is the design.  The angle at which it points is not like most that stand up like a normal portable goal.  These sometimes have two back legs that sit on the ground up high and then two lower legs that are in front, giving you a much different look than what you customarily see.  This allows you to use practice diving.  The reason these rebounders are smaller than the others is that a goalkeeper is likely to be practicing his or her reflexes on this, which means that they can’t be running across the 24-foot goal all of the time.  It also allows you to get a lot of work done in a small area and helps prevent injuries as a result!Combination RebounderCombination rebounders allow you to do just about all of the above uses.  You can pass, shoot, and even learn how to play goalkeeper at the same time with them.  These are usually bigger as they are allowing you to be able to shoot on them, but they are not always that large.  The newer models that we are starting to see out on the market sometimes have two or three small rebounders put together to create one large rebounder.  This allows you to do a lot of different drills on one piece of equipment.  As a result, these are typically a little heavier and probably a little more expensiveTips:Before we get to the review, there are a few tips to go over.  The first thing is the net.  A rebounder’s net is just as important as the actual rebounder itself.  Much like a printer and its ink cartridge, it can be very expensive to replace.  Sometimes the best bet is to buy the more expensive rebounder with a better net to prevent you from having to buy what can prove to be very expensive nets.  This a warning because nets do wear out in the elements and not all of them are created equal!  Stakes are another concern.  If you look at a rebounder and it requires stakes, just know that it is probably not going to withstand hard shots from high-school aged players!  Lastly, bungees, zip ties, and Velcro all deteriorate in the elements.  The rate at which they do so can vary based on company, but they can get very expensive to replace.  Keep this in mind when selecting a rebounder!    Best Soccer Rebounder ReviewsSKLZ Quickster Soccer TrainerThe SKLZ brand is iconic in this niche of soccer training aids and especially rebounders.  The Quickster is just another product that stands head and shoulders above most of its peers as we might expect from the SKLZ brand.  This rebounder offers two sides for returns.  One is for volleys and half volleys while the other simulates an aggressive pass in a game-like situation.  To have those options in one product is worth its weight in … well, not actual gold, but you get the picture!  Maybe its weight in soccer balls?It sets up quickly and easily and it measures 6 feet by 4 feet on the larger side, and 6 feet by 20 inches on the small side.  It’s our number one choice for a reason (or two).  It offers excellent versatility and variety while barely breaking the $100 price point.  Crazy Catch Wild Child 2.0 Sport Rebounder NetOur second entry is quite small, but it packs quite a punch for the price.  It has two sides, one which provides an unpredictable bounce, and another that gives a predictable bounce if used with a large soccer ball.  This is not meant for shooting at all and would not be good for soccer passing unless you are very advanced, so please keep this in mind!  Goalkeepers would do well to have this, though!  Franklin Sports Tournament Quality Steel Soccer Rebounder (CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE on Amazon)A little more substantial in construction quality than Franklin’s other offerings makes this a decent buy.  We’re a little discouraged that Franklin continues to use bungee cords instead of solid rubber straps to attach the net to the frame.  It works well from both sides, so that’s a bonus, though it’s not something unique to Franklin.  This unit works well for children but I’d suggest storing it away from the weather (for the sake of the bungees) and if you’re really serious about the game, I’d look at another brand like the TEKK.  Forza Rebound Soccer WallThis rebounder covers quite a bit of area with its close resemblance to an actual goal, allowing you to potentially use it on both sides at once.  You can practice passing, shooting, ball control, and even goalkeeper diving on this goal.  I am concerned with it tipping over as well as longevity, however because of the makeup of the net, but it is still worth a look!  Franklin Sports Adjustable Soccer Rebounder (4’x6′)The big draw here is the “oh-so-attractive” price.  It’s so affordable that you wouldn’t be faulted for overlooking some of the design flaws like bungee straps (that can deteriorate quickly) instead of rubber straps and the ease with which it can be pulled up from the ground with a few hard kicks.  It seems best suited to 5 to10 year-olds.  Having said this, there are plenty of happy owners, so it’s not the worst purchase you could make.Our third option is a very interesting option.  Coming in at 15 pounds, it is not the typical rebounder because it is meant to be used with an already-standing goal.  This means that you can bring it with you when you know no one else will be around.  This is something that many older people will like, but it will likely not be as great an option for youngsters.  It does cover nearly the full goal, so it would be an option for shooting!  Net Return Jr.Net Return comes out with a sleek-looking rebounder that is low priced, requires no tools for assembly, and automatically returns your ball.  They do all of this in addition to you being able to use it to play multiple sports and to port it because it only weighs 15lbs!  This means you can carry it inside on a rainy day!  Tekk Trainer Rebounder GoalThis rebounder is virtually without peers!  It’s built like a tank and is rated for not only soccer (big boy kicks as well as “yung uns”) but for lacrosse, baseball and BASKETBALL – crazy stuff!  It sets up in minutes (as opposed to cheaper brands which take 30-60 minutes) and it’s the strongest and largest portable rebounder on the market.  The numerous angles makes this a “must buy” for anyone who considers themselves to be very serious about their game (did I mention lacrosse, basketball and baseball?) – yes I did!  SoccerWave Jr. 2 in 1 Soccer Rebounder and TrainerThis rebounder gives players a chance to practice just about everything; you can pass, head, volley, trap, and practice chest control on one piece of equipment.  It separates into two parts for quick travel and gives you an unpredictable ball return (which may or may be the best thing for you), and all for a very reasonable price! Just Pure Inspiring Skills Entertainment! The post Best Soccer Rebounders for 2019 : No Partner? 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The 7 Most Important Pieces of Winter Running Gear

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Winter Running Gear The right winter running gear can make a world of a difference. Discover the most important pieces of running gear you need to stay safe and warm here.In the warmer months, going outside for a run can be a great way to get exercise and enjoy the nice weather. In winter, when it starts getting cold out, it can be a lot harder to motivate yourself to complete that same workout.The problem isn’t really with the weather, though. It’s with your preparation or lack thereof as the case may be.In order to get the most of your winter run, you need the right winter running gear. Having the right clothes, equipment and accessories will make your winter runs safer, more effective, and more enjoyable.Below, we’re detailing the 7 most important pieces of winter running gear that you should purchase in anticipation of the cold months ahead. The better prepared you are, the safer and warmer you’ll be and more likely to stick to your exercise regime throughout the winter season. 1. Topple Wireless BeanieAs the temperature drops and the winter winds pick up, frostbite on exposed skin can become a real concern for runners. Our ears can be especially sensitive to cold temperatures, but the right winter running gear can provide a layer of protection.The Topple Wireless Beanie will keep your ears warm and protected, but it’s the added features that make it such a great winter running product.It’s integrated with wireless Bluetooth headphones so you can easily listen to your favorite running playlist. It’s also machine washable, making it easy to clean even after your sweatiest, snowiest run.The Topple Wireless Bluetooth Beanie is a fun and functional option for hardcore Winter runners! 