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Tips for choosing a medieval sword

Tips For Choosing a Medieval Sword

Medieval swords are amazing because they are so true to life. Past kings and knights wore and used their swords and weaponry with pride. A man’s sword was often his livelihood and set him apart from his peers.

Luckily for us, swords from medieval times are still on display all over the world. They inspire modern artists today to create beautiful lasting weapons while respecting the past.

You can find medieval swords that are modeled after weapons of years gone by. Or find new swords styled after past models. Selecting a sword that meets your needs will be simple if you use our tips for choosing a medieval sword.

We’ll give you some information about medieval swords that will help you select the best one for you.

Popular Medieval Sword Styles:

In order to select the sword that is just right for you, you should become familiar with popular medieval sword styles. One of the most popular sword style is the replica.

A replica sword is one that is fashioned after a sword from the past. Many times the original sword has been lost to the world. But using a combination of historical fact and creative license, sword artists will recreate a famous sword.

Past examples are the highly creative and exquisite sword Excalibur attributed to the legendary King Arthur. The sword of the Knights Templar who supposedly protected the Holy Grail is now a replica sword. And the sword of the Scottish hero William Wallace has been remade by artists.

In some cases, like the Knights Templar for example, modern artists are able to create great replicas from surviving swords. Recently Templar swords even feature the mark of the Templars which was hidden for centuries. Choosing a popular Medieval sword style is an easy choice for sword lovers.

General Medieval Sword Styles:

While not based on a particular character, there are historically based Medieval swords. You can choose the Viking sword that features a broad flat blade and wide handle. Popular Viking swords are based on 8th and 9th century replicas of Viking weaponry.

Another popular general choice is a two handed Scottish Claymore. This sword is heavier than most averaging about 7 to 8 pounds. It’s meant to be used for heavy duty sword play. A simple Crusader sword is a good weapon to include in your collection. There are dozens more to choose from so look around before making your selection. The designs and styles of Medieval swords are endless.

Two Basic Types of Medieval Swords:

There are two basic types of Medieval swords available. First is the prop sword. This sword is for show only. You can wear it with your other Medieval gear but don’t challenge anyone to hand to hand combat.

While the blade is still well made it isn’t meant to endure the blow of another sword. The prop sword is one you’ll often see in a display case or on a display stand. It’s usually highly ornate with exceptional handle and blade work.

It may also have an equally intricate scabbard that can be worn around a belt or hung for display too. Then there are battle ready swords available to use at a Renaissance Fair or mock battles.

Shop for an unique medieval fantasy sword at a reputable online dealer like SwordArsenal.com .

Components of an effective pre-shot routine

Components Of An Effective Pre-Shot Routine

Developing consistency isn’t easy. It’s especially difficult for golfers whose practice time is limited by their work and/or their families. But there are some things that these golfers can do to help themselves develop consistency, even when they’re unable to get to a range or are on the road traveling. One is practicing their pre-shot routine— something my golf tips often discuss.

Unfortunately, many golfers don’t have a pre-shot routine. If they do have a routine, they don’t always use it. And when they use it, it’s disorganized. Their method of ball alignment is haphazard; they spend too much time over the ball; and/or they line up off-target, among other things. If they’re interrupted, they look up to see what caused the noise—then hit away, as if nothing happened.

Using a pre-shot routine is helpful, whether on the tee or in the fairway. It encourages consistency, guarantees correct alignment, and helps you make the transition to the right frame of mind. It also helps you focus on the job at hand, which my golf tips constantly advocate. In short, a good pre-shot routine prepares you both physically and mentally for a shot.

My golf lessons review the individual components of a good routine. Of course, everyone’s routine will differ to a degree, but most will be pretty consistent in terms of their key components. If you’re striving for a lower golf handicap, work these components into your routine.

Here’s what I recommend…

Components of a Pre-shot Routine

• Stand behind ball/visualize shot

• Position yourself parallel to target line

• Place clubhead behind the ball, square to target

• Look at target/visualize shot

• Relax arms/waggle club

• Look at target again, sense shot, exhale

• Pull trigger and swing

First, stand a few yards behind the ball facing the target. While behind the ball, pick out a target, and picture the shot, a technique we often emphasize in my golf instruction sessions. Also, visualize the ball’s flight.

Next, walk to the ball. Position yourself approximately parallel to the target line with your feet close together.

Next, place the clubhead behind the ball so that it looks squarely at the target. Adjust your body so that it is parallel to target line. Move your back foot back, then your front foot forward until you’re in a comfortable but stable stance. This sequence eliminates the need to worry about where the ball is positioned. It will be in the correct position every time.

