Golf is a sport that most people know for being somewhat long drawn out, but any person who watches or practices golf knows that there is a lot more behind it than meets the eye. Golfers need to train a specific set of skills, just like any athlete, and for them to reach their potential they need special equipment as well. Here, we will take a look at 5 pieces of equipment that are essential for any person looking to practice golf.

Clubs

While you might practice golf normally at a field that rents clubs, having your own set is a must if you’re serious about getting into the sport. Knowing your clubs and getting familiar with how they feel and how they swing makes the difference when stepping into the field for real. Different clubs of different types have traditionally accepted uses, but each golfer can build his own set of golf clubs according to how he uses them and how they work for him.

Balls

Evidently, golf balls are also a key element to the sport. As such, any aspiring golfer should make an effort to get his own supply of balls and make them their own. The standard white ball is the American standard used nowadays, and even though there are different manufacturers, the design remains largely the same without any large logos that might take away its necessary white color. When playing in a field where others are playing as well, it is advised to mark your balls to distinguish them from the rest.

Golf shoes

Like most sports, your physical performance will be noticeably affected by the kind of shoes you wear. Golf shoes with metal or non-metal cleats are necessary for full games and even when practicing because a golfer needs to feel the terrain and be able to stand firmly on any situation. Stability is important to get the desired strength and direction you want on any given shot. Never underestimate the role of shoes in sports!

Socks

Believe it or not, socks can be just as important as shoes in terms of sustained comfort throughout the game. Golfers, naturally, do a lot of walking around while playing to look for the perfect spot from where to shoot their shot, as well as walking from hole to hole. Distances are nothing too extreme, but during the warmer months of the year, if there are no golf carts available, a good pair of shoes and socks can make the game much more enjoyable.

Tees

Last but not least, golf tees. Although they might not be the first thing to spring to mind when talking about essential equipment to play golf, the role of tees is definitely relevant to the game. A golfer simply cannot advance from one hole to another without placing the ball on the tee box, reason for which it’s necessary that they carry tees along with them on their golf bag. On top of that, players should be mindful of the type and color of the tee, for they have different uses and meanings in the pro game.

Applying self-tanner is a great way to get an awesome glow without putting yourself at risk of getting skin cancer from the sun or from the tanning bed. However, it can be a little tricky to get a natural look with self-tanner. There are several things you can do to help the process go a little smoother. Following are on how to apply self-tanner.

Step 1: CHOOSE YOUR PRODUCT CAREFULLY.

Today, we have so many options in self-tanning products, including lotions, gels, mousses, and aerosol sprays. All of them have positive results, it’s a matter of personal preference. For those terrified of not getting an even look, try an aerosol product such as Clinique Self Sun Body Airbrush Spray. It’s easy to apply evenly and doesn’t have a strong odour like other products. Your drugstore also offers good aerosol products including Neutrogena MicroMist Tanning Sunless Spray, which is almost 100% alcohol-free and even sprays upside-down.

Step 2: PREPARE YOUR SKIN.

To ensure an even, natural-looking tan, apply self-tanners to clean, exfoliated, and moisturized skin. Dry patches on your skin, especially in areas such as knees and elbows, will absorb more product than a moisturized area. People get dark splotches when self-tanning because their skin isn’t evenly moisturized, and the product soaks into some areas more than others. Before self-tanning, use an exfoliator such as The Body Shop’s Coconut Body Scrub.

Step 3: APPLICATION.

When applying sunless tanners, work from the ground up, starting with your legs and feet and working your way up your body. Work with small areas at a time, for example, do one leg and foot before starting the other. Remember the idea is to apply the product evenly. If you’re nervous about getting even results, you can mix equal parts of your chosen tanning product and regular body lotion to dilute the tanning product a bit. Remember, you can always add more but you can’t remove it once you’ve applied.

So, start small when trying out a new product until you see its effect on your skin. Use sparingly around feet, ankles, elbows and wrists, and lightly apply the product to the tops of hands and feet only for a natural look. Wash the palms of your hands, in between your fingers, and around fingernails with soap and water when finished with the application to prevent tanned palms. Thoroughly read the manufacturers instructions, especially regarding how long to wait before getting dressed or touching fabric to prevent stains.

Step 4: MAINTAIN YOUR GLOW.

Again, follow the instructions on your tanning product, but generally, you will need to reapply your product every 1-4 days to maintain your tan. Keeping your skin moisturized will help your tan last longer and look healthier. Consider using a spray, dry oil after showering to lock in moisture and enhance the glow of your tan. My absolute favourite is Strawberry Champagne Body Dew. It smells amazing, gives your tan a red carpet glow, and leaves your skin feeling moisturized, but never greasy, all day long.

Final thoughts

You don’t necessarily have to go to a salon to apply self-tanners. You can find one product that is suited for your skin from your local druggist and you can apply the tanner on your body in the privacy of your home.