2. TrailHeads Power Ponytail HeadbandFor anyone with long hair, finding the headwear for winter running can be a challenge. Beanies are great, but if you run with your hair up in a ponytail, they aren’t a practical option.The TrailHeads Power Ponytail Headband is the right winter running gear to solve that unique challenge. A special slit opening at the back of the headband is designed for your ponytail to slip through, so you can wear the product comfortably.The headband also provides a great fit due to its stretch and comes in four different colors so that you can make a choice that matches your running style.It’s also a great option for non-ponytail wearers and is slim enough to be worn underneath a hat on days when one layer of protection just won’t cut it.We know the TrailHeads Women’s Ponytail Headband is perfect for some of you out there with long, gorgeous hair! 3. Sub Sports Thermal Base LayerLayering is an essential element of dressing for winter runs. To keep your body at a comfortable temperature, you need start from the inside out.This thermal base layer from Sub Sports is designed with that principle in mind. Internal fibers will help keep your core warm in the coldest temperatures, and the moisture-wicking quality will help you stay drier and more comfortable.The fit of the garment is tighter than some other running tops, but that’s intentional. Not only does it provide compression for your muscles, it also makes it easier to add extra layers.Sub Sports Women’s Compression Long Sleeve Top Vest Thermal Base Layer 4. INBIKE Fleece Thermal PantsNot all runners feel comfortable in close-fitting tights, but when the air outside gets really cold and bitter, having long pants can make a big difference.These INBIKE Fleece Thermal Pants have a looser fit more similar to a trouser than traditional running tights. What makes them great for winter, in particular, are the fleece lining and the windproof exterior. Even the harshest conditions are manageable with these pants.A zipper opening at the leg and the elastic waistband contribute to the comfortable fit as well, and reflective details make them safe for running at any time of day.5. Merino Wool SocksWool doesn’t seem like it would make for great running gear but these socks are an exception.Made from high-quality Merino wool, the socks are a cushion for your feet and the warmth they provide will keep your toes from going numb or getting uncomfortable.The breathable mesh also has a moisture-wicking quality, which, especially in the winter months, can be an important quality in preventing blisters while you’re out for a run.And while these socks make great winter running gear, the merino wool is a versatile enough material that you can wear the socks any time of year and still be comfortable.The Inbike Fleece Thermal Pants! 6. Trailheads Running Gloves (with Touchscreen fingers)The Trailheads running glove is made for the very purpose of outdoor running in cold weather.  They have similar properties to a technical running shirt or pant which is a blend of nylon, polyester, and spandex with moisture-wicking technology.  Though it is a glove that’s intended to keep you warm, because of it’s moisture-wicking abilities, it is not intended for the coldest days of Winter.   It’s intended for those who find it too cold to run without gloves at the start of a run, but then they warm up during the run and don’t even need gloves.  The touchscreen ability gives the glove a versatile profile which means you can use it for more than just running!  Mine get used as my driving gloves more than running!  (that was my little secret til just now!)They also feature 4-way stretching ability so you’ll have performance without sacrificing dexterity!  They’re easy to machine wash and air dry.Here’s something unique!  If you’re not totally satisfied, you’ll get a full refund with no fine print as a limitation, and NO TIME LIMIT!  That’s a lifetime, no hassle refund policy, so you really stand to lose absolutely nothing!  Sounds like a good deal to me!The Trailheads running glove is a versatile piece of Winter wear that can be used for a lot more than just running! 7. LED Safety LightIn the winter, fewer daylight hours and cloudy skies can make it hard to find a good time to run. If you’re running in the morning or evening hours, visibility becomes a real issue.The EverLight LED Safety Light is a great product that makes it easy for you to run safely, no matter how dark it is outside. It can easily clip on to your clothing or shoes and recharges fast so you can always have one ready to go.Ready to Shop for Winter Running Gear?Running in the winter provides a unique set of challenges, and there’s a lot to think about before you hit out to pound the pavement.It may not be as simple as running in the summer, but accomplishing a winter run can be even more satisfying. When you know you have the right gear at your disposal, it’s that much easier to motivate yourself to stick to your running routine.This collection of winter gear should help you prepare to go running in even the coldest, windiest, and darkest conditions.For more information about the right gear to help you have great fun, please feel free to contact me at any time.  Also, you’ll for sure want to check out THIS ARTICLE which outlines some of the key pieces of advice that are crucial for running in cold weather!The Everlight LED for runners can hold a charge for up to 16 hours of use!   The post The 7 Most Important Pieces of Winter Running Gear appeared first on Sport Consumer.

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10 Best MMA Mouth Guards

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When buying yourself a mouth guard there are so many factors that you need to take into account. This simple device comes in all sorts of shapes and sizes and without knowing any information about them it can be extremely hard to narrow down your options and choose a mouth guard that is the best for your own situation. Different sports require different types of mouth guards and it is important to buy yourself the right type and size so that you are properly protected from injury should some kind of contact occur.Top MMA Mouthguard Comparison ChartPictureNamePriceWhere to Buy?1. Everlast Evershield Double Mouthguard $$Check Price on Amazon2. Shock Doctor 3300 Max Air Flow Lipguard $$$Check Price on Amazon3. ProDefenda Mouth Guard $$$Check Price on Amazon4. Shock Doctor Pro Mouth Guard, Adult & Youth, Strapped and Strapless $$$$Check Price on Amazon5. Venum “Challenger” Mouthguard $$$Check Price on Amazon6. Venum Predator Mouthguard $$$$Check Price on Amazon7. Gold Beast Fang Teeth Mouth Guard $$$Check Price on Amazon8. Martial Arts Mouthguard and Case $Check Price on Amazon9. RDX Boxing Mouthguard $$$$Check Price on Amazon10. MaxxMMA Advanced Single Antibacterial Mouthguard $Check Price on AmazonMMA Mouthguard Buying GuidePriceYou can buy yourself a mouth guard for a very cheap price if you want to. However, you are likely going to have to get out the scissors and make some major adjustments to the size of the mouth guard. It is important to look at quality in order to make sure that you aren’t putting something toxic in your mouth. Price doesn’t always reflect quality, but it definitely is a good starting point. You will notice when you are looking at mouth guards that specialized mouth guards cost more money. Something like a mouth guard meant for people who wear braces is going to be a lot more expensive than a regular mouth guard.WarrantyAlthough you will find that not a lot of mouth guards have warranty, largely because a mouth guard is useless after being form fitted, you will find some companies that do offer this. This is a good reference to the overall quality of the unit and generally speaking if a company is willing to put a warranty on a mouth guard then they are going to offer you a pretty high quality product that for the most part is free of any defects.RubberThis is a huge factor when it comes to mouth guards. If you do one thing when you are looking at a mouth guard, make sure you have a look and see how thick the rubber is as well as how tall it is on the outer layer. You of all people know if you have a small size mouth, or a large mouth and having excess rubber at the front or back of the mouth can not only be painful, but it can make it hard to talk and even restrict air flow.Form FitNo matter the mouth guard you are buying, each mouth guard will have to be form fitted to your mouth so that it can properly protect you. It is extremely important to get your mouth guard fitted before using it for the first time or you won’t be properly protected. You will notice that some mouth guards are made using different grades of materials and each of them will have their own instructions for how to fit the mouth guard to your mouth. Although this likely won’t affect you unless you are in a rush, times can vary on moulding the mouth guard and this is something you may want to take into account with your purchase.SizeEveryone has a mouth that is a different size and therefore there is no mouth guard that works for everyone. It is important to have an idea of how big of a mouth you have so that you can choose to buy the right size mouth guard. If you buy too large of a mouth guard remember that you can trim it down so that it properly fits in your mouth. When in doubt it is never a bad idea to get the larger size and then just adjust the mouth guard as needed.BrandThe brand can actually be fairly important when buying yourself a mouth guard. Due to the fact you put it in your mouth, you are being very exposed to any chemicals or toxins used during the manufacturing process. Buying yourself a cheap mouth guard from an unknown supplier can actually damage your health. If you aren’t sure what kinds of brands offer trustworthy and largely chemical free mouth guards, it is a good idea to see how long the company has been around for and you can even get into contact with them if you have any questions.StrapsNot all MMA mouth guards have a strap, but some do actually attach directly to your head gear so that you can spit the mouth guard out when you want to talk or if you are done your match. This is something that you will not find very often, but generally the strap will start as rubber coming out of the tip of the mouth guard, then it will either continue as rubber or it will move into the form of a fabric string.Breathing HolesNot all mouth guards have this feature, but it is definitely something that you are going to come across. Basically there are holes on the front of the