Once you’re set up, look at the target. Visualize the shot once more. Gently shuffle your feet, then waggle the club a few times. Constant movement primes you for the swing, as our golf lessons teach.

Then, relax your arms and your hands. Waggle the club a few times more.

Next, take another look at the target. Exhale. Sense the shot.

And finally, pull the trigger. Swing smoothly and easily.

That’s it. Use this routine as a guide to developing your own or adapt it as you see fit. Work on the routine until you have something you’re comfortable with, then use it. If you watch professional golfers you’ll see that they all have a slightly different pre-shot routine; but they all have one and they all use it time and time again.

Sergio Garcia used to waggle the club countless times before he pulled the trigger. He no longer does that. Now, he waggles the club a couple of times, then pulls the trigger. He uses the routine every time he hits a ball from the tee or the fairway. Other players have their own pre-shot routines, with their own idiosyncrasies. But they do the same thing again and again—every time they hit.

There’s, nothing mysterious about a good pre-shout routine. In fact, it’s rather simple. Each component is designed to help you with the mechanical or the mental phase of the swing. And some of these components can be modified to suit your needs, so you have your own version.

What’s critical, though, is that you use the same routine every time you take a shot. Repetition develops consistency, and consistency lowers golf handicaps. If something interrupts your shot, step away from the ball and start the routine all over again. Doing so assures you that you are focused squarely on hitting the ball.

Repeat this routine on the course or at home, with and without a ball. Practice it until it becomes instinctive. If you make adjustments, practice the new routine until the adjustment becomes instinctive. Use the routine every time you take a swing—even when taking golf lessons.

Next time you can’t get to the range or you’re on the road, work on your pre-shot routine. Then use it when you’re on the course. You might be surprised just how much a good pre-shot routine helps your golf handicap.

Memphis wins against tulane

Memphis Wins Against Tulane

This was not the best way the Memphis Tigers could have asked to become bowl eligible but they will take it however they can get it. Without the win, the Tigers would not be playing in a bowl game. Memphis has taken an easier road to a bowl game in previous years. This might be a blessing in disguise because it caused the teams to build character. This is the fifth bowl season the Tigers have had in the past six seasons.

Memphis is one of six Conference USA teams to play for one of the conferences possible bowl games. They whooped Tulane 45-6. There were 25 seniors on the team and they will get a curtain call since they have played their final home game. The Tigers finished 6-6 overall and 4-4 in the conference. Tulane was 2-10 overall and 1-7 in the conference.

“Don’t really care where we might be going now,” said Tigers’ coach Tommy West, whose team won its season finale for the fifth straight year. “It’s good that this group of seniors gets to go out on a good note … and the bowl game means we get to go back to work in a week, continue to get better and build for the future to replace those seniors.”

Memphis at one point was 0-3 and they knew they had to win some games if they were to become bowl eligible. They won three games in a row and had a 3-3 record with 6 games remaining. They in dramatic fashion to Louisville, a long-time rival, so you know that had to hurt even worse. They also lost three of their four top quarterbacks via injuries.

Arkelon Hall had an injured thumb. Will Hudgens had an injured knee. Tyler Bass had an injured knee too. Hall and Hudgens got injured in the first quarter in a game they ended up losing at East Carolina. They knew if they were going to be playing in a bowl game, they would have to win despite their more than fair share of injuries.

We had to get really creative,” said West, whose offense still managed to rack up 10 games of 400 or more yards but started getting the yards on the ground.

The Tigers had a good running attack, running for 379 yards on the ground. They had 109 yards via the pass. That was a total of 488 yards and those yards were reflected in their blowout win. Curtis Steele, a junior, scored a touchdown and had 135 yards. He ended the year with 1,175 yards which is the fourth best season in Memphis Tigers history. Steele ran for 100 yards in all six of Memphiss wins.

“He opened a lot of things with the way he could get the tough yards,” said West.

The Tigers used the wild formation in the Tulane game. The Tigers used the wild formation to snap the ball to Steele or other wide receivers on the team like seniors Maurice Jones and Steven Black. Jones and Black had a total of four touchdowns and 59 yards. Black scored three of the touchdowns.

Brandon Washington, a junior, had 77 yards. Brandon Ross, a freshman, had 57 yards and the Tigers last touchdown.

“We had to get creative after losing the quarterbacks, but we’ve also become a good running team again,” West said. “We’ve always been a team that can throw, but to win consistently, you have to run the ball.”

Hall just got back from a thumb injury. He threw 12 passes, completing 10 of them for 109 yards.

The Tigers had their best defensive outing of the year. In the game, they allowed 222 yards and forced 3 turnovers.