Saint Augustine is the county seat of St. John’s County, Florida. The city covers an area of eleven square miles and has a population of over twelve thousand people. Saint Augustine was founded in 1565 by the Spanish under Pedro Menéndez de Aviles. He first landed on the feast day of Augustine of Hippo and therfore named the city San Augustin. Twenty-one years later, the city was attacked by Sir Francis Drake, an English privateer. In 1668, it was attacked once again by another English privateer, Robert Searle and most of the residents of the city were slaughtered. The city would be attacked by British forces again in 1702 and then in 1740. After the Treaty of Paris in 1763, Florida would become a possession of the British Empire. Saint Augustine would become a loyalist colony to the British Crown all throughout the American Revolution. In 1783, Saint Augustine and the state of Florida would once again become a possession of the Spanish Crown.

Between 1784 and 1821, Florida remained under Spanish rule. During this period time, Spain was invaded by Napoleon and struggled to maintain control of its many colonies. As a result, Florida was no longer important to the Spanish Crown and the state was turned over to the United States in 1821. For the next twenty-four years, Florida remained a territory of the United States. Finally in 1845, Florida was granted statehood. In 1861, the American Civil War started and Florida seceded from the Union and joined the Confederacy. Union soldiers were able to seize the city the next year, and Florida remained in control of the Union for the duration of the war.

Several notable residents have resided in or was born in the city of Saint Augustine. These include poker player Jim Albrecht, historian David Nolan, football player Willie Galimore, Union General John M. Schofield, author Mary MacLane, soldier Richard Henry Pratt, scientist John C. Lilly, pianist Ray Charles, United States Congressman William H. Gray, musician Tom Petty, Confederate General Edmund Kirby Smith, hockey coach Murray Armstrong, pro wrestler Travis Tomko, baseball player Johnny Mize, U. S. senator & presidential candidate George McGovern, singer Tom Gabel, baseball player Cris Carpenter, artist Earl Cunningham, race car driver Scott Lagasse Jr., United States district judge Howell W. Melton and America’s first black general Jorge Biassou.

A popular attraction in the city is the Saint Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park. This alligator park was opened in the spring of 1893 and is the oldest continuously running attraction in the state of Florida. The museum was started on Saint Augustine Beach as a way to get tourists to buy souvenirs and to visit the museum which was located there. Before long, the reptiles became the main attraction of the area and the park was moved to its current location during the 1920s. In September of 1992, the Saint Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park was listed as a United States Historic District. This park covers an area of twelve thousand square feet and has one building. Besides the twenty or so species of crocodiles that are contained here, the park also has a large variety of other animals. These include Long Tentacle Anemone, Black Percula Clownfish, Blue Leg Hermit Crab, Domino Damselfish, North American Wood Duck, Plush-Crested Jay, Moluccan Yellow Monitor, Amethystine Python, Centralian Carpet Python, Reticulated Python, New Guinea Blue-Tongued Skink, South American Red-Footed Tortoise, South American Yellow-Footed Tortoise, Yellow Spotted Amazon River Turtle and Bornean Crested Fireback Pheasants.

Another attraction in Saint Augustine that is quickly gaining popularity in the past few years is Lightner Museum. This museum is housed within historic Hotel Alcazar and contains a large collection of Victorian antiquities. This museum is spread out over three floors of the Hotel Alcazar and was built in the Spanish Renaissance style during 1887. Originally the hotel had sulfur baths, a steam room, the world’s largest indoor pool (at the time), a massage parlor and a gym. It was closed, however in 1932. Fourteen years later it was purchased by Otto C. Lightner as a way to display his extensive collection of artifacts. A couple of years later, he donated it to the city. The first floor of the museum contains a Victorian village and has shop fronts, rocks, minerals and shells. The museum also contains a small Egyptian mummy, paintings, sculptures, Neo-classical rocking chairs, stained glass windows, glass piston machine, Victorian glass blown objects, Art Nouveau Curio cabinet, shrunken heads and nineteenth century musical instruments.

The Spanish Military Hospital Museum is another prominent museum in the city of Saint Augustine. This museum is located at number three Aviles Street and contains a reconstructed military hospital that stands on the site of the Second Colonial Spanish Period. This museum gives an excellent representation of what a military hospital was like in the late eighteenth century and its many areas include Brain Surgery, Amputation, Dentistry and Bullet Removal.

Anastasia State Park is another famous attraction in the city. This park is located off of State Road A1A and is situated about a mile and a half from the downtown of the city. The park has many activities to offer visitors including swimming, picnicking, bird watching, surfing, kayaking, sun worship, sail boarding, fishing and camping. The park also has a number of campgrounds and splendid nature trails. It also has a ton of wildlife which includes birds, flora, fauna and wildlife spread out over different settings such as tidal marshes and beaches. Anastasia State Park was once a stone quarry and the stone that was removed from the area was used to build Castillo de San Marcos.