mouth guard that allow you to breathe out of your mouth when you have your mouth open. These mouth guards can be large in size so that your mouth is actually forced to stay open which allows you to breathe. If a mouth guard does not have a breathing feature they are smaller in size so that you can open your mouth up and still be able to breathe generally speaking.DesignOften one of the most important aspects of a mouth guard to some people is the actual design that is incorporated into the mouth guard. A mouth guard will generally not have paint or anything on it, it will just have different colors of rubber in certain areas in order to make the design possible. Although design may be high on your priority list, just make sure that your favorite design comes in the right size and has the features that you want otherwise it may not be the best purchase for you. Design can definitely have an impact on price especially if there are brand name logos located on the mouth guard itself. It is still important to check for quality especially if you find a brand name that is heavily discounted, there may be a reason for this.RegulationsThis is something you are going to want to look into if you are competing at a competitive level. Depending on where you are based out of, only particular brands or particular features may be allowed in a mouth guard. They may also have regulations on the size and shape of the mouth guard as well as when the mouth guard may be used. Make sure you are aware of your local regulations so that you don’t run into any issues.Best Boxing & MMA Mouthguard Reviews Everlast Evershield Double Mouthguard This mouth guard is made by a very well know name in the fighting world and will offer you the protection for your mouth that you seek. With features like a double layered frame, this mouth guard is going to offer you more protection and peace of mind. The inner layer is shock absorbent while the outer layer is harder and more impact resistant. This mouth guard is not just designed to protect your upper teeth, it is also designed to help your upper and lower jaw take on a blow. A regular mouth guard design to boil and bite in order to mold properly to your teeth is used to make this mouth guard an even more comfortable fit. Not only does this mouth guard protect your teeth but it even has air holes throughout the mouth guard so that there is no air flow obstruction when this mouth guard is in use.Pros:Double layered frame offers extra protectionDesigned to also protect upper and lower jaw from damageBreathing holes make for comfortable wearAvailable in red, grey and pinkCons:May be a bit bulky, if you like thin mouth guards this may not be the one for you  Shock Doctor 3300 Max Air Flow Lipguard This mouth guard is made from one of the biggest mouth guard manufacturer’s on the market and it offers an array of features that you may not even find on other mouth guards on the market. This mouth guard is available in a total of 13 different colors and also comes in an adult as well as a youth size. This mouth guard offers a great no mold mouth guard that is actually comfortable to wear. This mouth guard offers a quick release in case you want to strap it yourself which is a very handy feature. The outside of the mouth guard is quite bulky, but this is largely to prevent your lips from damage. A central breathing hole is located in the middle of the mouth guard so that your airflow isn’t being obstructed while in use.Pros:No mold design is comfortable and you can pop it in right after buying itBreathing hole is large and allows for maximum airflowQuick release tether for strapsTons of sizes and colors to choose fromCons:Bulky around the lips   ProDefenda Mouth GuardThis is a multi-purpose mouth guard that doesn’t offer a bulky design. If you are looking for something simple to put into your mouth at a very affordable price, this mouth guard may be the one for you. It features double-layered protection and contains the ability to be molded and custom fit to your mouth. This mouth guard has a durable design despite its simplicity thanks to impact absorbing gel. One great thing about this mouth guard is that the manufacturer offers a satisfaction guarantee on their product if you have any issues with it. This can really give you peace of mind knowing that a full refund is available for you should you run into any problems.It features strategically placed air holes and anti-slip pads for extra grip in your mouth!  The protection is MAXIMUM and it outperforms some “sexier” looking guards that underperform.Pros:Manufacturer’s satisfaction guaranteeDurable impact resistant gelSimple, comfortable design.Easier to talk without taking out the mouth guardCons:Doesn’t offer a breathe hole, you will have to open your mouth to breathe  Shock Doctor Pro Mouth Guard, Adult & Youth, Strapped and Strapless This simple mouth guard made by the shock doctor comes in a strapless design as well as a design that contains a strap. Two sizes of this mouth guard are available and it comes in an adult as well as a youth size to suit your individual needs. This is a simple black mouth guard that is both mouldable as well as shock absorbent. This mouth guard uses something called jaw pads, these jaw pads help to absorb and reflect vibration and impact and really help when you take a big hit. The mouth guard also offers double layered protection and great overall comfort compared to many others in the marketplace.Pros:Mouldable for more comfort and a better overall feelDouble layered protectionWell known mouth guard brandJaw pads to assist with shock absorbing and to reflect vibration and impactsCons:Does not have a hole to breathe out of  Venum “Challenger” Mouthguard This mouth guard is available in a huge variety of styles with a total of 9 different options available. It won’t be hard to find a mouth guard that you like and something that relates to your personality. This mouth guard is made from a gel frame in order for your mouth to better adjust to it and be more comfortable. The design, although there are no breathing holes at the front of the mouth guard, is custom made to promote more air flow and better overall breathing. This mouth guard is double layered and even comes in a protective case so that there will be less bacteria build up and it won’t be in contact with the rest of your equipment.Pros:Gel frame allows for more comfort and adjustmentEngineered for optimal breathingComes with a caseCons:No actual breathing holes on the front of the mouth guard  Venum Predator Mouthguard This mouth guard comes in a wide variety of colors, in fact you will find 9 different design options available. This mouth guard is built from dense rubber so that the mouth guard has better overall shock absorption and therefore better protection for your jaws, cheeks and mouth. When you buy this mouth guard it also comes in its own protective case so that you can easily store it in with your equipment and not have to worry about hygiene issues quite as much. Venum makes this mouth guard in a one size fits all option only and so you may have to do some adjustments to get it to be comfortable.Pros:Lots of color options are availableGel frame allows for a comfortable experienceComes with a protective caseHigh-density rubber is used for better impact absorption Cons:No specific breathing channels are located within the mouth guardOne size fits all option means you will likely be doing some adjustments  Gold Beast Fang Teeth Mouth Guard This mouth guard has quite the design on it and it is bound to turn a lot of heads. The mouth guard is available in a youth size as well as an adult size so that you don’t have to make as many adjustments. This mouth guard includes a free carrying case which allows for easy storage. This mouth guard is designed so that it actually molds better at a lower temperature, meaning less chance of burning your mouth. The design does not incorporate a breathing channel, but it does have ridges on both the front of the mouth guard and the rear of the mouth guard so that you have great suction and maintain protection while you use the device.Pros:Molds better at lower temperatures, reducing the risk of a burnGreat suction increases protectionFree mouth guard holder is included with your purchaseCons:No breathing holes, means you have to open your mouth to get more airFancy design that not everyone will appreciate  Martial Arts Mouthguard and Case This mouth guard is extremely budget friendly but still offers some quality protection for your money. Amazingly this mouth guard has a total of twenty different options to choose from, each of which come with their own carrying case. Although this is a one size fit all mouth guard, proper adjustment and molding doesn’t take too long and the mouth guard will not need to be remolded on a later date. The mouth guard itself is a very simple double layered design that does not contain any breathing holes and is relatively thin when it comes to mouth guard standards.Pros:Extremely cheap priceComes with a storage case so you can stay in good hygieneTons of color options to choose fromCons:One size fits all option may mean that you have to make some adjustments to the mouth guardThin rubber compared to most mouth guards on the market  RDX Boxing Mouthguard This mouth guard offers an average price tag and is available in both a green as well as an orange color. This mouth guard incorporates its one size fits all mouth guard with a multi-layered shield in order to better protect against impacts. The mouth guard actually has breathing channels, but they are located under your teeth