Win at Golf, Win at Life: Why Picking Your Own Golf Balls Is Important

Posted in Sports on November 11th, 2014
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It seems an easy enough choice for the uninitiated. There is nothing easier than simply visiting a sports merchandise store and just going for the first bag of golf balls you see—except real golf players don’t do this. You might do this for mini-golf, but this won’t be the correct way to choose real golf balls for serious playing. Why is it so necessary? What is with those balls that make choosing them less simple than it appears?

First and foremost, golf balls are not created equal; there are variations not only across brands, but also across different designs. The different features of differently designed balls will invariably lead to correspondingly variant pros and cons. For instance, some balls might have more spin and less distance, while others might have more distance but less spin. The point being: these specific trade-offs are dependent on the ball itself. Its inherent qualities dictate how it would affect your game. If you just grab that bag of golf balls without even thinking it through, you might get the wrong variant and thus, victory becomes impossible to achieve.

golf ballsThis leads to the next reason: your choice of golf ball should be dependent on your specific playing style. You have to take into account your weaknesses and strengths as a player. You should also note areas which need improvement. That way, you can find a ball which helps you develop your game as a golfer. This is necessary because the ultimate goal of the sport is not just to win individual games. Your goal should be to constantly improve yourself as a golfer. Choosing the right golf ball will help you achieve this.

Also, taking your time to properly choose a golf ball will help you turn into a real sportsman. When you see them on television, you might be tempted to think of these sportsmen as doing only what they want because they are the best in the game anyway. For instance, you can look at LeBron James playing basketball and you might think he does what he does to great effect because he is a great player to start with.

This is an incorrect view. The line of causation runs the opposite way. He does what he does, and that is what makes him one of the greatest. His moves and shots are not spur-of-the-moment choices. These are methodical, calculated, and practiced. That is the mark of a great sportsman—he does nothing unnecessary, and there is always a reason for everything he does on the field. Taking your time to properly choose a golf ball will help you think like a real, great sportsman. You can also incorporate this way of thinking into other aspects of the game, as well as in other sports. It’d even be better if you try to incorporate that mindset into your daily life.

Also, choosing a specific type of golf ball for your needs will help you make better choices in the sport and even in life, because you can transfer the skills you acquired through thorough decision-making. Remember that no single ball can do all the work for you. Trade-offs were mentioned, and you would have to deal with these by identifying which feature you need most, and which feature you can compensate for with your playing style. You will be able to start analyzing things in terms of costs and benefits. You would be able to develop your decision making-skills, especially when the choices seem to be both attractive or both undesirable—these two are among the toughest decisions you would have to make, both in sports and in life.

E-Cigarette Health Concerns

Posted in Health on October 31st, 2014
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When Han Lik, a Chinese pharmacist and smoker, developed a smoking device that did not require the use of tobacco, therefore preventing lung cancer, the world immediately took to it.

e-cigaretteThe e-cigarette began circulating around the world in the early 2000’s. The beginning of the e-cigarette fame was mired in health-related issues. Australia and Canada had banned it, and even the FDA banned the import, production, and selling of e-cigarettes, saying that companies need to apply for a special registration. Of course, company owners fought against the prohibition, claiming that their products, unlike traditional cigarettes, are not hazardous to the health of the user.

Although it is now in global production, there are still debates on the possible intoxication of e-cig users.

Nicotine Amount

In 2009, the US FDA conducted a study on e-cigarette production. They analyzed sample cartridges from two manufacturers and found out that the amount of nicotine in the cartridge does not always match the amount described in the labels. E-cigarette cartridges that contain e-liquid, the liquid used to produce smoke, are sometimes sold nicotine-free, according to manufacturers. The study by the FDA, however, revealed that these cartridges labeled “nicotine-free” were not actually free of nicotine.


What the FDA found out, which is also the main concern of other health organizations, is that an e-liquid can actually contain toxic chemicals like diethylene glycol.

While propylene glycol, an FDA-approved additive, in an e-liquid is generally harmful, it has not been used as vapor for a long period of time. This means that e-liquid ingredients, although individually are not harmful, have not actually been tested together and in new chemical forms before.


Before the advent of the e-cigarette, a nicotine patch and gum was used to tone down smoking, and eventually stop the habit, as part of the Nicotine Replacement Therapy. These alternatives to smoking have already been tested multiple times with proven positive results. E-cigarettes, although many manufacturers swear that they are safe, have not been tested yet. The World Health Organization has often stated that e-cigarettes, like traditional ones, have not been approved for safety and health. Apparently, users of e-cigarettes can never be too sure of their safety.

Explosions and Accidents

Since e-cigarettes use chemicals liquids, there is a strong possibility of explosion and a fire from defective e-cigarettes. Just last April of 2014, a young bartender’ dress caught fire when a customer’s e-cigarette exploded. On June 2013, a man plugged his e-cig into his laptop to charge, when it exploded, burning with it his laptop, and part of his room. Another man in Texas in July 2013 charged his e-cig in his Macbook, when it exploded. He suffered second- and third-degree burns. These accidents are not even a fourth of the number of explosions involving e-cigarettes.

Mouth and throat inflammation and vomiting are side effects of use of faulty e-cigarettes. Also, an e-liquid from an e-cigarette cartridge can cause skin irritation or poisoning if accidentally ingested. This poses a great risk specifically to households with small children.

In fact, poison control centers have received numerous calls from parents regarding poisoning from e-cigarettes. From September 2010 to February 2014, the percentage of poisoning increased drastically from 0.3% to 41.7%, with more than half of the victims being young children.

What makes health institutes wary of electronic cigarettes is the lack of results and substantial data. Since there are so many e-cigarette manufacturers now with varying flavors and ingredients that WHO is having a hard time gathering substantial and relevant data on whether e-cigarettes can really endanger people’s health. Users need to be aware that even after many years, e-cigarettes are still a new invention, and using one carries some risk.