and then exit through the front of the mouth guard. This unique breathing feature is said to move the jaw forward and limit production of cortisol when in use. The mouth guard comes in its own protective case so that you can keep it in with your other equipment.Pros:Average price tagGel fit liners add comfort to the designUnique air flow structure limits cortisol productionCons:One size fits all mouth guard may force you to do some adjusting  MaxxMMA Advanced Single Antibacterial Mouthguard This extremely affordable mouth guard comes available in two different colors including a black and yellow option as well as a black and green option. The simplistic design appeals to a broad audience as long as you aren’t looking for a bulky mouth guard. This mouth guard offers a double layer of protection and a unique breathing channel that helps to add more overall comfort to the mouth guard. This mouth guard does not come with its own carrying case, but it does come with its own strap should you want to attach it to something. This mouth guard is of a very simple design that does not incorporate high ridges which could be uncomfortable especially if you have a really small mouth.Pros:Very affordable price tag and available in two different colorsComes with a strap so you can attach the mouth guard to thingsUnique breathing channel adds comfort and protectionCan be molded for a custom, secure fitCons:Does not come with its own carrying caseNo large breathing channels may require you to open your mouth if you need more air  Conclusion & RecommendationsBuying a mouth guard is a lot more complicated than it initially seems. With so many different brands and designs available it can be extremely hard to narrow down your options. It is important to make sure that you have the right size to properly fit your mouth and that you get something that can be custom fit to your mouth, or that comes already comfortable so that it can provide you with the maximum protection that you need. It is never a bad idea to check into the background of the company you are buying from and to check and compare a variety of mouth guards so you can get something that both looks good and works well for you. Best of luck finding your mouth guard, hope you found this list to be informative and hope that you maybe even found yourself a nice mouth guard embedded in the list. Good luck with your MMA journey.  The post 10 Best MMA Mouth Guards appeared first on Sport Consumer.

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Brand Spotlight Review: Yocaher Skate Supply

Looking for a new skateboard or longboard for the summer?  Well look no further, as Yocaher’s new summer line of decks and completes are here!This is definitely an up and coming brand with an attractive price compared to other brands on the market today.  A great buy for beginner and intermediate skaters or someone looking for an alternative method of transportation this summer.Top Yocaher Skateboards & LongboardsPictureNameTypeWhere to Buy?1. Yocaher Aluminum Drop Through Complete longboard Drop-Through LongboardCheck Price on Amazon2. Yocaher Spirit Wolf Longboard Complete Cruiser LongboardCheck Price on Amazon3. The Pines RED Longboard Complete Available in all SizesCheck Price on Amazon4. The Wander Series: Golem Complete Skateboard, Mini/ MIcro CruiserCheck Price on Amazon5. Yocaher Pika Punked Complete Skateboard Standard SkateboardCheck Price on Amazon6. Yocaher Professional Speed Drop Down Stained Complete Longboard Lowrider ShapeCheck Price on Amazon Aluminum LongboardDrop-ThroughThis aluminum board is one of Yocaher’s signature boards that helps to set it apart from the rest. The aluminum construction of this drop-through board helps to make it extra durable, while still allowing it to still be lightweight and portable.This board is great for larger individuals because it can carry a heavier weight, up to 250 lbs, and still maintain great responsiveness. The drop-throughs flat shape is great for cruising or bombing hills because it offers more stability at high speeds.The unique look of this board is sure to turn heads. The vibrant gold color is unique to the industry and will maintain is shine and pleasant appeal for quite a long time. Yocaher’s aluminum drop-throughs come in two color variation, gold and black, or black and grey.  Spirit Animal SeriesPintail ShapeThe Yocaher pintail shape is modeled after a surfboard, which helps take longboarding back to its roots. This shape is excellent for cruising and carving over concrete the way surfers would carve waves. This smooth ride is excellent longboard riders of every skill level and is the perfect longboard to purchase as a gift.As with all Yocaher longboards, the pintail shape comes with premium grip tape, abec 7 bearings, and 70mm longboard wheels. The pintail shape is made of 9-plys of maple wood, allowing it to be flexible, while still being strong. The wheels are rated a 78a hardness on the wheel barometer, which makes them great at gripping the ground and maintaining high speeds.The graphic on this pintail is the ‘Spirit Wolf’, which is part of the spirit animal series. The series depicts the different spirit animals longboard riders identify with, The Owl, The Wolf, and The Lion. Each of which has their own personality and riding style, all available at Yocaher.com.Available shapes: pintail, kicktail, fishtail, drop-down, drop-through, lowrider, and slimkick  In the Pines SeriesKicktail ShapeYocaher’s Kicktail shape is designed for individuals who are a little more advanced at longboarding. The shape allows for great carving and cruising, while the kicktail allows for extreme turning and pivoting. The kicktail is one shape that utilizes the best of both worlds when it comes to turning.These longboards are constructed with 8 plys of maple wood. The board measures 40” x 9”, and has a wheelbase of 27”. The color of the trucks for kicktail boards can be selected as either polished or matte black.The kicktail board depicted is the natural color scheme for ‘In the Pines’ series of longboards. The series comes in multiple color schemes including red, blue, and rasta colors; along with complimentary wheel colors.  The Wander SeriesSlimkick ShapeThis wonderful multi-color longboard is part of Yocaher’s ‘Wander Series’ on a Slimkick shape. The slimkick shape measures 36” in length and 6” wide. The long thin shape makes this board a wonderful cruiser, and excellent for maintaining speed. Along with this aerodynamic shape, this board utilizes a kicktail as well, that helps for quick sharp turns and easy pivoting.This longboard’s vivid color style is matched with vibrant complimentary wheels and is known as the ‘Golem’ style. Along with the Golem color scheme, there is a natural color scheme available for this graphic. One unique thing that Yocaher offers is the ability to take its natural graphics and place them over different board colors, or applying different background colors.The advantage of being able to order the same board with different background colors is amazing. It could be a very useful tool when shopping for multiple individuals that enjoy the same graphic, but don’t want the exact same board.Available shapes: slimkick, standard skateboard, mini-cruiser, and micro cruiser  PikaStandard SkateboardYocaher also offers an assortment of amazing Standard shaped skateboard decks, including their forthcoming ‘Comix’ series. The pictured board is the Pika graphic, which is a spicy, punked, version of many peoples favorite furry friend.The standard skateboard shape is most commonly used for doing tricks because it has a double kicktail and a light bowed concave. This shape tends to be the exclusive shape of board ridden in all skateboard competitions including Street League, X-games, and all amateur competitions.These skateboards are constructed with 7 plys of maple wood, with an average length of 32” long. Yocaher offers these boards with varying widths from 7.5” – 8.5” to be able to conform to different rider styles and size preferences.Available shapes: standard , mini-cruiser, and micro cruiser  New YorkLowrider ShapeOne of the best-selling graphics that Yocaher has is their New York graphic. The graphic is a black and white overview of the beautiful city of New York. This graphic is part of their cityscape series, which depicts iconic architecture from longboard influenced cities.Along with being one of the best-selling graphics, this shape of decks is also Yocaher’s best seller. The Lowrider shape is a combination of the downward curvature of the drop-down shape and the unique drop-through truck system. The combination of these two features gives the longboard rider the maximum amount of control when carving and maneuvering.These lowrider longboards are constructed with 9 plys of maple wood with a 32.75” wheelbase. The board is equipped with premium grip tape to also provide excellent foot control, as well as 78a rated wheels that are sure to help grip the road.  Conclusion & Final ThoughtsOverall Yocaher is a great brand with a wide selection of boards, graphics, and sizes for all rider levels, and personal preferences. The boards range in lengths from 25-42 inches, which allow shoppers to purchase the length they will be able to best maneuver, and which they find the most desirable. Along with having attractive graphics, and great quality, Yocaher has a great price to boot. To be able to take advantage of the best prices and great quality, remember Yocaher when you are shopping for a new longboard or skateboard.    The post Brand Spotlight Review: Yocaher Skate Supply appeared first on Sport Consumer.

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The 9 Best Disc Golf Baskets

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Disc golf is a great sport that’s been around a long time. One of the best things about disc golf is that anyone can play. It’s not as easy as simply throwing a frisbee, but it’s definitely something even young players can pick up on with a little bit of practice. Disc golf involves a lot of walking and exercise with a minimal amount of equipment. All you really need is a bag full of discs and a course to play on. Courses are available in a lot of public parks. There’s no green fees or schedule, you can just show up and play. But if you want to practice or set up a few holes of your own, buying a portable disc golf basket is a great option. You can make a small course for you and your friends on the beach or while camping or just set up a simple hole in your backyard to work on your putting game.Top Disc Golf Basket Comparison ChartPictureNamePriceWhere to Buy?1. DGA Mach Lite Portable Disc Golf Practice Basket $$$Check Price on Amazon2. Innova DISCatcher Traveler Basket $$$Check Price on Amazon3. MVP Black Hole Pro 24-Chain Portable Disc Golf Basket Target $$$$Check Price on Amazon4. Axiom Discs Pro 24-Chain Disc Golf Basket $$$$Check Price on Amazon5. MVP Black Hole Practice 24-Chain Portable Disc Golf Basket Target $$$$Check Price on Amazon6. Innova Skill Shot Target $$$$Check Price on Amazon7. Driftsun Sports Portable Disc Golf Basket $$$Check Price on Amazon8. BestEquip Disc Golf Basket $Check Price on Amazon9. Dynamic Discs Marksman Basket Disc Golf Target $Check Price on Amazon Disc Golf Basket Buying GuideThe disc golf basket was invented when the sport of disc golf was first recognized around 1975. In technical terms, it’s called the “disc pole hole” but it’s commonly known by some other names: hole, target, catchers, chains, and bucket. A disc golf basket is a series of chains in the shape of a basket that is attached to the top of a long pole. On a public course, the pole will be cemented into the ground. If you’re looking to buy your own and aren’t able to cement a pole into your yard, portable options are the answer to your problems.The disc golf basket is to disc golf what the hole is to regular golf. The entire game is focused around getting the disc in the basket. The disc will hit the chains and (hopefully) drop into the basket. Scoring is done by counting how many throws the player made before landing the disc in the basket.For the disc golf player looking to set up a practice hole or two, a portable basket is the only realistic option, unless you’re willing to dig a hole in your yard and cement in a pole. Portable baskets are generally a little different than permanent ones. They’re designed to be easily portable and so are made of lighter materials and have fewer chains creating the basket. They don’t stand up to the elements quite as well as permanent baskets do and most of them will need to be brought inside when they are done being used; however, there are some portable baskets that are made pretty tough and can be set up permanently outside.If you want to practice on your own and work on your disc golf skills, particularly putting, then a practice disc golf basket might be just what you’re looking for.Before we take a look at the nine top disc golf baskets of 2017, let’s spend some time finding out the details you need to know before buying one of your own.Types of Portable BasketsThere are generally four kinds of practice baskets available:FoldableFoldable baskets are the most portable. They collapse so that they can be easily taken from place to place. Some even fold down like an umbrella for easy portability.Light-DutyLight duty baskets have fewer chains, are made of lighter materials, and are less expensive. The don’t fold up and travel quite as easily as a foldable basket, but they’re the next best choice. These are a great option if you’re on a budget.Heavy DutyThese are as close to professional baskets as you can get while still being somewhat portable. They’re the most expensive of the group, but are made very well and will last a long time. Some can even be mounted outside permanently.Narrow TargetIf you want to improve your putting, a narrow target basket is the way to go. Because they are smaller than a normal basket, putts are a little bit harder to make. This kind of basket will really help amp up your technique so that when you go back to a normal basket, you’ll be prepared to easily sink your shot.MaterialThere are two different kinds of material for disc golf baskets.MetalMetal baskets can be left set up most of the time and can tolerate the rain and bad weather. If you want something that is semipermanent that you don’t plan on taking down regularly or if you just want something that closely resembles a permanent basket, this is the choice for you. Most of them are composed of steel that has been powder coated with a zinc compound to help keep them waterproof.HybridHybrids are less weather resistant but much lighter and more portable. Most come with a carrying case and will easily fit into your car and can be set up and taken down in under a minute.Other Things to Keep in MindSome baskets have some special features that might influence your decision as to which one will be best. Some of these include:Storage bagSome portable baskets will come with a storage bag that is designed to hold the basket when you’re not using it. The bags also typically have handles or straps which will help you carry it when it’s time to set it up.Double Rows of ChainsPortable disc golf baskets aren’t usually as substantial as permanent ones, but if you’re looking for something that’s a close to what you’ll find on a course, a double row of chains will help your portable basket hold the disc a little better.Portable and PermanentSome of the higher quality portable baskets can also be installed permanently. If you’re someone who has the outdoor space and is willing to cement one into your yard, you can set up your own private, permanent practice space. Now that we know some of the things to look for, let’s check out some of the best disc golf baskets of 2017.Best Disc Golf Basket Reviews DGA MACH LITE PORTABLE DISC GOLF PRACTICE BASKETThis offering from DGA weighs only 25 pounds. It’s easily collapsible and easy to set up. Storing and transporting are easy with the carrying bag with a strap so you can easily sling it onto your shoulders or across your back. It has patented links that slide and chains designed for catching.This basket is composed of a zinc plated frame and a heavy nylon shell. This basket cannot be kept outside for long stretches and should be taken down and put away after every practice session. It won’t hold up to harsh weather.Pros:Light weightPortableCons:Cannot be permanently installed outside  INNOVA DISCATCHER TRAVELER TARGET The DISCatcher Travel Target is from Innova, one of the most popular brands of disc golf drivers and putter. It’s a safe bet they know what they’re doing when it comes to all things disc golf. This travel basket is extremely light and portable, coming in at only 15 pounds. It is easy to quick to put up and take down and comes with a tote bag to help you carry it around easily.The extra large mesh basket tray is made of mesh fabric, which is lightweight and quick drying so it’ll stand up to some rainy weather just fine. There are twelve chains to simulate permanent baskets which are steel and also water resistant. There are five legs to keep it stable and anchor rings and stakes keep it secure against the wind. There’s even a flag so you can see where you’re aiming from far away.While you shouldn’t leave this basket outside permanently to avoid unnecessary wear and tear, it will withstand some extended rain, wind, and sun.Pros: Water resistantLightweightSimulates permanent basketsReputable brandCons: A little pricey  MVP BLACK HOLE PRO 24 CHAIN PORTABLE DISC GOLF BASKET TARGET This portable basket was designed to give a realistic putting experience wherever you set it up. It has two sets of twelve strong chains so it can stand up to putt after putt. This is a really high-quality portable basket that is regulation size when setting up and could easily pass for a basket on a public course. It takes about 5-10 minutes to set up, which is longer than some other options, but this one is extremely solid and looks like an official basket.This one is not as portable as some of its competitors and a little bit heavier to carry around, but its benefits outweigh the heavier weight because it does provide a real course experience. It’s not made to be placed permanently outdoors, but it will definitely withstand a summer season set up as your practice round.Pros:StrongDurableReal course experienceCons:HeavyPriceLonger time to set up  AXIOM DISCS PRO 24-CHAIN DISC GOLF BASKETWith assembly taking less than a minute, the Axiom Discs Pro 24-Chain basket is exceptionally portable and convenient.  Featuring 12 outer and 12 inner chains, this basket reduces cut-throughs and pole bounces.   The chains are perfectly spaced evenly around the circumference making no allowance for weak spots.  It’s PDGA approved and built to standard PDGA size and height regulations.Axiom is known for its visibility, and the Pro 24-Chain model comes in 8 very bright color options.  You can see them HERE.Pros:Super quick assemblyEasy to transportCons:A little bit pricier than most  MVP BLACK HOLE PRACTICE 24 CHAIN PORTABLE DISC GOLF BASKET TARGET Another offering from the MVP Black Hole line, the Black Hole Practice is the lighter version of the Black Hole Pro. It’s still a high-quality basket, but a little bit more affordable. This basket has a durable powder coated finish and 24 light duty chains covered with highly visible zinc. The chains are arranged in two layers, an inner and an outer, to prevent the putt from falling out of the basket.It’s built to regulation size and diameter and its common sense design can be put together or taken apart in less than a minute. When disassembled, it’s compact and easily transportable. This basket is not designed to be placed outside permanently.Pros:AffordableRegulation sizeTwo layers of chainsCons:Not designed to be kept outside permanently  INNOVA SKILL SHOT TARGET The Innova Skill Shot Target claims to be the most portable target in disc golf. It weighs only 26 pounds and collapses down to be the same size as a golf umbrella. It pops open as easily as a golf umbrella as well, making it extremely easy to put up. It comes with a flag for visibility and to judge the wind direction and has it’s own carrying case so you can easily take it with you wherever you want to play.It’s polyester/mesh skins come in a few different colors – red, green, black, and blue. The sturdy base helps it stay level even on hillsides, which gives you a little more flexibility when setting up your shot. There’s even stake rings on each foot for when you need extra stability. It has 16 zinc plated chains and a powder coated base to give it a little more durability. The mesh basket and light weight chains don’t catch the disc as well as some other baskets on this list.Pros:LightweightEasy to put up and take downStableReasonable priceCons:Light chains and mesh basket don’t catch the disc very well  DRIFTSUN SPORTS PORTABLE DISC GOLF BASKET GOAL LIGHTWEIGHT STEEL DISC TARGET The offering from Driftsun is regulation size but remains lightweight and extremely portable. It has 12 chains that are heavyweight to help keep the disc in the basket. The steel frame has a double zinc coating to make it resistant to weathers and is one of the few portable baskets that is designed to also be permanently outside. You can play rain or shine and not have to worry about this basket getting damaged from the elements.Set up is quick so it’s easy to take it from the beach to the car to the backyard. No tools are needed. It’s lightweight, easy to store, and a great practice basket at a reasonable price.Pros:Regulation sizeLightweightWeather resistantCan set up outside permanentlyCons:Only 12 chains, discs don’t always stay in basket  BEST EQUIP DISC GOLF BASKET This is a basic and really affordable portable disc golf basket from BestEquip. It’s easy to assemble, lightweight, and durable. There’s a removable base if you want to move it from place to place, but it’s also designed to install permanently in your backyard if you choose to. The 12 chains are extra thick to help grab onto any shot.This is the least expensive option on our list and, even though it can be set up permanently if you want it to last as long as possible, it might be best to bring it in after you’re finished with it. For the price, it’s a great option for anyone who wants some extra putting practice.Pros:AffordableDesigned to be portable or installed permanently outsideThick chainsCons:May not hold up for a long time if left outside permanently  FRANKLIN SPORTS DISC GOLF SET Admittedly, we have not tried this set yet, but owners of this set have given it high marks and good reviews.  Franklin is a ubiquitous name in a broad cross-section of sports worldwide, and this disc golf set is another solid performer in Franklin’s vast portfolio of sports gear.  This set comes with 3 discs sporting bright colors and as expected, it’s very portable.  Keep in mind that this set is best for casual, non-competitive use at a backyard social or barbeque.  In our opinion, it’s the best value for anyone looking for casual fun or for a very inexpensive introduction to the sport.  Pros:Great reviewsGood brandComes in an all-inclusive packageCons:Only one layer of chainsNot built for serious competition  Conclusion & RecommendationsThose are the nine best golf disc baskets for 2017. As you can see, there’s a lot of options to choose from.The DGA Mach Lite Portable Disc Golf Practice Basket is lightweight, easily collapsible, and has a carrying case with a strap that makes it easy to carry around.The Innova Discatcher Traveler Target basket is the lightest option on our list, weighing only 15 pounds. Its extra-large mesh basket tray stands up to the weather and it comes with a tote bag to help you take it place to place.For a heavier, more durable basket, try the MVP Black Hole Pro 24 Chain Portable Disc Golf Basket Target. It’s made to give you the most realistic putting experience so you can work on improving your score.The M-14 from DGA is easy to put together and has fourteen heavy-duty chains for intense putting practice. You may want to add a second row of chains to make sure the disc stays in the basket.The MVP Black Hole Practice 24 Chain Portable Disc Golf Basket Target is the second basket from MVP’s Black Hole line to make our list. This is a lighter, less expensive version of the Pro that has a durable powder coated surface and 24 chains arranged in two layers to grab onto your putter.The Innova Skill Shot Target is the most portable choice. It opens and closes like a golf umbrella and is exceptionally easy to set up. It’s sturdy enough that you can set it up on hills and it’s 16 chains are great for putting practice.The DriftSun Sports Portable Disc Golf Basket is quick and easy to set up and it regulation size and is designed to be able to withstand the elements well enough that it can be used as a permanent basket if you prefer.The Best Equip Disc Golf Basket is really affordable. It can be set up as a permanent basket if you choose. It’s easy to put together, lightweight, and durable.If you’re looking for a narrow target basket, the Dynamic Discs Marksman Basket Disc Golf Target is for you. It has 15 chains on a narrow target to help with your aim. Once you can sink putts on this, you’ll be much more prepared to make good shots on a real course.There are a lot of different features to choose from here. Whether you like really light and portable or something a little more sturdy, there’s a disc golf basket that will suit your needs. You’ll get the practice you need to knock multiple points off of your next score.  The post The 9 Best Disc Golf Baskets appeared first on Sport Consumer.

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10 Best MMA Gloves For Beginners & Competitions

When buying yourself a pair of MMA gloves there are lots of factors to take under consideration. Fighting is a dangerous sport and you are going to want a good quality pair of gloves so that you can block punches properly and deal put some good blows. Narrowing down your options can be rather difficult especially if you don’t know much about gloves and what to look for. Below are some of the major factors you should be aware of when you are thinking about purchasing yourself some gloves.Top MMA Gloves Comparison ChartPictureNamePriceWhere to Buy?1. RDX Maya MMA Gloves $$Check Price on Amazon2. RDX MMA Grappling Gloves $$$Check Price on Amazon3. Everlast Train Advanced MMA 7 $$$Check Price on Amazon4. Venum Challenger MMA Gloves $$$Check Price on Amazon5. Anthem Athletics SPITFIRE MMA Gloves $$Check Price on Amazon6. Venum Undisputed 2.0 MMA Gloves $$$$Check Price on Amazon7. Hayabusa Ikusa Charged 4 oz MMA Gloves $$$Check Price on Amazon8. Cheerwing Boxing Gloves MMA $Check Price on Amazon9. Ringside Combat Sports Pro Style MMA Gloves $$$Check Price on Amazon10. Flexzion Half Finger Boxing Gloves – Grappling MMA $$Check Price on AmazonMMA Gloves Buying GuidePriceAlways one of the most important starting points to any purchase is to set yourself a budget and try to stick within it. It is important to consider factors such as how often you are going to be using the gloves, as well as how powerful your opponents are going to be before setting your final budget. If you are going to be competing in fights you are going to want to round up some more money in order to properly protect yourself. Quality is a good reference to the price of a pair of gloves generally speaking. In order to fully determine if you have yourself a good quality pair of gloves you are going to have to look at a larger breakdown of materials and brand name so that you can have a better idea of the durability and overall quality of the gloves, compared to other gloves in the marketplace.WarrantyThis is a very important factor especially if you are buying yourself a fairly expensive pair of gloves. You wouldn’t want to spend a bunch of money, think you have a nice pair only to find a tear on the interior a few days after purchasing only to realize the manufacturer doesn’t cover defects in their return policy. If you find that the manufacturer covers anything more than product defects, this can be a really good thing because it means they have confidence in their product and that it is going to perform up to expectations.FoamFoam is something you are heavily going to want to look at when you are purchasing a set of gloves because this is what is going to protect your from punches as well as help you to deal them out. Make sure you look and see what kind of thickness the foam is as well as if it is double or triple layered within the glove. Extra layers can help with things like shock absorption and can be very important in fighting regulations as well. Especially if you aren’t competing professionally, you may want to get some added foam to help protect your hands from damage.RegulationsGloves are one of the most highly regulated parts of fighting and it is important to make sure that the gloves you are purchasing meet any regulations that are in place unless you are just purchasing for recreational use. Generally speaking you will find there is regulations on things like the thickness of foam, the weight of the gloves and the exterior material. You will even find that some competitions only allow for certain straps, and maybe even only certain gloves in order to keep the competition even for both fighters. Even if you are just fighting your friend’s for fun, it is not a bad idea to have a look at professional regulations to see what kind of safety equipment they use so that you don’t end up hurting each other.Interior LiningThe interior lining of a glove is quite important. Without good interior lining you are not only going to be uncomfortable during your fight, but you may even end up with painful blisters and rashes thanks to your uncomfortable gloves. Another thing you should consider is how heavy the material is, depending on what the material is made up of it can cause you to sweat a substantial amount more than something that is a lighter material.FingersAlmost all MMA gloves have open fingers at the ends of the gloves. This allows for air flow and more comfortability during your match because more sweat can escape and your gloves won’t be sliding around on your hands. Not only does this allow better protection for your fingers, but it also allows you more control for your punches and a lot less slippage from perspiration compared to if your hands were forced to be inside of the gloves.StrapMany MMA gloves have a wrist strap on the lower part of the glove in the wrist area. This is so that the gloves stay on nice and tight during your fight and so that they can fit people with a variety of wrist sizes and builds. If you are buying your gloves online without trying them on, it is especially a good idea to get something with a good quality thick strap so that you can be sure that the gloves are going to fit you once they arrive on your doorstep. Most gloves will have a Velcro strap because a buckle strap could cause damage to your opponent.Knuckle PaddingDifferent gloves come with a variety of different styles of padding that cover your knuckles. Some gloves have an individual layer of padding that go over each of your fingers. These types of gloves usually have a bit of space between each finger which allows you to have a bit of flexibility in your fingers and can be more comfortable for some people. Other gloves have one thick foam pad covering their knuckles and often don’t allow for quite as much finger flexibility.BrandThis could be an important factor for many fighters especially if you have been around in the fighting world for a while and have developed your own taste for your favorite brands. The most important thing you can do is at least have a look at a few different brands before making your decision. Who knows, maybe you will find yourself a new favorite brand or maybe something that is super high quality just like your brand but for a much lower budget. It is important to keep your mind open to new things otherwise you might miss out on something great. If you have no idea as to what brand is good, find some gloves that you like and google the company name so you can see how old they are, the kinds of things they make and this will give you a much better idea how renowned they are in the MMA fighting world and whether they may be worth buying from.Best MMA Gloves Reviews RDX Maya MMA Gloves These gloves are of very high quality and in the average price range. They come in a variety of colors including blue, black, red and pink. These gloves are made out of a synthetic hide which helps to make them quite durable. These gloves have padding over each individual finger along with space in-between to allow for more flexibility. One nice thing about these gloves is that they are available in small, medium, large and extra-large so that they are capable of fitting the majority of people. These gloves have a large Velcro strap so that you can keep these gloves secure and comfortable during your entire fight. Holes in the palms allow moisture to escape so that your hand can remain cool, have less moisture and provide better overall grip.Pros: Available in multiple colors and sizes to fit a very broad audienceWide adjustable strapHoles in the gloves allow for moisture to escape for more comfortCons:Padding is thick  RDX MMA Grappling Gloves These gloves are about middle of the pack for price and come in genuine leather. These gloves are available in red, black as well as blue to suit a wide variety of people. The gloves come in sizes small, medium, large and extra-large and therefore can fit the majority of people. Each individual finger on these gloves are padded with their own padding to help provide maximum shock absorption no matter what part of your hand lands first during your punch. A large Velcro strap allows for easy access to get in and out of your gloves and provides a snug, comfortable fit. The inner lining of these gloves was manufactured to help remove moisture and the mesh on the palm side of the gloves improves airflow and overall comfort.Pros:Comes in multiple colors and sizesMesh on the palms improves airflow and comfortLarge Velcro strap for adjustment and to keep your hands secureCons:May have issues figuring out which size to order  Everlast Train Advanced MMA 7 These gloves offer some great protection at an affordable price tag. Although these gloves only come in black, they are nice looking gloves that come in two sizes. The gloves come in Small/ medium and large/ extra-large so they are capable of fitting a pretty broad audience. Instead of having sectioned off padding for each individual finger, these gloves have one large piece of padding that covers all of your fingers at once. A wide Velcro wrist strap helps provide a comfortable fit and good adjustability. The interior lining is built to be odour resistant as well. A pretty standard glove that offers some good quality thumb protection and made by a well-known brand.Pros:Large wrist strap provides good adjustment and comfortOdor resistant inner liningIncreased thumb paddingQuality brandCons:Open fingertips, but no mesh or anything in the palms for air flowSome fighters may not like the bulky foam that covers all of their fingers with one piece.  Venum Challenger MMA Gloves These gloves offer about a medium price tag compared to others on the market and offer layered foam for better protection. The gloves are available in black, black and white, neo yellow as well as orange. The gloves are also available in three sizes including small, medium, and a large/ extra-large size. The gloves are actually made out of PU leather which helps to add an extra level of durability that you won’t find with every glove in this price range. A large Velcro strap incorporated into the glove allows for a good amount of adjustment and adds some style as well.Pros:Pu leather helps add durabilityA velcro strap adds more adjustment optionsMultiple colors and sizes appeal to a broad crowd of peopleLayered foam for better protectionCons:No holes in the palm for air flow to help with sweat issuesNot made of real genuine leather  Anthem Athletics SPITFIRE MMA Gloves These gloves have a very good price tag especially due to the fact that they are made up of genuine leather. One other nice perk to these gloves is that they feature triple dense foam for some great impact absorbance. These gloves also contain an open palm which helps to relieve sweat and improve grip. One thing that some people complain about is that these gloves do nothing to protect your thumb and it is left out fully exposed which is something you should be aware of. Overall though this glove offers great finger protection and a bit of flexibility thanks to having foam covering each individual separately.Pros:Genuine leather exterior adds durability and looks goodOpen palm reduces sweat build upTriple dense foam helps with impact absorptionVelcro strap offers some adjustmentCons:Only available in extra-largeDoes not cover your thumb with any protectionSome users may not like having an open palm  Venum Undisputed2.0 MMA Gloves These gloves are definitely a bit of a higher price than some of the other gloves on the market. These gloves come in a ton of different colors including: black, matte black, white, Neo orange, Neo pink, and Neo yellow. These gloves come in a total of three different sizes that include small, medium as well as large/ extra-large. The gloves themselves have a stylish design featuring the venom logo and Venum spelled across the gloves. These gloves feature a layered foam design that covers each and every finger individually as well as your thumb. Made from Nappa leather these gloves are built to last with great wrist support and a Velcro strap that offers a multitude of adjustment options that can fit most wrists.Pros:Stylish design in a multitude of colors and sizesLayered foam offers good impact absorbanceNappa leather brings durability to these glovesThumb is protectedCons:Not very much air flow gets to your palmHigher price tag than many other models available  Hayabusa Ikusa Charged 4 oz MMA Gloves These gloves are in an average to high price range. Available in one black/ grey color you don’t get many options besides choosing between the four sizes available. One nice thing about these gloves is that they are the average 4 oz regulation weight for martial arts. These gloves come with an adjustable Velcro strap and are made out of engineered leather to help bring the gloves some durability. These gloves have padding over each individual finger which offers you good flexibility and comfort. You will notice no thumb protection on these gloves, but there is lots of thick foam and as long as you tuck your thumb in you shouldn’t run into problems.Pros:Average to high price rangeEngineered leather for good durabilityFour size optionsWide Velcro strap for a snug fitCons:No thumb protection makes you have to tuck your thumb inSome users may not like the open palm  Cheerwing Boxing Gloves MMA These gloves come at an extraordinarily low price tag and are still made out of PU leather to help bring some durability to the design. These gloves come in black, blue, red as well as white and have a wide wrist strap to offer an adjustable, secure fit. These gloves have thumb protection and have foam covering each finger in order to allow for some flexibility and the most comfort possible. A mesh palm helps to reduce sweat and allows you to have the most amount of grip possible when you are throwing your punches. It will be rather difficult to find a pair of gloves at this low price range that offers this nice of quality.Pros:Available in four different colors to appeal to a wide audienceThumb protection keeps you from worrying about having to tuck your thumb inCons:May not be regulation weightSome users may prefer an open palm over mesh for more comfort  Ringside Combat Sports Pro Style MMA Gloves This glove has a very low price range and yet offers so much. There are a total of 6 different sizes and a total of eight different colors available. With so much customization at an affordable price tag this glove definitely competes with its other low price competitors. This glove offers foam protection over each finger but leaves open an exposed thumb. The glove weighs a total of five ounces which match regulations for some MMA fights depending on where you are. An open palm helps to improve overall grip and assists with reducing sweat within the glove as well. A synthetic leather construction is difficult to come by at this low price and helps to bring longevity to these gloves no matter how much you fight.Pros:Very low price tagExtreme customization options for size and color tasteRegulation weight in some areasSynthetic leather adds durabilityOpen palm for reduced sweatCons:Exposed thumb means you will have to tuck in when punchingSome users may not appreciate an open palm  Flexzion Half Finger Boxing Gloves – Grappling MMA These gloves also have an extraordinarily low price tag and come in a total of four colors including black, red, blue as well as white. PU leather construction helps to make these gloves durable and helps to outclass some of its other low priced competitors on the market. These gloves offer a large wrist strap so that you can adjust to fit your own particular wrist size. The foam on these gloves wraps around each one of your fingers to offer a nice level of comfort and flexibility. Unfortunately these gloves do not have any kind of thumb protection and you will be forced to tuck in your thumb when you punch. These gloves do have a very open palm top help release moisture and improve your overall grip when you are in a tight match.Pros:Extremely low price tagAvailable in four colors to suit a variety of personalitiesMade from PU leather which brings durability to these glovesWrist strap provides adjustment optionsOpen palm for moisture to escapeCons:Some users may not like the open palmWill have to tuck your thumb in during a punch due to no thumb protection  Shattering A Myth? Buying yourself a set of MMA gloves is not easy. There are so many factors to consider and so many options available on the market that it can be quite difficult to narrow down your options. Generally speaking it is a good idea to find out the kind of features you like, look for some gloves with those features and then set yourself a budget and compare the gloves that you like the best. If you are competing professionally make sure that you do your research so that you aren’t breaking any kind of regulations. It is generally important to check what types of material they allow in the gloves as well as what weight limit they have set in place. Hope that this list helped you to get a better idea of the kinds of features that you want your gloves to have, or better yet, helped you find some gloves that you like to prevent injuries and improve performance. Best of luck with your fights.   The post 10 Best MMA Gloves For Beginners & Competitions appeared first on Sport Consumer.